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Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan to downsize engines, will use 1.2- and 1.4-liter powerplants

You guys are probably aware of the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan. Knowing this, you would expect that both companies will come up with something impressive. Sources say that the partnership has been working on some new gasoline four-cylinder engines. However, rather than developing a more powerful engine, they seem to have come up with 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines instead. Why small engines, you might want to ask?

The reason behind the downsizing is because the German company aims to lower emissions while increasing the efficiency of the new engines. The new 1.2- and 1.4-liter units will benefit from direct injection, and will be a standard in the next generation base variants of the A-Class and B-Class lineups, according to reports from Autocar. There are currently eight cars lined up for Mercedes’ compact models for 2018 including: the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, a rumoured GLB, and an unknown model that has yet to be announced by the company.

The new four-cylinder units, which currently go under the codename M282, are being engineered exclusively for transverse applications. Therefore, these engines will not be available for use in larger Mercedes-Benz models. These new units will be joined by an updated version of the “M274” which will soon be given a codename that is “M260”. The M260 will be bigger and is going to be available in two versions: 1.6- and 2.0-liter units.

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Peugeot and nuTonomy collaborate to test and deploy self-driving in Peugeot 3008 SUV

Self-driving sports utility vehicles from Peugeot may soon hit the roads as part of a project to test fully autonomous vehicles. The French carmaker has entered into a strategic partnership with nuTonomy – a self-driving car startup that had been formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013 – to have the Cambridge-based company install and implement its self-driving technology into Peugeot’s 3008 SUV.

Once nuTonomy’s software system has been fully installed into the Peugeot 3008 SUV, the partners will commence on-road testing of the self-driving vehicle in Singapore. The partnership is eyeing – ultimately -- to deploy thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities around the world.

As agreed, the initial phase of the partnership will entail nuTonomy having to seamlessly integrate its autonomous vehicle (AV) system – including its software, specialized sensors and computing platforms -- into the Peugeot 3008 SUVs. The partners consider the seamless integration of the AV system with vehicle hardware as a critical step toward deploying self-driving vehicle in large numbers and over extended life cycles.

Read the entire article Peugeot and nuTonomy collaborate to test and deploy self-driving in Peugeot 3008 SUV

Avoid driving distractions with Nissan’s Signal Shield, an armrest based on Faraday cage concept

Think of it as a temporary mobile prison, but for a good cause. Nissan has revealed details of its new concept that will prevent drivers from being distracted while they cruise around town. This means that driving would be the only thing that they must focus on when behind the wheel of this machine built on high speed metal and combustible gas.

The number of drivers that admitted to checking their phones while behind the wheels has surged from 8% in 2014 to an alarming 31% in 2016, as revealed by Britain's Royal Automobile Club (RAC). The Japanese automaker also showed statistics, stating that one out of 5 drivers (18%) has texted while driving. Stricter penalties are imposed now for using a phone while driving and British drivers are at risk of being caught if they will pick up their device while behind the wheel. Nowadays people are interconnected with their gadgets, and a whole lot of drivers are ignoring safety on the road just to be able to check on their text messages or notifications. That's why Nissan has come up with a life-saving solution addressing this pressing issue. At the very least, it will save the Brits from being charged with steep fines.

The concept, which is called the Nissan Signal Shield, will be able to provide selective connectivity that will give drivers the option of being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or devising a phone-free duration. It roughly translates to a sort of digital detox and will reduce the risks of travel significantly.

Read the entire article Avoid driving distractions with Nissan’s Signal Shield, an armrest based on Faraday cage concept

Faraday Future’s new patent is on controlling EVs using mobile devices

Faraday Future, California based company, usually pops up when the topic is about technology and electric vehicles. Though the company currently isn’t doing very well in terms of its production facility, they continue to stick to their mission, hoping that one day, things will turn out well for them. For those of you who aren’t updated, they had to shut down their Nevada factory earlier this year due to lack of funds. But now, FF is making some news and things seem quite promising.

One of the patents from Faraday Future that caught our attention is called “System and Method For Operating Vehicle Using Mobile Device”. Basically, if you lose the key to your car, this technology will let you use your smartphone to open it, by sending a code to the car to open the door, without having to be connected to the Internet. Sounds cool enough?

By looking at the patent that is in partnership with this, you might find it a little disturbing that the sketch looks almost like the Chevy Volt concept. But we promise that this isn’t a reinvention of the Chevy concept, and was taken from a Faraday Future patent application.

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In September 27, 2016, Porsche initially filed for a patent that is the “Unique Active Rear Diffuser”. And earlier this week, on April 27, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published this. When the patent was published, several images of the sketch surfaced on the internet.

