Car Tech

  • 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...

  • Navya Autonom Cab

    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, Arizona. However, there's a French company already building and selling fully self-driving cars, including here in the United States. The company is called Navya, and its two self-driving cars currently on sale include the Autonom Shuttle and the smaller Autonom Cab. Both run on fully electric power, and...

  • Volvo 360C concept
    Volvo self-driving cars to test on roads in Sweden

    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...

  • 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

    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. Audi's new e-tron electric SUV due for a reveal on September 17 will also offer the technology in many of the markets it's sold in, though not in the United States which is yet to introduce regulations allowing it. The technology isn't new and has been offered by some aftermarket firms for a couple...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron prototype drive, Pikes Peak
    Audi e-tron will be first model to feature automated toll payment

    Audi announced its new Integrated Toll Module last February but Monday said the 2019 e-tron electric crossover SUV will be the first model with the new technology. The built-in toll transponder is housed in the rearview mirror with vehicle-to-infrastructure technology from Gentex. E-tron drivers...

  • Jaguar-Land Rover classic infotainment system
    Modern infotainment comes to classic Jaguars and Land Rovers

    Modern convenience, meet classic motoring. Jaguar-Land Rover announced last Friday that it now offers Classic Infotainment Systems with modern modern audio, navigation, and infotainment functionality for a number of its vintage vehicles. The Classic Infotainment Systems are compatible with most...

  • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
    2019 Ford F-150 Raptor's new Trail Control is ideal for rock crawling

    Ford's F-150 Raptor receives significant updates for 2019. No, there isn't a new V-8 option. Instead, the updates have centered on improving the truck's off-road credentials. Among them is a feature called Trail Control that Ford likens to a cruise control system for off-roading. When hitting...

  • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
    BMW introducing voice-activated digital assistant

    Beginning in March 2019, select new BMWs will have a digital co-pilot onboard. The German luxury brand announced Thursday the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will help drivers and passengers with a host of functions in the car. The Intelligent Personal Assistant can work in a variety of...

  • Apple headlight system patent to detect hazards
    Apple developing headlights that highlight road hazards

    Apple has filed to patent another automotive system. This one involves headlights and provides drivers with more information to help keep them safe. Called the "System and Method for Light and Image Projection," the system imagines a few ways to give drivers a better idea of the road ahead by...

  • Volvo 360C concept

    Volvo shared its vision of future self-driving cars with the 360c concept. The concept vehicle doesn't feature a steering wheel, sports an electric powertrain, and is fully connected to communicate with other vehicles and the infrastructure around it. But, the Swedish brand believes the industry must adhere to set guidelines if self-driving cars are going to succeed in making transportation easier for everyone. With that sentiment, Volvo proposes a standard for self-driving car communications as featured in the 360c concept. Volvo acknowledges that it could be many years before self-driving...

  • Volvo 360C concept
    Volvo 360c concept: No steering wheel, pedals, engine or human driver needed

    Volvo is the latest automaker to provide a vision for the future of private automotive transport, a future where doing the driving will be optional. Volvo's vision comes in the form of the 360c concept, the now-familiar pod on wheels capable of operating in full self-driving mode, classified as...

  • Apple patent for non-linear sunroof
    Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof

    Apple filed to patent more than 2,000 ideas last year, and we'll likely never see many of them reach daylight. But, automobile patents are becoming more common from the technology giant. The most recent patents, both awarded in the last couple of weeks, involve a trick sunroof and haptic-feedback...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Apple's self-driving car program sees first traffic accident

    Apple is developing self-driving technology using a fleet of nearly 60 Lexus RX 450h crossover SUVs fitted with various cameras and sensors used to guide the vehicles. One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on August 24, California's DMV confirmed in a traffic accident report, the first...

  • Are expensive tires worth the price?
    Are expensive tires worth the price?

    Everyone likes to find ways to save money. With respect to your car, there are times when you can opt for lower octane fuel, more affordable oil, and non-OEM parts. But should you skimp when it comes to buying tires? Recently, Engineering Explained looked at the performance variation as your tires...

  • What's the performance difference between new and used tires?
    What's the performance difference between new and used tires?

    Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to tell you all about what happens as your tires wear down. While you think it's a simple reduction in grip, there's a whole lot more to process. In fact, certain tires can see an increase in grip as the tire wears down. Confused? You won't be for...

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