Car Tech

  • Camcon Automotive has created an electronic engine valve system

    The hunt for efficient engine valve technology can be a never-ending journey into cam timing, various combustion cycles, and lift and duration adjustments. For that reason, some companies believe cam-less is the future vision of engine efficiency. A British outfit by the name of Camcon Automotive is looking at this problem from a different angle. An electric one, actually, as its prototype engine is the first such example to run with fully digitally controlled valves. Camcon's approach to valve timing is quite different. It's called Intelligent Valve Technology and it makes use of valves that...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe fingerprint scanner technology in China
    New tech allows Hyundai owners to unlock and start cars with a fingerprint

    Fingerprints have unlocked phones for a few years now, but Hyundai has bigger plans for cars. Hyundai revealed the 2019 Santa Fe at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition with fingerprint access technology last weekend. The Korea Herald reported the technology will be offered on the new...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018
    2019 Audi e-tron has cameras instead of mirrors*, but do they really work?

    The 2019 Audi e-tron will skip out on one piece of technology when it arrives in the United States, hence our asterisk in the title. U.S.-spec e-trons will not receive the futuristic camera-as-mirror technology. Thank outdated regulations for that. Instead, we'll receive standard side mirrors...

  • 3D-printed rotary engine from Engineering Explained
    Dive into this 3D-printed rotary engine

    If you've ever wondered what makes up the famed rotary engine from Mazda, now is the chance to dive in. Engineering Explained showed off an incredible 3D-printed rotary engine scale model, and host Jason Fenske walks us through what makes the peculiar powertrain tick. Specifically, this is a...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018
    Battery breakthrough could lead to more stable, higher-density batteries

    Honda believes it has discovered a breakthrough in solid-state batteries that could lead to higher-density units compared to today's lithium-ion batteries. The new battery is also much more stable, a boon over today's lithium-ion batteries which pose a risk of overheating due to their property...

  • FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype
    BMW and Porsche demo 450-kw charger capable of adding 62 miles in 3 minutes

    A research project in Germany that includes automakers BMW and Porsche has successfully demonstrated an ultra-fast charging station that can deliver charge times approaching that of filling up at a gas station. Called FastCharge, the project demonstrated a prototype 450-kilowatt charging station on...

  • Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show

    Audi will roll out a sedan concept previewing the automaker's future in-car entertainment technologies at next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The highlight will be a new type of entertainment system capable of simulating a movie theater experience, the automaker said Wednesday. Such a system could keep a driver occupied in a fully self-driving car. Audi said that it wants to make the journey itself a pleasurable experience, rather than just a mundane task of going from point A to B. But even without self-driving cars being available, Audi's new...

  • Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle prototype
    Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle could be the fire truck of the future

    Honda will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to highlight a number of technologies it is working on in fields as diverse as robotics, connectivity and self-driving capability. Among the highlights will be a prototype for a self-driving all-terrain vehicle...

  • Teaser for 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 due in 2019
    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will house two 3D-printed brake parts

    As the cost to 3D print components drops, we're beginning to see more vehicle incorporate the breakthrough technology. Numerous automakers plan to include more 3D-printed components in future vehicles, and on deck is the upcoming 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Ford said on Tuesday that its new...

  • ZF exterior curtain airbag
    External airbags might be on your next new car

    German supplier ZF has developed external crash safety airbags for cars that could make their way to production in as little as two years. The company showed off an external airbag system at the recent Airbag 2018 Symposium in Germany. The system is quite similar to current technology used for...

  • 2020 Porsche 911
    Porsche launches lifestyle app with access to human personal assistant

    Porsche wants to make the lives of 911 drivers even easier with the launch of its Porsche 360+ lifestyle assistant app for iOS. The brand announced the app's launch on Monday, which has the ability to handle numerous tasks and grants users access to a live human assistant. According to the company...

  • BMW makes 1-millionth 3D-printed component
    BMW's created 1M 3D-printed parts since 2010

    The use of 3D-printed components isn't exactly new, but it has begun to reach levels normally reserved for mass production. A remarkable example is the 3D priting of parts by BMW. The German automaker said in a November announcement that it has produced one million 3D-printed components since 2010...

