Car Tech

  • Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier

    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 expected to offer Volvo's first fully self-driving system. The Swedish automaker will offer a Level 4 self-driving system in 2021. Level 4 means the system can drive on its own but only in specific conditions. A Level 5 self-driving system can handle all situations expected of a human driver. Nvidia's...

  • 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
    Ex-Apple engineers create next-gen lidar for self-driving cars

    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...

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership

    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 alongside VW as it implements its connected vehicle fleet and digital ecosystem called "Volkswagen We." The long-term goal is to implement We as the car's platform to become a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT). The platform branches out even further to VW's group-wide cloud platform called One...

  • 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
    GM filed 2 aero-related patents for a mid-engine hybrid supercar

    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...

  • Amazon Echo Auto

    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 of drivers with older vehicles, Echo Auto turns any car into a rolling smart device. All it takes is a smartphone and any car with a radio. Amazon says the preferred method to hook up Echo Auto is via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack, which many modern cars possess. However, the device can also run...

  • 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...

  • Navya Autonom Cab
    Navya already sells fully self-driving cars, including in US

    It's hard to believe how quickly the future is approaching. Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project, plans to launch its first commercial service for self-driving cars later this year, essentially a fully automated ride-hailing service covering about 100 square miles in Phoenix...

  • Volvo 360C concept

    Volvo has scored a win with the Swedish Transportation Agency (Transportstyrelsen). The company has been granted permission to test its self-driving cars in the country on public roads, DI Digital reported Friday. The government documents stated that Volvo may operate self-driving cars on public roads in the Gothenburg area, but they will be restricted to 60 kph, or about 37 mph. The government also stipulated that the self-driving cars must have a human driver present and he or she needs to have one hand on the steering wheel at all times when the car operates autonomously. Operators will...

  • Ferrari 488 Pista fitted with carbon fiber wheels
    Carbon Revolution expands operations to supply 150,000 carbon fiber wheels annually

    Australian outfit Carbon Revolution plans a massive expansion of its operations due to strong demand for its innovative one-piece carbon fiber wheels. The company announced Friday it will spend $72 million to expand its plant in the city of Geelong to increase capacity from a current 10,000 wheels...

  • BMW self-riding motorcycle
    That's not a ghost: Watch BMW's self-riding motorcycle in action

    The automotive industry is fascinated by the idea of self-driving cars and the convenience and safety benefits they will eventually provide. But what about motorcycles? BMW has developed a self-riding motorcycle as it continues to test future safety features for its motorcycles. Part of the...

  • Volvo Vera concept
    Volvo Trucks reveals Vera self-driving electric semi concept

    Volvo Trucks, the world's number two in heavy-duty trucks, on Wednesday gave its vision of the future of goods transportation. The company, which is a separate entity to Volvo Cars, rolled out a fully self-driving, electric semi concept. It's called Vera, and it's been designed as a replacement for...

  • Gordon Murray Design iStream construction
    Gordon Murray Design's iStream Superlight tech can cut car weight in half

    British engineering outfit Gordon Murray Design has touted its iStream construction for a few years, but the latest iStream Superlight method doubles down on the architecture's core principles: it can cut a car's weight in half. Compared to traditional stamped metal, the iStream Superlight method...

  • 2019 Lexus ES in Japan replaces side mirrors with cameras
    2019 Lexus ES first to market with cameras instead of side mirrors

    The 2019 Lexus ES has become the first production car to replace conventional side mirrors with cameras. Unfortunately, the cameras will only be offered in Japan where the technology was made legal in 2016. The ES starts sales in Japan in October. Elsewhere, the mid-size sedan sticks with mirrors...

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