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  • Polestar 2 Android-based infotainment system teaser image

    Following a round of teaser photos for the model itself, we now get a look at the Polestar 2's Android-based infotainment system. Polestar invited anyone to preview the infotainment system via a tweet on Wednesday. The tweet routes users to a smartphone application that previews what the Android-based infotainment will look like and how it will operate. In early 2018, Volvo and Polestar announced it had ditched planned upgrades to its in-house Sensus infotainment system and instead decided to build its new infotainment system around Google and the tech company's Android operating system...

  • Path projection system for self-driving cars
    New tech lights up the path of self-driving cars

    A world where we share the road with cars driven by computers will take some getting used to. In response, companies working on self-driving cars are looking at ways of making the transition as smooth as possible, by helping to gain the trust of the public. One of the companies is Jaguar Land...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and 2018 BMW i3
    BMW and Daimler reportedly in talks over subcompact, self-driving car partnership

    Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is already partnered with BMW Group in the area of mobility, with the two German auto giants last month having received regulatory approval to merge their various mobility divisions into a single joint-venture company. Now the two are reportedly in talks over...

  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 2019 Detroit auto show
    Brothers from Tremec mothers: 2020 Shelby GT500 and mid-engine Corvette reportedly have same transmission

    The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that made its debut on Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the forthcoming mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette may share one major component. Road & Track on Monday reported on a newsletter that appears to evidence the fact both...

  • Cadillac Super Cruise
    Entire Cadillac lineup to get Super Cruise by end of 2020

    In 2018, Cadillac launched the world's first hands-free driver-assist system, giving consumers a glimpse of a self-driving future. To date, the system has only been offered on the soon-to-be-dead CT6 full-size sedan. On Friday during its Capital Markets Day presentation, Cadillac announced Super...

  • Valeo camera system to see through trailers, CES 2019
    French company reveals camera system to make trailers invisible

    Blind spots remain a headache in nearly every new vehicle, but for those who tow, the problem becomes magnified. Enter the French company Valeo, which introduced a new camera-based system at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show this week. The trick system, called the XtraVue Trailer system, mounts...

  • Genesis G80 concept with holographic augmented reality navigation system

    In the not too distant future, head-up display systems will be able to present a whole lot more than the tiny window of static information we're used to today. The key is holographic augmented reality technology that has the potential to turn the entire windshield into a display, which could enable numerous possibilities, from showing you which turns to take on your selected route, the perfect racing line during track days, and even information about your location like nearby restaurants and tourist attractions. A Swiss company by the name of WayRay is developing just such a system, and...

  • BMW and The North Face Futurelight Camper concept
    BMW designs a camper concept with waterproof fabric that's breathable

    BMW unveiled a concept on Tuesday at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it isn't a car. Instead it's a camper that BMW's California-based design house, Designworks, cooked up with American outdoor apparel brand The North Face. The camper, which is compact and light, and somewhat...

  • Audi virtual reality platform, 2019 CES
    Audi reveals back seat virtual reality platform at 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

    Audi wants to transform the ride experience for back seat passengers. The German luxury marque revealed a new virtual reality platform at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday aimed at doing just that. The VR platform was developed by Audi subsidiary Audi Electronics Venture. Both companies...

  • Ford C-V2X technology running on 5G network
    Ford selects 5G networks to integrate V2X technology in 2022

    Numerous automakers have begun preparing for a connected-car future, but Ford is the latest to step into the arena. The automaker announced on Monday that it will use 5G networks to integrate vehicle-to-everything technology in all of its vehicles by 2022. Ford calls the technology C-V2X, or...

  • Toyota Research Institute simulation of actual 3-car crash, to test Guardian active-safety system
    Toyota's take on autonomy: Guardian "amplifies" human control, not replaces it

    It's not every carmaker that leads off a press conference by re-enacting a spectacular three-car freeway crash. But at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Toyota had a point to make. Its Guardian active-safety system could have mitigated the effects of the crash, the company says. Perhaps...

  • Byton M-Byte interior  -  production prototype for CES 2019
    Byton M-Byte will have a 48-inch screen running the length of the windscreen

    Byton will use this week's 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the production-ready interior design of its upcoming M-Byte electric crossover SUV, and crucially the design maintains the ultra-wide digital screen first shown in concept form a year ago. The curved screen, referred...

