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Build An Open-Source Electric Car In One Hour, For $4,000

cartechboy Interesting (1 comments)

This is pretty awesome.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In The Cold

cartechboy Re:Tesla's what? (3 comments)

And it seems I can't edit it. Darn. New rule: Must drink at least two cups off coffee before submitting.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In The Cold

cartechboy Shoot (3 comments)

Crap, you're correct. Clearly didn't have enough coffee this morning.

about 3 months ago

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Mercedes Slams Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  12 hours ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "They say you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. Maybe it should go you shouldn't trash talk the company you partner with. U.S. head of Mercedes-Benz, Steve Cannon was just quoted as saying future service of Tesla's vehicles could be "limited," and that while it's great, the market could be more attracted to other luxury automakers once their products hit the market. Cannon also suggests that the current infrastructure isn't up to maintaining and fueling electric vehicles, in particularly Tesla's stores and go-to servicing can't handle high demands. Naturally he said Mercedes has the "whole network" to put customers minds' at ease. Sounds like fighting words to me. Hey Mercedes, where's your Model S competitor?"
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Half Of U.S. Drivers Don't Recognize This Warning Light

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  13 hours ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Our cars all have warning lights. There's the check engine light, ABS light, and of course a tire-pressure warning light. These warning lights are universal in all cars, so you should know what they mean. According to a new study, half of U.S. drivers don't recognize the tire-pressure warning light. Seriously, how is this even possible? Driving with properly inflated tires isn't a joke, it's a safety measure. The tire pressure monitoring system is designed to help alert drivers to under inflated tires. This is great, except the part about people not even knowing what the warning light means. The study found that 42 percent of drivers are unable to identify the warning light in the gauge cluster. An equal percentage of people admitted to rarely checking their tires' air pressure. People, this isn't a good combination."
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BMW's Plug-In Hybrid X5 Prototype Surfaced Yesterday, In Camouflage

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  2 days ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Tesla got us past the "electric cars are nerdy" stage, but the first electric BMW--the i3 hatchback--is a European-style city car, not a big, practical American-style hauler for 4-5 people and their stuff. And the i3 doesn't say "BMW" to most people either. So how 'bout an X5 crossover that plugs in, runs all electrically for your short trips, and can still take you cross-country as a plug-in hybrid? It won't be here for 18 months, but the first U.S. drive report is out."
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Land Rover Just Solved First-World Problems With Lasers And Cameras

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  2 days ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Today's cars feature cooled cupholders, touchscreens, and even high-speed Internet. But those were yesterday's problems. Land Rover just solved tomorrow's problems with its Discovery Vision Concept with lasers for eyes and the ability to be driven via smartphone. Those lasers are actually the headlights and they give it nearly a thousand more feet of range than conventional headlights. There's also two cameras that read the road and conditions ahead which allows the laser headlights to dim themselves to avoid glare for oncoming traffic. These lasers can also generate an infrared-derived scan of the terrain on the ground and obstacles ahead. This data can be used for everything from projecting the hidden parts of the driving surface on the lower part of the windshield to an augmented-reality view. Now combine all this with smartphone connectivity and you can pilot the vehicle from the comfort of your couch. People, this the future. Are you ready?"
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  3 days ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "We all just have too much money on our hands, and we really want a flying car, right? Well that's what Skylys thinks, as it's trying to crowdfund a flying car. According to its website, "In detail we aim to create an urban dual-mode, hybrid flight and electric drive motorized vehicle that fits into sustainable mobility." How much money does it need? Oh about $3,111,075. Apparently the company has run out of money and needs more to "start construction on our two prototypes to confirm our technical specifications; pay the chaps in the legal department; industrial engineers and take up occupancy of our future offices in Silicon Valley, where our backers can of course pay us a visit." Well sign me up, how could one resist that sales pitch? Seriously though, it seems people aren't biting, yet. Honestly, would you invest money into this flying car project?"
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "GM said it has placed two engineers on paid leave in connection with its massive recall probe of 2 million vehicles. Now, GM is asking NASA to advise on whether those cars are safe to drive even with the ignition key alone. Significantly, individual engineers now have their names in print and face a raft of inquiries what they did or didn't know, did or didn't do, and when. A vulnerability for GM: One engineer may have tried to re-engineer the faulty ignition switch without changing the part number—an unheard-of practice in the industry. Is it a good thing that people who engineer for a living can now get their names on national news for parts designed 10 years ago? The next time your mail goes down, should we know the name of the guy whose code flaw may have caused that?"
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This College Student Built An Autonomous Car For $4,000

