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Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

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. Regulators are investigating the crash to determine whether the fault was with the human driver, Autopilot itself—or a... read more

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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


 
Matthias Müller

VW CEO Müller: Automotive Future Must Not Be Left To Silicon Valley

Like many automakers, Volkswagen Group has had a research facility in Silicon Valley for many years. In 2011, Its Electronics Research Laboratory--first launched in... read more January 27, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen Budd-e Concept

Volkswagen’s Future Battery Packs, EV Platform: Development Details

The Volkswagen Budd-e Concept that was revealed at CES this week marks several firsts. While there are some radically different design and interface approaches (like expanded... read more January 7, 2016 by


 
BMW i Future Interaction concept - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

BMW i Future Interaction Concept At CES Hints At i8 Spyder (Again)

Way back in 2012, BMW unveiled a convertible i8 Spyder as a followup to the original i8 plug-in hybrid coupe concept. But while the coupe went into production as a 2014... read more January 6, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

What Comes After Lithium-Ion Batteries To Power Electric Cars, And When?

All mass-market plug-in electric cars on sale today have one thing in common. They are powered by battery packs composed of cells with lithium-ion chemistries. But to surpass... read more December 3, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat

Will Nissan Leaf Offer Autonomous Driving Just Like A Tesla?

With the IDS Concept that Nissan showed at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker hinted that Nissan may be readying a suite of autonomous technologies—and a... read more November 12, 2015 by


 
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Limited Grille

Hyundai 'AE' Hybrid To Beat 2016 Prius On MPG? Detroit Debut On Tap

While we don't yet know the model name, we do know Hyundai is expected to launch its first dedicated hybrid vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January. That car--codenamed... read more November 11, 2015 by


 
Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

New Mazda Rotary Engine Likely To Feature Turbo, Not Electrification

At last week's Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled a new sports-car concept called the RX-Vision. Beneath the car's sleek bodywork was what will likely be the first production... read more November 5, 2015 by


 

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