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  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show

    The Volkswagen Group looks to be a bit behind in the mobility and self-driving car segments compared to some rivals as the automaker is on the hunt to scoop up experts on the subject. It appears Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup based in California, was one of the firms VW approached. VW approached Aurora and offered to purchase the company for an undisclosed amount, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. According to sources close to the discussions, Aurora declined the offer to maintain its independence and retain its ability to work with multiple automakers. VW and Aurora are already...

  • Volkswagen We
    VW spends big to make its vehicles digital devices on wheels

    The automobile's days of simply transporting drivers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen. The German automaker wants to turn its cars into digital devices on wheels. And to ensure it's competitive in the near future, VW will spend over $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025. The...

  • Self-driving car in snow
    This tech could allow self-driving cars to see the road during snowstorms

    The promise of self-driving cars shuttling passengers across roadways is seemingly creeping closer to reality. But, self-driving cars perform at their best in dry conditions without precipitation. Ask a current self-driving car to navigate a Midwestern snowstorm and it will not go well. A company...

  • Aston Martin Rapide E battery development
    Aston Martin gives first look at Rapid-E's 800-volt battery

    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Tuesday gave an update on the progress of the automaker's first electric car, the Rapid-E. Palmer posted a photo of what he described as a “production intent” version of the battery destined for the Rapid-E, and confirmed it will be an 800-volt design...

  • Aptiv self-driving car prototype
    Lyft, Aptiv already making money from self-driving taxi service

    Lyft has been offering its customers in Las Vegas rides in self-driving cars since the start of the year. The self-driving cars are prototypes from automotive supplier Aptiv and feature a safety driver behind the wheel at all times, and at present they can reach about 20 destinations around Las...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Apple's self-driving car could notify others of its next move

    In an effort to avoid confusion on future roadways, Apple's self-driving car could notify drivers and pedestrians of its next desired action. The Cupertino, California-based technology company was granted a patent for a "system and method for visual communication of an operational status" with the...

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle

    Ford has promised to deliver a self-driving car by 2021. The automaker is targeting Level 4 self-driving capability, meaning the car will drive on its own but be limited on where it can go and in which whether conditions it can handle. A more capable Level 5 car that can completely replace a human isn't expected to be available until well into the next decade. Ford has been developing self-driving technology for a number of years and in 2013 started testing the technology in Fusion Hybrid prototypes. Some of the prototypes are even being used in a trial self-driving pizza delivery service in...

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    How does a V-8 engine work?

    V-8 engines are one of the most common styles of engine across the entire automotive industry, especially when the goal is to produce a lot of power with a smooth delivery. So, how does such an engine work? Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to shed light on how a V-8 engine operates...

  • Nuro self-driving car with Kroger grocery delivery
    Arizona Kroger charges $5.95 for trial service of grocery delivery via self-driving car

    Residents of Scottsdale, Arizona, can now get their groceries delivered by autonomous vehicles. Grocery giant Kroger and technology partner Nuro are rolling out a trial program at a single Fry's Food location. The cost to participate? Just $5.95 per delivery with no minimum order. The program began...

  • Patent for Active Side Skirts filed by General Motors
    GM has filed patents for 3 more active aero technologies

    General Motors has been busy filing patents for new aerodynamic elements that might feature on the automaker's future cars, namely the C8 Chevrolet Corvette due next year. Three new patents have been discovered on the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Corvette Blogger, and while the...

  • Kia developing car audio separate for each passenger without using headphones
    Kia's next-gen car audio technology will let each passenger listen to their own music without headphones

    It's a familiar argument for families. Dad wants to listen to a podcast, mom has her favorite pop station, and the kids want to hear the same Disney song over and over again. The right move is usually a compromise for the kids' tastes or headphones for anyone who isn't driving. Now Kia is working...

  • BMW with Alexa integration
    Amazon Alexa voice assistant coming to more cars via SDK

    Amazon wants users to take Alexa with them and now offers an Alexa Auto software development kit (SDK). The online retailer announced Thursday that the SDK will integrate all of Alexa's core functions into a vehicle's infotainment system. Primarily, the functions include the ability to place phone...

