Car Tech

  • New Ford key fobs with anti-hack protection

    Ford has a solution to keep hackers from stealing crucial information encoded in a key fob. The automaker announced last week that its smart key fobs will include a sleep mode to prevent hackers from decrypting key signals. A hacker is capable of using what's called a "relay box" to extend a signal and unlock, lock, or start a car without the owner's doing or knowledge. Worse, the data could be used to create a duplicate key fob. Ford's new key fobs will include a sleep mode. Essentially, when the key doesn't detect it's in use, it goes dormant and hackers cannot use any equipment to...

  • Volvo connected car safety
    Volvos will talk to each other, warn about road conditions

    Volvo's new cars and SUVs will strike up a conversation with one another come 2020. The automaker announced Monday that every new car sold in Europe will be fitted with its latest connected-safety technology that can warn other Volvo drivers about road conditions or vehicle crashes. Volvo calls the...

  • Jaguar I-Pace aluminum recycling program
    In-house recycling program will allow Jaguar to turn old cars into new ones

    One Jaguar's scrap is another model's treasure, at least it will be soon. The British automaker last week started to develop the second phase of its materials repurposement program. In this case, old Jaguars will provide materials to build new ones. Specifically, Jaguar will recycle aluminum from...

  • BMW M5 acceleration
    BMW explains the science of 0-60 mph times

    The 0-60 mph time has been a measure of performance for a long time and cars have continued to reduce their times over decades. BMW decided to explain what goes into shaving seconds off of a 0-60 mph time and it involves a few key areas. The basics show that all of the power a car has needs to work...

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
    Apple patents system to help self-driving cars correct slipping tires

    Apple remains quiet about any plans for self-driving cars, but it continues to file patents that clue us into what the technology company is interested in. A new patent revolves around detecting speed and behavior at a self-driving car's tires. Essentially, it's a new process that could give a...

  • Volkswagen self-driving car prototype testing in Hamburg, Germany - April 3, 2019
    Self-driving VWs hit the streets of Hamburg

    Prototype self-driving cars from the Volkswagen Group have started testing in an urban environment for the first time. Five prototypes, each based on the current Volkswagen e-Golf electric hatch, hit the streets of downtown Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, operating at Level 4 self-driving...

  • Hyundai next-generation cockpit prototype

    Hyundai is ready to change the way drivers operate various features inside its cars. To give us a taste of how it will look, the South Korean brand shared images of its next-generation cockpit prototype. To underscore that this technology won't be reserved for only the most-expensive cars, Hyundai based the prototype on the current i30 hatchback, or what Americans know as the Elantra GT hatchback. The goal is to reduce the number of buttons and create a clean and simple control interface. Front and center is a two-spoke steering wheel with large touchpads on the right and left. These replace...

  • Torc Robotics headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia
    Daimler to bring self-driving trucks to the road with America's Torc Robotics

    The commercial vehicle arm of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler on Friday announced it acquired a majority stake in Torc Robotics, a company based in Blacksburg, Virginia, developing self-driving systems for multiple vehicle categories, ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks. The deal, which...

  • Daimler in-car gaming development competition
    Daimler wants your help for in-car gaming ideas

    We don't know when or if self-driving cars will take over the roadways, but it's inevitable they'll change the way we spend time in the car. Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler, recognizes that massive changes are afoot and has launched a competition called the In-Car Gaming Challenge to...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Valencia, Spain, January 2019
    Carbon-ceramic brakes best for track use? Think again, says Porsche

    Carbon-ceramic brakes remain the go-to equipment for high-performance cars, but Porsche may give those who track their cars often a moment to rethink. Paul Watson, Porsche Australia’s veteran technical representative, told Wheels (via Whichcar) in a report published Friday that carbon-ceramic...

  • Corn-based lacquer with self-healing property
    Corn is the magic ingrediant for self-healing lacquer

    Scratches and swirl marks are part of car ownership. Despite best efforts to keep a car clean and of imperfections, such paint imperfections are often out of the owner's control. Enter corn to solve the problem. A new corn-based lacquer promises to fill in scratches and swirl marks that normally...

  • Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 steering wheel, 2019
    Here's what every button on an F1 steering wheel does

    Glancing at a modern Formula 1 race car's steering wheel reveals a very complex contraption, and it's just as in-depth of a wheel as it suggests. Mercedes-AMG, the reigning F1 champion, recently published a video with driver Valtteri Bottas to give fans a closer look at what action each button...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts

    Last week Volkswagen Group announced plans to double-down on building electric cars with 20 new models and an additional 7 million cars over five years. So far it's said that the battery cells for its MEB vehicles will come from four different global suppliers: CATL, LG Chem, Samsung, and SK Innovation. Now VW has announced that it is working to develop local battery technology and production in Europe by partnering with Northvolt, a startup Swedish battery manufacturer that has plans to build one of the largest battery factories in the world. Mass-market electric carmakers, it turns out, are...

  • Teaser for Porsche Taycan debuting in September 2019
    Porsche to only use dedicated EV platforms for electric models

    Porsche is open to turning every model it sells into an EV, bar the 911, which CEO Oliver Blume said last fall would never be a pure electric car. But any EV that Porsche launches won't be offered with an alternative powertrain utilizing an internal-combustion engine, Blume told Auto Express during...

  • Volvo in-car camera system
    Volvo knows best: In-car cameras can slow or stop suspected drunk or distracted drivers

    Volvo will install in-car cameras aimed at drivers to recognize impaired or distracted driving—and potentially stop it—CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced in Sweden on Wednesday. The in-car cameras will be installed on new models built on the automaker's newest platform, called SPA 2. Those...

  • Mercedes-AMG video explaining 2019's Formula 1 design rules
    Mercedes-AMG explains why F1's 2019 design rules should mean closer racing

    Teams competing in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship over the course of the past month have revealed their race cars for the new season, and in the lead up to this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG has dropped a video to explain some of the new design rules aimed at...

  • Golden Sahara II
    Glowing Goodyear tires unveiled beneath restored Golden Sahara II custom

    In the video clip above, you see James “Jim Streets” Skonzake use a remote control to drive the Golden Sahara II custom car onto the stage of the "I’ve Got a Secret" television show. Streets bought the car from George Barris and took it on a national tour that included an...

  • How do you rebuild a carburetor?
    How do you rebuild a carburetor? Like this

    There's heartache and joy that come with owning, and caring for, an older vehicle. It's helpful if you can sort out a number of problems on your own, it will save you cash and trips to your local mechanic. One of the more seemingly puzzling aspects of old-car ownership occurs when you drive a...

  • Goodyear Aero tire concept for flying cars

    If the future does, in fact, include flying cars as a new sort of transportation method, it's best to have equipment that can handle both roads and flight. Goodyear is aiming to solve this problem with a new concept tire it debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this week. It's called the Aero. The concept tire serves two purposes. The first is to ensure the flying car can still drive on regular roads, while the second turns the Aero tires into "propellers" when the car is ready for take off. The concept imagines that flying cars will take the shape of vertical take-off and...

  • Hyundai phone-as-key technology
    Hyundai's latest app turns a smartphone into your car key

    Future Hyundai cars won't require a key at all. The automaker has announced a new digital key that turns an owner's smartphone into a key to lock/unlock the car and start it. It does more than those basic functions and basically preps Hyundai cars for the future of car sharing. The digital key can...

  • Toyota 2JZ engine teardown
    Watch a 2JZ engine teardown and learn what makes them so tough

    The 2JZ inline-6 engine from Toyota is a legendary powerplant within the automotive community, but why? A new video dives into the engine's internals and explains what makes it so ideal to make big power on stock internals. The video comes from Papadakis Racing and the engine is basically the...

  • Wheel alignment explanation
    Here's why your car needs an alignment

    Car owners are told to get oil changes, rotate their tires, and top off fluids, but we often don't hear as much about alignments. However, that doesn't mean they're not an important part of vehicle maintenance. A video from Learn Engineering aims to explain why we should be mindful of alignments...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera aero
    Learn how the 2020 Porsche 911's adaptive aero keeps things slippery

    Having a machine that weighs a few thousands pounds act like a brick in the wind is hardly ideal for performance and efficiency. That's why Porsche has worked to ensure the 992-generation 911 cuts through the wind as best as possible, which the automaker has explained in a new video. Viewers start...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

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