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Car Tech

  • Digital disruption: the driving force behind innovation in the automotive industry

    Digital disruption is a reality both globally and locally and is set to transform the automotive landscape moving forward. Connectivity – in particular the connected car relating to digitisation and interactivity within every automobile – is increasing and consumers are demanding more interactive services and mobile apps that plug seamlessly in to connected vehicles. There is little doubt that the automotive industry is under pressure to adapt alongside digital advancement. The rise of the connected customer Customers are more tech-savvy and through this are demanding greater connectivity in their vehicles and are also relying less and less on dealership to...

  • The 8 safest cars crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2015

    Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when the crash-crazy folks over at Euro NCAP reveal their annual list of “Best in Class” vehicles. Keen to learn which models tested in 2015 topped their respective segments? Well, then read on – but bear in mind that Euro NCAP does not profess to assess every variant of every new car to hit the market. Instead, it aims to provide a broad range of useful information to consumers. In fact, this year it focussed on 40 vehicles. As before, each vehicle’s overall score comprises ratings in four specific areas: adult...

  • Yup, drones can now autonomously land on moving cars

    If you find anything to do with autonomous drones scary, look away now. Not content with being able to do everything a human pilot can do -- at a fraction of the cost and danger -- it's now possible for drones to land autonomously on top of moving cars. Admittedly, the car does need a giant net on the roof but there are other potentially big pay-offs. According to the researchers at the German Aerospace Center who pulled the stunt off, a moving landing on top of a car means that you can ditch a drone's landing gear and...

  • US drivers will be able to remotely park their future BMWs

    Depending on how much other stuff you've got in there, parking in a garage can be a right royal pain in the exhaust. It's probably a good thing then that a growing number of car manufacturers are building vehicles that allow drivers to park their cars remotely. Earlier this year, Tesla added remote parking to its autopilot functionality and now BMW has received the go-ahead to include the functionality in the US version of its new 7 Series. While the feature is already available in European models of the German marque's luxury saloon, current US legislation has prevented the...

  • messageLoud is the latest app attempting to tackle distracted driving

    Cars and mobile phones are a disastrous combination and have only become more so as smartphones become the dominant form factor. While it's pretty obvious that staring at a screen is going hamper your ability to drive properly, the stats show just how few people have twigged onto exactly how dangerous texting and driving is. There have been a few efforts to reduce this kind of distraction, the latest of which comes from a New York-based company called messageLoud. The app, which is about to launch on Android (an iOS version is planned for 2016), allows you to...

  • Ford working on tech to take the stress out of traffic jams, remote control parking

    Traffic is awful. No matter how much you like cars, there's no getting around that. Stressful as it is though, it's just a part of daily life for many around the globe. In a bid to alleviate that stress, Ford is reportedly working on a number of high tech solutions. Ford Traffic Jam Assist assists the driver in keeping the vehicle centred in the lane and brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front of it. According to Ford, if and when Traffic Jam Assist makes its way onto the market, it'll be activated by pushing a...

  • Meet CarDroid, the device that wants to make your dumb car smart

    Cars are getting smarter all the time, but upgrading often enough to get the most out of each of those advances is something that's beyond the reach of all but the world's richest people. Surely then it would make sense to have a relatively device that makes your car smart just by plugging it in. Well that's exactly what CarDroid, a new device by Canadian company UonMap, aims to do. Running Android OS, CarDroid is an all-sufficient computer which analyzes vehicle data and driver's behavior and sends the information to a personal cloud account. While CarDroid won't make your average...

  • Ford builds suit to show off the dangers of driving on drugs

    What's the best way to ensure that young people don't get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs? Well according to Ford, we should ditch the preachy PSAs and just let them experience what drugs do their driving reactions while sober. The US automaker's European arm this week unveiled its Drug Driving Suit -- the latest in a series of tech-driven demonstrations aimed at improving people's driving behaviours. According to Ford, the suit was developed together with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany to simulate some of the effects of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin,...

  • Volvo, Microsoft team up for HoloLens showroom

    In the very near future, your experience of a new car may expand well beyond going to a dealership and taking it for a test drive. In fact, if you own a HoloLens, you may not even have to step out of your living room. At least that's if the latest collaboration between Volvo and Microsoft is anything to go by. The two companies recently announced plans to jointly develop next generation automotive technologies including, but not limited to, use of the HoloLens platform. Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the...

  • Will large-scale 3D printing revolutionise automobile manufacturing?

    3D printing – the process of creating a three-dimensional object using successive layers of material under computer control – has the potential to drastically change a massive number of industries. One of these industries, of course, is that of automotive manufacturing. And it’s already started. Yes, 3D printing is today used – on a relatively small scale, admittedly – by a number of car-making powerhouses. The internals of the whopping great turbocharger in the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar, for example, are 3D-printed. And so is the chunky titanium exhaust tip poking out the rear, saving some 400g (hey, every little...

  • Carvana just opened up an automated Car Vending Machine in Nashville

    From 3D printed supercars to self driving vehicles, the world of automobiles has always come with its share of eccentricities. But now Nashville, the city of country, blues and honky tonks, adds another entry to that list of oddities in the form of a “Car Vending Machine”. This rather unique approach to the used-car sales game was conceived by Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana, one of the largest online motor sales companies in the world and listed by Forbes as the fifth most promising American company of 2015. The one-of-a-kind glass facility opened up last Thursday (Nov 12) in Nashville, Tennessee...

  • 7 awesome gadgets for your next road trip

    R&D departments across the world are filled to the brim with prototypes of the car of the future, and manufacturers working on the next step in the evolution of cars. Self-driven cars, flying cars, accident prevention systems and advanced tracking systems are some of the things to expect from the cars of the future. Companies like Google are also getting in on the action with speculation of Google self-driven cars possibly hitting the mass market as early as 2019. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; there are apps and gadgets available today, which can transform your car into...

  • 7 massive challenges facing connected cars

    Merging data and telecommunications has been catapulted to the front and center of the IT world -- connected cars are the newest innovation to explore the inclusion of smart-technology. Fleet Telematics, which is the basic principal of assimilation of data and tech, has already provided the car industry with such on-board features as GPS , remote unlocking, wireless data communications as well as OnStar™ and other navigation systems. It is the merging of these technologies that broadens the applications that are being developed for connected cars. More Technology - More Obstacles A report released by Machina Research on October...

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