Tag Archives: Car Tech

Waymo found drivers asleep, so it dumped partial self-driving feature

Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, has made a conscious decision to skip partial self-driving technology. Why? The company found its test drivers napping behind the wheel, which meant they'd be unable to resume control of the car if needed. Clearly, this speaks volumes as to how the general public could react to commercialized partial...

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Chevy rolls out new magnetic ride control calibrations for C7 Corvette

Without any hardware changes, Chevrolet will make 2015-2016 C7 Corvette Z06s even faster around the track. The brand announced new magnetic ride control calibrations for all 2014-2016 C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06 variants, but the Z06 benefits most. The calibrations bring a new Track mode to Corvette Z06 models equipped with the FE6 and FE7 suspension...

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What uses less gas: coasting or engine braking?

Getting the most of your vehicle, with regards to fuel economy, is to play a game of efficiency. You have to find the most efficient manner of driving in a given situation. That leads some to put a vehicle in neutral and team up with gravity for a bit of downhill acceleration. Modern cars, however, are quite intelligent. There's a fair chance that you're...

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Toyota eyes airless tires for future electric cars

Many companies have shown airless tire concepts—Polaris is the only company to actually commercialize them—but the technology is yet to reach any sort of mass adoption in the automotive sector. If Toyota has its way, future electric cars from the company will run airless tires to help offset negative weight gains attributed to electric motors...

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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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