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Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
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10/2/2013   33 comments
For just about everything we do these days, “there's an app for that.” Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
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9/30/2013   24 comments
Makers of electric vehicles are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
What? DARPA Does Open-Source?
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9/24/2013   13 comments
How to weed through a growing number of vision algorithms, to best to aid the time-consuming task of generating test objects necessary for better vision algorithms, has been DARPA’s focus in recent years.
Automotive Evolution – 1 Step at a Time
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9/23/2013   25 comments
While at an event, I learned Google and Tesla – both tech companies with no traditional automotive ties – are very much admired but also viewed as a thorn in the side of Detroit’s automakers.
What's with Ray Kurzweil?
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6/4/2012   23 comments
His recent commercial appearance begs a question.
Autonomous cars: Sooner than we think?
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5/18/2012   Post a comment
HiWave Technologies has launched Taptic, a touch feedback platform for control panels for household appliances.
HiWave's Taptics replaces button controls with flat control panels
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5/18/2012   Post a comment
HiWave Technologies has launched Taptic, a touch feedback platform for control panels for household appliances.
Autonomous cars: Sooner than we think?
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5/14/2012   15 comments
In the short term, vehicles will be able to take over many driving functions—but full autonomy may be farther down the road.
Win a pit walk at the Indy 500
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4/28/2012   3 comments
Or at four other IndyCar races.
Auto industry rebounds?
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4/21/2012   1 comment
Well, sort of.
Nav system 'scam'
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4/13/2012   35 comments
How would you thwart thieves use of stolen car's GPS navigation system?
Nissan Leaf redux
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4/9/2012   41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Super robot able to leap buildings in a single bound!
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4/2/2012   3 comments
If you think you've seen all possible forms of robotic locomotion, think again.
You probably don't know who won the Super Bowl
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3/6/2012   4 comments
Not the game, but which auto ads during the event were most effective.
Remember 'If Microsoft made cars…' jokes?
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2/16/2012   15 comments
For a split second on a recent test drive, I felt they had.
Auto show musings
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1/23/2012   14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Now that they have our attention!
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12/16/2011   65 comments
NTSB's recommended banning of cell phone use in cars has certainly focused debate about distracted driving causes. (And listen here to a discussion with the chairman of the board.)
EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
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4/1/2011   36 comments
If you have any questions about the Nissan Leaf, leave a comment here and I'll try and answer it.
Hybrid sales shrink while diesel grows
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3/15/2011   24 comments
The current fuel price spike not withstanding, sales of hybrid cars dropped last year while diesel-powered purchases grew.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
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2/9/2011   19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Tech's turn on top
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1/27/2011   6 comments
Technology grabbed the majority of time in President Obama's State of the Union speech. But where do we go from here?
Exclusive! Driving Chevy's Volt
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12/2/2010   21 comments
Here's what I learned—and what I didn't.
Key fob foibles
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11/15/2010   31 comments
How about a simple solution to this annoying problem?
Chevy Volt flap: What's the big deal?
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10/18/2010   41 comments
Some fans of electric cars and hybrids, and a few folks in the press, are getting all in a knot about Chevy actually having a "direct link" from the gas engine to the wheels in its Volt "range-assisted" electric car. Well maybe its just good engineering.
What's the status of FCV research?
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6/21/2010   6 comments
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are already in use, but only for demonstration purposes. Fuel cells indeed came into the spotlight last year when leading carmakers said they expected to launch a few hundred thousand FCVs to the market as from 2015.
Porsche, BMW and the cutting edge of car design
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4/8/2010   4 comments
A new exhibition in Atlanta highlights the Golden Age of auto design.
NASA enlisted to study Toyota throttles
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3/31/2010   16 comments
U.S. automotive safety regulators have enlisted NASA scientists to help solve the mystery surrounding Toyota's electronic throttles.
MIT unfolds the 'CityCar'
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3/11/2010   3 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are extending the Zip Car rental concept with a project called "CityCar".
Toyota plays the lobbying game
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2/22/2010   7 comments
If an analysis of the Japanese car maker's post-recall lobbying efforts is accurate, it spells the beginning of the end for Toyota as a dominant global manufacturer.
Days to recall
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
Spectacular recalls currently dominate the headlines. But software glitches and poor material selection are only the visible part of the problem.
Toyota's nightmare
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2/2/2010   1 comment
We're about to see whether Toyota really does have a handle on its gas pedal problem.
Signs of hope in Detroit
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
There are new signs of hope coming out of devastated Detroit.
There's something electric in Denmark
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12/3/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. startup is working with Denmark's biggest utility to develop the recharging infrastucture needed to make electric cars practical.
Ground truth in Detroit
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11/5/2009   1 comment
A Google Map tour of Detroit reveals the stark economic impact of the decline in U.S. auto manufacturing.
Ford grabs design, reliability awards
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Popular Mechanics magazine has released its 2010 Automotive Excellence Awards.
Ford's recovery plan
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9/16/2009   1 comment
Ford has a lot of work to do, but they didn't take a bailout and didn't bail out of the car business.
Innovation vs. gloom
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
At the Frankfurt IAA it become apparent that the challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is emerging.
Home alone, with a hangover
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9/3/2009   Post a comment
With the scrappage incentives being phased out in Germany and the US, the industry has to reinvent itself amidst the crisis.
Show time in Berlin
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
The German program to foster electromobility is a drop in a bucket. Other countries have acted faster and more consistently.
Plugging Volt
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
Can GM's Volt live up to the billing, namely 230 MPG in the city?
Toyota plans new sports car for uncertain U.S. market
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8/5/2009   4 comments
It's not clear there's room or even much demand in the U.S. for a new sports car, whether it's from an American car maker or a leading overseas auto manufacturer like Toyota.
Guardian Angel, off-guard
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7/9/2009   1 comment
Electronic live saving systems such as antilock brakes or airbags are reliable? This is what most of us like to believe - and what the industry says. Statistics disprove it.
Car songs
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7/8/2009   3 comments
As car songs go, the collection on Neil Young's recent album, "Fork in the Road," isn't bad.
Valley of Darkness
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
The gloomy forebodings in the automotive industry have gotten a name. It is a study by Alix Partners on the industry outlook for 2009 and the coming years. Already its headline "Even though I walk through the Valley of Darkness" is a portent of depression.
Bluetooth integrates them all
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6/26/2009   1 comment
A generation of car users drives around with a navigation system stuck at their windshield — with arguable estethics and negative consequences for safety. Now a research project aims at creating an interface to integrate these devices. It's high time.
Wash-outs and other minor complaints
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
These days, the European automotive industry is spellbound by its internal overcapacity problems. Thus, no-one sees the Tsunami approaching at the horizon.
Good, bad Karma
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
There appears to be no shortage of ideas and competition in what is called the "premium sports car" market.
Batteries, jobs and hope
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5/15/2009   1 comment
Some good news--finally--for U.S. automotive supplier.
Buyers would chose e-cars, if. . .
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5/14/2009   2 comments
Electric cars have a good ecologic image. Nevertheless, only a minority of consumers would buy one. There is something missing with e-cars, a poll has found.
Poring over breakdown statistics
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
Every year, motoring associations publish the breakdown statistics. And every year we find the same suspects populating the top rankings. Is there something wrong with quality management?
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