Car Tech

  • Ferrari 488 Pista fitted with carbon fiber wheels

    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 per year to 150,000. The company will also triple its workforce by adding about 500 jobs. Carbon Revolution was the first manufacturer in the world with a commercialized one-piece carbon fiber wheel, and its new facility will allow it to scale up production to meet global demand which has grown...

  • 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...

  • 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 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 classic vehicles running on negative earth electrics (the negative battery terminal connects to the vehicle's chassis and the positive terminal acts as the live wire to the various electrical systems). Better yet, they're packaged in a discreet manner as to not upset the original look of the car...

  • 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 proposes universal standard for self-driving cars to communicate with other drivers

    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...

  • 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 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 seating. Filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and published by iDrop News last Thursday, the sunroof and seats slightly reimagine two rather fixed items in an automobile. The sunroof, specifically, would feature "moveable panels with nonlinear tracks." As for how it works, here's...

  • 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...

  • Mercedes-EQ logo
    Drive with Mercedes EQ app to check whether electric cars suit you

    Drivers around the world will need more information and education on electric cars if automakers are to realize zero-emissions goals. Mercedes-Benz has taken a creative step to show drivers that they may be ideal candidates for a switch to the electric lifestyle. The German luxury brand is testing...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Tesla works on tech to flash indicators when drivers forget

    The turn signal is one of the most essential passive safety measures onboard every single new car. Yet, millions of drivers choose to ignore the ability, and let's face it, the decision puts other drivers at risk. Tesla appears ready to flick the indicators whether a driver likes it or not. The...

  • How carbon ceramic brakes are made

    Although carbon-ceramic brakes will outperform cast iron rotors all day, there's a good reason why only the most high-performance cars wear them. Foremost, they cost thousands of dollars, but ever wonder why? The manufacturing process behind carbon-ceramic brakes is extravagant, to say the least. A video shows the exact process and it's not your average assembly line. The brakes start life as raw materials: heat-moldable resin and chopped pieces of raw carbon fiber. As they head through the production process, machines pour the mixture into a mold the shape of the disc. The process doesn't...

  • 2018 Toyota Sienna
    Toyota invests $500M in Uber, will add self-driving Siennas to ride-hailing fleet

    Toyota is deepening its ties with Uber. The Japanese auto giant announced Monday it will invest $500 million in Uber, which follows an undisclosed investment made in 2016. Toyota also said Monday it will integrate Uber's self-driving technology together with its own Toyota Guardian active safety...

  • Self-driving prototype with “virtual eyes” technology
    Jaguar Land Rover tests self-driving cars that look alive

    Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a technology that will be trialed to see whether it helps build the public's trust toward self-driving cars. The technology is a set of “virtual eyes” that have been installed on a self-driving pod car currently used in trials for the Autodrive project in...

  • 2019 Ford Mustang
    Next Ford Mustang said to be coming in 2021, and with available AWD

    Ford is in the process of developing a redesign for its Mustang, one that will see the car move to a modular platform now that the Blue Oval is shrinking its platform count to just five. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that the redesigned Mustang, the seventh generation of a...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW reportedly tried buying Aurora to catch up in self-driving car race

    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...

  • 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...

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