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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 dramatically in some cases. In general, a lower final drive ratio will lead to less torque at the wheels but a higher top speed... read more

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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


 
Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo, Autoliv establish Zenuity joint venture dedicated to self-driving cars

Volvo has been developing self-driving cars for several years and in 2015 teamed up with fellow Swedish firm Autoliv, an automotive supplier specializing in safety systems... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Chrysler Portal concept is an electric van with Level 3 self-driving capability

Given the dearth of new product at Chrysler, it’s easy to think parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has forgotten about the brand. (With the demise of... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
Wattway solar road

France builds first stretch of solar road--at $5.2M per kilometer

The French government in early 2016 pledged to install over a five-year period 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of roads lined in solar panels. The first kilometer has now been... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
HERE HD Live Map

HERE and Mobileye join forces to create highly-detailed maps for self-driving cars

A cloud-based database of highly-detailed maps updated in real time will be essential for self-driving cars, as they can provide information on traffic and road conditions... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
 

 
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