We do know that some of Porsche’s vehicles already feature active deploying rear wings. And supposedly, this new patent they filed offers similar functions with the use of its unique diffuser.

Yes, diffusers do exist in cars already. But according to Porsche, what differs with the patent is that the installation and integration in the underbody region is very complicated. The location of the diffuser will have to be directly below the bumper. The purpose of this is that when the diffuser is not in use, it will blend into the body, which explains its concave inner shape.

Read the entire article Porsche patents unique Active Rear Diffuser for future vehicles

If you’ve ever visited an arcade, chances are you have already seen a Logitech G920 wheel. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the steering wheel that you use when playing racing games. For Apple however, this device can serve a better purpose than simply gaming.

According to Business Insider, through documents that came to its possession, the brand’s entry to the world of autonomous cars will have a training program wherein testers will be taught how to get back manual control. Those familiar with racing games will likely see that the main feature of this training program is the Logitech wheel. While the photo included in the documents were in black-and-white and appear sketchy, there is a high possibility that it is indeed the Logitech G27. Though no longer being sold by Logitech, a similar version being sold on eBay is priced at about $200.

The documents further reveal that there will be a makeshift rig wherein the individual is expected to sit. They will then undergo a total of seven tests from driving at different speeds to undergoing maneuvers. Once the brakes or the wheel are used, this will immediately disengage the electric mode. Operators though can still use the accelerator.

Read the entire article Apple selects steering wheel for games as backup for autonomous driving

Earlier this week, the revamped 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was revealed ahead of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. As expected, Mercedes Benz’s flagship model is now offered in several variants including the AMG specced sedan. Unique to this update is the suite of driver assistance technologies and active safety features under its latest Intelligent Drive system.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the new enhancements on the S-Class are the closest it could get to actual autonomous driving. The most notable ones include the new Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active emergency Stop Assist, Active Steering Assist and Active Distance Assist Distronic feature. It also comes equipped with the new Route Based Speed Adaptation technology that adjusts the vehicle’s speed according to the information seen on the map such as exit ramps, toll booths, roundabouts, junctions and curves.

Most mid-cycle updates are not technically considered as facelifts. Instead, the automaker performs a few tweaks here and there to bring a fresh new offer for their customers. This time however, the luxury sedan is almost not the same as its previous model.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift: here are the changes

Ford is not just about cars nowadays, they seem to come up with just about everything. Only recently they have commissioned a new invention that might be all the craze with the parents in the near future - the Max Motor Dreams.

New parents who are in the lookout to purchase the best baby crib for their newborns, don't be bewildered if you ever chance on a baby rocker with Ford's brand etched on it. Believe us, this is not a late April Fool's prank. Ford, the American automaker that has a large following with their commercial and luxury vehicles, is recently targeting a new market- parents with infants.

You heard it right, Ford has a game plan in ensuring your tyke will get the much needed sleep he/she gets. Officially labelled as "Max Motor Dreams", the contraption is equipped with built in speakers that mimic a muffled engine sound and road noise, LED lighting that stimulates the warmth glow of passing street lights, and motion enabled mattress that gently moves side to side and Ford made sure to entirely imitate the feeling of sleeping at the back of the car, sans the usage of car fuel.

Read the entire article Get your baby to sleep well with Ford’s crib that mimics car rides

Audi’s high-tech laser headlights are coming to the United States. Moreover, they won’t be just an available option, but rather, these are a standard lighting unit on the 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus, the premium carmaker’s ultimate flagship for its sports car range. This means the US-bound 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus won’t be just the fastest and most powerful production model that Audi has, but it will also be the most advanced in terms of lighting technology.

Audi’s laser light technology was first seen on its R8 exclusive edition models, of which only 25 exclusive examples were made. These laser lights – complemented by dynamic front turn signals – features a characteristic blue light signature in the headlight housing. This means that if an R8 has a blue light emanating from the headlights, it is equipped with laser lights.

Of course, light emitting diode (LED) units are still the technology behind the low and high beams for the R8 V10 plus. However, Audi wanted to boost the visibility for the driver when moving at higher speeds. Thus, when the Audi R8 V10 plus reaches speed of 40 mph and above – as situations permit, the laser lights are activated and then projects low and wide beam of light on the road on front, thereby supplementing the high beam projected by the LED units. Interestingly, the R8 was also the first Audi model to feature all-LED headlights (2008). The new laser lights as well as full LED headlights are also available as an option for the Audi R8 V10.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus comes standard with laser headlights upon US launch

It was only known recently that Ford had filed for an autonomous driving patent as published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. What is its content, you ask? A revolutionary tech in which any electric vehicle with a built in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine, and in turn it will recharge its own battery. The guys of the Blue Oval always think of everything, man. And now they have another plan up their sleeves -- Ford plans to manufacture the world's first autonomous vehicle sans a steering wheel and pedals by the year 2021, and will be targeting the ride hailing and ride sharing automobiles. What can we say, the future has arrived.