  • Tesla Autopilot

    Most major automakers offer electronic driver aids these days, some of which like Tesla's Autopilot can control the steering of a car. However, the performance levels of driver aids vary across brands and road conditions, in some cases dramatically. Currently, there's no independent body that compares the performance of driver aids of different vehicles, with many safety agencies around the world only checking whether a feature is included or not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is looking to change this by introducing a publicly available ratings program for driver aids. It's...

  • 2018 BMW M4 CS
    BMW M explains how to use its dual-clutch transmission

    Do you remember when BMW was self-described as the Ultimate Driving Machine? Those days are long gone but BMW still cranks out a few hits. It's nevertheless clear that BMW's core demographic has changed, and thus the automaker has to put out a video explaining how to use its own dual-clutch...

  • Cosworth corporate logo
    How Cosworth uses race data to develop self-driving tech

    Cosworth isn't best known for its self-driving car technology, but that could very well change one day. The legendary maker of Formula 1 and other high-performance engines plans to expand into the self-driving car arena, and it's using race data to expedite its offerings. Company CEO Hal Reisiger...

  • Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy
    Ferrari improves painting process

    Always looking for ways to improve its production process, Ferrari has a new paint that reduces energy consumption at its plant and improves the resistance of the painted surfaces. The paint has been developed in collaboration with supplier PPG and offers several benefits. It incorporates a...

  • Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept
    Porsche designed Mission E Cross Turismo with self-driving tech in mind

    Porsche's Mission E Cross Turismo concept was the big surprise of March's 2018 Geneva auto show. It previews a potential soft-roader version of Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric sedan, and Porsche has been dropping hints that the Cross Turismo could make it into production at some point. Not...

  • Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal
    Elon Musk says future Teslas will be like K.I.T.T. with AI

    Twitter makes it incredibly easy to gain insight into what Tesla CEO Elon Musk is thinking, for better or worse. On Sunday, Musk let slip on the social media platform that future Teslas will be reminiscent of K.I.T.T. of "Knight Rider" fame, complete with artificial intelligence. Musk replied to a...

  • Otto self-driving truck prototype

    Uber will park its self-driving truck development in order to focus more resources on self-driving cars, the company announced Monday. The ride-hailing giant originally got into the game in 2016 when it acquired a startup by the name of Otto that was developing self-driving technology for trucks. Otto was co-founded by Anthony Levandowski, the former Waymo engineer at the center of a now-settled dispute between Waymo and Uber over stolen technology. Uber eventually put self-driving trucks into operation on a trial basis in March under its Uber Freight service. Uber Freight, an app that...

  • Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck
    Toyota's Project Portal fuel cell semi progresses to beta stage

    Toyota isn't giving up on its support of fuel cells and is instead working on applying the technology in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The automaker already has a fuel cell car on sale in the form of the Mirai and has hinted at more offerings, including from its upmarket brand Lexus...

  • Drive.ai self-driving car service starting in Texas
    Drive.ai self-driving taxi service starts trial in Texas

    Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai has become the latest firm offering rides to the public in a self-driving car. Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving unit Waymo has been running its Early Riders trial in Phoenix, Arizona for several months and plans to start a commercial service later this year. Aptiv's...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Waymo's latest trial shows how companies can use self-driving cars to improve services

    Self-driving cars are most commonly linked with the taxi industry but this is just one area where they could potentially operate. Waymo is now expanding its trial of self-driving cars that's underway in Phoenix, Arizona to show how other companies can benefit from using self-driving cars. Waymo...

  • Ford Michigan Central Station renderings
    Ford Autonomous Vehicles is Blue Oval's new unit for self-driving cars

    Future self-driving cars and associated engineering will have a home inside Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker announced the new organization on Tuesday with the intent to accelerate its self-driving car business. Ford AV will be tasked with handling numerous...

  • Toyota e-Palette self-driving electric mobility concept
    Toyota will have Level 4 self-driving cars at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Toyota will put on a technological show for the world when all eyes are on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. This will include the demonstration of a Level 4 self-driving car to highlight Toyota's goal of providing personal transport for everyone, including those that are too old to drive or suffer...

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