Tag Archives: Car Tech

Wonder why carbon-ceramic brakes are so expensive? Watch how they’re made

Although carbon-ceramic brakes will outperform cast iron rotors all day, there's a good reason why only the most high-performance cars wear them. Foremost, they cost thousands of dollars, but ever wonder why? The manufacturing process behind carbon-ceramic brakes is extravagant, to say the least. A video shows the exact process and it's not your average...

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Toyota invests $500M in Uber, will add self-driving Siennas to ride-hailing fleet

Toyota is deepening its ties with Uber. The Japanese auto giant announced Monday it will invest $500 million in Uber, which follows an undisclosed investment made in 2016. Toyota also said Monday it will integrate Uber's self-driving technology together with its own Toyota Guardian active safety system in purpose-built Sienna minivans to be added to Uber's...

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Jaguar Land Rover tests self-driving cars that look alive

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a technology that will be trialed to see whether it helps build the public's trust toward self-driving cars. The technology is a set of “virtual eyes” that have been installed on a self-driving pod car currently used in trials for the Autodrive project in the United Kingdom. The government-supported project has...

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Next Ford Mustang said to be coming in 2021, and with available AWD

Ford is in the process of developing a redesign for its Mustang, one that will see the car move to a modular platform now that the Blue Oval is shrinking its platform count to just five. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that the redesigned Mustang, the seventh generation of a nameplate that has spawned more than 10 million sales to...

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VW reportedly tried buying Aurora to catch up in self-driving car race

The Volkswagen Group looks to be a bit behind in the mobility and self-driving car segments compared to some rivals as the automaker is on the hunt to scoop up experts on the subject. It appears Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup based in California, was one of the firms VW approached. VW approached Aurora and offered to purchase the company for...

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VW spends big to make its vehicles digital devices on wheels

The automobile's days of simply transporting drivers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen. The German automaker wants to turn its cars into digital devices on wheels. And to ensure it's competitive in the near future, VW will spend over $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025. The automaker announced Thursday its intentions to expand and build...

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This tech could allow self-driving cars to see the road during snowstorms

The promise of self-driving cars shuttling passengers across roadways is seemingly creeping closer to reality. But, self-driving cars perform at their best in dry conditions without precipitation. Ask a current self-driving car to navigate a Midwestern snowstorm and it will not go well. A company called WaveSense may have the solution. The company has...

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Aston Martin gives first look at Rapid-E’s 800-volt battery

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Tuesday gave an update on the progress of the automaker's first electric car, the Rapid-E. Palmer posted a photo of what he described as a “production intent” version of the battery destined for the Rapid-E, and confirmed it will be an 800-volt design. This means the battery, which is in the shape of a T, will be...

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Lyft, Aptiv already making money from self-driving taxi service

Lyft has been offering its customers in Las Vegas rides in self-driving cars since the start of the year. The self-driving cars are prototypes from automotive supplier Aptiv and feature a safety driver behind the wheel at all times, and at present they can reach about 20 destinations around Las Vegas. While the program is still only a trial, more than 5,000...

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Apple’s self-driving car could notify others of its next move

In an effort to avoid confusion on future roadways, Apple's self-driving car could notify drivers and pedestrians of its next desired action. The Cupertino, California-based technology company was granted a patent for a "system and method for visual communication of an operational status" with the United States Patent and Trade Office. First discovered by...

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