Ford Motor Co is betting $1 billion on the world’s self-driving car future. The automaker said that it would allocate that sum over five years to a new autonomous car startup called Argo AI. Ford’s financial outlay is part of a continuing investment strategy anchored to transforming the car and truck seller into a mobility company with a hand in ride-hailing, ride-sharing and even bicycle rentals.
Argo AI was cofounded a few months ago by Google car project veteran Bryan Salesky and Uber engineer Peter Rander, who met while working at Carnegie Mellon University’s vaunted robotics and engineering school. “The reason for the investment is not only to drive the delivery of our own autonomous vehicle by 2021, but also to deliver value to our shareholders by creating a software platform that can be licensed to others,” Ford chief executive officer Mark Fields said. “This move gets us the agility and speed of a startup combined with Ford’s global scale.”
Salesky, a self-driving car hardware specialist who left Google’s renamed Waymo car program last fall, said that he decided to start his own company with Rander because of “the incredible advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision, but we just needed a partner to get these cars into the hands of millions of people”. Ford’s early stage investment in Argo AI reflects a growing desire on the part of automakers and tech companies to combine forces to tackle the still daunting task of making autonomous driving an everyday reality.
200 of the World’s Best Supercars, Motorbikes and Classics Cars Participate in #NoFilterDXB’s Supercar Parade
The Dubai Supercar Parade proved the city’s insatiable appetite for glamour and amazing lifestyles remains as strong as ever today, with a sensational multi-million dollar motorcade of more than 200 supercars, motorbikes, and custom cars touring Dubai Harbour, JBR and JLT on the final day of the inaugural #NOFILTERDXB. One of the main highlights of #NOFILTERDXB – the super trendy four-day festival celebrating Dubai’s enduring passion for urban lifestyle and motoring culture – the Dubai Supercar Parade was held as part of nation-wide celebrations leading up to next week’s 50th UAE National Day.
Tapping into the country’s forthcoming Golden Jubilee celebrations, Gargash Motors led the convoy with the all-new Mercedes-AMG G 63 UAE GOLDEN JUBILEE Edition – one of only 50 ever made – that launched at #NOFILTERDXB earlier this week. “It was really exciting to lead the Parade in the Mercedes-AMG G 63 UAE Golden Jubilee Edition to commemorate the UAE’s 50th anniversary. With the Parade capturing the spirit of the nation’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, this was the perfect car to head the amazing convoy of supercars,” said Alen Bedrossian, Marketing Manager, Gargash Mercedes-Benz.
Khalid Al Mulla, the Founder & President of Group 63 – one of the world’s largest AMG clubs with over 198,000 members, and a major exhibitor of super and custom cars at #NOFILTERDXB – piloted an iconic red Jannarelly D1 Trofeo through the Parade. “It’s truly amazing to be part of #NOFILTERDXB. What an unbelievable fleet of cars and the November weather was perfect for a morning cruise. If I had to pick a favourite car from the Parade, the matt black Bugatti Chiron would be my choice – it’s gorgeous,” said Al Mulla.
With the Parade fleet driven by members of local automotive clubs and private owners, Noor Daoud, the Middle East’s first female drift racer, sprinkled girl power on proceedings by flagging the convoy off at Dubai Harbour, before jumping in a white Lamborghini Aventador to join the Parade. “I am very blessed, happy and grateful to be here. It is my first time to flag off a Parade and it means so much that #NOFILTERDXB had their trust in me. Dubai is well-known for luxurious supercars, but how they managed to line up this huge number of cars and bikes was unbelievable. You will never find this in any other country in the world,” said Daoud.
Local automobile clubs came out in their droves to support the Parade, with a dozen owners from the Dodge Viper Club GTSs, SRTs, and GTS-Rs to the fold, while the Porsche 9ers Club joined in with a series of 911s, GT3s and GT3Rs. “We had over 30 of our members here for the Parade. I drove a 911.2 Turbo S and had my wife along for the ride. What #NOFILTERDXB has done is amazing, bringing the city’s car community together outside in the beautiful November weather was so special. People were seeing cars they would never normally see; a Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 just crept by – it’s incredible and a bit surreal, even for us petrol heads,” said Adnan Malik, a British national who founded the “coffee and cars” focused 9ers in 2019.
