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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
This simulator company reverse-engineered the Tesla Nürburgring lap

This simulator company reverse-engineered the Tesla Nürburgring lap

Last summer, a whole lot more people learned about the world's gnarliest race track when Tesla announced that it was sending a Model S sedan to the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The 12.9-mile (20.8km) track was built as a make-work project during the Great Depression, and people still race there today, although it's also widely used by…
A look ahead to the 2020 IMSA sports car season

A look ahead to the 2020 IMSA sports car season

2019 was the year that Mazda Motorsport finally saw victory with the RT24-P. The car lost none of its speed in the offseason and set a new unofficial track record in preseason testing at Daytona. There are even rumors of a third Mazda joining some rounds of the series, but it's all unconfirmed as of…
Intel’s Mobileye has a plan to dominate self-driving—and it might work

Intel’s Mobileye has a plan to dominate self-driving—and it might work

Enlarge / Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua.Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation A lot of media coverage of self-driving technology has focused on a handful of big companies with well-known brands: Google, Uber, Tesla, and GM. But there's another company working on self-driving technology that might ultimately prove even more important. That company is Mobileye, an Israeli startup that…
Tesla driver arrested for flossing at 84 mph on autopilot

Tesla driver arrested for flossing at 84 mph on autopilot

Credit: Wikipedia Commons/Moose Autonomous driving looks set to be a part of our motoring future. Whilst it sounds great, there might be one thing it can never account for: the stupidity of some drivers. Ok, “stupidity” might sound strong, but traveling at high speed without paying full attention isn’t exactly a good idea, as one…
This Nissan concept is next year’s electric alternative to the Rogue SUV

This Nissan concept is next year’s electric alternative to the Rogue...

Nissan brought the Ariya electric concept to CES this year. Nissan It's almost certain to go on sale next year, joining a crowded field of electric crossovers in the $40,000-$50,000 bracket. Nissan The Ariya was predated by this concept called the IMx. You can see how much less street-legal this is compared to the Ariya.…
Waymo is way, way ahead on testing miles—that might not be a good thing

Waymo is way, way ahead on testing miles—that might not be...

Enlarge / A Waymo self-driving car doing its thing in May 2019. Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving company, has logged 20 million miles on public roads, the company announced in a Tuesday press statement. The new milestone comes just 15 months after Waymo hit the 10 million mile mark in October 2018. The latest figure puts Waymo…
Qualcomm is getting into the self-driving market

Qualcomm is getting into the self-driving market

Qualcomm Qualcomm, the dominant provider of cellular modem chips, is the latest chip giant to seek a slice of the autonomous driving market. At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Qualcomm announced its SnapDragon Ride platform, which uses chips derived from Qualcomm's mobile products to help a vehicle drive. It might seem strange for a smartphone…
Mercedes-Benz creates Avatar-inspired EV concept, uses no unobtainium

Mercedes-Benz creates Avatar-inspired EV concept, uses no unobtainium

You know how there are two kinds of concept car—the "almost on production" kind and the "we still haven't invented half the stuff in here" kind? The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept is the latter. Mercedes-Benz As the name suggests, it's inspired by the movie Avatar. Mercedes-Benz At the back, there are "bionic flaps" that communicate…
In a shocking announcement, Sony just unveiled an electric car

In a shocking announcement, Sony just unveiled an electric car

In a surprise announcement, Sony unveiled an electric concept car called the Vision-S during its keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The company said the car has 33 sensors, including a CMOS sensor and a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor (both of which are typically used in cameras) to detect…
To replace gas taxes, Oregon and Utah ask EVs to pay for road use

To replace gas taxes, Oregon and Utah ask EVs to pay...

Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images The end of 2019 saw a bunch of headlines proclaiming that it was a huge year for the electric vehicle. Yet more declare that actually, 2020 will be the year the EV really takes off. It's true there are now more EVs; plug-in hybrid ones, battery ones, and even hydrogen…

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