Car Tech

  • Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept, 2015 Shanghai Auto Show

    French automaker Peugeot on Friday announced plans to launch a new range of high-performance plug-in hybrid vehicles starting from 2020. The cars form a key part of Peugeot's overall strategy to transition to an electrified lineup, and will be developed with the Peugeot Sport motorsport department. Unfortunately, the required resources will mean Peugeot will pull out of the World Rallycross Championship, in which the automaker currently competes with a rally car based on the 208 subcompact hatch. Peugeot said the uncertainty surrounding World RX's switch to electric power in future seasons...

  • VW future communicating lights
    VW previews lighting elements that can communicate

    In the future, self-driving cars will need to communicate with pedestrians and drivers of traditional automobiles. Volkswagen wants to embrace this concept and previewed a few ways self-driving cars could communicate with other motorists and pedestrians on Wednesday. The announcement showed off a...

  • Genesis digital instrument cluster
    Genesis gives first look at 3D digital instrument cluster

    Genesis has provided the first look at a new digital instrument cluster that will soon be making its way into the Korean firm's cars. It will launch in the G70 sedan in the Korean market starting next year but availability in other markets is yet to be announced. The 12.3-inch screen is said to be...

  • Audi Matrix LED headlight technology
    US to finally allow modern, self-dimming adaptive headlights

    While automakers have implemented advanced headlight technology in other markets for years, outdated regulations in the United States have kept advances from the market. That will soon change as the U.S. will soon allow self-dimming adaptive headlight technology. The National Highway Traffic and...

  • Ford Intersection Priority Management
    Ford proposes a future without traffic lights

    Vehicle-to-everything communications technology, more commonly referred to as V2X, is poised to change the way cars operate in the very near future. Numerous automakers are working on V2X systems, some of which are already available. Among those automakers is Ford which thinks the tech could one...

  • Honda Smart Intersection Technology
    Future Hondas might be able to virtually see through and around buildings

    Honda has developed what it calls a "smart intersection" that allows cars to virtually see through buildings, walls, and other obstructions at intersections. One day, all Honda vehicles could feature the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. The technology employs Honda's proprietary object...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

    Porsche drivers want it all. So says Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer. When it comes to self-driving cars, that means Porsche drivers want to hand off the driving when it's tedious and take it back when it's fun. At Rennsport Reunion VI last month, Zellmer told Motor Authority that autonomous driving systems have their use. "All these assistance systems help you in certain traffic situations to give away some of the burden of driving, and there are certain traffic situations where it’s just not enjoyable. Our take rates for (adaptive) cruise control are just as high as any other...

  • Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier
    Volvo will use Nvidia AI chip in next-gen SPA2 platform

    Volvo is the latest automaker to announce plans to integrate Nvidia's powerful Drive AGX chips in its cars. Volvo said Wednesday that Nvidia's Drive AGX Xavier chip will be the basis of the core computer that features in the next-generation SPA modular platform, which has been dubbed SPA2 and...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e
    Mercedes-Benz S560e's plug-in hybrid system to filter across to C- and E-Class

    The new S560e variant in Mercedes-Benz's S-Class lineup is the first to feature the automaker's third-generation plug-in hybrid system, which has not only been tuned for efficiency but also improved power and electric range compared to the second-generation system found in the outgoing S550e. The...

  • Toyota e-Palette self-driving electric mobility concept
    Toyota and Softbank form Monet mobility company, plan autonomous services

    Toyota and technology investment firm Softbank on Thursday agreed to join forces in developing a new mobility company that will offer a variety of services including automated delivery and ride hailing. The new company, to be called Monet Technologies, will be established before the end of 2018...

  • Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
    Feds look to loosen rules holding back self-driving car development

    Companies in the self-driving car space have been clamoring for a loosening of road rules originally designed for cars with human drivers, which the companies say are impeding the development of the technology—the main one being the requirement for a human onboard at all times. Regulators are...

