Tag Archives: Car Tech

Apple patents navigation system for self-driving cars

Apple may have let go of building its own self-driving car, but it's deeply invested in autonomous technologies. On Thursday, CNBC reported the technology giant has patented a navigation system for self-driving cars. The system has reportedly been in the works since 2015 and it aims to simplify self-driving car navigation. Currently, self-driving cars rely...

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Honda looking at solid-state battery technology

Honda spokesperson Teruhiko Tatebe has revealed to Reuters that the automaker is investigating the use of solid-state batteries for future electric cars. Solid-state batteries are seen as a breakthrough technology for electric cars as they promise significantly improved battery density compared to current technology, which means range can be increased...

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Audi owners can now enjoy Amazon music services via in-car infotainment

Owners of 2017 and 2018 model year Audis will find a new feature embedded in their car's infotainment system and the Audi MMI connect smartphone app. On Tuesday, the brand announced Amazon's music services are now accessible, providing millions of songs in Audi cars for the right owners. Both Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music will function with...

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Mini adds dual-clutch transmission

Mini is adding a third transmission option to its lineup in the form of a 7-speed dual-clutch unit that boasts faster gear shifts and improved efficiency compared to the manual and automatic transmissions currently on offer. Though yet to be confirmed for the United States, the DCT will be made available in other markets on select models from the Hardtop...

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Italian firm Lazzarini Design shows retro flying car concept

Most flying car concepts we've seen don't bear much resemblance to the traditional automobile. Instead, they forge a path forward with futuristic design and new ideas. Italian firm Lazzarini Design has bucked the trend with its conceptual flying car based on a 1920s Italian luxury vehicle. The design studio used the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8—a...

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Toyota ramps up electrification plans, targets 1 million zero-emission cars by 2030

Toyota on Monday announced it would accelerate its vehicle electrification plans as part of an overarching strategy to reduce fleet-wide carbon emissions by as much as 90 percent from 2010 levels by the year 2050. Under the accelerated plans, Toyota hopes to have every model in the Toyota and Lexus lineups either be a dedicated electrified car or offer an...

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UK insurer first to offer discount for self-driving car tech

Tesla drivers in the United Kingdom have all the more reason to engage the car's AutoPilot system when in the appropriate situation. Direct Line, a British auto insurer, will now offer a 5 percent discount on premiums for drivers who use the self-driving technology. The system's use is actually in Direct Line's favor since the insurer will gain valuable...

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The sky’s the limit: flying car racing series under development

Australia bid goodbye to local automobile manufacturing this past October as the final Holden Commodore rolled off the assembly line, but perhaps the country will be at the forefront of another transportation sector: flying cars. One Aussie's idea isn't an unmanned transportation pod, however. Entrepreneur Matt Pearson wants flying cars to race. Pearson has...

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Volvo delivers first self-driving cars to families in Drive Me project

Volvo is undertaking an ambitious project where up to 100 of its self-driving prototypes will be handed over to regular customers in Gothenburg, Sweden, the automaker's hometown. The customers will drive the prototypes in everyday conditions, including on approximately 31 miles of selected roads (shown below) where the vehicles are able to operate in...

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Honda bringing new robot concepts to 2018 CES

The rise of the robots cometh...to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show next month. We've already seen a handful of other robot concepts coming to the show, but Honda has revealed what it has in store. The company's famed Asimo will stay home, but four new robots will make their debuts: 3E-A18, 3E-B18, 3E-C18, and 3E-D18. Each robot's surname, 3E, encompasses...

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