Tag Archives: Car Tech

Which is better: a supercharger or turbocharger?

There are two relatively simple options to boost (pun intended) horsepower in a vehicle: superchargers and turbochargers. But, which is better? Once again, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here with an answer. It's important to understand how both options function first. A turbocharger relies on a vehicle's exhaust to spool up a turbine to power a...

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Mercedes integrates highly detailed HERE maps in self-driving tech

Mercedes-Benz's future self-driving cars will rely on a cloud-based high-definition map updated in real time to see the world around them. The machine-readable map, known as the HD Live Map, will come from mapping company HERE, a former unit of Nokia sold to Audi, BMW and Mercedes in 2015 for $3.1 billion. Intel also has a stake in HERE, which it acquired...

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Why can some engines rev to 9,000 rpm?

You blip the throttle and your engine revs rise. It's a fun game that can put a smile on your face as you wait for a red light to change to green. It doesn't matter if it's a lumbering diesel in a pickup or a muscular V-8 in a pony car, you're likely to crack a smile when you tap that throttle. In some cars, you might just find a maniacal Joker-esque smile...

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You can now pick between a Chiron or Ram Power Wagon in Forza Motorsport 7

Let's get one thing straight: you're (probably) never going to drive a Bugatti Chiron. At least not in real life. Now, however, you can pilot one in the Forza Motorsport 7 video game. The French multi-million-dollar road missile is part of a new downloadable pack of cars that's just made its way into your virtual world. It's not the only vehicle jumping to...

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First EVs on Audi and Porsche’s PPE platform coming in 2021

Audi will introduce its first volume electric car this year in the form of the e-tron SUV. Fellow Volkswagen Group member Porsche will follow in 2019 with its own electric car in the form of the production version of 2015's Mission E concept. The two cars ride on distinct platforms developed independently, C-BEV in the case of Audi and J1 in the case of...

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AMG Project One’s electric drive system to feature in more models

AMG will build just 275 examples of its Project One hypercar, but instead of letting all of the car's high-tech wizardry go to waste after the final one is built, the company will import it into future models. That's the word of AMG boss Tobias Moers who in an interview with Autocar published Friday said the Project One's technology will feature in regular...

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Waymo-Uber court battle gets underway over self-driving car technologies

A high-profile legal battle begins to play out in San Francisco on Monday as Alphabet's self-driving car division, Waymo, meets Uber in court. The court will ultimately decide which company will forge ahead as a leader in self-driving cars and autonomous technology. Waymo's lawsuit alleges that Uber stole thousands of documents and trade secrets that the...

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Hyundai self-driving car completes 100-mile trek on its own

Hyundai aims to have a Level 4 self-driving car on the market by 2021 and has demonstrated its progress in the field with five prototypes completing a 118-mile journey on their own. Three of the prototypes were Hyundai's new Nexo fuel cell car, making this the first demonstration of a self-driving car powered by a fuel cell. The journey took place between...

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Porsche wants drivers to stop worrying about brake squeal

We all know the sound well: brake squeal. The high-pitched noise emitted from the pads and rotors that causes stress, and sometimes embarrassment. But, don't fret. Porsche wants drivers to know it's a completely normal circumstance. The brand produced an overly informative video explaining what brake squeal is, and why it happens. Drivers should rest easy...

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Infiniti’s variable-compression engine: witchcraft explained

Infiniti introduced the world's first variable compression-ratio engine, a technology it claims to have been working on for two decades, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. A variable compression-ratio engine is a feat of automotive engineering, flummoxing automakers since long before Infiniti showed its first car ever back at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show. The...

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