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VW Type 20 electric concept is a slick batteryelectric microbus

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Vans 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 3:28 VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIt might be a little too SEMA-y for some people’s tastes, but those weird orange bits are made using some unique methods. Volkswagen VW’s undergoing a bit of rebranding, taking its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and turning it into the Innovation and Engineering Center California, which will be its largest R&D facility outside Germany. To commemorate the occasion, it’s rolled out a wicked new concept that mixes both new and old.Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled the Type 20 concept. Starting with a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus, the automaker ripped out its guts and replaced it with something just a little more up to date. It sports a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, a 2,500-watt onboard charger and an electric motor that makes 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There’s more than just a new powertrain in there. A clever pneumatic suspension, developed with Porsche, allows the Type 20 to change its ride height through software, rising as the driver approaches. Using a 720p wide-angle camera in the driver’s second window, the concept uses facial recognition to allow the driver entry to the vehicle.It keeps getting weirder, too. There are direction microphones in three locations — outside in the front, by the driver and in the back where the passengers are. These feed into a voice assistant that is capable of understanding more natural language commands than what VW currently offers in its passenger cars. If a command is given from the exterior, the vehicle “responds” with LED-light feedback through the headlights and the VW badge on the front end, but it can respond to certain questions like, “Are you ready to go?” Facial recognition technology means that the Type 20 will greet you by name as you approach and unlock the door for you. A quick look at the pictures below shows some weird, wild structures both inside and outside the Type 20 concept. These were created with the help of Autodesk, using something VW calls “generative design,” which creates some very organic shapes for the wheels, steering wheel, side mirror stanchions and the supports for the rear seats. Volkswagen determined a set of physical parameters and let a computer design around them. Designers then drilled down further until they had look that you see here. Weird, but still really cool. There’s also a holographic display in the dashboard that doesn’t require special glasses, likely an extension of the GTI concept VW created for this year’s Wörthersee show.Volkswagen will bring the Type 20 to Monterey Car Week later this summer, but its permanent home will be at the new Innovation and Engineering Center California to show visitors and employees alike what is possible using off-the-beaten-path ideas. Other historic and prototype cars will be on display alongside it, as well. 2 VW Type 20 concept takes what’s old and makes it new again Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagenlast_img read more

Jay Varia stirs up BTown as promising celebrity manager and social media

first_imgJay VariaPR HandoutIn this fairly young but highly persuading business of celebrity endorsement and management, Jay Varia proves his mettle at its best. Born in Jamnagar, Gujarat, Jay bagged his engineering degree in Computers from LRDP Institute of technology.Varia’s experience in online marketing and his sense of growing business through digital marketing skills is tremendous and hence he is definitely a name to pine for when it comes to online marketing growth. It never ceases to amaze someone that the talented Jamnagar boy is now a noted celebrity manager.With an impressive collection of management data’s of 50 plus TV channels, Bollywood celebs, TV stars and celebrated bloggers like Pranitaa Pandit, Roshni Kapoor, Shiny Doshi, Nyraa Banerjee, etc. Jay is becoming a favorite person for the lot. His success story indeed remains in continuation as a proud proprietor of Jay digital Marketing.This year is going to be stacked up exciting for Jay as he is targeting big to hit 250+ celebrity/Brand clients. This successful personality of social media management shares the importance of social media management and swears by his passion for establishing a brand and individual popularity through social media and digital platforms.last_img read more

Will Ferrell Deletes His Facebook Account

first_imgIn this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.I love my fans and hope to further interact with them through my comedy via the mediums of film and television.-Will Ferrell “I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy,” Ferrell wrote in the post.He continued, “I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”Ferrell joins the budding revolt against Facebook in the wake of the user-privacy fiasco. Playboy also has announced that it was leaving the platform, after Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla Motors and SpaceX last week. Brian Acton, a co-founder of messaging app WhatsApp — which Facebook acquired in a deal valued at $19 billion — called for a Facebook boycott in a March 20 tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”Ferrell, in his farewell post on Facebook, admitted that he’s “always had an aversion to social media” and has primarily used it “to help support our work at Funny Or Die” — the comedy media company he co-founded — as well as some of his personal projects and charity causes. Ferrell does not maintain official Twitter or Instagram accounts.Here’s the full text of Ferrell’s message, posted on Tuesday:Hi Friends,I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account. I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers.I have always had an aversion to social media and have primarily used it as a tool to help support our work at Funny Or Die, some of my personal projects, as well as charity causes that I am passionate about. Facebook allowed me to promote and share the work of many dedicated and talented individuals who deserved recognition.I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy. I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Popular on Variety UPDATE, 3/31: Will Ferrell’s official Facebook page has been deleted. The link to his page currently displays the message, “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now.”Previously:Will Ferrell has had enough of Facebook.The comedian and actor, in a post on the social-media platform, said he will delete his Facebook account by this Friday. His page currently has 10.1 million fans.Ferrell cited Facebook’s mishandling of user data in the case of Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data-analytics firm that obtained unauthorized info on 50 million users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook has pledged to make changes to give users more control over privacy settings and restrict usage of data on its platform, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for the situation. But evidently those measures haven’t satisfied Ferrell. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more