With thousands of spectators lining the Parade route to get up-close to the throng of super and high-performance cars by Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lambourgini, McLaren, Porsche, an eye-popping collection of motorbikes by Aprilla, BMW, Ducatti, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyabusa, Indian Motorcycles, KTM, Motot Guzzi, MV, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, and Yamaha, were a hit with two-wheel fans. “I love cars, but I am definitely a bike guy. I drove up from Abu Dhabi this morning to be here, we left at 6 am, so it’s great to see a really diverse collection of the two-wheelers included,” said Rajiv Mukhi, a 32-year-old Indian national who works in I.T.
Also joining the Parade was Porsche owner Karim Khalaf, a resident of Dubai for over 16 years: “I am here with my nine-year-old son Rami, who is more of a petrol head than me. Getting together like this and seeing all these amazing cars is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is not every day you get to celebrate the UAE’s 50th Anniversary in such spectacular fashion. The Parade summarised Dubai in one parking lot. Beautiful cars, shiny mechanics, people from all over the world in harmony, getting together and celebrating what they love.”
Other vehicles in the Parade included a 10-plus Abarth 595s and 695s, two Audi R8 V10s, several Chevrolet Corvettes, a 1966 Chevrolet Chevlle, a Dallara Stradale, a Dodge Charger Hellcat, a Ford Mustang Classic, a KTM X-Bow, a Lotus Evora S, a Maserati MC Stradale, a Mitsubishi Evo 8, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and a Tesla Model 3, amongst others.
Tim Johnstone, 47, a British Expat living in Dubai who watched the Parade from the Dubai Harbour start line, said: “This is one of those ‘wow’ moments that Dubai is known for; the collection of cars, the Marina backdrop, the weather, the views – this lifestyle is something you simply don’t get anywhere else.”
Lola Chakravarty, an Indian national and long-time resident of Dubai Marina, was another spectator at the start line: “My husband and son were pestering me all week to come, and I wanted to watch from our balcony. For once they were right, I’m very glad we came to the start. The line-up of vehicles is very impressive, it’s like a scene from a movie.”
Amir Baderkano, a 14-year-old Dubai resident from Russia, added: “The Parade is amazing, it is very special to see so many supercars in one place – my favourite is the Lamborghini Aventador and I have seen two already. I am going to have a lot of fun editing all my photos – and yes, no filter needed!”
Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice-President of Events Management at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the organiser of #NOFILTERDXB and the Dubai Supercar Parade, added: “The Parade has united the city’s motoring community for an amazing celebration of what makes Dubai so special. We had over 200 cars in the convoy, with drivers from all over the world, but they all spoke the same languages: cars and lifestyle. We want to thank the drivers for taking part, and our partners at Dubai Police, the Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai Ambulance, the General Directorate of Civil Defense, and Dubai Events Security Committee for their efforts and energies in delivering another amazing spectacle for the city.”
#NoFilterDXB Shows Off a Garage of Iconic Replica Vehicles
A dazzling array of replica vehicles from some of Hollywood’s most classic movies and TV shows are turning heads at #NoFilerDXB – a super trendy new festival celebrating Dubai’s enduring passion for urban lifestyle and motoring culture, which runs at Dubai Harbour until Saturday 27th November. Covering Hollywood blockbusters and fan favourite TV shows dating back decades, #NoFilterDXB’s garage of iconic replica vehicles includes the open-top Jeep Wrangler from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur classic, Jurassic Park. The beige and red Jeep, which was memorably destroyed by the film’s rampaging T-Rex, has generated an endless slew of memes linked to stars Sam O’Neill and Laura Dern first observing the park’s roaming dinosaurs from the vehicle.
Taking a trip back in time to where it all began for Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s legendary characters, Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner, #NoFilterDXB houses identical replicas of the Dodge Charger 1963 and Mitsubishi Eclipse from the very first installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. The two cars were part of one of the most famous street race battles of all time – but, sadly, they won’t be jumping over any trains at #noFilterDXB.