  • Nissan Invisible-to-Visible connectivity technology at 2019 CES

    At next week's 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nissan will show off its Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, which will help drivers anticipate what lies ahead. The technology uses sensors from inside and outside of the vehicle and works with data stored in the cloud, likely via vehicle-to-object (V2X) connectivity. I2V's claim is it can show drivers what lurks beyond an intersection and even through buildings. It's not a new concept in the slightest, though. Jaguar Land Rover announced similar technology in development this past April. Honda also detailed its prototype system...

  • Volvo in-car camera monitors
    Eyes on you: Volvo to offer in-car cameras to monitor drivers

    Volvo is prepared to install optional in-car cameras to track drivers come 2020. The brand told Car in a Monday report that the cameras will open up a host of new technology benefits, though it recognizes consumer fears over privacy. Atif Rafiq, Volvo’s chief digital officer, said Volvo will...

  • Toyota self-driving car prototype
    Toyota prepares next-gen self-driving car prototype for 2019 CES

    Toyota isn’t as vocal as some rivals in the self-driving space but the Japanese auto giant is making steady progress and at next week’s 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will unveil a fourth-generation prototype. Toyota used last year's CES to show off the third-gen design...

  • Hyundai and Kia automated valet concept
    Hyundai and Kia latest to show automated valet

    Hyundai and Kia on Thursday showcased a fully automated valet system that is currently under consideration for production. The system leverages technology being developed for self-driving cars and is operated via a smartphone. Upon reaching a parking facility, the driver receives the location of...

  • Kia READ (Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving) concept debuting at 2019 CES
    Kia concept for 2019 CES previews a world with self-driving cars

    Much of the focus on self-driving cars, naturally, has centered on the driving technology, however, the future user experience that a fully automated car can potentially deliver should also be looked at. Kia is aware of this and will preview just such a future with its READ (Real-time Emotion...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    Go behind the scenes in the development of the Audi e-tron

    The battle for electric car supremacy is starting to really heat up now that established automakers are joining the fray. The most recent salvo was launched by Audi in the form of the 2019 e-tron, a mid-size crossover SUV with a big 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a reasonable $75,795...

  • Volkswagen mobile fast-charger system

    Today, the vast majority of charging stations are fixed in place after installation. Next year, VW plans to join a short list of companies looking to change that. On Thursday, the German automaker showed off a mobile fast-charging station for electric cars it plans to implement in 2019, and the company thinks it can help revolutionize how EV owners charge their cars. VW isn't the first company developing mobile fast chargers, but it's the first automaker to get into the game. Freewire Technologies, backed by BP, has released its own mobile fast chargers. The major benefit VW sees is the...

  • Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Lidar, big data could make de-icing roads more efficient

    Future de-icing vehicles could use data and lidar to help ensure better city coverage and safer roads. The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, will put the technology to the test this winter with one specially equipped de-icing truck. Digital Trends reported on the technology last week, which was...

  • Bugatti Chiron 3D-printed brake caliper tests
    Bugatti's 3D-printed brake caliper tested to hypercar extremes

    Bugatti in January revealed the largest 3D-printed component composed out of titanium: a brake caliper designed for the Chiron hypercar. Throughout 2018, the firm has continued to test the brake caliper before it enters production, and we received our first look at just how extreme the test...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW will preview its digital personal assistant at 2019 CES

    BMW will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show to preview a digital personal assistant the automaker plans to roll out starting next March. First announced in September, the system, known as the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, is a voice-activated system smart enough to...

  • Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking and Security system
    Porsche launches its own vehicle tracking system to protect classics

    Porsche wants to better cater to its classic vehicle owners and has rolled out its very own vehicle security and tracking system. The Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking system allows owners to monitor where their car is at all times, receive alerts via an accompanying smartphone app, and even set...

  • Pronto.AI self-driving car system
    Ex-Waymo engineer drove from San Francisco to New York City in a self-driving car

    Anthony Levandowski claims he has completed a major milestone for self-driving car technology: a coast-to-coast trip using his latest technology. If Levandowski sounds familiar, it's because he was the center of attention in the Waymo-Uber legal battle. Waymo accused the former employee of stealing...

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