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Michigan's Mock City: Where Robot Cars Will Drive (And, Ideally, Not Crash)

Michigan's Mock City: Where Robot Cars Will Drive (And, Ideally, Not Crash)

Seven years ago, dozens of professional stunt drivers in identical Ford Tauruses drove for hours through a ghostly and abandoned suburban California subdivision of one-story stucco homes, curving roads, and cul-de-sacs. On the roads with them were 11 self-driving vehicles, from a battered... read more

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Audi RS 5 TDI concept

Efficiency, Performance From Audi's Electric Turbo Prototype

"Turbo" was the word to have on your car in the 1980s. Preferably in huge, bright script, completely out of correlation with the car's actual performance. Now, it's more... read more May 29, 2014 by


 
Xtronic CVT, 6th generation  -  for 2013 Nissan Altima

Why CVTs Won, Direct-Shift Gearboxes Lost Fuel-Economy Fight

If you're reading this in North America, the vehicle sitting on your driveway probably has an automatic transmission. So do around 95 percent of other new vehicles on the... read more May 28, 2014 by


 
Google Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google's Electric, Autonomous Test Car Looks Happy, Has No Steering Wheel

This is probably not the car you'll be whisked around cities in, in the future. Which is either a good or bad thing, depending on how much you like cars that look like koala... read more May 28, 2014 by


 
TOTI bamboo ECO2 8-passenger taxi in Tabontabon, Philippines

Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as well. Bamboo could be the next... read more May 27, 2014 by


 
2015 Chevrolet Impala

How Do You Make Start-Stop Systems More Pleasant For Drivers?

Stop-Start systems are the low-hanging fruit of city gas mileage, but like many fruits, they can be an acquired taste. General Motors has attached such a system to its 2015... read more May 27, 2014 by


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material's environmental... read more May 26, 2014 by


 
2015 Chevrolet Impala

2015 Chevrolet Impala Gets Start-Stop, But Hybrid 'Eco' Gone

New information on updates for 2015 to the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan range note that a start-stop system will be fitted to the four-cylinder model as standard... read more May 23, 2014 by


 
Toyota tests new semiconductor technology

Toyota Improves Semiconductor Tech In Hybrids, 10 Percent MPG Gains

Toyota has revealed it's developing a new design of semiconductor that could improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrid vehicles by up to ten percent. Developed with in-house... read more May 20, 2014 by


 
China

China Push For Lower Emissions: Smaller, More Efficient Engines, Mild Hybrids

China may be the world's largest car market, but increased air pollution has created a public backlash against the automobile. It's also spurring the government to take... read more May 14, 2014 by


 
2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that... read more May 14, 2014 by


 
Power Japan Plus - battery laboratory [frame from promotional video]

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of... read more May 13, 2014 by


 
2014 Dodge Dart

2014 Dodge Dart Dumps Dual-Clutch Automatic, Except On Aero Model

The Dodge Dart compact sedan launched as a 2013 model hasn't sold as well as hoped. One thing that hurt its debut was the unfamiliar feel of its dual-clutch automatic gear... read more May 9, 2014 by


 
Lithium-air battery chemistries (Image: Lu et al, ACS Chemical Reviews)

How Hard Is Lithium-Air Battery Research? Pretty Tough, Actually

It's hard to keep track of all the future battery technology candidates, but lithium-air battery technology is among the most widely-researched. Its biggest draw is the... read more May 8, 2014 by


 
Toyota Central R&D Labs' Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG)

Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and... read more April 30, 2014 by


 
Jumpr lithium-ion jump-starting pack

Lithium-Ion Batteries For Lighter, Compact Jump-Starting Pack

Lithium-ion batteries are the hearts of modern electric cars, but could this battery chemistry have other automotive uses? Juno Power has applied lithium-ion technology to a... read more April 26, 2014 by


 

 
 

 
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