Tag Archives: Car Tech

Is it a bad idea to engine brake with a manual transmission?

In a car with a manual gearbox, you can use that stick to your advantage in more ways than the simple act of shifting gears. If you want to slow down, instead of relying on just the brakes, you can pop your gear lever into a lower gear and use resistance from the engine to slow you down. This is called engine braking, and some might think it's harmful to...

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Volvo XC40 allows your friend or family to borrow the car without a key

Say you're away on vacation and someone you trust, perhaps a close friend or family member, needs to borrow your car. With the 2019 Volvo XC40 arriving next spring, you'll be able to grant a person access to the car via an app. The person borrowing the car will be able to access and start it all with a smartphone, so you don't need to...

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Luxury automakers focus on too much "stupid" tech, Genesis performance boss says

Genesis' performance chief Albert Biermann had some harsh words for the brand's German rivals. The former BMW M boss of 30 years said rival brands invest too much in unnecessary technology, and it gives Genesis a clear path forward for quality and longevity. "It's all marketing, first of all," Biermann told Drive. "How many people really buy it later...

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BMW might ditch car keys all together

The days of grabbing keys to gain access to one's car may be a thing of the past in future BMWs. The automaker has recently questioned the need for car keys altogether, according to a report by Reuters. During last week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Ian Robertson, BMW's board member responsible for sales, said many if not all of its customers carry a...

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VW Group’s fully self-driving Sedric to hit public roads in 2021

It turns out the Volkswagen Group's Sedric concept unveiled in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show isn't just a one-hit wonder. The German auto giant used last week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil an updated version of the fully self-driving car, one that's closer to the version that will start testing on public roads in 2021...

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Mercedes wants to let you find any destination with 3 words

I feel old telling you this...but I don't quite understand how this is going to make your navigation system easier to use. Perhaps my inner old man is coming out, but I'm not typically one to rail against fresh technology and new ways of doing things. I'm talking about the announcement last week that Mercedes-Benz is partnering with a company called...

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GKN Drivelines introduces off-the-shelf torque-vectoring eAxle

Last week we saw Bosch reveal its "e-axle" off-the-shelf" electric powertain solution for automakers who don't have the means or inclination to develop their own. Now another company is doing something similar. GKN Driveline, a leading supplier of automotive drivelines and technologies, introduced the "eTwinsterX" at the Frankfurt auto show. The eTwinsterX...

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Samsung SDI’s latest electric-car battery cells: energy capacity up 50 percent

Companies that fabricate lithium-ion battery cells rarely stage elaborate displays at global auto shows. Korean maker Samsung, though, feels its latest advance in electric-car battery tech warranted its booth at this week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Samsung SDI, which supplies battery cells to the likes of Audi and BMW, showcased a new and more compact...

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Continental looks to improve safety with its latest tire concepts

It's always amazing to see what tire manufacturers are dreaming up for the future. Most of the time, it's a concept based in the distant future when nano bots are able to repair your self-healing tires as your autonomous pod whisks you to an AI-controlled beachfront home. This time, however, Continental is looking a bit closer in the not-too-distant future...

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5 things you need to know about the Mercedes-AMG Project One

The closest thing to a homologation special we're likely to see out of Formula 1, the Mercedes-AMG Project One is one very special car. On the sidelines of the Frankfurt motor show, we sat down with AMG's Rene Wollman. His business card calls him the Project One's "Project Leader," but he's much more than that. He was the one that AMG boss Tobias Moers...

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