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Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition comes with suicide doors

Remember that last week's teaser image indicating Lincoln Continental would have suicide doors? Well, it happens and we have to check out a prototype late last week. As you can see from the pictures, the vehicle is essentially a stretched Continental with rear doors locked forwards. Lincoln does not call it the suicide door edition, of course. No, the correct …

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Delivery robot bounces spontaneously in flames in California

An autonomous food delivery robot burst into flames on a Berkeley, California walkway Friday, as reported by The Daily Californian . Kiwi, the startup that creates and controls the hundred strong robotic fleet, issued a statement that the fire was quickly turned off by a passerby before the city's fire department arrived and doused the machine in foam. No one …

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Lincoln brings back "suicide doors" on 2019 Continental

Lincoln took back the continental name two years ago, and now it revives a feature commonly known by a name that you prefer not to use. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the model, Lincoln offers a limited number of runs of 80 Coach Door Edition Continentals for 2019 equipped with what is commonly known as "suicide door." The back-hanging …

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BBC – Future – The Chemistry That Gives Champagne Its Famous Fizz

The sparkling bubbles in a glass of champagne are part of life's rituals, from wedding to Sunday brunch. They come from a rather counter-intuitive process, and a clever chemical handgun keeps the gas even as wineries open bottles halfway through. If you visit the Champagne region, you may be surprised to hear a champagne maker discuss adding a slurry of …

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BMW's premium ride-hailing service is now live in China – TechCrunch

BMW has joined a handful of automakers to compete with transportation upstart Didi Chuxing, who bought Uber's Chinese business in 2016. Last Friday, the German luxury carmaker launched a premium ride-hailing service in Chengdu, China's capital Sichuan Province with over 14 million people. The new offer is part of BMW's ReachNow carsharing brand that kicked off an electric vehicle rental …

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Five challenges face new consumer agency boss

Kathy Kraninger faces a number of intimidating challenges as the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Cranes were confirmed by the Senate December 6th in a 50-49 party-line voice and began her five-year period on top of the polarizing financial regulator on Tuesday. She promised a new start to an agency where many employees have felt demoralized …

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