Car Tech

  • General Motors next-generation electrical platform

    General Motors on Monday showed off its latest electronic platform to support the needs of future vehicles as more technology seeps into them. The electrical architecture will provide the structure for future active safety features, infotainment systems, electric cars, and the automaker's hands-free highway driving system, Super Cruise. The new platform was needed because the technology drivers enjoy today, like infotainment functions and other connectivity features, requires more electrical bandwidth. The latest digital platform will secure the necessary additions well into the future, GM...

  • Renault Zoe self-driving car prototype
    Renault ready to roll out its first fully self-driving services

    Renault has been teasing us with a series of self-driving car concepts over the past year but the French automaker at a tech conference in Paris on Thursday revealed how it is making the technology a reality. Renault has established a self-driving car research unit at the Paris-Saclay technology...

  • Nissan ProPilot 2.0 electronic driver aid
    Latest version of Nissan ProPilot offers hands-free highway travel

    Nissan on Thursday announced an upgraded version of its ProPilot self-driving system that will enable hands-free travel on the highway. ProPilot allows a vehicle to travel in a single lane and handles all of the accelerating, braking and steering. However, it requires both hands to be on the...

  • 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo, 2018 New York auto show
    Maseratis to be first FCA cars to benefit from BMW driver-assistance systems

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has largely opted out of developing its own self-driving technology and instead decided to find a partner. In 2017, FCA joined BMW's self-driving car alliance, which includes Mobileye and Intel, for future autonomous car technology, and now we know it's headed to Maserati...

  • 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
    2020 Kia Stinger GTS skips training wheels, shreds its tires instead

    Leadfoots needed: The 2020 Kia Stinger GTS is only as restrained as the driver’s right foot. That’s according to its program manager, Eddie Rayyan, who says when the four-door hatchback goes on sale later this year, the 2020 Stinger GTS will be the first Kia sold with fully defeatable...

  • Teaser for 2020 Volkswagen Golf debuting in October 2019
    New VW Golf's digital dash previewed

    Volkswagen is slated to unveil a redesigned Golf in October and the automaker has previewed the car's high-tech interior with a teaser sketch. Tucked away in a document outlining the Volkswagen Group's 2019 annual general meeting that took place on Tuesday, the teaser sketch shows the digital dash...

  • Google Assistant Drive Mode

    Android users will have a new way to interact with their built-in Google Assistant in the near future. Google announced at its developer's conference Tuesday a new Driving Mode for the assistant. The Driving Mode turns the Google Assistant into an extension of an infotainment system for any Android smartphone. The Driving Mode also focuses on accomplishing tasks with just the driver's voice so they can keep their attention on the road ahead. Upon pairing the smartphone with a car's Bluetooth connection, Driving Mode will open automatically and provide information for the trip ahead. For...

  • Updated Android Auto user interface, 2019
    Google gives Android Auto a facelift

    Android Auto is in for a refresh. Google announced Monday it will roll out a refreshed user interface for Android Auto this summer, and the design changes amount to a far sleeker-looking system overall. Most notable is the design change itself. Google said users can now take advantage of a "dark...

  • AMG 53 Deep Dive
    AMG 53 deep dive: Mercedes-AMG's straight shot at hybrid performance throws a few curves

    The AMG 53 Series looks to the past for its future in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. In addition to the CLS-Class, E-Class, and upcoming GLE-Class, the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that defines AMG 53s is likely to appear in nearly every Mercedes model soon. Related to the inline-6 found in the 450...

  • Prototype for BMW iNext electric SUV due in 2021
    500 self-driving BMW iNext SUVs to hit the road in 2021, including Level 5 capable

    A new BMW SUV code-named the iNext will arrive in 2021 and form the basis of the automaker's pilot fleet of self-driving cars offering Level 4 and even Level 5 capability. A Level 4 self-driving car can drive on its own in set conditions but requires a human to take over outside of the set...

  • Volkswagen ID R time attack special at the Nürburgring - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Get a closer look at the Volkswagen ID R's battery technology

    Ahead of Volkswagen's attempt to claim the Nürburgring-Nordschleife's lap record for EVs, the brand has begun to dish out some of the technical details on the specific version of the ID R time attack special developed for the feat. This time, VW takes a deep dive into the batteries. Foremost...

  • Roborace DevBot 2.0
    Roborace's DevBot 2.0 debuts, and it actually looks cool

    Despite technical setbacks, Roborace is pushing forward with plans to let self-driving race cars duke it out on a racetrack. The startup racing series published a new set of images via a Twitter announcement on Monday that show the original prototype DevBot's transformation into the more advanced...

  • 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles starting in the second half of 2019 will roll out a new version of its Uconnect infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system and featuring new cloud-based services that you can take advantage of both in and out of the vehicle. More and more automakers are choosing to rely on third-party systems for infotainment rather than spending the resources to develop a dedicated system. In most cases, the supplied operating system runs in the back end while at the front the user is faced with a brand's specific designs for the various screens and menus...

  • Cadillac Super Cruise
    Upgraded Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving system coming in 2020

    Cadillac hasn't forgotten about its brand-exclusive Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system first launched in 2017. In fact, the technology is due for some "major" upgrades ahead of its launch on more models in 2020. The Verge reported on Sunday that there are plans to push updates to Super...

  • Tobias Moers
    Mercedes-Benz AMG boss: Project One's electric turbos coming to AMG line soon

    Tobias Moers is the type of guy you want running your performance automaker. The boss of Mercedes-Benz AMG looks the part. His casual answers belie his intensity for the details in what he does; Moers drives all AMG models and is intensely involved in engineering. He tracks his cars—often. He...

  • Jaguar-Land Rover Smart Wallet
    Jaguar Land Rover will pay drivers in cryptocurrency to report potholes, traffic jams

    Jaguar-Land Rover will encourage drivers to share their data voluntarily in exchange for compensation in the form of cryptocurrency. On Monday, the British automaker announced the data sharing and payment process, which uses Smart Wallet technology to unlock access to crytocurrency. JLR will...

  • Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama in Aichi, Japan
    $2.8B Toyota R&D center includes test track that mimics the Nürburgring

    Toyota is constructing an expansive research and development center settled in Aichi, Japan, and included in the sprawling site will be 11 separate test tracks. And one of the tracks already completed mimics tough elements of the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Known as the Toyota Technical...

  • Acura NSX exterior paint process
    Walk the line and see how Honda paints the Acura NSX

    Paint may seem a relatively simple part of automobile manufacturing, but the truth is a lot goes into the process. It's especially true for luxury vehicles and sports cars. Case in point: the Acura NSX. Auto detailing company Ammo produced a new video that takes fans inside Honda's Acura NSX...

  • 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...

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