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Incredible Rimac Electric Supercar Now Available

On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Rimac Electric Supercar test 2

When we first saw the Rimac Concept One electric supercar at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, we weren't necessarily expecting to see it hit the market. Ever. But it actually took less than a year for Rimac to go from debut to order books. That still doesn't mean it'll be produced right away, but things appear to be moving along swiftly.

There are several things about the Rimac Concept One that made me cough-blurt "vaporware" from my desk chair the minute I saw it. It's from Croatia, and nothing against the people or country, but we just don't see many cars, let alone electric supercar masterpieces, coming out of Croatia. It's a 1,088-hp supercar that's quicker to 62 mph than a Lamborghini Aventador, and when you let your eyes wander farther down the spec sheet, you'll see that it has a battery big enough to provide up to 373 miles of range yet still manages to weigh in at a pretty light 3,700 lbs. It's the type of vehicle that demands skepticism.


Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


Google Looking For Automaker Partner On Autonomous Cars test 2

Before we heard a peep about Cadillac Super Cruise , we heard about Google's autonomous car. One of the original driving forces behind autonomous vehicles, Google has been working on its driverless car program for several years and even got the law changed to help it along. Now the company is looking for a rather important missing puzzle piece: an automotive partner.

Google may be one of the world's brightest go tos when it comes to Internet and mapping, but it doesn't have much experience wrenching around under the hood of a car. Sure, it could probably come up with the seeding money to develop its own car manufacturing without much difficulty, but why rebuild the wheel when someone that knows what they're doing can build it for you?


Germans Working On All Weather Transformer Tires

On: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:13AM | By: Chris Weiss


Germans Working On All Weather Transformer Tires test 2

Sensor systems are currently being used in all types of vehicular applications. Cars can now maintain lanes, stop automatically and parallel park using advanced sensor systems. Really, those are all things the driver should be quite capable of himself. Over in Germany, researchers are applying sensors to a function that drivers have little control over: tire traction.

A team of Leipzig University researchers led by Detlef Reimer is working on what's being called the world's first intelligent tire. The tire attempts to take the designation "all weather" a little more seriously by monitoring terrain conditions and adapting itself to fit them.


The Cadillac Of Autonomous Vehicles

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Cadillac Of Autonomous Vehicles test 2

Everyone's slowly inching toward a reality of self-driving vehicles, and it appears the trail is going to be blazed by luxury automakers. After all, these automakers could actually expect to fetch the price premium that advanced, autonomous vehicular systems will undoubtedly command when they first hit market. Cadillac is the latest automaker to show off some autonomous wares.

As the name "Super Cruise" conveys, Cadillac's technology is basically an advanced cruise control system. In addition to accelerating and keeping speed up like other cruise control systems, Super Cruise also takes over steering, braking and lane centering functions, rendering the driver an emergency manual back-up.


 

GM Unveils EN-V 2.0 In Beijing

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Unveils EN-V 2.0 In Beijing test 2

GM updated its pod-like EN-V personal transporter at this week's Beijing Motor Show. Originally shown at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the EN-V gets a few driver-centric updates to make it a little more comfortable and functional.

Having not seen the EN-V in over a year, we were kind of hoping that it just disappeared into the land of forgotten bad ideas. But it looks like GM is still stuck on the whole personal mobility thing. I suppose in China, the world's most populous country, it might actually make some sense. But it's still a rather atrocious, embarrassing way to travel around.


Ferrari Updates HY-KERS... Here Comes New Enzo

On: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Updates HY-KERS test 2

For years, we've been hearing rumor after rumor about the upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor. Codenamed the F70, the new flagship, road-legal-F1 supercar is being readied for a 2013 debut. At the Beijing Motor Show, Ferrari provided a sneak preview of the powertrain that will drive the new Enzo.

While Ferrari didn't come out and say the updated HY-KERS system is the mechanical underpinnings of the F70, it's not too hard to deduct. The F70 will be the first Ferrari hybrid, and the new HY-KERS system is displayed in the mid-rear engine layout that the F70 will use.


Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


Not The Volt! GM Battery Explodes test 2

GM just doesn't have much luck with batteries. Earlier in the year, the NHTSA concluded an investigation into potential fire issues with the Chevy Volt's lithium ion battery. Chevy issued a proactive fix; the NHTSA was satisfied; and the automaker moved on to other things, things like a Congressional hearing called to rehash the whole situation. And now it has another battery problem.

On Wednesday morning, GM experienced a battery explosion at its Warren, Michigan plant. Several workers were injured during the explosion, and GM evacuated about 80 employees.

GM was quick to come out and say that the explosion had nothing to do with the Chevy Volt or any other production model. According to the automaker, it occurred during extreme testing of a prototype battery.


Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Salamone


2013 Dodge Dart test 2

For years now, automakers have diligently sought a solution to wireless electrical transmission. The technology has existed for decades, but efficiency has always been a problem – until recently. Although non-physical electrical vehicle battery charging hasn’t been perfected yet, smaller energy loads are having wire-free success. Chrysler just announced the introduction of an in-vehicle wireless charging system to be available on the 2013 Dodge Dart.

And, of course, the crafty folks at Mopar are responsible. So far the system will be compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, many MP3 Players and Droid-based devices.


AT&T Working On GPS-Based Vibrating Steering Wheel

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 3:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


AT&T Working On GPS-Based Vibrating Steering Wheel test 2

It looks like cars of the future are going to rattle and shake like video game controllers. Just a few days ago, we saw the vibrating driver seat in the new Cadillac XTS. Now we have some news of another vibrating component being developed by AT&T Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.

AT&T Labs is working on a haptic steering wheel that's capable of sending vibrations based upon GPS navigation. If you need to turn right, for instance, a series of vibrations rotate clockwise around the steering wheel, prompting you to turn. The steering wheel has a series of 20 actuators integrated inside, which can vibrate in a multitude of patterns. The motors can also intensify vibrations as you get closer and closer to a given turn.


Honda's Hilarious April Fools' Anti-Theft System

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone


Honda's Terii test 2

Year after year, Honda consistently ranks highly in reliability and value. But another, less advertised, Honda attribute also tops some lists. Few automakers, in the history of cars, can attest to having a longer track record for attracting thievery. And even fewer still are the automakers which have mastered the art of April Fools’ advertising.

Honda usually spearheads the list of most stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau – but all that is about to change. Honda plans to address would-be criminals and nervous consumers in one fell swoop. In 2013, Honda vehicles will feature a new security technology which attempts to prevent theft with negotiations and psychoanalysis. Say hello to TERII, and what is perhaps the best April Fools’ joke in recent memory.

While TERII will offer some familiar features, like keyless entry and voice command, Honda’s latest anti-theft system is unlike anything currently available on the mass market. Meaning, buyers could pay top dollar to get a celebrity-like, aftermarket security unit, but Honda plans to make artificial intelligence security mainstream.


Cadillac Seats To Vibrate As Crash Warning

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Seats To Vibrate As Crash Warning test 2

GM plans to launch a vibrating driver's seat in the upcoming 2013 Cadillac XTS. The seat isn't designed to relax or massage the driver, but rather to warn him of impending dangers.

The new system, which GM calls the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat, uses directional tactile sensation - a fancy way of saying a vibrating seat bottom. The seat vibrates on the left side or right side, depending upon which side the danger is on. When the danger is coming from the rear or front, the seat vibrates on both sides. For instance, if you begin to veer over into the right line, the right side of your seat will start to vibrate as a cue to straighten out.