Tech

Putting a Fine Point on Vehicle Locator Tech

By: Steve Plumb - December 10, 2019 at 1:34 PM

If you want your car to drive itself, it has to know precisely where it is at all times. GPS alone isn’t up to the task, says Mark Vogel of Mitsubishi Electric.

Tesla Puts a Price on Connectivity: $9.99 a Month

By: Steve Plumb - December 09, 2019 at 4:01 PM

The free ride is over for Tesla buyers in terms of in-vehicle internet hotspots and related connectivity services.

Ford Puts McDonald’s Coffee to Use in Car Parts

By: Steve Plumb - December 04, 2019 at 10:31 AM

Ford Motor Co. plans to begin using composite materials derived from coffee remnants supplied by fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. in future vehicle parts to reduce weight and enhance sustainability.

Hyundai Unveils $52 Billion Spending Plan

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. says it will spend 61.1 trillion won ($52 billion) between 2020 and 2025 on research and advanced technologies.

Musk Touts Cybertruck’s Aerodynamics

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 11:58 AM

Tesla Inc.’s upcoming electric “Cybertruck” could have a drag coefficient as low as 0.30, which would make it the slipperiest pickup on the market.

FCC May Reassign Some V2V Spectrum to Wi-Fi

By: Bill Hampton - November 21, 2019 at 1:27 AM

The Federal Communication Commission will soon vote on a plan to turn over a chunk of broadcast spectrum set aside for vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the wi-fi industry.

Hella Readies Next-Gen LED Headlights

By: Steve Plumb - November 20, 2019 at 6:46 PM

Hella GmbH says its new LED headlights offer significantly better performance, improved packaging and allows carmakers to offer customized features.

Pedestrian Behavior Software Developer Named Top Startup

By: Steve Plumb - November 20, 2019 at 11:43 AM

London-based Humanising Autonomy has been named the top automotive startup by organizers of the Los Angeles auto show’s Automobility LA conference.

Pirelli Demos 5G-Enabled Tire

By: Steve Plumb - November 18, 2019 at 3:43 PM

Italy’s Pirelli & Co. has tested a tire that uses an embedded 5G-chip to transmit road data back to the vehicle and other road users.

Autoliv Readies Front Row Divider Airbag

By: Steve Plumb - November 18, 2019 at 9:11 AM

Autoliv Inc. has developed a new airbag that deploys between the driver and front-seat passenger to prevent them from colliding during a side-impact crash.

Next-Gen Lighting Options

By: Steve Plumb - November 17, 2019 at 11:44 PM

Future cars are likely to be equipped with thousands of LEDs that enable everything from glare-free high beams to projected messages that signal the vehicle’s intentions, says Osram Continental’s Julian Dench.

Velodyne Touts Improved Lidar

By: Steve Plumb - November 15, 2019 at 3:14 PM

Velodyne Lidar Inc. says its new Alpha Prime sensor for autonomous vehicles significantly outperforms its previous-generation lidar.