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2017 Audi R8 with matte “Audi Sport” logo embedded on side blades

New technique allows Audi to embed symbols within paint

Vehicle personalization is all the rage these days and Audi has developed a new technique for painted surfaces that could take off in a big way. The technique, which will initially be made available on the R8 supercar, enables virtually any symbol to be embedded within a painted surface. The... read more

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Final drive ratio

Learn what a final drive ratio is and how it affects your car

The final drive ratio is the last bit of gearing between your transmission and the driven wheels. By changing it, you can affect the performance of your car, rather... read more January 17, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained walks you through variable valve lift and timing

Here are the differences between Variable Valve Lift and Variable Valve Timing

Engines are complex bits of machinery. At their core level, yes, it's easy to understand what is happening. Air and fuel enter the engine where they are ignited and... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
2018 Lexus LS center console with “EV MODE” button

Lexus inadvertently confirms electrified LS

A hybrid model was noticeably absent when Lexus took the covers off its fifth-generation LS flagship sedan at last week’s 2017 Detroit auto show. The sole model was an... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Ford GT instrument cluster Normal mode

Ford GT gauge cluster changes to fit the driving mode

The hype train for the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT is once again in high gear. It seems like every enthusiast outlet made sure to get some seat time in the car on display... read more January 13, 2017 by


 
Hain family participating in Volvo Drive Me self-driving car project

Hain family first to be chosen for Volvo’s Drive Me self-driving car project

Volvo is undertaking an ambitious project where later this year 100 of its self-driving prototypes will be handed over to regular customers in Gothenburg, Sweden, the... read more January 11, 2017 by


 
A video explanation on planetary gear sets

Classic video explains how a planetary gear set works

Gears come in all shapes and sizes. They are the toothy wonders that make the world go around, and they're incredibly important in the operation of a motor vehicle. There's a... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Honda NeuV concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Honda unveils NeuV and Riding Assist concepts at 2017 CES

Honda’s theme of its 2017 Consumer Electronics Show presence is something it calls the Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem, where via artificial intelligence, robotics and... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Learn the differences between an automatic and manual transmission

The differences between automatic and manual transmissions

You no doubt know which type of gearbox you prefer, be it automatic or manual. Do you know how these gearboxes do what they do? If you don't, then today is your lucky day... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about wet sump and dry sump oil systems

The differences between wet and dry sump oil systems

All of those moving parts in your engine create heat through friction, and that heat needs to be mitigated or bad things will happen. This is the task of your oil. It... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
Audi Q7 Piloted Driving concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Audi using AI to fine-tune self-driving cars, says production version coming in 2020

It’s easy to think that self-driving cars simply need to be programmed with the general set of road rules and then have some form of object detection so that the... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
BMW i Inside Future concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

BMW previews next-gen interior complete with hologram technology

BMW is currently leading the way when it comes to in-car technology with its Gesture Control system that debuted on the 2016 7-Series. The system allows you to make basic... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
2017 BMW 7-Series

BMW to begin testing self-driving cars this year

Stopping short of calling itself the purveyor of the "ultimate riding machine," BMW announced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that its first cars capable... read more January 4, 2017 by


 
Self-driving car

Intel strengthens self-driving car presence with 15 percent stake in HERE digital maps firm

Intel is set to acquire a 15 percent stake in digital mapping company HERE which is owned by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The acquisition is set to be completed in the first... read more January 4, 2017 by


 
2017 Chrysler 300

FCA’s next-gen Uconnect system may be powered by Google’s Android

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has teamed up with Google to develop a version of the Uconnect infotainment system powered by Android. Uconnect can be found in most of... read more January 4, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about the Honda Accord Hybrid

How the Honda Accord Hybrid can behave like a Koenigsegg

Believe it or not, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan actually has something in common with an ultra-exotic hypercar produced by the Swedish brand Koenigsegg. That seems far... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
 

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