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Did The U.S. Government Ban This 261-MPH Car?

cartechboy Typo in the title (1 comments)

Clearly mean MPG not MPH.

about a week ago
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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 3 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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Self-Cleaning Paint Coming To Cars?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about an hour ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "We all love it when our car is clean, right? But actually washing our vehicle isn't very fun. What if your car could clean itself? Engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe say they've created the world's first self-cleaning car. Using a new super-hydrophobic and oleophobic (it repels water and oil) paint, the company has transformed a Versa Note hatchback into a car that dirt can't stick to. The coating is called Ultra-Ever Dry, and it's manufactured by Ultra Tech International. It allows a thin layer of air to seperate the painted surface from the rest of the environment. Nissan's going to test this self-cleaning Note in Europe, but has no plans to offer the special paint as a factory option. Though, it could be a possible aftermarket option. So yes, in the future, your car might just clean itself."
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"Tree Huggers Don't Buy Luxury Cars," Says Auto Exec On Electric Cars

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  yesterday

cartechboy (2660665) writes "When you think of hybrid and electric car buyers, do you think of the term "tree hugger?" According to a Cadillac executive, you shouldn't. He said a "tree hugger" is someone who never buys luxury cars during a discussion about the luxury brand, and its plans for future plug-in cars. He argued those vehicles have to provide "added value for the price" while also maintaining the performance and luxury expected of the brand. "These are not cars for tree-huggers, as tree-huggers do not buy new luxury cars." Yeah? What about the 25,000 people that have bought a Tesla Model S in the last two years? They might beg to differ."
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Will The Nissan Leaf Take On The Tesla Model S At Half The Price?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  3 days ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Ask most people why they won't consider an electric car, and they talk about range anxiety. And I can easily imagine why 84 miles of range isn't enough. Now it sounds like Nissan is listening, as well as watching Tesla's success. The company plans to boost the Leaf electric car's driving range with options for larger battery packs. Not long ago Nissan surveyed Tesla Model S owners, and they probably heard loud and clear that longer driving range is very, very important. So it looks like the Leaf might get up to 150 miles of range, possibly by the 2016 model year. The range increase will come from a larger battery pack, possibly 36 or 42 kWh, and more energy-dense cells. Either way, clearly Nissan is looking to expand the appeal of the world's best-selling electric car, and increasing its driving range is pretty clearly a key to doing so. I just wish Nissan would ditch the weird styling while they're at it."
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  3 days ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Led by Tesla, electric cars are all the rage now. And the idea of a nine-passenger all-electric vehicle sounds good--until you learn that it maxes out at 30 mph, weighs almost four tons, and costs in the six figures. What is this monstrosity? It's the Frankenstein creation of a group of animal-rights advocates, who are proposing it as the replacement for New York City's fabled horse carriages--and who paid $450,000 to have a prototype built. Who's against it? Would you believe Liam Neeson and one of NYC's daily papers? The huge electric car--modeled after an early 1900s open touring car, complete with brass lanterns--is on display this week at the New York Auto Show, and it's certainly attracting its share of attention. Which is just what its animal-rights backers wanted."
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Did The U.S. Government Ban This 261-MPG Car?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Conspiracy theories are dark rabbit holes that one must be wary of. If you get sucked in, you might get lost. A claim was recently made that the U.S. Federal Government banned the 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 from being sold here in U.S., but that's simply not true. Snopes debunked this claim quickly by shedding light on some hard facts. For starters, Volkswagen didn't design the vehicle to comply with U.S. vehicle standards in the first place, and the price is more than $100,00. Further, only 200 copies of the XL1 are being built. So no, it's not because the XL1 is too efficient for the American public. But hey, everyone loves a conspiracy theory, right?"
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Did The U.S. Government Ban This 261-MPH Car?

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week ago

cartechboy (2660665) writes "Conspiracy theories are dark rabbit holes that one must be wary of, if you get sucked in, you might get lost. A claim was recently made that the U.S. Federal Government banned the 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 from being sold here in U.S., but that's simply not true. Snopes debunked this claim quickly by shedding light on some hard facts. For starters, Volkswagen didn't design the vehicle to comply with U.S. vehicle standards in the first place, and the price is more than $100,00. Further, only 200 copies of the XL1 are being built. So no, it's not because the XL1 is too efficient for the American public. But hey, everyone loves a conspiracy theory, right?"
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Mercedes Slams Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

cartechboy cartechboy writes  |  about a week 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  |  about a week 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  |  about a week 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  |  about two weeks 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  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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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