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Autonomous cars are coming. You know it, I know it, the world knows it. All the major automakers are talking about it from Audi and Mercedes to new kid on the block, Tesla. But why wait? A college kid just built a high-tech kit that transforms normal cars into autonomous ones for about $4,000. Wait, a college kid just did what major automakers are scrambling to work on for a mere $4,000? Yes. Budisteanu won the Gordon E Moore grand prize at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with his entry of a this kit. I'm sure you're already noting this kits cost is substantially lower than other autonomous vehicle system prototypes which seem to add $75,000 or more to the cost of the vehicle. Why'd Budisteanu develop the kit? He hates driving. Oh, and he came in about $1,000 under budget!"
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People Are Both Eager And Slightly Scared Of Connected Cars

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "We've all talked about how autonomous and connected cars are coming, and soon. As in, we are potentially looking at consumers getting their hands on this stuff in 2017. But how does the public really feel about this new era of transportation? A new study concludes that consumers are eagerly anticipating connected cars, but also slightly fear them. The study was carried out by UMTRI's Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak by creating an online questionnaire that was answered by about 1,600 people in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The responses were of enthusiasm and fear. Even more interesting is that only about 27 percent of Americans, 22 percent of Australians, and 17 percent of U.K. participants even knew what connected cars are. Clearly the tech is coming and the general public is mixed on it at this point. Are you concerned about V2V technology?"
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Photos Of What Tesla's Battery Safety Shield REALLY Looks Like

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Tesla said a few weeks ago it would add additional safety shielding to protect the battery of every Model S car on the road against damage from road debris. But it offered no photos of its update as it would look when installed--so one owner took his own. These may be the first detail shots of what the three different pieces look like. There's a half-round aluminum tube, a titanium plate, and a T-shaped section--and you can see how they combine to deflect and direct impacts to minimize damage to the battery. Do these updates look like they'll solve Tesla's problems"
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California Just Slapped Tesla In The Face

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "California and Tesla have been in a relationship for some time now. The automaker has its headquarters there, its factory, and most of its engineering teams. But it seems the state just slapped Tesla in the face as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ruled the ability to swap electric-car battery packs doesn't qualify for "fast fueling" incentives. The silicon valley start up loses because it previously had been earning extra "ZEV Gold" credits for this fast-fueling ability which increased its supply of credits that it could sell to other automakers for cash. CARB is accepting public comments on the revised rules through April 18, but don't expect a reversal on this decision. To date, Tesla hasn't reacted favorably when things don't go its way, so now the only question is how will it react to this situation?"
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Land Rover's Transparent Hood Is The Kind Of Automotive Tech That Excites Us

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Land Rover's Transparent Hood Is The Kind Of Automotive Tech That Excites Us

When we were kids, we were promised flying cars in the future, like The Jetsons . Well, now it's the future, and we don't have any flying cars. But Land Rover just unveiled some crazy new technology called the Transparent Hood system. It's brilliant in its simplicity, and yet quite complex in its implementation. Using a web of camera images and projectors, the Transparent Hood system projects the area just in front of and underneath the nose of the vehicle onto a head-up display along the lower portion of the windshield. Not only is this obviously breathtaking, but when it comes to off-roading—or parking in tight urban spaces—this could change the game. It will allow drivers to see precisely what's below them and immediately in front of them allowing precise placement of the vehicle's front wheels. The system also displays key vehicle data including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode. People, this is the future, and the future is now."
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Sony And Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into The Game World

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Racing games on Playstation are fun, but, ultimately, they aren't real. The difference between racing around a track on a TV screen and being behind the wheel of a real car on the asphalt is substantial—there's no reset button in real life. But Sony and Toyota have teamed up to blur that line with a new Sports Drive Logger device. It's a USB data logger that maps your real-world lines around your local racing circuit using the car's data systems and GPS positioning. Using satellite positioning, pedal depression, steering angle, gear selection, engine revs, and vehicle speed, the Sports Drive Logger replicates this data in Gran Turismo 6 on Playstation 3. You use this data in the game's telemetry screen, or watch a virtual representation of the laps you've just driven, and even compare that data against to your friend's data. If you're brave enough, you can compare your data to that of a professional driver's. Unfortunately this system is only available on the Japanese-spec Toyota GT 86 (a near-twin to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ in the U.S.)—for now."
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Let's be real, the three Detroit automakers were skeptical of Tesla Motors, and rightfully so. But at this point, it's pretty hard to deny the impact this Silicon Valley automaker is having on the industry. Now there's a new question buzzing around: Is Tesla Motors actually a carmaker, or is it really just a grid-storage company? If you think about it, the company's stock price is too high for Toyota or Daimler to just buy it outright. So maybe Tesla's gigafactory will not only make batteries for its own electric cars, but it could also sell battery packs to electric utilities and others. In reality, the gigafactory could become its own separate company and just sell the battery packs to Tesla, and others. It could be a while, but is the future of electric cars and renewable energy more closely linked than people think?"
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Microsoft Just Unveiled Its CarPlay Competitor

