Tech

Audi Readies “Immersive” Entertainment System

December 12, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Audi AG is developing a next-generation infotainment technology that the carmaker hails as an “immersive” experience.

New SEAT SUV Brakes for Cyclists

December 12, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit is introducing a new safety system on the 2019 Tarraco SUV/crossover vehicle to help prevent collisions with bicyclists.

Hyperloop Company Forms JV with German Logistics Firm

December 06, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. has formed a joint venture with a German logistics firm to develop high-speed hyperloop technology to transport shipping containers.

Honda Touts Fluoride-Ion Battery

December 06, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Honda Motor Co. is developing a fluoride-based battery chemistry that promises 10 times the energy density of current lithium-ion units.

Fiat Panda Flunks European Safety Test

December 06, 2018 at 11:39 AM

The 2018 Fiat Panda minicar received a zero-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program’s latest assessment—joining the 2017 Fiat Punto as the only vehicles to score so poorly.

Toyota Device Prevents Accidental Acceleration

December 06, 2018 at 2:52 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled a sensor-based system that prevents cars from speeding out of control when the operator mistakes the accelerator for the brake pedal.

Ford Aims to Patent Conveyer Load Floor

December 04, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Ford Motor Co. has filed a U.S. patent application for a system that uses conveyer belts to help motorists access items stored in the cargo area of a large SUV with the rear seats folded down.

Volvo Expands Connectivity Partnership with Ericsson

December 03, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Volvo Car Group has signed a deal with Swedish telecommunications giant LM Ericsson to collaborate on connected vehicle technologies.

Bad Weather, Seasonal Changes Can Baffle Robotic-Car Controls

November 30, 2018 at 4:08 PM

Even the lightest of rain is enough to make self-driving cars begin to lose their senses, according to researchers at Michigan State University.

Toyota Looks to Expand Sporty TRD and AWD Variants

November 29, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. may add all-wheel-drive and TRD performance variants across its U.S. lineup.

Volvo, Luminar Demo Advanced Lidar Tech

November 27, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Volvo Car Corp. and Silicon Valley-based startup Luminar Technologies Inc. have unveiled a lidar sensor with 10 times the range and 50 times the resolution of current devices.

ZF Readies New Airbag Technologies

November 26, 2018 at 12:32 PM

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is showcasing several new airbags and other advanced safety systems tat this week’s Airbag symposium in Mannheim, Germany.