Car Tech

  • California digital license plate

    California will become the first state to test digital license plates after state officials agreed to introduce the technology. To start, the city will take delivery of 24 plates for its in-house fleet of vehicles. The digital plates use the same technology found in Kindle eBook readers coupled with a wireless communication system. For a sizable sum and a monthly fee, the plates promise to save motorists the hassle of registering their vehicles in-person and purchasing physical sticker tags. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday the plates could even display personalized messages if the...

  • Waymo self-driving prototype
    FCA in talks to use Waymo self-driving tech in showroom-bound models

    Waymo is making huge strides in the race to develop a safe and robust self-driving service. The Alphabet-owned company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Thursday announced that starting in 2018 it will order up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to join its...

  • Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
    GM's self-driving car business receives $2.25B from world's biggest tech fund

    General Motors' self-driving car business (GM Cruise) has been given a huge vote of confidence by SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund, which controls more than $100 billion in assets and is considered the world's biggest tech investor, on Thursday announced it will inject $2.25 billion in GM Cruise in...

  • BMW self-driving car demonstration
    BMW explains the 5 levels of self-driving capability

    A lot of companies are working on self-driving cars but the day when we all hurry around in pods without steering wheels is a long way off. In the meantime, self-driving technology will slowly filter across to cars in piecemeal form, with the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2014 presenting a...

  • Jaguar Land Rover off-roading self-driving technology
    Jaguar Land Rover developing self-driving system for off-roading

    Jaguar Land Rover is in the process of developing self-driving technology that can handle any type of terrain or weather a vehicle may encounter. The automaker that builds some of the most capable vehicles off-road is working on a system that can identity various surface conditions, adjust vehicle...

  • Porsche augmented reality glasses for technicians
    Porsche begins rolling out augmented reality technology for dealership technicians

    Making good on its promise last year, Porsche will begin equipping its dealership technicians with augmented reality (AR) glasses this week. According to Porsche's Tuesday announcement, the glasses may help reduce service times by up to 40 percent. The special glasses, called Tech Look Live, give...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance wireless charging

    BMW on Monday announced availability of a new wireless charging system, making it the first automaker to bring the technology to market. (Mercedes-Benz also plans one for its S-Class.) The wireless charger goes into production in July and is currently available to order in the United States, along with China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. The first compatible model is the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid but others are to follow. The system consists of a pad that sits on the ground and plugged into a power socket. The pad, which is waterproof so can be placed outside...

  • 2015 Audi A8’s sequential turn signal
    How much does it cost to use your turn signals?

    We'll state it upfront: it doesn't cost a lot to use turn signals, so drivers should absolutely take advantage of them. With that out of the way, the video above goes through an incredible amount of detail to show how much energy turn signals consume, and how much it costs drivers to activate them...

  • Uber self-driving car
    NTSB reports self-driving Uber spotted pedestrian before crash, but didn't brake

    A preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Bureau determined that a self-driving Volvo equipped with Uber's self-driving sensors spotted a pedestrian roughly 6 seconds before it struck and killed her, but didn't attempt to stop because the automatic braking feature...

  • Zenvo TSR-S at the track
    Watch the Zenvo TSR-S supercar's crazy rear wing in action

    Zenvo showed up at this year's Geneva auto show with a new street-legal version of its TSR track machine. Called the TSR-S, the car is simply pure aggression, from its flat-plane crank V-8 with twin superchargers, to its carbon fiber body and no-nonsense interior. But we haven't even got to its...

  • VW MOIA ride-sharing concept car
    Report: Apple to use VW vans for first self-driving service

    Apple and the Volkswagen Group have reportedly forged a deal that will see VW's Transporter van, the modern version of the iconic Microbus, used by Apple for its first self-driving service. The news was reported on Wednesday by The New York Times which cited people familiar with the project. The...

  • Why expensive cars aren't always reliable
    Here's why expensive cars aren't always reliable

    When you think about expensive automobiles, there's one data point that doesn't often enter into the discussion. That would be reliability. It seems the more you spend on a car, the less reliable it becomes. But is that truly the case? Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to examine this...

