NewsBites: A DeLorean EV and Jaguar Land Rover partners with Nvidia’s Drive Software

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 The ELECTRIC DeLorean: No Need For 1.21 Jiggawatts!

A classic reborn: for those who remember the DeLorean DMC 12 with affection. It was the toast of the industry back in 1981 and was sold only from 1981 to 1983. It was unlike anything else, with its stainless steel body, gullwing doors and futuristic design — a landmark vehicle. Immortalized as the time machine in the Back to the Future movie franchise (brilliant idea, Robert Zemeckis!). And this version does not require 1.21 jiggawats.

Now the DeLorean has been reborn. DeLorean Motors Reimagined will make it happen — this time electrified. The company, whose largest shareholder is the DeLorean Motor Company that sells parts for and restores original DeLoreans, is set to reveal its new-age take on John Z. DeLorean’s classic coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.

Unlike the gasoline-powered DeLorean of the 80s, the EV version sits on a battery-electric powertrain. Chief executive officer Joost de Vries, who previously held positions at companies such as Volvo and Tesla, shared with Car and Driver that the reborn DeLorean is expected to offer at least 300 miles of driving range.

 As chief marketing officer Troy Beetz said, the car the company plans to show off at Pebble Beach imagines what a modern DeLorean might look like “had it been around for the last 40 years.”

 

Jaguar Land Rover + Nvidia + Autonomous Technology 

Jaguar Land Rover is the latest company to reveal a partnership with tech giant Nvidia, with the automaker planning to develop AI-enabled services and automated driving systems in a partnership with the Silicon Valley powerhouse.

More than simply working on higher levels of autonomous tech with the automaker, Nvidia will provide the software for all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles starting in 2025, which is also the year that all new models introduced by the the two brands will be electric-only.

This means that all future JLR models will feature the Nvidia Drive software-defined platform, which will include automated driving, advanced driver assistance (ADAS), and active safety systems. The company describes Drive Orin as the AI bran of the car, running the Jaguar Land Rover operating system, while Drive Hyperion is described as the central nervous system that includes the surround sensors.

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