Fans of the award-winning TV series Breaking Bad, whose lead star Brian Cranston was in Dubai last week, will have a hard time forgetting main protagonist Walter White’s daily drive, the lackluster Pontiac Aztek – now regarded as one of the most recognisable 5-seater SUVs from the early to mid-2000s. While this Aztek hasn’t seen nearly as much trouble as the one in the hit TV series, the Breaking Bad tribute car is as close you can get to the real thing. Fun Fact: the Breaking Bad color Aztek was never produced by Pontiac.
#NoFilterDXB also features the Aston Martin DBS from Daniel Craig’s modern James Bond classic Casino Royale; the customized Shelby Mustang GT500 – dubbed ‘Eleanor’ – from the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie; and the bright red 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole driven by actor Tom Selleck in 1980s TV show Magnum P.I.
“Alongside the new-to-market reveals, Electric Vehicle and hybrid regional launches, and dazzling assortment of custom and supercars, we have a quirky selection of some of the most iconic vehicles from classic Hollywood movies and TV shows. These cars are fun windows into the past that give visitors something extra to smile about and share on social media. Much like the city we call home, we want #NoFilterDXB to be about making amazing memories that last a lifetime,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the organiser of #NoFilterDXB.
#NoFilterDXB will culminate in the Dubai Supercar Parade on Saturday at 8.30 am. The Parade will see some of the world’s most sought-after supercars rolling through the streets of Dubai Harbour, JBR, and JLT, before returning to #NoFilterDXB for public viewing. #NoFilterDxb runs from 24 – 27 November at Dubai Harbour.
Nissan Shows Off the Ariya at #NOFILTERDXB
Making its first public showcase in the Middle East, Nissan’s all-electric crossover, Ariya, is set to make a bold statement and amaze audiences at #NOFILTERDXB – the most fabulous and experiential motor cars and urban lifestyle festival of the year. Set to run from 24th – 27th November at Dubai Harbour, the Nissan Ariya showcase is powered by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Nissan in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates.
Following its exclusive showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai last month, the Ariya symbolizes Nissan’s forward-looking journey into the future of electrification and sustainable mobility. Representing the ultimate expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the Ariya combines advanced electric-vehicle technology with a new level of seamless human-machine interface connectivity, offering an entirely new driving experience to customers.
Michel Ayat, CEO of AWR Automotive, said, “As part of our continuous mission to align with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to make public transport emission-free by 2050, it gives us great pride to be showcasing the Nissan Ariya, which seeks to deliver the brand’s promise of innovation and excitement that is accessible to everyone. Dubai is exemplary in its vision of becoming a smart city, investing in infrastructure and providing financial advantages to EV drivers to promote electric mobility. As the pioneer that took electric cars to the global mainstream, Nissan is again breaking the mold in designing and building EVs with the Ariya.”
“Showcasing the Ariya at #NOFILTERDXB reflects Nissan’s commitment to the UAE and the Middle East as whole, which represents a key region of opportunity for the brand. Through global platforms such as Expo 2020 Dubai, where Nissan is the Official Automotive Partner, Nissan shares a tenacious bond with the UAE, which is distinctively evident as they converge to build a more sustainable future,” the company said.
Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director at Nissan Middle East, said, “By daring to do what others don’t, we are proud to share our vision for the future of mobility with our customers in the UAE and across the region. Our focus on innovation and human-centric mobility solutions builds on our global expertise and progressive vision as we accelerate towards a safer, more sustainable and connected world. Showcasing the Ariya to the public for the first time in the region serves as a glimpse into the future that we are building today.”
Review: WD My Passport SSD (1TB)
WD’s new My Passport SSD is a gorgeous-looking external SSD storage device that offers storage capacities ranging between 256GB to...
Review: Honor 50
The new Honor 50 is the company’s first major smartphone launch since Honor spun out of its parent company Huawei...
Video: HUAWEI nova 9 – Will This Be the New Camera King?
The Huawei nova 9 offers a flagship-grade 6.57-inch, 120Hz OLED panel and 10-bit colour depth, potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor,...
Review: Xiaomi 11T Pro
Xiaomi launched a series of new smartphones on the regional market including the 11 Lite 5G NE, the 11T, and...
Review: Fitbit Charge 5
Fitbit launched the Charge 5 on the regional market a month ago and I have been using one for the...