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New online game tests human reaction time versus Tesla's Autobrake system

A new game tests human reaction time versus the Autobrake system in a Tesla.

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Can a human react faster than Tesla's Autobrake system? A new game by Select Car Leasing challenges players to see if they can react to obstacles in the road that require braking quicker than Tesla's Autobrake technology.

According to Select Car Leasing, Tesla has never released the exact reaction time of its automatic emergency braking (AEB) system. To find out what time to use, the company selected 10 viral clips of the AEB system in action, slowed them down, and analyzed the reaction time frame by Fram. The average reaction time was 0.3 seconds, a time that's faster than a sky diver fall 40 meters.

Human perception time varies greatly depending on a number of factors like age, eyesight, conditions, and speed.

Tesla isn't the only company to have installed automatic emergency braking in its vehicles. The technology, which has been proven to save live and prevent accidents, is quickly becoming a standard offering across a number of makes and models by companies including Nissan and Toyota.

To test to see how your reaction time compares to Tesla's Autobrake reaction time, play the (safe for work) game here.

Audi has detailed their four vehicle platforms that provide the foundation to the company's electrified future.

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Audi has committed to having 30 electrified models for sale by 2025, with 20 of those being full electric. The company's promise falls into line with those of its parent company, Volkswagen, and the stated goals of all of the Volkswagen brands.

The German automaker already offers five premium electrified models for sale in the U.S. The Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e, and A8 TFSI e are all plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The Audi E-Tron SUV and Sportback.

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Next up are the Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT performance sedan. These two models have already been shown in concept form.

Globally, Audi anticipates it will reach production of approximately 800,000 electrified vehicles per year by 2025.

Audi's upcoming all-electric vehicles will feature four different architectures. The company says that these models balance performance, efficiency, practicality, and the engineering and craftsmanship buyers have come to expect from the German automaker.

Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro Platform Photo courtesy of Audi AG

MLB Evo Platform

The Audi E-Tron SUV has a wheelbase of 114.3 inches putting it between the Audi Q5 and Q7 in the automaker's lineup. It has a battery pack that stores up to 05 kWh of energy and can recover 30 percent of the energy used during driving via regenerative braking.

The E-Tron platform houses two asynchronous electric motors that produce 402 horsepower in Boost mode. A more powerful, three-motor variant (possibly for an E-Tron S or RS-type model) is under development.

It has a power electronics module that is able to read sensor data 10,000 times per second and output those values allowing the motors to assist with traction depending on road conditions. This all-wheel drive system can redistribute torque to wheels with traction during a slippage situation in just 30 milliseconds.

The models can charge using Level 1, 2, and 3 current, achieving an approximately 80 percent charge in 30 minutes at a 150 kW high-speed public charger.

This platform is manufactured in a CO2-neutral plant in Brussels, Belgium. That factory has a rooftop solar array that is large enough to charge approximately 30,000 E-Tron SUVs.

Audi E-Tron S Sportback Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The new E-Tron Sportback will join the Audi lineup later this year and feature a sloped roofline giving the SUV a sportier appearance than can be found in the E-Tron SUV.

J1 Platform

The recently revealed Audi E-Tron GT concept performance sedan shows how Audi envisions their sports-centric car lineup evolving in an electric era. The model features engineering with the Porsche brand, which developed the J1 architecture, the platform that underpins the Porsche Panamera.

Audi has designed the E-Tron GT concept to feature two permanently excited synchronous motors that deliver 582 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The motors have permanent magnets in them and a natural internal magnet field. In this type of motor, the rotor moves in coordination with the magnetic field of the stator (the stationary part of the motor in which the rotor rotates). This puts the "permanently excited" in its name.

Audi reports that the electric system inside the E-Tron GT concept runs at 800 volts. Typical systems run at 400 volts. The increased amount is possible because of the car's energy management and cooling systems.

Retail-ready stats for the car aren't available yet, but the concept car is estimated in to reach 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in just over 12 seconds. Like other E-Tron models, it was fashioned with all-wheel drive with dynamic torque management.

The E-Tron GT is able to charge to 80 percent of its battery capacity in 20 minutes at a Level 3 DC fast charger.

Audi Q4 E-tron Concept Photo courtesy of Audi AG

MEB Platform

The Audi Q4 E-Tron concept was deigned to deliver affordability alongside technical sophistication. This model utilizes the company's MEB platform, which anchors other Volkswagen family vehicles. Using the same platform across multiple vehicle offerings allows automakers to keep costs down, allowing vehicles to be more affordable for buyers.

The MEB platform is able to accommodate a variety of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries. It offers a wheelbase and battery storage design that allows for the maximization of passenger space. According to Audi, "The Q4 e-tron is expected to be the first Audi model based on the MEB platform, with exterior dimensions comparable to those of the Q3 but with the interior dimensions of a significantly larger vehicle. The architecture also offers new design opportunities and offers different performance levels and powertrain configurations."

A variety of motor and power configurations are allowed for in this platform. The electrical architecture allows for 800 volts of power, what the J1 delivers.

Audi e-mobility Photo courtesy of Audi AG

PPE Platform

Co-developed with Porsche, the PPE architecture is a high-tech, scalable platform that allows for low- and high-floor vehicles that are medium-size and up and is designed to be offered in vehicles for the global market.

A number of powertrain and battery options will be available. Standard packaging will allow for one electric motor in the rear; the higher-range models will be equipped with a second electric motor at the front axle that can activate all-wheel drive functionality when needed.

Despite all this engineering and development, the question remains, "Do people want to buy electric vehicles?" A recent Ford Trends report revealed that one-third of those surveyed globally had no interest in owning one.

The Tesla Cybertruck will have up to 500 miles in range.

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Tesla has finally debuted its pickup truck, controversial design and all, just as the Los Angeles Auto Show is kicking off. Tesla is currently taking orders for the truck, which is set to begin deliveries in 2021. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

There will be three variants.

The Tesla Cybertruck will come in Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive. The single motor-rear wheel drive base model has a $39,900 price tag. The mid-range dual motor model is $49,900 and the tri motor begins at $69,900.

Tesla Cybertruck The design of the model was influenced by the movie "Blade Runner".Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Range varies by model.

The base model will have a 250-mile range while the Dual Motor AWD truck will go 350 miles. The top-tier Cybertruck will have a 500-mile range.

But can it even tow?

Yes. According to Tesla the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds. That's more than what two Honda Ridgelines are capable of.

Tesla Cybertruck driving desert testing Tesla says that the model has Porsche 911-like quickness.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

It will be quick.

Tesla offers that the truck will have Porsche 911-like quickness, with the ability to get from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Self-driving capability costs extra.

Buyers can add a $7,000 "Self-Driving" package to their Cybertruck when they order. According to the fine print,

"The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates."

It only costs $100 to reserve your Cybertruck.

Tesla will hold your place in line for a $100 fee that is fully refundable. You can pay via ApplePay or a credit card.

Tesla Cybertruck interior seats wheel screen At first place, the interior of the truck is quite sparse.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

The interior is sparse.

This isn't unexpected given the features and appointments in the Model X and Model 3, as well as the "Blade Runner" design influence.

Tesla promises that deliveries will start in 2021.

The company's website claims that production will start in late 2021. Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive models will begin production in 2022. Production delays are a legendary part of the company's history so don't be surprised if these dates get pushed back further.