  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving Cooperation Car

    It will require years of research and technology implementation before self-driving cars are a common sight. Until then, some automakers aren't only working on the tech itself, but also developing ways for self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler showed off its initial concept for how a self-driving car will communicate with pedestrians and other bystanders while it operates, and it comes down to one thing: eye contact. The German auto giant explained in a Monday announcement that ongoing research showed humans feel most comfortable with self-driving...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo's Android-powered infotainment system will debut in Polestar 2

    Earlier this year, Volvo announced its next-generation infotainment system will bake in Google and use the Android operating system. Now we know where we'll see the system first. Volvo research and development boss Henrik Green said in an interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show that the Polestar 2 would...

  • 2020 Porsche 911
    Porsche's new plan for drivers? An app for the world's best roads

    Porsche wants to take drivers to some of the world's best driving roads, and now, there's an app for that. The brand announced its new "Porsche Road Trip" app for iOS on Friday, which pegs the best roads across the world for drivers to experience. So far, Porsche has mapped roads in Germany...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW says Level 5 self-driving car for public could happen by 2021

    Developing an autonomous car ready for the public is a huge task that has consumed tech companies for years, with millions of miles of on-testing that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's not easy. BMW says they could accomplish the task in about two years. Wait, what? On Tuesday, BMW...

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    Volvo and self-driving car partner reveal breakthrough lidar

    Volvo and its Silicon Valley-based partner Luminar announced a breakthrough lidar system that should help both companies make Level 4 self-driving cars a reality sooner. Lidar is the essential component that many automakers and technology companies have employed to give a self-driving car sight...

  • 2019 Ford Focus
    Ford wants to eradicate new car smell in China

    The new car smell is often regarded as one of the best parts of a vehicle purchase. Well, at least across the majority of the globe. In China, not so much. In fact, Chinese consumers detest the new car smell. So much so that Ford is working to eradicate from new vehicles sold locally. Reuters...

  • Carbon fiber structural battery

    One day, electric cars may actually store their energy in carbon-fiber bodies and replace the need for heavy batteries. Research published in October from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden shows carbon fiber can operate as electrodes in a lithium-ion battery. A car could feature a structural battery rather than a battery pack. The benefits of weight reduction and miles per electric charge are immense. Research hasn't been carried out in this area before, which makes the discovery promising for future applications. Researchers tested various types of carbon-fiber materials and found...

  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R
    What is VTEC and how does it work?

    Valve Timing Electronic Control, better known to enthusiasts as VTEC. We hear a lot about the system, but what is it exactly and how does it work? Jason Fenske, engineering mastermind behind YouTube's Engineering Explained, has tackled the system in one of his latest episodes. As usual, he breaks...

  • Jaguar-Land Rover Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory system
    Future Jaguar-Land Rover vehicles will communicate with traffic lights

    In the future, Jaguar-Land Rover vehicles could help motorists avoid pesky red lights. The automaker announced Wednesday that it's begun to trial its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system. GLOSA communicates with connected traffic lights via vehicle-to-everything technology (V2X). Audi...

  • HRE 3D printed titanium wheels
    HRE's 3-D-printed titanium wheels could lead to a new level of car personalization

    Performance wheel maker HRE says 3-D printers can manufacture a strong, lightweight wheel for supercars. HRE worked with GE Additives in a new partnership to explore the possibilities of a titanium wheel produced with EBM technology (a type of 3-D printing). The prototype wheel, known as HRE3D+...

  • Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
    Ford partners with Walmart for new self-driving delivery pilot

    Ford has begun various trial delivery services with its self-driving car prototypes across the United States, but now it has announced its most ambitious program yet. The automaker said on Wednesday it has partnered with Walmart and Postmates for a self-driving delivery service. The program will...

  • VW Car-Net Siri integration
    VW owners can now unlock their car with Apple's Siri

    Volkswagen owners can now tell Apple's Siri to execute a host of commands controlling their cars, including unlock and lock them. The brand announced Monday its Car-Net smartphone integration app has been updated to include Siri functions for Apple users. Users must run iOS 12 to use the handy new...

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