  • Mobileye logo

    Companies continue to race at lightspeed to bring self-driving cars to market, but along the way, the robo cars have had their fair share of incidents. The latest error occurred in Jerusalem. While Mobileye showed off its latest self-driving car prototype, the vehicle ran a red light during a press demonstration. Bloomberg reported on the incident on Tuesday and Mobileye has since declared onboard television cameras interfered with the car's own camera system. The self-driving car reportedly identified the red light, but electromagnetic interference cut the signal, and the car crept through...

  • Bosch working on air jets to stop motorcycle crashes
    Air jets on motorcycles could prevent crashes

    Auto industry supplier Bosch is working on some pretty experimental technology to keep motorcyclists safer, and one of the projects involves air jets. Yes, air jets on a motorcycle. Bosch revealed the experimental project last Thursday. It uses a sensor to detect wheel slip. When the motorcycle's...

  • How Mazda eliminates turbo lag
    Here's how Mazda goes about reducing turbo lag

    Mazda hasn't been shy about its dedication to the internal combustion engine. After all, the Japanese company will likely arrive first to market with a homogeneous charge compression ignition engine (HCCI), which will provide tremendous fuel economy improvements without the loss of performance. But...

  • Waze running on Ford vehicle with SYNC 3
    Ford rolls out Waze infotainment connectivity for iPhone users

    Ford in January announced Waze would come to vehicles equipped with its Sync 3 infotainment system. On Thursday, the Blue Oval officially rolled out Waze connectivity for iPhone users, two months later than it had originally promised. Ford's update allows iPhone users to plug their smartphone into...

  • GM to patent shape-shifting car designs
    GM imagines real Transformers with shape-shifting car design patents

    In director Michael Bay's version of the "Transformers" franchise, the world of Decepticons and Autobots is heavily populated by General Motors products. Bumblebee used to be an old Volkswagen Beetle, but now it's a late-model Camaro. As reported by GM Inside News, GM has filed for patent...

  • BMW self-driving car prototype
    BMW is first foreign automaker approved for China's self-driving car license

    The BMW Group has become the first foreign automaker to obtain a license in China for testing of self-driving cars on public roads. Known as the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License, and issued by a number of government departments grouped under the Intelligent Connected...

  • Michelin Tweel is available for use on UTVs

    The Tweel (a portmanteau of tire and wheel) has been a concept in the tire industry for some time now. If you're not familiar with that term, it refers to an airless tire. Michelin has been developing its Tweel for over 10 years and first launched a commercial version six years ago for skid steer loaders (see video below). Now the French tire giant is ready to bring this revolutionary roller to the UTV market. Michelin Tweel Technologies is the name of the division tasked with presenting this airless tire into the production space. Now, don't get excited and think you'll be slapping one on...

  • Why don't pushrod engines have high redlines?
    Why don't pushrod engines have high redlines?

    Pushrod engines may not be high-tech by today's standards, but they soldier on and have benefits of their own. One downfall, however, is their ability to rev. Pushrod engines tend to have rather low redlines. You won't find a GM small-block V-8 revving to 9,000 rpm, but there's a reason for it all...

  • ClearMotion digital chassis
    After 30 years, Bose-developed suspension tech will go into production

    Thirty years ago the audio-minded the folks at Bose decided to dive into the world of automotive suspensions. The goal was to create a dynamic driving experience that improved on-road comfort. Using a Lexus LS400 as the testbed, Bose showed off the technical advantages of its suspension. However...

  • MIT self-driving car with MapLite technology for rural areas
    MIT self-driving car can handle rural roads

    Self-driving cars rely on loads of advanced technology to help them see and navigate the world around them. However, researchers at MIT have built a self-driving car that doesn't rely on 3D mapping or even visible lane markings to get where it needs to go. Instead, the team's MapLite technology...

  • Engineering Explained talks about octane and cetane ratings
    What is an octane rating and what does it mean?

    You pull up to the pump and you are presented with a few choices, and we're not talking about different fuel types here. We're talking, of course, about octane ratings. Those are large figures at the fueling station, and you know if you press the higher one you're going to spend more money. Why is...

  • Why the Ford flathead V-8 engine died
    Why Ford's flathead V-8 engine died

    Ford's famed flathead V-8 was revolutionary when the automaker put the engine into production in 1932. It brought the V-8 to the mass market and ready power to hot rodders for decades to come. But its design would eventually make it outdated. After more than two decades of service, the flathead V-8...

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