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Google this week made its Android Auto platform now available for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, provided you own a compatible car stereo head unit. Pioneer gets first dibs on that front with a trio of compatible models -- AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX -- though Google says more partners will jump on board. "Starting today, you can get Android Auto in your car with your Android 5.0+ phone and compatible Pioneer head units," Google stated in a Google+ post. "Available in the US, UK, and AU. Stay tuned for more partners coming soon." This has been a long time coming.... Read more...
Goodyear isn't necessarily reinventing the wheel, but it is attempting to improve upon tire design for a new generation of electric vehicles. The company showed off two concept tires at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show, one of which could charge the batteries of electric cars, both while in motion and when parked. The charging tire is codenamed "BHO3" and it incorporates a number of clever technologies designed to generate electricity. Part of that entails a heat absorbing tread that consists of an ultra black texture. Underneath the tread is a thermo-piezoelectric material... Read more...
If you grew up watching The Jetsons like I did, you might have thought we'd all be commuting in flying cars by now. We're still a long ways from that kind of technology, though in its place are self-driving cars like the ones Google has been experimenting with. According to a new study, it won't be all that long before autonomous vehicles become a part of everyday life. Not only that, but we'll have lots of reasons to kick back and sing "Everything is Awesome" as our self-driving cars whiz through traffic and deliver us all to our destinations safely and more efficiently than we're currently able... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, and you don't want to join 'em, then what can you do? Settle, of course! Apple is currently in discussions with electric car battery maker A123 Systems on a settlement over a lawsuit the latter initiated, in which it accuses the former of poaching engineers and other top level talent to build a battery division.It's been rumored that Apple is working on an electric car of its own to compete with Tesla. Reports have Apple pegged to release its first model in 2020, which is an incredibly short time frame. However, it's believed that Apple's been working on this project for... Read more...
Google is engrossed with self-driving cars and Apple has reportedly assembled a super team of engineers to build an electric vehicle to take on Tesla. Whether or not either venture makes it into the mainstream is something we won't know for at least several more years, but in the meantime, both companies are also jockeying for dominance in the in-car dash market. As in-car electronics become more sophisticated and connected with our mobile devices, there's definitely a growing market for platforms like Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay. And as each company makes its respective pitch, expect... Read more...
One of the hottest rumors in tech right now is that Apple is working on an electric car. Word all over the web Apple is approaching the project hyper aggressively with hopes of launching an electric vehicle as early as 2020. If Apple pulls it off, it would mean that this is something the Cupertino company has been working on for several years now, or was able to skip some steps in the R&D process by poaching talent and seeing what other manufacturers have done to this point.Building a car typically takes five to seven years. An electric car is a bit more complicated, though Apple has plenty... Read more...
The web at large nearly wet it pants when word got out that Apple might be working on an electric car of its own. In reality, if that's what Apple wants to do, the $700 billion company has the cash and resources to dive in, along with the connections. The company lacks experience -- building an electric car is a bit different than sourcing an iPhone -- though even that can be purchased (Apple is no stranger to poaching talent). But before anyone trips over themselves in a mad dash to the dealership to find out when they'll receive a shipment of iCars, let's slow down a moment... Read more...
Google's self-driving car project has crossed a new milestone with the unveiling of its first fully functional prototype. The team behind the project will spend the holidays testing the newest build on its private track with the hope (and goal) of having it ready to hit the open road in Northern California sometime next year. In the meantime, Google's safety drivers will go along for the ride and intervene with manual controls as needed. "The vehicle we unveiled in May  was an early mockup—it didn’t even have real headlights! Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes,... Read more...
BMW is hard at work trying to end parking lot mishaps. The answer, of course, lies in sensors that will be able to detect when you're about to make a terrible mistake; like trying to squeeze in between another car and a concrete beam or backing up just a little to far as you ram into a wall. Incidents like that will ruin your day. They're also on the verge of being avoidable with BMW's ActiveAssist parking technology. It's part of a 360-degree collision avoidance system in which four advanced laser scanners record the environment and identify impediments like columns, such as the ones that... Read more...
Japan-based Takata Corporation isn't eligible for the Consumerist's Worst Company in America designation, as voted on by its readers, but that hasn't stopped the company from making all the wrong moves. Just a few weeks ago, the company stood accused of destroying test records that showed design flaws in its airbags, and now it's ignored the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's deadline to expand the recall of airbags that might be fatally flawed. The NHTSA gave Takata until midnight to comply with its order for a nationwide recall, which the company let pass. Takata asserts that it... Read more...
If you're a BMW enthusiast in search of a hybrid model, you have options, just not many of them. However, that's about to change. BMW this week announced that it's planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of its core-brand models rather than restrict the more eco-friendly drivetrain to just a few variants. The first to roll off the assembly line will come from the company's 3-Series, which it will present in Miramas, France. The BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid prototype combines a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. It looks to be quite different from the company's ActiveHybrid... Read more...
Airbag maker Takata Corp fessed up that there may be more defective air bags in the wild than previously thought. A defect in the driver-side air bag inflator has already been linked to at least four deaths and over a dozen injuries, along nearly 31,000 recalled vehicles by GM and Nissan, and now Takata is saying that it first began making airbags with the defect as far back as 2008. The flaw consists of a bad part that could cause the inflator to rupture. If that happens, the airbag explodes with more force than is usual, resulting in metal shards being thrown about inside the vehicle. The defect... 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...
A single letter of the alphabet has the Internet pondering what in the world is coming next from Tesla Motors. It's the letter "D," which Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk casually tossed in a vague Twitter post along with a date -- October 9, 2014 -- for the unveiling of whatever the "D" might be, as well as "something else." There's also a picture accompanying the post. Comparisons to the Batmobile exiting the Batcave are inevitable, though don't expect a DC tie-in with whatever the D ends up being. A more likely scenario is that Tesla is getting ready to introduce the Model D, which... Read more...
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