Tag Archives: Car Tech

Google founder Larry Page’s flying taxi takes flight

Many companies have made a splash in the flying car or airborne taxi industry, which has only just begun to earn its wings (pun intended). Now it turns out Google founder Larry Page has been working on his own flying taxi, largely in secret and away from any press coverage. Apparently that means the self-flying taxi has officially taken flight, The New York...

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BMW M boss says future electric cars will not be silent

Automakers are seemingly supporting the idea that the future of the automobile is, indeed, electric. Some makes will have it easier than others, but for BMW's M division, it will work to solve the issue of sound. Since electric cars are nearly silent, M division's head Frank van Meel, told CarBuzz in a report published Sunday that silence won't be an...

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5G technology could unlock vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

Modems are becoming commonplace in cars. Drivers like to use them to stream music and create wi-fi hotspots. Automakers like them for the data they can report and the updates they can push to their cars. Dealers like them because they tell drivers when to come in for service. Today's modems run on 4G LTE cellular technology, but the future is 5G and that...

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Porsche first to bring blockchain to auto industry

Porsche believes it will thrive and also set standards in the auto industry's coming electrification era, and the innovation has already begun today. The German performance marque announced it will bring blockchain to its cars, a digital ledger that records transactions chronologically and publicly. For a bit of background, blockchain predominantly powers...

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Mercedes-Maybach digital headlights: more than meets the eye

Mercedes-Maybach aims to rethink what a car's headlights can do for the driver and for pedestrians. The brand revealed its digital headlight technology equipped on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which better controls regular lighting function, but can also display information on the road itself. Before you ask, no, the technology isn't bound for the U.S., as...

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VW explains the steps to full automation in cars

Volkswagen will unveil a concept for a large, electric sedan with fully self-driving capability at next week's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept doesn't preview a specific model currently in the pipeline, though elements from its design may influence a new Phaeton due around 2020. What the ID Vizzion represents is VW's vision for...

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Ford self-driving cars are delivering pizzas across Miami

Self-driving cars, once strictly the domain of science fiction, are already being commercialized. And the commercial opportunities extend far beyond the transport of people, as long-haul cargo, your latest Amazon purchase, or even a humble pizza will most likely in the not too distant future be shuttled around by automated means. Yes, even pizza. It turns...

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How to break in a new limited-slip differential

Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is starting to wrench on his Honda S2000 project car. One of the latest areas of the car he's attacking is the rear end. His yellow Honda is getting a brand new limited-slip differential with more aggressive gearing. Before he gets to enjoy that extra aggression, however, Fenske has to break in the new differential...

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What’s the difference between horsepower and torque?

We toss the words "horsepower" and "torque" around pretty often in the automotive industry, but perhaps the meaning of both gets lost along the way. Never fear, Engineering Explained is here. In a new video, EE host Jason Fenske helps explain in the simplest of ways what power and torque are, and why the old saying of "Horsepower is how fast you hit the...

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