Uber to make deal with self-driving car unit / WSJ

The US ride-hailing company Uber (UBER) is to make a deal with self-driving car unit, according to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. 

According to the news, Softbank, Toyota and Japan-based auto-parts supplier Denso Corp would invest a total of one billion dollars in the deal. The deal is expected to be announced in the next few days.

Softbank is one of the biggest owners of the ride-hailing company with 16 % ownership. The company is preparing for an IPO and listing is expected to start in May.

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London to start ultra low emissions zones for drivers

The  City of London has started ultra low emissions zones for drivers in order to improve the air quality in the city. According to new rules, the new ULEZ operates 24 hours a day and every day of the year in the Central London.

According to the press release most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. The daily charge is 12,50 sterling.

The 100 sterling charge is for heavier vechiles, like lorries (over 3,5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes).

 

 

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Travelling in Basel: Sustainable hotel Gaia

 

 

Swiss boutique hotel Gaia was established in 1929 as a family-owned hotel in Basel. Nowadays the hotel is still private held and one of the focus areas is sustainability This 4-star-hotel  has a slogan, which means that people should come as a guest, but leave as  a friend.

I had the pleasure to discuss more about the hotel management and catering with one of the founders, with Mr  Luca  Trudu. According to him, the hotel in integrating the sustainability issues into the hotel management as soon as possible.

What does it make for a perfect meal?

One can of course start with the design, but if you think that you are in a restaurant the setting as a whole package, a picture is essential. The colors, structure and layout make the first impression. And after that the taste and ingredients matter.

When I entered the Gaia hotel with the popup  Restaurant in Basel, I first noticed the magnificent wood decorations on the wall. The old building could be telling its history.

The starter was fish. Must say that the packsge was very good with vegetables. Some new mexican  flavour was ln place and the taste was surprising but good.

The main course and the desert continued the same line.  The knowledge and knowhow were superb.The main course was hot chicken, naan-alike bread and rice and the desert was panacotta with chai tea flavor with fig purée and raspberry coulis.

– To make surprising food one need holistic approach with nature and environment. It is a question of different spices, regions and countries , says Jay Kumar  one of the master chefs in Basel.

He has been in the business over 30 years, for example in Hilton for years, and has  been trained by professionals. His specialty, is  progressive indian food  with European influences , he will be opening a new restaurant in New York, Brooklyn, this summer. It will focus on local, Indian inspired farm to table food.

Jay has been travelling all his life and this gives him also certainty to mix species and flavors. It is clear that his new restaurant will gather customers that enjoy with the same passion the mixed, local food.
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Hublot to present new Ferrari watch in Basel

Hublot, part of the French LVMH (LVMH) Group,  presented several exceptional new timepieces at Baselworld 2019, including the new Ferrari watch.

– Continuing its long collaboration with Ferrari, Hublot also unveiled the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, a watch, whose innovative design integrates the new Unico manufacture movement and the dynamic lines of Gran Turismo very high-performance luxury cars, the company says.

According to Hublot this collaboration has also for the first time enabled Hublot teams to fuse their skills with those of the “Centro Stilé Ferrari” design center. This was one fo the new moments with creating new bridges between watchmaking motorization and automotive design.

 

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The car of the year: Jaguar i-pace

The car of the year, Jaquar i-pace, is an exciting new friendship. This electric SUV car is full of innovations and design. According to the company, it is the culmination of years of engineering and arts. And so it is.

My first testdrive ever with Jaguar was exciting. The batteries of the Jaguar i-pace are high energy density lithium-ion cells, which are located within the floor, between the axles. They offer low centre gravity which is a perfect touch for winter roads.

And yes, electric car is silent also inside the car. Jaguar will give you a comprehensive 8 year warranty or 160.000 kilometres for the batteries (90 kWh). In some cases, the warranties might be shorter ones, like 5 year or 100 000 kilometres, so this is a plus for Jaguar.

According to the company, the driving range for a single full charge, is about 480 km on the WLTP standards (worldwide light vehicle test procedure). This new process, which has been in force from 2017, measures closer the real-world driving behaviour. It is about more demanding test procedure than before. It is about emissions, range, fuel and energy consumption in passanger vehicles in Europe.

Jaguar sport electric car shows the very best craftmanship of the British car industry. This sporty, modern and stylish interior will balance the new and old, like the pre-cool or pre-heat functions in the cabin via the Jaguar application.

This all-wheel-drive, two electric motors SUV is good to steer and park. The dimensions inside the car are within reach and the design allows you to optimize the steering.jipaceva04profile120918-resize-1221x814-crop-1140x814

Jaguar is also committed to reduce the dependency of fossil fuels, using fewer natural resources and creating less waste as part of the company approach to responsible and sustainable business development.

 

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GIMS2019:World premiers for luxury cars

The International Geneva Motor Show had plenty of world premier luxury cars in this years event. According to the press information, the event had over 150 world premiers and about 660.000 visitors. This year was also the year with more hybrid and electric cars in the show.

New premier models were for example from Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley Motors, Automobil Pininfarina, BMW and Bugatti.

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Tesla: Model Y starting 39 000 dollars

Teslamotors (TSLA) has published more info related to its new mid-size , all-electric SUV, called Model Y.  According to the company information, it has been designed for maximun versatility and safety.  The Standard Range version will start at 39.000 dollars and it will have batteries to 230 miles of range while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Tesla says the Model Y is the designed to be the safest mid-size SUV. It includes for example low center of gravity and rigid body structure. According to the company information, the car can achieve better driving range with less energy than other EVs on the market because of the high-efficiency in the energy usage.

Delieveries are expexted to begin in fall 2020 for Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants. And spring 2021 for the  Model Y Standard Range.

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