Tag Archives: Car Tech

LeBron James is ready to be driven by the machine

Basketball superstar LeBron James is tired of driving. If you count zero, there are six levels of autonomous driving that have been defined by the International Society of Automotive Engineers. As you might guess, Level Zero is when there's no automation and a driver is the one responsible for operating the vehicle. At the other end of the autonomous...

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GM buys lidar developer for self-driving car projects

General Motors continues to pursue an ambitious self-driving car agenda. It recently acquired Cruise Automation to help speed up development of its own self-driving cars. Now it's purchased another company, Strobe Inc. Strobe develops lidar systems, an essential component for self-driving and autonomous-car technologies. Specifically, Strobe will join...

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iPhone, Galaxy…911? Porsche joins the car-subscription race

In an effort to embrace the ever-changing automotive industry, Porsche announced today its own vehicle subscription service: Porsche Passport. The service offers on-demand access and white-glove delivery to its entire lineup of vehicles for a monthly fee. Just like your smartphone, it will be easier than ever to jump from model-to-model in Porsche's vehicle...

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First details on PPE electric car platform for future Audis and Porsches

Audi and Porsche, both brands from the Volkswagen Group, have developed separate platforms for their first volume electric cars. Audi's platform is the C-BEV which is designed for high-riding vehicles and will appear initially in the e-tron SUV on sale in 2018. Meanwhile, over at Porsche, engineers have developed the J1 platform for a sedan based on...

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SURUS: GM’s modular platform for silent, self-driving trucks

While some automakers look to electrify conventional trucks, General Motors has taken a much more radical approach in its development of next-generation commercial vehicles. Meet the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS for short. Unveiled on Friday ahead of the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army, where it will be...

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today

<p>The main differentiators between Super Cruise and what other automakers are offering today are the mapped LiDAR data and the driver attention system. It's clear that Cadillac has baked in a ton of safety into this setup, and it makes it even more apparent how fast and loose <a href="http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1112662_ntsb-calls-teslas-self-driving-system-a-major-factor-in-fatal-crash-says-poor-safeguards-invite-misuse" target="_blank">Tesla's been playing with its Autopilot system</a><strong><em>,</em></strong> which has poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that simply invite users to misuse and abuse the system putting themselves and others on the road at risk.</p>

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Will an electric car be the first production car to hit 300 mph?

Times are changing, and sooner than later, electrified cars will become the norm across the automotive industry. With an electrified approach to powertrains, it does beg the question: will an electric car be the first production car to crack 300 mph? It's a target that has eluded various high-performance cars for decades, and even today's fastest production...

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Mercedes tests the waters with on-demand drone delivery service

Automakers often tout "mobility services" as a potential source of future growth. It's easy to see car- and ride-sharing services fitting in with the portfolio of mobility services but there are many more possibilities. Mercedes-Benz, or more specifically Mercedes-Benz Vans, is testing the waters with an on-demand delivery service where...

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Mercedes AMG F1 engine achieves 50 percent thermal efficiency

The Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team's 2017 season has been a successful one thus far, and although the drivers deserve much of the credit, the team itself has done some remarkable things as well. Notably, Mercedes' current F1 engine achieved 50 percent thermal efficiency for the first time. In the video, Owen Jones, head of performance and controls at Mercedes...

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How the transbrake and torque reserve work on the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon ushers in a couple of firsts for production cars, and today, we're here to take a look at two of them in greater detail. Both the transbrake and the torque reserve system are production car firsts and they help the Demon launch with incredible force at the dragstrip. Our host Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained breaks...

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