Tag Archives: Car Tech

BMW M explains how to use its dual-clutch transmission

Do you remember when BMW was self-described as the Ultimate Driving Machine? Those days are long gone but BMW still cranks out a few hits. It's nevertheless clear that BMW's core demographic has changed, and thus the automaker has to put out a video explaining how to use its own dual-clutch transmission. While you have the likes of Honda instilling a love...

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How Cosworth uses race data to develop self-driving tech

Cosworth isn't best known for its self-driving car technology, but that could very well change one day. The legendary maker of Formula 1 and other high-performance engines plans to expand into the self-driving car arena, and it's using race data to expedite its offerings. Company CEO Hal Reisiger told Automotive News (subscription required) in an interview...

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Ferrari improves painting process

Always looking for ways to improve its production process, Ferrari has a new paint that reduces energy consumption at its plant and improves the resistance of the painted surfaces. The paint has been developed in collaboration with supplier PPG and offers several benefits. It incorporates a specially formulated clear coat that makes it possible for a car to...

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Porsche designed Mission E Cross Turismo with self-driving tech in mind

Porsche's Mission E Cross Turismo concept was the big surprise of March's 2018 Geneva auto show. It previews a potential soft-roader version of Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric sedan, and Porsche has been dropping hints that the Cross Turismo could make it into production at some point. Not everyone has been happy with the design, though. One...

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Elon Musk says future Teslas will be like K.I.T.T. with AI

Twitter makes it incredibly easy to gain insight into what Tesla CEO Elon Musk is thinking, for better or worse. On Sunday, Musk let slip on the social media platform that future Teslas will be reminiscent of K.I.T.T. of "Knight Rider" fame, complete with artificial intelligence. Musk replied to a Twitter user asking if we'll see K.I.T.T.-like artificial...

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Uber ceases self-driving truck development to focus on cars

Uber will park its self-driving truck development in order to focus more resources on self-driving cars, the company announced Monday. The ride-hailing giant originally got into the game in 2016 when it acquired a startup by the name of Otto that was developing self-driving technology for trucks. Otto was co-founded by Anthony Levandowski, the former Waymo...

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Toyota’s Project Portal fuel cell semi progresses to beta stage

Toyota isn't giving up on its support of fuel cells and is instead working on applying the technology in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The automaker already has a fuel cell car on sale in the form of the Mirai and has hinted at more offerings, including from its upmarket brand Lexus. Toyota doesn't have a fuel cell-powered commercial vehicle...

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Drive.ai self-driving taxi service starts trial in Texas

Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai has become the latest firm offering rides to the public in a self-driving car. Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving unit Waymo has been running its Early Riders trial in Phoenix, Arizona for several months and plans to start a commercial service later this year. Aptiv's nuTonomy has also been running a trial with its own self-driving...

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Toyota’s Project Portal fuel cell semi progresses to beta stage

Toyota isn't giving up on its support of fuel cells and is instead working on applying the technology in both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The automaker already has a fuel cell car on sale in the form of the Mirai and has hinted at more offerings, including from its upmarket brand Lexus. Toyota doesn't have a fuel cell-powered commercial vehicle...

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Drive.ai self-driving taxi service starts trial in Texas

Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai has become the latest firm offering rides to the public in a self-driving car. Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving unit Waymo has been running its Early Riders trial in Phoenix, Arizona for several months and plans to start a commercial service later this year. Aptiv's nuTonomy has also been running a trial with its own self-driving...

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