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When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors tends to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. The company first dazzled us with the two-seat all-electric Roadster, then followed up with the gorgeous Model S. The company is just weeks away from delivering the first Model X crossovers to paying customers and is just a little over a year away from unveiling its “affordable” Model III electric sedan. In the grand scheme of things, however, Tesla is just a tiny player compared to some of the well-entrenched automakers around the globe. One such powerhouse is the Volkswagen Group, and more specifically,... Read more...
Nokia may be down, but it’s not out. The company stands to rake in $2.8 billion from a deal today in which the former cell phone behemoth is selling off its HERE mapping and location services business. Nokia first started looking for buyers in April while considering a deal with Alcatel-Lucent. Today, the move should help Nokia trim fat and build up cash in advance of the planned merger. A consortium of auto companies, including Audi, BMW and Daimler bought Nokia’s HERE mapping business. The consortium is paying $2.8 billion, but Nokia says it expects to receive in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion... Read more...
If you're old enough to remember The Jetsons, a cartoon series that ran from 1962 to 1988, you probably thought we'd all be taking to the skies in flying cars by now. We're not there yet, but in place of flying cars, automakers and wealthy tech companies are testing out autonomous vehicles. Several prototypes already exist, including Audi's revised R8 E-Tron that broke cover at CES Asia.The self-driving R8 E-Tron is also an electric vehicle, resulting in a marriage of two cutting edge technologies. Equipped with a T-shaped battery with a 92 kWh capacity and two electric motors, the R8 E-Tron... Read more...
If you drive or ride in any vehicle theses days — aside from outliers like the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, or Ford Focus Electric — it’s likely powered by a petroleum-based fuel, be it gasoline or diesel. Audi (and the Volkswagen Group as a whole), however, is looking at alternative fuel sources that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable than fossil fuels and have come with a rather ingenious solution to replacement traditional gasoline: e-benzin. E-benzin is a synthetic gasoline that Audi developed in conjunction with French company Global Bioenergies. For now, the process begins with... Read more...
We know that McLaren knows how to make supercar as witnessed by the 650S. And the company is no stranger to the hypercar arena either thanks to the P1 (and the legendary F1). The P1 employs a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine and a hybrid powertrain to pump out an astonishing 903 hp, which is good enough to rocket the vehicle to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and top out at 217 mph. If the 650S is too rich for your blood, then don’t even bother asking about the P1. But if you want a slightly less frantic sports car that is priced below $200,000, McLaren has introduced its new Sport Series to take... Read more...
Following the introductions of the dynamic-looking Ford GT and Acura NSX in January (not to mention the Ferrari 488 GTB), forgive me if I’m a bit “meh” on the redesign of the new Audi R8. The inspiration for R8 was unveiled in 2003 as the Le Mans quattro concept. The production version of the vehicle didn’t enter production until 2008, and here we are now with the second-generation model. Styling wise, the all-new R8 borrows heavily from its predecessor while also picking up a few design cues from its lesser TT sibling. Audi R8 V10Add it all up and it’s a design that won’t be mistaken for anything... Read more...
Word to the wise -- you may want to cover your keyboard with some plastic wrap or other protective layer before reading on, lest you short it out with your drool. It's hard not to work up a slobber when reading about Audi's forthcoming R8 Competition, a limited edition supercar of sorts that was shown off at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Only 60 of these audacious automobiles will make it into the U.S. Each one will sport a 5.2-liter V10 engine that's been finely tuned and tweaked to deliver a remarkable 570 horsepower, which is enough to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.2 seconds and... Read more...
The war in mobile is being fought on many different battlegrounds, even your wrist, assuming the whole smart watch movement gains any traction. However, one of the most important battlegrounds could be your car. In response to an initiative launched this past summer by Apple to integrate iPhones and other iOS devices into car dashboards, Google and NVIDIA are teaming up to put Android in automobiles. German auto maker Audi AG is on board with Android and plans to jointly announce with Google at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that the two companies are collaborating on... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way... Read more...
In a lot of ways, it already feels like we're living in a future approved by The Jetsons. For one thing, there's no Wi-Fi on airplanes, which is technologically mind-blowing. Moreover, we have vehicles that run on batteries alone, and we're able to charge our mobile phones sans wires. But now, we're one step closer to truly intergalactic bragging rights. Audi has just announced its intentions to bring LTE to the car, setting a new standard in keeping drivers and riders connected even while kicking the pavement. Starting this month, the Audi S3 Sportback will ship as the first in the automaker's... Read more...
Audi and T-Mobile are introducing new and affordable data plans that will give drivers access to in-vehicle Wi-Fi starting as low as $15 per month. Using the Audi connect infotainment and navigation system, drivers and passengers can obtain real-time news, weather and fuel price info, access to Google Earth, and use Google Voice Local Search through a secure Wi-Fi connection. "Audi and T-Mobile worked closely to develop the new pricing plan based on extensive research and feedback from both dealers and customers," said Anupam Malhotra, Senior Manager, Connected Vehicle, Audi of America. "The T-Mobile-powered... Read more...
The Internet isn't quite "everywhere" yet, but it's well on the way to being so. Rural broadband projects are hoping to take the Web to new places, and with 4G networks popping up all over the place, mobile connectivity is booming as well. One place where the Internet has only recently found is the automobile. While some cars have been equipped with Internet access in the past, it generally required a bulky modem and expensive data plan. But now, automakers are warming up to the idea of just installed Web connectivity into vehicles from the start, and by integrating that into car features, the... Read more...
We're beginning to wonder if there's a sector NVIDIA isn't willing to dabble in, and judging by its latest collaboration with automaker Audi, the answer is looking more and more to be "nope." Announced this week, the newly revamped MMI in-car command center is set to make future Audi automobiles a real technology-savvy bunch.Aside from blessing the new MMI with a 7-inch LED-backlit LCD panel (800 x 480 pixels), it also implemented a new joystick control scheme, 3D / 2D maps, support for vocal input and multimedia capabilities to keep the kids from wailing. In order to handle its duties, Audi included... Read more...
The Classics Deserve First-class Treatment ASUS Announces Xonar Essence STX PCI-e Audio Card with 124dB SNR Audio and Built-in Headphone Amplifier for Extraordinary Audio Performance Taipei, Taiwan, November 12, 2008 – Aimed as the culmination of searching for the very essence of sound, the new ASUS Xonar Essence STX range of audio cards delivers the purest, cleanest audio to offer users the ultimate audio experience ever from a sound card. Equipped with carefully-selected components, and ASUS’ exclusive Hyper-grounding and EMI Shield design, the Xonar Essence STX is capable of achieving an industry-leading... Read more...
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