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In France, over 20,000 swimming pools were discovered (and taxed) in a matter of months. It’s AI’s fault

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In France, over 20,000 swimming pools were discovered (and taxed) in a matter of months.  It's AI's fault

Since October, French finance has raised more than 10 million euros in taxes and expects to add 40 more in the coming months.

France, like other countries, is experiencing a historic drought. For many, swimming pools are a refreshing relief from the heat – by the way, according to the latest figures, there are 3.2 million swimming pools in all of France. But with the increase in the number of pools, there are also more stringent checks from the authorities … and artificial intelligence.

Swimming pools are subject to value-added taxation on the property they are built into, so those that are not declared constitute tax evasion, which is currently being combated by an artificial intelligence system developed by the multinationals Google and Capgemini. From aerial photographs, artificial intelligence can detect what it interprets as the outlines of swimming pools on private property, and then compare that to the original database. After “blaming” artificial intelligence, the owners have 90 days to correct the situation.

Since the system was first used in October last year, some 20,356 undeclared pools have been discovered. The tax authorities have announced that they have recovered about 10 million euros in taxes from nine French regions, but they hope to raise another 40 million euros into the state treasury by 2023.

The next step “generalizesystem throughout France, although artificial intelligence is not always infallible. In some cases, the solar arrays read like swimming pools, in others it was impossible to recognize any structure covered with trees. Finance, praises the system and expresses its intention to apply it to other undeclared areas such as balconies and pergolas.

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“But we have to make sure that software can find buildings with a large area, and not a dog house or a children’s playhouse, ”he warned.

Disputed basins on another issue – drought

With the devastating drought in France, private pools were already controversial for other reasons.

Several environmental associations have protested the use of the water for recreational purposes at a time when many French villages lack potable water dependent on the delivery of water from other parts of the country. Farmer groups have also warned that food shortages caused by the drought will be especially severe in the coming winter.

Ecology Europe Greens national secretary Julien Bayou sparked controversy when he said he would not object to a ban on private swimming pools if drought periods got worse and more frequent. Later on the social network Twitterclarified: “The goal is not to ban swimming pools, but to guarantee our basic water needs.”

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

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Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

Read also: We already know when the Bugatti Centodieci fell into the hands of Ronaldo.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”

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The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

Read also: Dual-fuel Dacia Jogger Eco-G. We tried 5 seater and LPG…

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios

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Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.


Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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