Tag Archives: Car Tech

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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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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