An issued Navigant Researcher Leaderboard report was recently revealed, ranking the major original equipment manufacturers according to their autonomous driving tech. Located on top of the list is Ford, trailing closely behind is GM, Renault-Nissan and Daimler, with Hyundai at number 10. But the other car maker and tech companies like Uber and Tesla are deemed as worthy competitors. Apparently, not many people agree or even know that Tesla is reigning in the autonomous car competition.

During the opening of WXC's keynote- Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, announced he is not expecting Ford to release a fully autonomous automobile that is readily accessible to the public until 2026 at its earliest, and definitely not until 2031. For what it's worth, Washington indicated that Ford will further produce automobiles capable of 4 level autonomy on the SAE scale.

Read the entire article Ford’s autonomous cars will be available for sharing by 2021, sales to begin in 2026

Yes, it will take at least ten more years until Mercedes-Benz introduces fully-autonomous driving capabilities on its vehicles. Having “the best or nothing” for its company slogan certainly explains why Mercedes is not in a hurry for fully autonomous driving. All the same, the brand is looking forward to make it all work one day.

While at the Australian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Jochen Haab reveals that the company’s self-driving systems are currently at the second and third level--at least in terms of technology. That means, getting onto level 5 will be a long way down the road.

The current level it has been using, (or level 3) still requires human touch. Although it depends on the situation, moving on to the next level (or level 4) will also mean that we’ll be seeing those vehicles drive themselves in almost complete autonomous mode-- even if it may sometimes require a human driver to be in control.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz expects full-autonomous driving in a decade or so

CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk is a very ambitious man, and is known by many as the man who wants to redefine transportation on Earth and in space. He also plans to expand fully autonomous vehicles to the mass market - which indeed are pretty cool ideas. But sometimes, Musk has brilliant ideas that most people don’t agree with.

For instance, earlier this week, he confirmed to the public that he will ditch the head-up display (HUD) for the Tesla Model 3, and it that it will not feature any traditional instrument.

Instead, he feels that all the information the driver needs can be put on a large center display.

Read the entire article Tesla CEO confirms plan to scrap Model 3’s head-up display (HUD)

A lot of people get anxious while driving - especially at night. Why? Because humans naturally fear the dark. And I’m not just making things up. Numerous studies conducted by Ford cites that people are not very fond of the dark due to the fear we inherited from our “caveman ancestors”. Weird, huh? But while it’s a stretch to believe these things, driving in the dark does cause some anxiety. And that’s a fact.

However, Ford has good news. It has finally updated its Pedestrian Detection system to work better in low light. That’s why drivers, as well as pedestrians, should be thankful as there’s one less thing to worry about at nightfall.

Ford’s active safety engineer in Europe, Gregor Allexi, states that hitting the road at night is a stressful situation. And you can’t blame people for that. This upset feeling is experienced by many drivers, both in small towns and in cities, no matter how seasoned of a driver you may be.

Read the entire article Driving in the dark is less of a worry with Ford’s pedestrian detection tech

It’s a hot day outside and you’re ready to go the beach with your family. You get in the car, only to realize that the air from your A/C system has a disgusting odor.

It only really releases this foul odor after you’ve had your car for quite some time. Very unpleasant, isn’t it? Your car’s air conditioning system shouldn’t have an awful smell once you turn it on.

What you’re supposed to experience once you turn on this system is an immediate flow of cold air that increasingly cools the whole vehicle. Ultimately, if you start to notice unpleasant odors then there is definitely a problem there. Don’t let anyone else tell you differently. The most common cause is mildew in the vents and the solution is to install a new air filter.

Read the entire article Here is How to Keep Your Car A/C Vents from Smelling Bad

After years and years of cars being built and developed, Ford and Magna joint forces and developed a carbon fiber subframe that will reduce as much as 34% of a steel subframe’s weight. The developers recently unveiled a prototype of this.

What difference does it make, you ask? With a much lighter car, fuel consumption will dramatically decrease. Who doesn’t want that? Not only will it save us a few dollars, we can also save the planet by reducing our carbon footprint. In fact, the biggest car companies have been leaning towards building lighter vehicles by exploring other options such as aluminum engines, optimized chassis components, and probably the most common nowadays, carbon fiber panels for the car’s structure and exterior.

Another great thing about this development, according to sources, is that a carbon fiber subframe only uses a few parts - with two molded and four metallic components. Compare that with a standard steel equivalent which uses 45 steel part (thus the 34% weight difference). So imagine, from 45 parts down to only 6 parts.