  • Concept rendering for Cruise purpose-built self-driving car
    Honda will invest $2.75B in GM's Cruise self-driving car business

    In the race to develop the world's first safe, reliable and robust driverless ride-hailing service, General Motors and its Cruise self-driving car unit just received major backing from rival automaker Honda. The companies announced Wednesday that Honda will invest $2.75 billion in the Cruise unit...

  • Aeva lidar sensor

    Lidar is an essential component of self-driving cars, and a company by the name of Aeva believes it has something breakthrough. The company's lidar system fits in a small box and creates more vivid mapping to help a self-driving car see like never before. The Verge reported Monday that Aeva is the brainchild of two ex-Apple engineers. Neither would admit it, but both reportedly have ties to Apple's Project Titan, what the public knows as Apple's self-driving car program. The new system's claim to fame is its ability to separate objects based on distance, whether an object is moving toward or...

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership
    VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

    Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
    Volkswagen developing virtual test drivers for self-driving tech

    Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies...

  • General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
    GM files trademark for "Sport Control AWD" name

    General Motors has something brewing involving an all-wheel-drive system. GM Authority first discovered on Wednesday a trademark filing for the name "Sport Control AWD." The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the filing on September 20 and noted the name will be associated with...

  • Mercedes-Benz MBUX user interface
    Mercedes-Benz cars will soon suggest safest areas to park

    In the near future, Mercedes-Benz cars will tell drivers the safest place to park to avoid crime-filled and unsafe areas. New technology from the brand is under development to reference police statistics and highlight the best parking areas. According to Drive, which reported on the technology...

  • Ford GT Race Car, 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona
    Breakthroughs in racing helps speed up car development at Ford

    It's long been known that race car technology eventually filters down to and improves cars designed for the road. However, the technology can also benefit the way cars are designed and the speed at which they are developed. That's what Ford is discovering by getting its race car engineers to work...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    General Motors has filed yet again for more patents regarding active aerodynamics, and this time they're clearly for a mid-engined car. The automaker has filed two new patents surrounding control systems for active aerodynamic systems, and one lends itself to a hybrid system. The two new patents, first discovered by Jalopnik, follow patents from the past year detailing an active aero system for the Corvette. While the previous filing dealt with the system itself, these new patents mention systems that would control the aero. The first patent is called "aerodynamic actuator control systems and...

  • Amazon Echo Auto
    Amazon Echo Auto gives nearly any car Alexa capability

    Amazon's family of Alexa-connected devices is ready for a road trip. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the car. Some automakers offer Alexa voice control built-in to their infotainment systems, but for millions...

  • Porsche Augmented Reality Infotainment from WayRay
    Porsche, Hyundai investing in holographic augmented reality tech company

    Porsche led a round of Series C investments into WayRay, a Swiss company working toward bringing holographic augmented reality (AR) displays to production, WayRay announced on Tuesday. Hyundai also joined in on the investment, which raised $80 million. Since 2012, WayRay has raised more than $100...

  • 2019 Nissan Armada
    Nissan, Mitsubishi next-gen infotainment to be powered by Google's Android

    Google's Android operating system will be at the core of next-generation infotainment systems from Mitsubishi and Nissan arriving on the market in 2021. The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance announced Tuesday that future infotainment systems will feature the Android operating system to outfit its...

  • Volkswagen Group MEB modular electric car platform
    VW Group will have 27 EVs based on MEB platform by 2022

    The Volkswagen Group on Monday gave an update on progress of its modular platform for non-premium cars, known as MEB, an acronym for the German translation of “Modular Electric Toolkit.” The automaker said 27 models spread across four brands (likely Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi)...

  • Ford GT launch control
    Here's how launch control works on the Ford GT

    Since most of us will never have the pleasure of owning or ever getting behind the wheel of the modern Ford GT, we have others who can fill us in on how the supercar works. Today, it's all about launch control. This video from DragTimes shows us how to engage the system on a 2017 Ford GT...you...

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