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  • Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, Tennessee

    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 developed through a partnership with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. Basically, the truck features a lidar system, often reserved for self-driving cars to "see" the world around them, which understands the data fed to the truck. All of the...

  • 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...

  • Camcon Automotive has created an electronic engine valve system
    Fully digital valves could change the future of the combustion engine

    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...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe fingerprint scanner technology in China

    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 crossover SUV in China. Motor Authority reached out to the company to learn more about the technology and asked if we'll see the system debut in North America. We'll update this story if we hear back. Fingerprint scanners in the door handles and on the ignition button will be available on the...

  • 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 tease future of in-car entertainment at 2019 CES

    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...

  • Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle prototype

    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 that Honda is seriously looking at commercializing. In fact, the automaker is already seeking signs of interest from potential business and technology partners. The vehicle is based on the 3E-D18 concept (shown in video below) first shown at the 2018 CES and in prototype form is branded the Honda...

  • 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
    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

    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 be the first car to feature the system, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Thursday. The future version of Volvo's Sensus infotainment system will come embedded with the Google Play Store, Google Assistant, and Google Maps. Sensus will use an Android operating system, which will make...

  • 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
    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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