Nissan's upcoming next-gen Leaf will introduce a new feature called the e-Pedal, which will allow for a single pedal to be used for accelleration and braking, allowing people to drive with just one pedal. Many people will already be familiar with this method, as it's just about like driving one of the Autopia cars at Disneyland.
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Our self-driving car future may be farther away than the hype suggests. Besides Tesla, self-driving car developers depend on an expensive piece of technology called LIDAR, a laser-based radar that allows an autonomous vehicle to see the road. There are cheaper options, but the MIT Technology Review explains that these more-affordable solutions won't deliver the kind of data that's necessary for self-driving cars to operate at highway speeds.
The eighth iteration of the Rolls-Royce Phantom was rolled out today with a red-carpet launch party and a suitably pompous press release proclaiming the car to have the "most silent" interior of anything on the road. It pretty much looks like the Rolls-Royce flagship you already know, but with a few new technological tricks up its sleeve.
When all's said and done, Volkwsagen's never-ending Dieselgate saga may be seen as the tip of the iceberg, and not just an explosive revelation from an automaker that explicitly set out to cheat. Several automakers have been ensnared in accusations of diesel cheating and now, in Germany, Porsche has to recall 22,000 Cayennes for allegedly equipping the vehicles with illegal software to skirt emissions test.
In news that makes perfect sense, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has pretty much already confirmed that the next record-setting Bugatti hypercar will have to go hybrid.
A slew of recent news related to airline and rideshare companies tapping into biometric identification — like fingerprints, faces, other unique body parts — seems like it just means an easier way to board your flight. But beyond the surface, giving corporations and the government this much access to sensitive data poses a major privacy threat.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the very first production Model 3 on his personal Twitter two weeks ago, and since then we haven't heard very much about it. Tesla is probably holding out for its big delivery event this upcoming week, but a Tesla fan has already managed to get a close up video of the car.
Elon Musk awoke today with the intention of sending Twitter into a frenzy by declaring that he received "verbal govt approval" to build a Hyperloop in the densest part of the United States, between New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.
This is dumb, it's not how things work, and requires, uh, actual government approval. We reached out to the, uh, actual government to see if this is legit.
Meet one of the most insane diesel truck builds we've ever seen: Old Smokey F1. In its tastefully patina'd 1949 Ford engine bay lies a beautifully built twin-turbo diesel engine good for 1,233 horsepower (919kW) at the wheels and 2,000 ft-lbs (2700Nm) of torque. Holy crap, that's a lot of tire-killing insanity.
I should be clear here that I'm not an official expert in words; I'm no entomologist. You can tell that's true because I just typed the word for someone who studies insects, not "etymologist," someone who studies words. But this hasn't stopped me from formulating a theory that there's a large number of people who learned the word "ajar" from a talking car.
It took more than 50 years for Steven Weber's father to tell his son he loved him. By the time he said the words, Steven's father was overcome with dementia, living out his final days wheelchair-bound. Yet Steven's father is the reason he bought the '68 Camaro back in 1973. It's the reason he's held onto it all these years. And it's one of the reasons it will be such a momentous occasion when he passes it on to his son, which will be soon — perhaps sooner than Steven had expected.
Cars won't just be driving themselves one day — they will be communicating things like traffic conditions and the weather with everything else around them. Connected cars will be masses of sensors and outpouring radio signals, but if carmakers aren't careful, this data sharing will open itself up to hacks and cyber threats detrimental to your personal safety.
Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature caught flak over the weekend, as it appeared a driver had blamed the system for causing his car to suddenly accelerate, head off a road, and roll over into a marsh. Early this week, his story changed. It wasn't Autopilot's fault, he said, it was his own.
If you need a vehicle for moving the family, the minivan is simply the superior tool. But if you think getting a minivan means dooming yourself to three rows of slow, uninspired driving, the current crop of vans could probably dust the sport compact you had as a teenager.
Last year, the Tesla Model S P90D shot up the 12.4-mile, 156-turn Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course in well under 12 minutes and set the record for the fastest "production" electric vehicle on the course. But this year, the long-doubted Faraday Future destroyed its time by more than 23 seconds.
Tesla founder Elon Musk confirmed yesterday that production on the automaker's less-expensive Model 3 sedan will begin on time, in what's tantamount to a bizarre attaboy for the most valuable car company in the U.S.