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  • BMW makes 1-millionth 3D-printed component

    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. This year alone, the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center will manufacture 200,000 components via 3D printers, which is up 42 percent over 2017. The one-millionth component was a window guide rail for the BMW i8 Roadster. BMW said it took just five days to develop the component which was then...

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    Daimler concept shows how self-driving cars could communicate with pedestrians

    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...

  • 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...

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    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

    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 reported on the automaker's process to remove the smell from new vehicles last year, but Ford has filed a new patent to automate the odor's removal. Car Advice first discovered the patent and reported on the system on Sunday. It helps to understand where the "new car smell" comes from. It's not exactly...

  • Carbon fiber structural battery
    Future electric cars could store energy in carbon-fiber bodies instead of batteries

    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...

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    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

    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 functions, which begin like any other Siri command by saying, "Hey, Siri." VW owners can say things like "Hey, Siri, lock my car" and also sound the horn or flash their car's lights. Although the function will work with all iOS devices, an Apple Watch will truly help make the experience all the more...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Waymo's self-driving taxi service reportedly starts early December

    In a matter of weeks, Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car business, will launch the world's first commercial service involving fully self-driving cars. Citing a person familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the service is scheduled to start in Phoenix, Arizona in early...

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    2019 Mazda CX-5 gets punchy 2.5-liter turbo, GVC Plus handling

    Following a debut in Japan last month, the updated 2019 Mazda CX-5 has made its local debut, with the covers coming off Friday at the 2018 Seattle auto show. The big news is the addition of a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 as the range-topping powertrain. The punchy unit is already found in the...

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    Geely to develop hyperloop-style supersonic train

    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the Chinese automaker that controls the Volvo and Lotus brands, on Tuesday announced plans to develop a hyperloop-like train capable of supersonic speeds. That means in excess of 767 mph. The train will use magnetic levitation to eliminate ground friction and vacuum...

  • Daimler and Bosch self-driving car prototype
    Daimler and Bosch self-driving cars will offer rides in Silicon Valley in 2019

    Daimler and Bosch, two giants of the auto industry, have been jointly developing a self-driving system which they will be ready to trial in the second half of 2019. The first of the trials will be run in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically between downtown and west San José along the...

  • VW quantum computer traffic management system
    VW wants to use quantum computers to manage public transportation and taxi fleets

    VW sees a future in which quantum computers help create efficient traffic-management systems, and it's ready to test such systems today. The German automaker said on Monday that its engineers and data scientists have successfully used a quantum computer algorithm to replace today's basic forecasted...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    There has been a flurry of announcements concerning the Apollo self-driving car program of Chinese tech giant Baidu in the past week. The latest comes from Volkswagen Group which on Friday said it would join the Apollo program. The automaker also said it would gain a seat on the program's board of directors. The announcement came the same week VW Group said it would join Intel's recently acquired self-driving car business Mobileye to launch a self-driving service in Israel. Development of the service will commence in early 2019 and roll out in phases reaching full commercialization in 2022...

  • Audi puts partial matte paint into production
    Audi's new partial matte paint technique allows unique designs, personalization

    After Audi introduced a new technique to embed symbols within paint, the German automaker announced Monday it will put partial matte paint surfaces into production. Full matte paint jobs have been available for years, but this is the first time an automaker is putting partial matte painted surfaces...

  • Ford and Baidu self-driving car prototype
    Ford partners with Chinese tech giant Baidu to test Level 4 self-driving cars

    Ford and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have joined forces to develop self-driving technology. The two firms announced last week that they will jointly test Level 4 self-driving cars in Beijing, initially in a program of two years duration starting in late 2018. A Level 4 self-driving car...

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    Jaguar Land Rover develops tech to combat motion sickness

    Future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will help passengers avoid motion sickness as the brands announced on Wednesday that new research has helped engineers understand how to keep nausea at bay while traveling. The brands' motion-sickness research has helped create an algorithm to gauge the...

  • AMMO NYC wraps his Audi R8 with help from CKWrapsToronto
    Installing a vinyl wrap on a car is harder than it looks

    It's a dramatic move to completely change the color of a car. Do it with paint and you're stuck with your final decision once everything dries. If you go with a vinyl wrap, however, you could always just peel the sticky stuff and put the car back the way it once was. That doesn't mean applying a...

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    Apple's solution for energy-efficient electric cars may come from cycling

    Apple produces some intriguing patents. Their latest is for a system they call "Peloton" that could platoon self-driving electric cars for better long-range efficiency and energy sharing. The technology company's filing Tuesday with United States Patent and Trademark Office explains a wild way to...

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