Showing posts with label Automotive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Automotive. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tech firm creates a wireless road that can charge electric cars on the move

Wireless vehicle charging that could see electric cars get their batteries topped up by the roads they are driven is a step closer to reality.

Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm has created a 100-metre stretch of road that sends charge to electric vehicles travelling on it, even at high speeds.

The introduction of such wireless charging highways could revolutionise the electric-car market, eradicating range anxiety and the impracticality of having to stop for extended periods to recharge batteries - two of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicle adoption today.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as ‘big oil’ collapses

new study published by Stanford University suggests that fossil-fueled cars will vanish within eight years – and citizens will have no choice but to invest in electric vehicles or similar technologies. This is because the cost of electric vehicles – including cars, buses, and trucks – will ultimately decrease, resulting in the collapse of the petroleum industry.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

World's first modular self-driving car can be customised to suit your style

Trying to find a car that matches your style is no easy task. 

But a new modular driverless vehicle that is described as a 'blank sheet of paper' could be the solution to meeting people's varying styles.

The 'Edit' self-driving vehicle is made up of five parts, allowing users to create different configurations of the same vehicle both in terms of style and use.

The Edit vehicle was designed by Hong Kong based OSVehicle, who wanted to make a self-driving car for everyone.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Smart' junctions fitted with AI technology will react automatically to heavy congestion

Groundbreaking new traffic lights fitted with artificial intelligence could create safer roads and bring an end to rush hour gridlock.

'Smart' traffic lights will monitor speed and congestion, prioritise cyclists, buses and ambulances with green lights and use heatmaps to analyse how pedestrians and motorists are using the roads.

Milton Keynes is set to be the first city to trial the £3 million project from September, with 2,500 sensors monitoring all major junction points and car parking spaces.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"World's fastest go-kart" would hit 60 mph in 1.5 seconds

Tesla has already demonstrated the performance potential of electric power in cars, but the technology hasn't made the same splash in the world of go karting. But that looks set to change with Canada-based Daymak using battery power to develop what it claims will be the "world's fastest go-kart".

Why nobody will own a car in 2030: Self-driving, electric ride-shares will spell the end for traditional automobiles

Cars will die out by 2030 as electric self-driving car shares take over our roads, according to a new report. 

Ninety-five per cent of miles travelled in the US will happen in autonomous vehicles owned by fleets rather than individuals in just over a decade, researchers found.

This new technology will be up to ten times cheaper than buying a new car and will bring an end to more than 100 years of individual vehicle ownership.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Type of LiDAR System Improves Self-Driving Cars

Luminar Technologies announced that they are beginning production on a new kind of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system, which will make autonomous vehicles safer and the production more scalable.  LiDAR is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating that target with a pulsed laser light, and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Bull Of A Different Breed: Lamborghini Asterion Concept

The House of the Raging Bull has done it again. They have unleashed a Bull of a different breed…it’s electrifying! Sant’ Agata Bolognese introduced the first Lamborghini plug-in hybrid. It was introduced at the October 2014 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile. NotoriousLuxury presents the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 concept. It retains the legendary heritage and formidable track-scorching power. This Raging Bull has refined manners and is suited to be a luxurious daily driver. But will we see it in our lifetime? One minute it is on the next it isn’t…so?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New battery concept could give electric vehicles a 621-mile range

One of the biggest limits of electric vehicles is range. The cleanly-powered cars can only go so far on today’s batteries without recharging, but German research institute Fraunhofer is testing a new battery design that could afford drivers the peace of mind they have in gasoline-fueled vehicles. The researchers are working towards a range of 1,000 kilometers, or 621 miles.

Monday, May 8, 2017

McLaren BP23 three-seat supercar

McLaren Automotive has given the most information yet about its forthcoming three-seater hybrid supercar.
It has also revealed it will be road legal in Australia and that at least one Australian buyer is among the 106 people who will take delivery from 2019.
The number of cars is limited to match the production of the revered F1 model of 1992, built by a previous incarnation of McLaren's road car division.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nissan is working on a new 340-mile-range electric car

Nissan basically put the electric car on the map when it introduced the Nissan Leaf, but in the last few years the Leaf has been overshadowed by the arrival of newer electric cars, like the Tesla Model S and most recently, the Chevy Bolt. The good news is that Nissan is close to releasing an all-new Nissan Leaf, which will be followed by another electric car with a driving range of around 340 miles.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Should this be Jaguar's future Le Mans car?

