Formula E recently showed off its latest Gen3 car that it says is faster, more agile and "the world's most efficient" racing vehicle to date. Now, we're getting a first look at one on a track at England's Goodwood in the form of the Mahinda M9 Electro with Nick Heidfeld at the wheel. On its Twitter account, Goodwood said that Heidfeld was "not holding back" and it looked like the car made a clean lap other than a few minor lockups. On track, the Gen3 design certainly looks more subdued and less dramatic than the Gen2, but it's lighter (840kg compared to 920kg including driver) and quicker in every way.Heres the first glimpse of the @FIAFormulaE Gen 3 car. The @MahindraRacing Gen 3 car has @NickHeidfeld at the wheel and hes not holding back. What do you think of the new design?#M9Electro#Gen3#FOS#FormulaEpic.twitter.com/DsFLMxrGg7 Goodwood FOS (@fosgoodwood) June 23, 2022The Gen3 model is very specifically designed for street circuit racing with high maneuverability and speeds up to 200 MPH. That's not quite as fast as the 220-230 MPH top speeds for F1 cars, but the Formula E vehicles do that with less than half the power. They're also highly efficient, with over double the regenerative braking capabilities of the Gen2 cars. Overall, they convert 90 percent of battery energy to mechanical power, compared to 52 percent for F1 cars. There are now 11 Gen3 teams confirmed with 22 cars, including DS Automobiles, Dragon/Penske, Envision, Mercedes-EQ, Avalanche Andretti, Jaguar, Maserati, NIO 333, Nissan and Porsche, along with Mahindra. The first season of Gen3 will kick off this winter with pre-season testing.
Whats so Pro about the new 13-inch MacBook Pro? Devindra and Cherlynn chat with Laptop Magazines Editor-in-Chief, Sherri L. Smith, about Apples confusing new ultraportable. Sure, the M2 chip makes it faster, but why does it have a worse screen and fewer features than the new MacBook Air? Are real professionals better off with the faster (but more expensive) 14-inch MacBook Pro? Also, they dive into the wild new VR headset prototypes from Meta, as well as Twitters reinvention of blogging.Engadget Apples baffling 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2Listen above, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!Subscribe!iTunesSpotifyPocket CastsStitcherGoogle PodcastsRSSTopicsApples 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 is a strange disappointment 1:18Metas VR prototypes seek to pass the visual Turing test 22:59Facebook Pay becomes Meta pay in hopes of becoming the metaverses digital wallet 28:06Microsoft phases out AI that can detect human emotions 32:45Amazon is working on a way to digitize the voice of your dead loved ones 33:59Twitter introduces blogging longform writing feature, Notes 36:09Carl Peis Nothing phone wont be coming to the US 42:22Working on 43:28Pop culture picks 46:03LivestreamCreditsHosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra HardawarGuest: Sherri L. Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Laptop MagazineProducer: Ben EllmanMusic: Dale North and Terrence O'BrienLivestream producers: Julio BarrientosGraphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh
GM's Cruise has started charging passengers for fully driverless rides in San Francisco. The company secured a driverless deployment permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this month, making it the first in the industry to do so. That allows Cruise to charge for rides with no safety driver behind the wheel, though its vehicles are limited to select streets in the city. In addition, the company's paid passenger service can only operate from 10PM to 6AM, and its cars can only drive at a max speed of 30 mph.Another limitation is that its driverless vehicles aren't allowed on highways and can't operate during times of heavy fog and rain. Still, it's a major milestone, not just for Cruise, but for the nascent robotaxi industry as a whole. Cruise's permit allows it to operate a commercial driverless ridehailing service with a fleet of up to 30 vehicles. It previously said that it will roll out fared rides gradually, and it reiterated that plan in its latest announcement, where it noted that it's "inviting more people" into its driverless vehicles every week. The goal is to eventually be able to offer fared rides all day across the entire city.UPDATE: As of last night, fared rides are now rolling out to our customers in SF. If youre waiting to take your first driverless ride, were inviting more people into our AVs each week, so sit tight itll be worth it! https://t.co/UpjuQ9K81Wpic.twitter.com/CwkD1LftnV cruise (@Cruise) June 23, 2022Cruise received permission to offer the public robotaxi rides last year, but it could only do so for free. The company, along with Waymo, was finally allowed to charge passengers this March, as long as they were rides with safety drivers behind the wheel. While Waymo can't charge for fully autonomous rides yet, it's still the only other company that's been granted a drivered deployment permit, based on CPUC's list.