Car Tech

  • Nuro self-driving car with Kroger grocery delivery

    Autonomous grocery deliveries could soon come to local neighborhoods as the Kroger supermarket chain announced last Thursday that it will partner with Nuro for self-driving grocery delivery test vehicles. Kroger plans to roll out the self-driving grocery delivery service in an unnamed test market this fall and has tapped the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro for the vehicles. Nuro is a relative newcomer to the self-driving car field, but it was born from great expertise. Two ex-Google engineers, previously on the Google self-driving car project, founded Nuro in 2016 to focus on last-mile...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2018 New York auto show
    Hyundai partners with Autotalks to develop vehicle-to-everything technology

    Hyundai has a new partner to develop future vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology in Autotalks, an Israel-based company founded in 2008. The Korean automaker announced on Tuesday it will partner with the technology company via a direct investment in its operations. V2X includes vehicle-to-vehicle...

  • The RCCI engine uses both diesel and gasoline
    The RCCI engine uses both gasoline and diesel fuel

    When most of us pull up to the pump, we are in vehicles that require gasoline. A portion of us sidle up to diesel pumps. In the future, maybe we'll we'll drive vehicles with RCCI engines and we'll need to hit both pumps. The Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) engine is a concept...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Waymo needs “large number” of cars for European self-driving fleet

    Waymo CEO John Krafcik has revealed that the mobility company will need to add a “large number” of additional cars to its growing fleet of self-driving cars as it prepares to enter Europe. In an interview with Handelsblatt published Thursday, Krafcik explained that all announcements so...

  • DARPA have reinvented the wheel
    DARPA reinvents the wheel

    The best shape for a wheel is round...except when it isn't. In some cases, a vehicle will be able to operate more efficiently if its running on a set of tracks. A handful of companies offer seemingly easy solutions to switch between the two types of setups, but DARPA just negated the need for...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW, suppliers form alliance to help standardize self-driving car tech

    As numerous automakers and technology companies continue to race toward the commercialization of self-driving cars, some fear a lack of standardization will harm innovation. The Volkswagen Group and a number of suppliers hope to remedy that with a new alliance. Called the Networking for Autonomous...

  • Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive

    If you're a fan of horsepower, then you are living in a golden age. For example, there's a Dodge sedan out there with over 700 horsepower. If you're playing in the hypercar space, then you are also playing near the four-figure power club. McLaren is no stranger here, as its P1 produces 903 total hp. Still, the automaker knows that the horsepower race will only take you so far. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt instead wants to shift from rising power outputs to dramatically reducing curb weights. Speaking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) summit on Tuesday, Flewitt spoke of...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    VW targets solid-state battery production by 2025

    Solid-state batteries have the potential to realize a major step up in performance and safety of electric cars, which is why every major automaker worth its salt is investigating the technology. The latest to make its endevors known is the Volkswagen Group, which on Thursday announced a $100...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Waymo's first self-driving car passengers providing feedback to shape future services

    Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo self-driving car division plans to roll out a driverless taxi service, an industry first, by year's end. Ahead of the launch, its early riders program is providing crucial feedback. "The primary focus of our early rider program is really to have them give us feedback about...

  • Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
    Police say driver in self-driving Uber was watching "The Voice" before fatal crash

    According to a report from Tempe, Arizona, police, the human backup driver in Uber's self-driving car was watching television before the car struck and killed a pedestrian. Rafaela Vasquez, the human driver behind the wheel of the self-driving Volvo XC90, was streaming "The Voice" via the Hulu app...

  • 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT
    Self-healing paint coming to new Panoz cars, and perhaps your car

    Like something from Q branch out of a James Bond film, self-healing paint will soon cover new Panoz cars. The American sports car and racing company announced on Tuesday that the special coating will come standard on all its new vehicles. The coating protects against the elements and shields from...

  • 2018 Volvo XC90
    Self-driving Volvo XC90 coming in 2021

    Volvo's self-driving car plans will reach a milestone come 2021. The Swedish luxury brand told The Car Connection in a Wednesday report that it will sell a Level 4 self-driving crossover SUV in 2021. The brand's Senior Vice President Henrik Green said the next-generation Volvo XC90 will offer the...

