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Why did Tesla take capabilities out of latest Model S + Model X?

Why did Tesla take capabilities out of latest Model S + Model X?

Automakers rarely "de-content" their cars, much less take away some of the very features that provide sizzle and PR value. But Tesla's new and more advanced "Hardware 2" electronic driver-assist features on latest cars appear to be a temporary step backwards. Announced last month, Hardware 2 is a... read more

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Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Infiniti variable-compression engine: more complexity, incremental gains

To meet stricter global emissions standards, carmakers are trying to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. That has led Infiniti to turn to... read more October 6, 2016 by


 
Google's autonomous Lexus RX450h

Maybe Apple and Google won't take over the car industry after all?

Over the past few years, a common refrain among analysts and pundits has been that the future of the U.S. car industry lies not in Detroit, but in Silicon Valley. With their... read more September 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 upgrade would have averted fatal crash, Musk says

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a history of making bold claims about the capabilities of his company's products, and the latest version of Autopilot is no different. Over the... read more September 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Since news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of... read more August 17, 2016 by


 
Audi eROT electromechanical rotary damping technology

Audi regenerative shock absorber recaptures energy

Regenerative braking is commonly used in hybrids and electric cars to recover energy normally lost as heat during braking. But that isn't the only potential source of energy... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
BMW i8 Mirrorless concept - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Japan may beat U.S. to allowing camera-based side mirrors

The first Tesla Model X renderings may have shown unobtrusive camera pods in place of side-view mirrors, but production models have conventional mirrors. That's because Tesla... read more July 8, 2016 by


 
Pump with multiple ethanol/gasoline blends.

Nissan takes a different approach to fuel cells: ethanol

When the world at large thinks of fuel-cell vehicles—to the extent it does, at least today—they are associated with hydrogen as the fuel to power them. But a fuel... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Electric-car energy density to approach gasoline by 2045: report

The lithium-ion battery packs that power modern electric cars are far less energy-dense than the liquid hydrocarbon fuels that power internal-combustion cars. They can't hold... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai with experimental nanowire-based battery cell

Experimental nanowire-based battery cell recharges 100,000 times or more

Many of the obstacles impeding widespread electric-car adoption—including range, durability, charging times, and cost—can be traced to the limits of current... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car’s V-4 engine

Electrification, sure, but gasoline engines will endure: supplier

Increasingly stiff limits on carbon emission and minimum fuel economy in most of the world's car markets mean that more plug-in electric cars must be sold. With battery costs... read more March 22, 2016 by


 
BMW Vision Next 100 concept

BMW marks 100th birthday with autonomous, zero-emission concept

BMW is now a century old. To celebrate, the brand has unveiled a concept car that emits nothing from its tailpipe and can drive itself. The automaker hasn't said just how the... read more March 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Audi SQ7 TDI

New diesel Audi SQ7: electric turbo, 48-volt electrics aid efficiency

Given the diesel scandal lingering over Volkswagen's operations, it might come as a surprise that Audi has unveiled a new, high-performance flagship crossover powered by the... read more March 8, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (OM 654)

Mercedes Announces Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

Diesel may be a dirty word for some but for the major automakers, especially those with a significant presence in fuel-conscious Europe, it commands a lot of importance. One... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Bosch active gas pedal

Haptic-Feedback Gas Pedal Tells Drivers When To Shift To Save Fuel

Technology can do a lot to improve fuel economy, but in the real world, changes in driving technique can also pay off with fuel savings. This latest fuel-saving measure uses... read more February 7, 2016 by


 

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