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "In some form, Microsoft has actually had a grasp on in-car infotainment systems for a while with Ford's MyFord Touch and the SYNC system. But we recently learned that Ford's dumping Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX platform. That's fine, Microsoft doesn't seem to care as it just unveiled Windows in the Car. If you're thinking this smells like Apple's CarPlay system, you'd be right. This is a direct competitor to Apple's ecosystem. Windows in the Car is still in development, so there really aren't any details, yet. But a demo video was shown which gives us a sense of how it might look. It really does look like CarPlay and Android for cars do. Pair your smartphone and voila, the system integrates seamlessly. Hilariously, the system crashed during the demo, but the presenter quickly notes it's a beta build. The question is: Can Microsoft be a big player in this segment?"
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Wanna Know What Tesla Drivers Look At Online?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Yes, the Tesla Model S does indeed have unrestricted Internet access on that massive 17-inch touch screen, but what are those wealthy electric-car drivers actually looking at on their in-car browsers? Thanks to Quantcast, we now know that those people are looking at Drudge Report, local news, and finance along with stock-data sites. Interestingly, but not shocking, two-thirds of Tesla browsing activity came from California with Georgia and Texas being the next most popular states. Texas is an interesting one as the state bans Tesla's direct-sales model altogether. Quantcast notes the fact that Teslas not only provide ubiquitous fast Internet access, but also lets marketers track those browsing patters which is something most Tesla owners probably haven't thought about, yet. This all begs the question of whether in-car infotainment systems will be the next big thing for marketers as we move towards more connected, and autonomous vehicles."
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Honda Built The World's Fastest Lawnmower

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Let's be honest, mowing the lawn sucks. We all know it, but we all have to do it (unless you pay someone else to, and then that sucker has to do it). Part of the reason it sucks is it takes so much time, we are busy people, right? Well Honda just made the fastest lawnmower in the world and it goes 116 mph. No, I'm not kidding. It just shattered the previous record of 87.83 mph and Guinness World Records officials were on hand to time it. Honda calls it the Mean Mower, and that seems fitting. As you'd imagine it can't actually mow your lawn at 116 mph, but it can do it at 15 mph which is about double the speed of a normal riding mower. Suddenly we want to mow our lawn, but only if it's on the Mean Mower."
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over The Tesla Model S

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Did you watch the Tesla 60 Minutes segment the other night? If you did, you might have ended up on the floor rolling around laughing like I did. Since when does the Tesla Model S electric car make audible engine noises? Or downshift? Turns out, 60 Minutes dubbed engine noises and a downshift over the Model S running footage. The show claims it was an editing error. Call it what you want, it was absolutely hilarious. A little note to TV producers assigned to cover Tesla Motors in the future: Electric cars don't upshift or downshift."
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Just the other day we read about how the Department of Transportation will require all manufacturers to include rearview cameras on all new cars produced after May 1, 2018. But there's something else auto manufacturers are pushing for, the ability to replace sideview mirrors with cameras in 2018. Tesla in particular is pushing for this to happen as traditional mirrors are bulky, and not very aerodynamic. That lump of plastic can cause surprising amounts of drag on an otherwise smooth car body. Camera units are much smaller and can be made streamlined, or even mounted nearly flush with the body, thus reducing aerodynamic drag. The idea has been around since the 1990s, and many concept cars have used cameras instead of sideview mirrors for years. But how will NHTSA respond? Is it finally time to ditch the sideview mirror?"
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit The Next Green Light

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Hitting that red light sucks. We've all been there, and you know what I'm talking about. But what if your car could tell you the ideal speed to maintain to hit the next green light? That's exactly what's going to happen in the near future thanks to car-to-car technology. Many automakers are already working on this new tech, and Honda's the latest to trial such systems. This is all part of what's known as Universal Traffic Management System which will eventually provide feedback on car-to-car and infrastructure systems before they go into practical use. The system will also be able to tell the driver if a red light is likely to show before reaching an intersection so the driver can slow down, or notify the driver when that red light will turn green. All of this may seem like something that's supposed to benefit the driver's temper, but in reality it's to help save fuel and lower emissions without any physical changes to the car. This is the future, and your vehicle will talk to other vehicles whether you like it or not."
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Ford's Virtual Reality Gives Engineers X-Ray Vision, Aids Design

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Facebook bought OculusVR and the world tilted a little on its axis. But good old Ford has been using VR all along without much fanfare. VR tech effectively gives Ford engineers X-ray vision, so they can — virtually — see through a vehicle's structure, which helps to design mechanical hardware, and spot issues with designs that might interfere with vehicle "hard points." Ford's engineers also use VR headsets to check out exterior and interior designs of cars that don't exist in the physical world — at least not yet. Team members walk around virtual cars to preview designs, or "get in" to check if interior layouts will work in the real world."

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