The year is 2030. The Le Mans 24 Hour race is on the back foot with spectators, after an ill-fated period of autonomous, remote-controlled racecars filling its grids. As manned cars return to La Sarthe, and the race’s 107th anniversary, Jaguar unveils its contender, the SS-107.
This is it. And that is its backstory, creatively concocted by its designer, Serdar Soyal. If you’d not guessed, this isn’t real, we’re not in 2030, and it’s got nothing to do with Jaguar. But if this is how a Jag endurance racer were to look in a decade or so’s time, you’d be happy, right?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Aston Martin's AM-RB 001 hypercar will have a 6.5-liter Cosworth V12 and so much more

It's been a while since we heard any big news about the Aston Martin-Red Bull hypercar, the plainly named AM-RB 001. When it debuted last year, we got a look at the shape – and that's about it. Sure, a super-powerful V12 hybrid powertrain was promised, but we didn't have any concrete details on it or what was going into the pretty wrapper. Well, now Aston has made some announcements about partners, and they certainly have our attention: Cosworth, Ricardo, Multimatic, and Rimac.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Nissan is using Victorian technology to make its cars safer

Nissan has announced it’s developed a concept which uses a nineteenth century technology to solve the thoroughly modern problem of drivers using smartphones behind the wheel. 
The idea involves fitting a compartment into the armrest of a Nissan Juke vehicle which essentially acts as a Faraday cage (though Nissan has called it the 'Nissan Signal Shield' which sounds much more Marvel and much less science lesson). 

New battery design for electric cars would stack up to 1,000-km range

One of the big stumbling blocks preventing the wide scale acceptance of electric cars is dreaded range anxiety. With an average range of around 100 mi (161 km) per charge, all-electric vehicles still can't compete with more conventional cars – especially if lights, windscreen wipers, or air con are needed. To level the playing field a bit, Fraunhofer is working on a new battery design that could increase an electric car's range to 1,000 km (621 mi).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mercedes-Benz SLC 180 launched as new Mazda MX-5 RF rival

The new entry-level SLC 180 has a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, producing 154bhp and 184lb ft, mated to a manual six-speed gearbox. The car can sprint from 0-62mph in 7.9sec and on to a top speed of 140mph.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eco-Friendly Car Maker Ronn Motor Group Launches Reg A+

Ronn Motor Group, an automotive company that produces the eco-friendly, hydrogen fueled Scorpion supercar, has launched a Reg A+ equity crowdfunding offer to raise up to $50 million in equity capital. Ronn Motor Group wants to use the additional funding to “evolve” the Scorpion into an all-electric car labeled the Phoenix.

Ducati 848 neo-racer custom motorcycle by smoked garage

The ducati ‘848’ neo-racer custom motorcycle from smoked garage cuts a futuristic form in raw aluminum with minimalist blue details. Based on a 2015  ducati street fighter 848, the ‘neo-racer’ explains the indonesian company’s history with the drag strip, racing, and quality, while experimenting with some unusual materials.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

6 Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication Startups

In a recent article, we covered 10 startups that are connecting cars and the huge effect they could have on roadways in the coming years. Another interesting (and related) technology that investors should watch is vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. The market extends to other methods of vehicle communication aside from just talking to “the cloud”. These other methods include vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P), and vehicle-to-home (V2H). Just in case there are not enough acronyms for you here, we can also use another acronym to describe all these types of methods which is “V2X” or “vehicle to everything”. 

Tesla Has Officially Started Releasing Its Revolutionary Autopilot Update

Tesla is again stepping up its autonomous driving game as it begins its roll out of a crucial feature to its Autopilot 2.0 hardware, as reported yesterday by Electrek. The feature comes as a follow up to the 8.1 software update released in March, 2017.