Daily Archives: July 3, 2018

Shop, click, deliver: Kroger to test self-driving grocery delivery vehicles

Autonomous grocery deliveries could soon come to local neighborhoods as the Kroger supermarket chain announced last Thursday that it will partner with Nuro for self-driving grocery delivery test vehicles. Kroger plans to roll out the self-driving grocery delivery service in an unnamed test market this fall and has tapped the …

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Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 to be first of its kind to cross auction block

For those in their 30s and 40s, the Porsche 959 is likely a hero car from their childhoods. Built from 1984 to 1986 for Group B rally racing and homologated as a road car that was built from 1986 to '93, the 959 could approach 200 mph on the street and reach 130 mph off road. The 959 was a truly amazing car for the era. The greatest version of the 959 is...

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Hyundai partners with Autotalks to develop vehicle-to-everything technology

Hyundai has a new partner to develop future vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology in Autotalks, an Israel-based company founded in 2008. The Korean automaker announced on Tuesday it will partner with the technology company via a direct investment in its operations. V2X includes vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology. Effectively, the...

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2019 Toyota 86 to introduce TRD Special Edition model

For 2019, the Toyota 86 will get a new variant aimed squarely at the hardcore enthusiast crowd. The sports car's order guide shows an 86 TRD Special Edition will arrive for the new model year, CarsDirect reported last Friday. The TRD treatment will include a handful of upgrades and racier looks, per the order guide. Named the SE trim, the special 86 will...

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Tesla chief vehicle engineer not returning from leave of absence

Tesla has lost one of its top engineers in Doug Field, who will not return after taking a leave of absence from the electric-car maker in May. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Field's departure on Monday, the same day Tesla announced it had reached its goal of 5,000 Model 3 electric cars produced in a week. In an SEC filing, Tesla thanked Field for...

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Theon Design is the British Singer, for much less

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then where does that leave "re-imagination"? That's the term Singer uses when it turns a 964-generation Porsche 911 into a glorious resto-mod. A company in the UK is working on the same formula to restore and re-create old Porsches. Theon Design is ready to dole out Singer-esque sports cars, but for less than...

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The RCCI engine uses both gasoline and diesel fuel

When most of us pull up to the pump, we are in vehicles that require gasoline. A portion of us sidle up to diesel pumps. In the future, maybe we'll we'll drive vehicles with RCCI engines and we'll need to hit both pumps. The Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) engine is a concept engine being developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

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Apple completely rebuilding its Maps application

Apple knows its Maps application isn't up to snuff, and it's taking the matter seriously with a totally rebuilt app. When Maps first launched, the app used third-party data to provide the basis for the critical "maps" element of Maps, but now, Apple is taking full ownership and building the map data. Tech Crunch reported last Friday that Apple will use...

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How the Porsche 911 GT1 Evo supercar came to be

Homologation. It's the racing rule that results in some of the world's greatest road cars. To race, many cars have to be homologated, which means they have to have a number of street-legal counterparts to prove they're part of a brand's production line. Sitting high on this list of all-time homologated greats is the Porsche 911 GT1 Evo, and this is the...

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Audi has figured out how to spray two paint colors at once

The process of building cars is becoming more complicated and yet easier at the same time. More complex processes and materials are being introduced, but we also have robots to lend a helping hand throughout the manufacturing process. Audi has figured out a way to use these robots to improve its paint spraying process. In fact, the German automaker has...

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