  • Elaphe in-wheel electric powertrain

    Electric powertrains continue to redefine automotive engineering, but we haven't quite seen anything like Slovenian startup Elaphe has created. The company has spent 15 years working on in-wheel electric motors, and the result is the Elaphe M700, a plug-and-play, off-the-shelf solution for electric car powertrains. The propulsion method is housed in each wheel, and each electric motor features an independent cooling system, a standard disc or drum brake with anti-lock regenerative braking, and a power electronics unit. Each unit weighs about 51 pounds. Aside from being extraordinarily...

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    Google Maps no longer allows in-app Uber booking on Android

    Android users will find a useful feature missing the next time they open Google Maps. The technology company has removed the feature that allowed customers to book an Uber without having to leave the Google Maps app. The feature disappeared from Android users' phones on Monday, according to a...

  • What's the difference between lead-acid and AGM car batteries?
    What are the differences between flooded and AGM lead-acid batteries?

    While the engine of your car might be its heart, it's the battery that provides the juice to get that engine moving. By now, you probably know plenty about how your engine works. Do you know anything about your battery, though? If not, you're going to need to watch this video from Engineering...

  • Why do diesel engines make more torque than gasoline engines?
    5 reasons why diesel engines make more torque than gasoline engines

    Horsepower is fun in its own way, but torque can be just as entertaining. If you want to rip stumps out of the ground, you'll want a whole lot of torque. That also means you'll likely prefer a diesel engine. Compared to their gasoline-swilling counterparts, diesel engines are the torque kings. Why...

  • 2019 Volvo V60
    Volvo invests in Silicon Valley lidar company for autonomous driving technology

    Volvo and the Silicon Valley-based Luminar have announced a new partnership that gives the Swedish brand access to the company's lidar sensing platform for continued self-driving car development. Neither company commented on just how much Volvo Cars Tech Fund invested in the company, but it's the...

  • VW to use quantum computers in electric-car battery development
    VW to use quantum computing to develop tailored batteries for its EVs

    Volkswagen says quantum computers may help the company develop batteries customized to future electric vehicles, the German automaker said June 8. The news last week came after VW announced a partnership with Google over quantum computing last November. The automaker said it planned to develop the...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer

    As major cities continue to become more crowded, a number of firms, big and small, are in a race to deliver to the market small, low-noise aircraft that can be used to beat the traffic. One of these is America's Kitty Hawk, which on Thursday unveiled the production-ready version of its Flyer. Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, showed us a prototype for the single-seat, multicopter flying machine in 2017. The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour. Numerous sensors...

  • 2018 Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise
    Super Cruise coming to full Cadillac lineup, other GM brands

    It was only a matter of time. General Motors announced on Wednesday that its Super Cruise semi self-driving system will soon proliferate across the automaker's other brands. The system first debuted with the 2018 Cadillac CT6 and is able to handle most driving functions on divided freeways. After...

  • Ford technology patent to detect lane-splitting motorcyclists
    Ford patents lane-splitting safety tech to help protect motorcyclists

    The practice of lane splitting gives motorcyclists a reprieve from stop-and-go traffic, but it also opens up new risks for both riders and motorists. Ford may have a here-and-now solution to reduce safety risk and help protect riders. The automaker received a patent for safety technology that will...

  • Apple iOS12 CarPlay
    Apple's CarPlay to support 3rd party navigation apps, here comes Waze

    Apple CarPlay is a fantastic piece of tech that allows a vehicle's infotainment screen to mimic the driver's iPhone's screen, except for one glaring issue: Users can't pull up third-party navigation apps such as Waze. On Monday Apple announced that its latest iOS operating system—iOS...

  • 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Partially self-driving Jeep Grand Cherokees may start arriving in 2020

    The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee may be Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' first mass-market vehicle available to buyers with Level 2 self-driving tech, company executives announced on Friday. The do-it-all Jeep will lead the automaker's first significant retail foray into self-driving cars, albeit a few years...

  • Audi e-tron replaces side mirrors with cameras
    Audi e-tron will use cameras in place of side mirrors, but not in US

    Audi's first battery-electric crossover will also usher in radical new technology for the automotive industry. The production e-tron electric crossover will ditch traditional side mirrors and replace them with camera-based digital mirrors, the brand announced on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we won't...

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