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  • Why the difference between self-driving and autonomous vehicles really matters

    According to the Oxford Dictionary, the adjective “autonomous” describes something – in our case, a motor vehicle – that has “the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs”. Pretty much a “self-driving” car then, right? Well, no – apparently not. A recent article in London’s The Economist states that many automakers are eager to point out that autonomous cars and self-driving vehicles are actually fundamentally different concepts. In fact, we’d go one step further and submit that autonomous cars already exist – and are even fairly widespread – on our roads, while self-driving automobiles quite simply don’t...

  • This image shows just how many companies are playing in the connected car space

    Think about the term "connected cars" and chances are you'll think about how private cars of the future will interact with cars and objects around them using the internet. But it's actually a lot more complicated than that. Certainly, many companies do build products for private cars: the likes of Alpine and TomTom. But there are actually multiple categories of company working in multiple areas of the connected car space. These range from car-sharing services like Zipcar and Turo (formerly RelayRides) to e-hailing outfits such as Uber and Lyft. And then there are smart parking solutions, services aimed...

  • Jaguar Land Rover has seen the future of driving: it’s super-geeky

    Many automakers have built their reputations in one specific area of expertise. Volvo, for instance, is considered by many as a byword for automotive safety. And, in most markets, Toyota is thought of as the ultimate when it comes to reliability. So, what about Jaguar Land Rover? Well, these two British brands, which are now part of the Tata Motors stable, each certainly boast long and storied histories. But, over the past few years, the Jaguar Land Rover group appears to have shifted focus somewhat, spending oodles of time and money researching and developing the sort of technology...

  • 5 super yachts that put your supercar lifestyle to shame

    I have heard of buying islands or sailing the seven seas in your ridiculous megayacht but now, island-yachts are the next big thing, literally frickin' massive. I can see the headlines now, "Billionaire straps rockets to a Canary Islands and takes it. paid in cash." So how exactly do you make a yacht that doubles as an island, most of the yachts out there are engineered for years until they are ready to battle the oceans? We won't drop you in the deep end just yet. For now, look no further than the Orsos. The Orsos, isn't a yacht, but literally...

  • New Ford tech lets drivers ‘see around corners’

    Something pretty interesting is making its way out of Ford's Silicon Valley-based research and innovation. The US carmaker has announced technology which will effectively allow drivers to "see" around corners. More accurately, it's introduced a split-view camera, which it says will help drivers see traffic and obstacles that enter the vehicle’s path from the side by displaying a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind a vehicle. According to Ford, split view uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras in the grille and tailgate. A tri-panel display in the 8-inch screen helps customers understand quickly...

  • New Jaguar Land Rover tech helps you find potholes, warn others about them

    Anyone who's ever had a tyre blowout after hitting a pothole has had a taste of just how much of a problem they can be. And they're not about to disappear any time soon either. If a problem's been allowed to get to the stage where it will take billions of Rands, or Pounds, or dollars to fix it's not going to go away in a hurry. Which is why new pothole-detecting technology, currently being worked on by Jaguar Land Rover is so important. According to a press release issued by the British motoring company, technology that will allow...

  • Volvo claims its safety tech has cut accident claims by 28%

    There was a brief period when Volvo was desperately trying to get people to see past its safety credentials and view it as an exciting car brand. More recently though, it's attempted to reclaim that legacy and is trumpeting the technological advantages its made in terms of safety. The latest example of this has seen the Swedish car maker publicising a study which shows that the safety tech built into its cars has cut accident claims by 28%. Based on real-life accumulated insurance claims data from the Swedish insurers If and Volvia, responsible for insuring around 160 000 cars...

  • Audi’s synthetic fuels: is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

    A couple of years back, German automaker Audi quietly opened an e-gas plant in Werlte, Germany. The factory -- which is run on renewable energy -- uses electrolysis to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. And this hydrogen is used to power fuel-cell vehicles, right? Wrong. For the time being at least, Audi instead employs methanation -- reacting said hydrogen with carbon dioxide -- to produce synthetic methane, or e-gas. And this gas (which it says is “virtually identical” to natural gas) is then used to power decidedly uncommon compressed natural gas vehicles like the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron....

  • Volvo joins the race to replace your keys with smartphone app

    Losing your car keys is painful. Your car is as useful as a blind pirate and the gap in your memory where your key's location is, reminds one of the grandest of canyons.  Volvo and the Apple Watch or  Android wear, have now teamed up to form the Volvo On-Call app. For those not-Volvo drivers out there, the On Call service was launched in 2001 and gave Volvo owners and drivers support in their darkest hour. Not when you needed a shoulder but when you needed an airbag because yours deployed when you hit a speed bump too fast (you know Volvo and...

  • GoFar takes you further with smart driving

    I need a back-seat driver blowing a whistle every time I drive like I own the road or reminding me petrol doesn't grow on trees, or help them either. Sydney-based startup GoFar has developed the technology, released it to the public and started their war on carbon emissions. The GoFar device tracks your engine's consumption and consistently relays this information to the driver, enabling them to adjust as they drive. The crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter has more than doubled its original amount and they still have six days worth of funding left. Made up of two parts, the "Ray" clips onto...

  • 4 futuristic vehicles you won’t believe are being built right now

    People, the future is upon us. Everything that seemed like a distant dream, only spoken of in books and fantasized about in films, is rapidly manifesting into reality. If the endeavours in this article are to be successful we will soon have a world filled with jet bikes and flying billionaires. Still confused? Well read on and see some of the fantastic but surreal vehicles that currently being worked on. Read more: Here's everything you need to know about the enormous Roc space plane NASA's 10 engine drone copter The engineers at NASA are currently getting pretty creative by prototyping a 10-engine...

  • Merc’s Apple Watch app comes with door to door navigation

    BMW may have been first out of the blocks when it came to launching an Apple Watch app, but it seem that Merc may have outflanked its German rival with its new MB Companion App. The MB Companion App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience. That means that as soon as you've gotten out of your car, your watch or iPhone will take over, giving you walking directions to your final destination. And if you're the kind of person who regularly forgets where they've parked, you'll...

  • The Audi Virtual Cockpit: is this the future of the dashboard?

    It was tough, but we did it. We overcame. Yes, dear reader, we’ve just handed back to the keys to the new Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro coupe. It wasn't an entirely dignified affair – there may have been a few tears and a spot of tantrum-level kicking and screaming – but we walked away with our heads held high. We had to, seeing that we didn’t have a ride home. But while the third-generation model is overall an utterly convincing package, there’s one aspect that simply jumps out for technophiles such as ourselves. Yes, we’re talking about the German brand’s “Audi...

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