Read the entire article Ford and Magna’s carbon fiber subframe project offers amazing green potential

WikiLeaks last week has insinuated that the US Central Intelligence Agency may hack the car’s computer system. The news came after the pro-transparency organization has released the highly confidential Year Zero documents of the CIA. This immediately led to speculations about vehicles being used to perform undetected murder--- particularly on highly classified CIA operations.

Many modern vehicles today as we know are run by vehicle control systems. WikiLeaks revealed that since October of 2014, the Central Intelligence Agency was looking at the possibilities of “infecting” the control system of some vehicles. Possibly to let them carry out virtually untraceable assassinations if they have to.

The leaked documents pointed out Blackberry’s QNX automotive software as part the list of vehicles under the CIA’s feasibility study for certain “potential mission areas”. If there are about 60 million vehicles using the software, it only means that most vehicles from 2014 onwards are also prone to CIA-developed hacking techniques.

Read the entire article Latest WikiLeaks report how the CIA could compromise vehicle control systems

One of the most frustrating dilemmas we can ever face is on finding out that we’ve lost our car key. If you’ve exhausted all means to find it, then you’ll definitely need a replacement key.

Here are some tips to assist you in your quest. There are numerous reasons why you would need a replacement key.

Read the entire article Lost your key fob? Here are ways on how to solve that problem!

Seriously, autonomous vehicles are now becoming fast enough to race on the track. This comes after Roborace – hoping to claim the title as the world’s first driverless racing series – recently unfurled the first driverless and emission-free racing car at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Touted as the first driverless electric racing car in the world, “The Robocar” boasts of a futuristic design that places emphasis not only on its advanced electrified powertrain but also on the use of autonomous technology, both hardware and software. The Robocar is the brainchild of Daniel Simon, the same man behind the design of vehicles for the futuristic movies like Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Before landing a job in Roborace as its chief design officer, Simon was a senior designer at Bugatti. His portfolio of designs includes drones, spaceships, motorcycles and Le Mans cars – making him become renowned as one of the best designers of the world.

In designing The Robocar, Simon’s goal was to create a self-driving car with all the needed race car provisions sans any compromise in its beauty. To achieve a fine balance between beauty and performance, Simon is leading a team that includes not only aerodynamics experts but also racing engineers. Simon accompanied Roborace chief executive Denis Sverdlov during the unveiling of The Robocar at Mobile World Congress. During the unveiling, Sverdlov disclosed that the Roborace is willing to share the Robocar to engineers around the world to enable them to further advance its software and its driverless electric technology.

Read the entire article Roborace unveils The Robocar -- the world’s first self-driving electric racing car

By 2020, Volvo aims to bring a host of active and passive driver aids to prevent serious injuries or deaths in all its vehicles. Just a few days before the Geneva Motor Show kicks in, Volvo has got a few more teasers to whet our appetites for the new XC60 SUV. The 2018 Volvo XC60 would come out with not just one but three driver assistance features--- one of which could autonomously drive you out of danger.

Since two out of three systems are mere updates, Volvo’s City Safety suite has been added with the new steering support feature that instinctively works alongside the automatic braking system in case it isn’t sufficient enough to prevent sudden impact. In other words, this clever technology could steer itself to thwart any possible collision ahead of time.

The latest safety feature will work when you’re driving between 50-100kph and will then increase the odds of being able to detect possible road threats such as large animal, pedestrian crossing or if another vehicle is on the way. Rather than limiting itself to a semi-autonomous cruise control system, all three assistance technologies are using the new automated steering to help the driver maintain his or her safety on the road. This new steering assistance device helps the driver avoid a crash if brakes are not enough to do the job.

Read the entire article Volvo teases new autonomous steering driver assist for 2018 XC60

It’s not your typical key fob, and it’s only available with the new BMW 5 Series. As a premium carmaker, German company BMW develops and builds vehicles aren’t only stylish and elegant, but are also of high quality and superbly luxurious. In fact, one of its creations -- the new BMW 5 Series – could be considered as a true showcase of both luxury and style.

Regarding the new BMW 5-Series (G30) or any other vehicle, one of the most important accessories that many drivers couldn’t do without is the key fob. After all, a key fob serves as an important device through which a driver could lock or unlock the doors of their cars remotely with just a touch of a button.

Aside from locking and unlocking doors, there are key fobs that could also pop the trunk latch or control the car’s automatic windows. There are also key fobs that allow drivers to arm or disarm the vehicle’s security system as well as remotely start the car’s ignition.

Read the entire article BMW, Montblanc reveal their stylish key fob for your wrist
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