Tag Archives: Car Tech

Infiniti’s variable-compression engine: witchcraft explained

Infiniti introduced the world's first variable compression-ratio engine, a technology it claims to have been working on for two decades, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. A variable compression-ratio engine is a feat of automotive engineering, flummoxing automakers since long before Infiniti showed its first car ever back at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show. The...

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Ex-Google engineers show self-driving car for last-mile deliveries

While the likes of General Motors and Waymo get ready to deploy self-driving taxis in major urban areas, there's another company in the self-driving space that's focused on the transport of packages rather than people. The company is Nuro, and on Tuesday it revealed a pod-like self-driving car designed for last-mile deliveries, i.e. the final leg of a...

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Startup wants to 3D-print your car design

As kids, it was the dream of many auto enthusiasts to design a car just for ourselves. Well, there's a startup company for that. Called Hackrod, the new company wants its customers to do the designing while modern technology engineers it and 3D printers bring it to life. The company envisions prototypes created with a special virtual reality software that...

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GM once offered "liquid tire chains" to enhance winter driving performance

Tire chains can be a driver's best friend when it comes to handling snowy and icy conditions, but decades ago, General Motors offered something quite novel—even if we don't know if it actually worked as intended. What GM called "liquid tire chains" was an option across the entire 1969 Chevrolet lineup of cars, save for the El Camino and station...

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Nissan gets into home energy storage business

Nissan is the latest automaker to get into the home energy storage business, following early movers Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Nissan calls its solution Nissan Energy Solar, and the automaker announced it on Thursday during the Electric Ecosystem Experience symposium held in the Canary Islands. Traditionally, electricity collected by solar panels has needed...

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Audi tests smart energy grid in new trial

Audi is conducting a trial of what the automaker calls a “virtual power plant.” It's a system where thousands of individual energy sources, typically homes with solar panels, can be connected so that energy can flow where it's needed. In the trial, households with solar panels and battery storage systems located in Audi's home of Ingolstadt...

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Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is like Google Assistant for your car

For years we have wondered why our cars' infotainment systems can't be as simple and smart as our phones. It took until 2018, but Mercedes-Benz has finally hit that target. The answer is called Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX for short), and it's the German automaker's new infotainment system, which will launch in the new A-Class subcompact later this...

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5 things to know about the 2019 Ram 1500

Behind the 2019 Ram 1500's muted styling update lies a wholesale rethink of the full-size pickup. We've already previewed the Ram 1500, but we sat down at the 2018 Detroit auto show after the new truck's debut with some of the automaker's engineers and spokespeople to find out more. Here's what we learned. Safety first FCA...

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