nikon 1Nikon's mirrorless efforts haven't seen the greatest success, at least not compared to its DSLR lineup. Now we have heard the rumors that Nikon could be developing a new mirrorless camera system, and now it looks like the company could be slowly starting to phase out the existing Nikon 1 series.
This is according to a thread on DPreview (via Nikon Rumors) which seems to suggest that Nikon could be discontinuing the Nikon 1 lineup at least as far as the Canadian market is concerned. The thread details a conversation between the poster and a Nikon rep at a trade photo show held in Regina, Canada.
Toyota said Thursday it plans to begin testing of its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell-powered semi truck around ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Project Portal proof-of-concept rig will haul goods from select terminals at the two busy ports to nearby rail yards and warehouses for distribution starting Oct. 23, with an estimated daily distance of around 200 miles, the truck's driving range. The company in April announced it was experimenting with the fuel cell trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to test its technology and benefit the port's Clean Air Action Plan. The truck uses two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12-kWh battery to generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque. You can watch a video here that shows how that configuration helps the truck move fro a dead stop compared to a traditional diesel-powered version. The truck's gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds. Toyota says the class 8 truck has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while pulling drayage rated cargo weight and emitting nothing but water vapor. The new testing route patterns are designed to test the drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system and capture real-world performance data, with the routes eventually growing longer in distance. Heavy duty trucks, which are major sources of diesel exhaust emissions, are a hot area of alternative-powertrain development. Elon Musk has been teasing a new, if oft-delayed, all-electric version of a Tesla rig, while electric trucks are also under development by Cummins and Mercedes-Benz. Nikola Motor Co. is developing a hydrogen-powered rig that it boasts has a 1,200-mile range. A year ago, Brian Williams of Toyota's product sales and engagement team told AutoblogGreen that the company sees plenty of uses for the technology: "Fuel cells could potentially give you the range you want, the power output you want, but they can be put into buses. They can be put into semis. You can put those in cargo and package vans. You can put those in buses. [Hydrogen power] is definitely something that we see as meeting the needs of longer range, quicker refueling, lower footprint of emissions. The benefit of it is that it can go in other vehicles." Toyota has also developed its own fuel cell transit bus that uses the fuel cell system originally developed for the Mirai. It says it plans to deploy more than 100 fuel-cell buses in the Tokyo area ahead of that city's 2020 Olympic games. The company has long been keen on hydrogen as a power source for vehicles, including plug-in electrics.
Japanese website Car Watch has posted extensive video demonstrations of the new Lexus LS Safety System + A, and the tech here is very impressive.
Lexus CoDrive adds Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to assist steering the driver on highways. It coordinates with the LS’s HUD and multi-information display to clearly notify the driver of the state of support provided.
Nissan has already started demonstrating its semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist technology to the press, with the system expected to be launched in the US later this year.
The company points out that the ProPilot Assist system is tuned specifically for U.S. roads and drivers, after more than 50,000 miles of development across the country.
Lexus is serious about setting expectations with the new semi-autonomous driving features debuting in the fifth-generation LS flagship — from Automotive News:
Dubbed Driver Emergency Stop Assist, the technology aims to keep drivers engaged when the LS is cruising down the highway in lane-tracing mode. That new cruise control system allows the car to stay centered in its lane and automatically steer around curves at low and high speeds.