Tag Archives: Car Tech

Here’s how you set up your racecar’s suspension

A racecar is never just a set it and forget it type of machine. Each circuit determines the sort of setup a driver and a car might prefer, as it might have a tight, corner heavy layout or one that's more open and filled with high-speed sweeping sections. Now, you make this about rally racing and you can add in tarmac, gravel, dirt, snow and all sorts of...

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Seven things you should know about Cadillac Super Cruise

In a time when every automaker is telling us that self-driving cars are coming, one automaker is taking a giant leap. That automaker is Cadillac, and the giant leap is the launch of its Super Cruise driver assist system. It's a monumental step forward in the march toward self-driving cars, as it provides consumers with the first real hands-free driving...

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Apple’s self-driving system looks like it can attach to virtually any car

Apple in June finally confirmed it had abandoned plans to develop a self-driving car and would instead focus on the self-driving technology itself. We would learn in August of some of the motivations behind the decision, one of which was a lack of focus. This pulled the development team in many directions and ultimately led to the downfall of the so-called...

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Say, what can you see? How self-driving cars view roads

When a self-driving car boots up and takes in the world around it, its vision is nothing like what a human driver finds familiar. Instead, a self-driving car uses data collection via radar, cameras, and lidar to "see" the world around it. How can humans begin to understand what the machine sees? Make the human a self-driving car, of course. That's exactly...

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How protective car film works

Most people aren't willing to grab a brass brush and drag it across a body panel on their fresh, clean car. Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to do just that to show off a bit of science. That science involves the protective film he recently applied to his cars, and it's the reason he's willing to scratch up least one of his rides. The good...

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Ferrari introduces new weight-saving measures with Portofino

Ferrari's Portofino may be closely related to its California T predecessor, but the car is significantly different in that it introduces new construction methods that Ferrari plans to implement on future models. The new construction methods have enabled the engineers to reduce weight and complexity of the chassis and body while increasing torsional...

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Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec

Mazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be...

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Mitsubishi thinks projected turn signals could be the future

Mitsubishi is looking for ways to make sure pedestrians remain safe as self-driving technology becomes more commonplace. The Japanese automaker revealed what it calls the "Safe and Secure Lighting system" with intentions to make a car's actions better known to pedestrians. Basically, the system takes turn signals to another level. Rather than just simple...

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What is a "hot inside V" turbo engine?

Have you ever heard of a "hot inside V"? It's not a sandwich. Our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here for a quick lesson on this en vouge turbocharging setup for today's engines. A hot inside V turbocharger layout places the turbo or turbos inside the valley between the engine banks. Mercedes-AMG offers this on its twin-turbo V-8 engines...

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Nvidia aims to make Level-5 self-driving cars a reality with supercomputer chip

Nvidia may be best known for its computer graphics cards, but its new supercomputer chip may one day be a car's brain—and in the not-too-distant future to boot. The company revealed its latest artificial intelligence computer called Pegasus, and the company developed it with Level-5 self-driving cars in mind. The scale of autonomy ranges from Level...

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