Tag Archives: Car Tech

GM once offered "liquid tire chains" to enhance winter driving performance

Tire chains can be a driver's best friend when it comes to handling snowy and icy conditions, but decades ago, General Motors offered something quite novel—even if we don't know if it actually worked as intended. What GM called "liquid tire chains" was an option across the entire 1969 Chevrolet lineup of cars, save for the El Camino and station...

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Nissan gets into home energy storage business

Nissan is the latest automaker to get into the home energy storage business, following early movers Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Nissan calls its solution Nissan Energy Solar, and the automaker announced it on Thursday during the Electric Ecosystem Experience symposium held in the Canary Islands. Traditionally, electricity collected by solar panels has needed...

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Cadillac’s CUE is dead, meet the new CUE that isn’t CUE

Back in February 2017 Cadillac announced that its infotainment system, known as CUE, was dead and it would be replaced by the next-generation Cadillac user experience. CUE stood for Cadillac User Experience, but that's dead now as the American automaker launches the next-gen Cadillac user experience, which it swears isn't CUE. Confused yet? You should be...

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Audi tests smart energy grid in new trial

Audi is conducting a trial of what the automaker calls a “virtual power plant.” It's a system where thousands of individual energy sources, typically homes with solar panels, can be connected so that energy can flow where it's needed. In the trial, households with solar panels and battery storage systems located in Audi's home of Ingolstadt...

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Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is like Google Assistant for your car

For years we have wondered why our cars' infotainment systems can't be as simple and smart as our phones. It took until 2018, but Mercedes-Benz has finally hit that target. The answer is called Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX for short), and it's the German automaker's new infotainment system, which will launch in the new A-Class subcompact later this...

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5 things to know about the 2019 Ram 1500

Behind the 2019 Ram 1500's muted styling update lies a wholesale rethink of the full-size pickup. We've already previewed the Ram 1500, but we sat down at the 2018 Detroit auto show after the new truck's debut with some of the automaker's engineers and spokespeople to find out more. Here's what we learned. Safety first FCA...

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Infiniti’s first electric car coming in 2021

Infiniti may have been one of the early pioneers of electrification in the luxury segment, having introduced the M35h hybrid sedan as early as 2010, but the brand has been slow when it comes to electric car technology, which is a bit odd since parent company Nissan is one of the biggest proponents of EVs in the industry. There have been a couple of false...

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GM’s latest self-driving car has no steering wheel or pedals

General Motors on Friday revealed a self-driving car devoid of a steering wheel and pedals. Called the Cruise AV (Autonomous Vehicle), the car is based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and will hit the road as early as 2019, assuming GM receives regulatory approval. The automaker is seeking approval from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration to...

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There’s no shortage of startups looking to be among the first to develop safe and reliable self-driving systems to power fleets of potentially lucrative self-driving taxis. Among them is America’s Voyage, which was formed by ex-engineers of Apple and Alphabet and on Thursday received $3 million in funding from Jaguar …

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