Apple job postings give further credence to electric car rumors

The company’s Special Project Group posted more than 300 jobs for electrical engineers, road safety specialists, and those with automotive experience in 2020.

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Apple’s long-rumored electric car, codenamed Project Titan, appears to be continuing to ramp up, with analytics firm GlobalData finding that the company posted over 300 jobs in 2020 “including key roles that indicate working on battery power management, road safety and car experience.”

All of the 300+ jobs in question were posted by Apple’s Special Projects Group (SPG), which GlobalData describes as “a way through which the company works on innovative projects that can be scaled in the future.” 

“GlobalData’s Job Analytics database shows that Apple made specific job postings that closely relate to developing proprietary software and battery technology. Additionally, with the recruitment of ex-Tesla employees over the past few years, Apple is in a better place than ever to know the best step forward for its ambitious electric cars project,” said Ajay Thalluri, a business fundamentals analyst with the firm.

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A sample of postings, all of which are for positions in the SPG, include:

  • Senior power systems
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2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e review: More power, more range, more tech

The optional M Sport pack adds these 21-inch wheels.


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A plug-in hybrid is the perfect vehicle for someone who wants a little EV goodness, but isn’t ready to make the fully electric commitment. Maybe you want electric power for around-town commuting and errand-running, but you need the convenience and added range of a gas engine for longer drives. If that sounds like you and luxury SUVs are your thing, allow me to introduce you to the BMW X5 xDrive45e.

Like

  • 30 miles of all-electric range
  • Nicely appointed cabin

Don’t Like

  • Cargo space falls behind competition
  • Two-row seating only

The new 45e is an upgraded version of the xDrive40e BMW previously offered. It offers more range than before — as much as 30 miles thanks to a 24-kilowatt-hour battery — while packing a more powerful punch, as well. Where the 40e had a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 45e gets a 3.0-liter turbo I6. Total output is rated at a healthy 389 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque — big increases over the 308 hp and 332 lb-ft from the older 40e PHEV. Power gets down to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There are six drive

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Recovery Rebate Credit: How to claim missing stimulus money on your 2020 tax return

If the IRS ends up owing you money from the first or second stimulus check, you can still claim it this year.


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If you still haven’t received your second stimulus check, your next option is to claim the stimulus money you’re owed from the second and first economic impact payments next month when you file your 2020 tax return.

While you wait, you can start gathering all your tax paperwork needed. But before you do, you should first confirm your payment status online through the IRS. If the free service says your payment made the deadline and is in transit to your mailbox, you can then track it through the USPS. If you can’t figure out the confusing messages the IRS tool is telling you, if it appears there’s been an error of some sort, or if you seem to be missing money for your dependents, it may be time to turn to the IRS’ Recovery Rebate Credit on your upcoming taxes.

You won’t be sent a separate check if you claim your money on your taxes. It would, however, either increase the size of your total tax refund or lower

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Novel camera-based system for automated touchdown of drone on a set spot

The drone used within the research. Credit score: Shibaura Institute of Know-how

Initially earmarked for covert army operations, unmanned aerial automobiles (UAVs) or drones have since gained large reputation, which has broadened the scope of their use. Actually, “distant pilot” drones have been largely changed by “autonomous” drones for functions in numerous fields. One such software is their utilization in rescue missions following a pure or man-made catastrophe. Nonetheless, this typically requires the drones to have the ability to land safely on uneven terrain—which may be very tough to execute.

“Whereas it’s fascinating to automate the touchdown utilizing a depth digital camera that may gauge terrain unevenness and discover appropriate touchdown spots, a framework serving as a helpful base must be developed first,” observes Dr. Chinthaka Premachandra from Shibaura Institute of Know-how (SIT), Japan, whose analysis group research potential functions of camera-based quadrocopter drones.

Accordingly, Dr. Premachandra and his workforce got down to design an computerized touchdown system; they’ve detailed their strategy of their newest research revealed in IEEE Entry. To maintain issues easy, they upgraded a regular radio management (RC)-based drone with crucial {hardware} and software program and geared up it with a easy 2-D digital camera for

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