For diesel fans in the U.S., it must seem like Christmas. Audi has been heavily marketing its diesel engines, and other automakers have joined the bandwagon. The surge in diesel passenger car availability comes from customer interest in high mileage vehicles, and new technologies that clean diesel emissions. Diesels do particularly well on the highway, so if your commute involves a lot of medium- to high-speed driving over long distances, check out these cars to see if one fits your needs. … Read more
The race toward autonomous vehicles appears to be picking up steam. Nissan set 2020 as the year it would put autonomous cars on the road, and now Toyota is laying out specifics on autonomous car technologies it will put into production "in the mid-2010s," according to a press release.
Toyota calls its core autonomous car technology Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), noting that it consists of two new features, Cooperative-Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Control.
Adaptive cruise control systems have been in production vehicles for a number of years. Using radar or stereoscopic cameras, these systems detect … Read more
Owning a classic car is an aspiration of many a petrolhead, but the cost and effort involved can be so substantial that few of us are lucky enough to be able to do so.
For slightly less money, however, and significantly less trouble, there are clubs that can provide the occasional joy of taking a classic ride out for a spin. The Classic Car Club has collections in London and New York, and both garages are brimming with some of the best cars the 20th century had to offer.
I tagged along on one of the London Night Drives and … Read more
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Self-driving cars are coming It won't happen in one step, but it will probably happen during the introduction and improvement of a dozen or so technologies that might be in your car already.
3D gesture technology We are on the cusp of moving from the 2D gestures of touch screens to 3D gestures that happen the way humans have always communicated.
What's next for mobile platforms? If you're waiting to see who will shape up to be the third major mobile platform, you might want to change your viewpoint to if there … Read more
Nerds love details. So much so that nerds can kiss them, live with them, and marry them. Yes, without divorcing.
Real people are slightly different. They sometimes find details overwhelming, confusing, or just plain dull.
Still, when it comes to advertising their wares, tech companies can't help wanting real people to know about the very fine motion sensor or the gesture-controlled gyroscope thingy.
Chrysler has decided to hold hands with Ron Burgundy, in an attempt to prove that details will never trump entertainment.
Several times in the past year, I've climbed aboard a jet airliner, and it has carried me to some far-flung destination abundant in sunshine and balmy temperatures.
Sunshine and balmy temperatures are two things we don't take for granted here in the UK, but another aspect of the sentence above, we do.
"It has carried me," for example. "It" being the aircraft, of course. And using the singular neuter pronoun "it" refers to something we're all acutely aware of these days, which is that it's quite possible for an aircraft … Read more
We've got a great selection of video picks for you this week! First up, check out the premiere episode of our brand-new show Googlicious, hosted by Brian Tong. Googlicious will cover the latest news, rumors, tips, tricks, and how-tos and big Google events and announcements. Plus, you can count on a few wacky signature segments like "My First...with Google Glass" and many, many more. In this week's episode we check out the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and look at some of the new specs for the upcoming Nexus 5.
Speaking of smartphones, would … Read more
Despite not having a tank full of gasoline to burn, the Tesla Model S can catch on fire, as evidenced by a video posted online.
The video, taken from a passing car, initially shows an unidentified distant car in flames, with firefighters on the scene. As the videographer passes closer, it is clear that the car is a Model S.
Incidents in the past where a Chevrolet Volt and a Fisker Karma caught fire caused some to question whether the high-capacity batteries in electric cars were safe. The Model S fire seems to have raised those fears again, as a … Read more
Editor's note: This article has been edited to reflect updated information on the Nissan Leaf.
One advantage of electric cars comes from the huge available infrastructure: We have electric plugs just about everywhere. There are many more electric plugs than even gasoline stations.
So charging an electric car should be easy; just plug it into the nearest outlet.
And it is that easy, almost. Your standard home outlet in the US offers 120 volts of alternating current (AC), with a circuit breaker rated at 15 or 20 amps. Most electric cars I have seen come with a cable adapter … Read more
Ditching hamsters for electrons, next year Kia will offer its boxy Soul model with an electric drivetrain, according to a statement by the Korean carmaker.
The statement was made as Kia readies the 2014 version of the gasoline Soul for dealer showrooms. Kia showed off the update earlier this year for the first time at the New York auto show.
Given its size, the Soul looks like a good choice for an electric drivetrain. The company had no details to offer about power or range, but the car would likely conform to the offering of other automakers, such as the … Read more