We've all been there at some time ... stuck behind a slower-moving
vehicle on a two-lane highway, having to periodically pull part-way into
the oncoming lane to check if it's safe to pass. Needless to say, it
would be much safer and easier if we could just see the road
ahead from the perspective of that other vehicle. Well, that's just
what the EYES system is designed to do.
Students from Canada have designed and built a car that is capable of achieving a fuel efficiency of 2,098 mpg (0.11 l/100km). The team from Quebec's Université Laval (University of Laval) was competing in the 36th SAE Supermileage competition. It is the university's second straight win at the event.
With low profiles, origami-like angles, and razor-sharp contours, the wedge-shaped supercars of the 1970s were the epitome of outrageous automotive style. Whilst the likes of the Lamborghini Countach, the Lotus Esprit, and the BMW M1 were the on-road embodiment of this ethos, the Maserati Boomerang concept car that preceded them took this style to the limit. Now, more than 40 years after it made its first appearance, this one-off automotive icon will be offered for sale by auction.
Dutch students have developed a new family car that is not only powered by the sun, but generates more energy than it uses. Stella Lux seats up to four people and is designed to be efficient, intelligent and comfortable. It will compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year.
Hydrogen has been touted as one of the most promising alternatives to our current dependence on fossil fuels to power cars because it fits our current driving habits. Whereas plug-in electric vehicles have limited range and take a long time to recharge, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can be refueled in a matter of minutes from a pump that looks similar to a fuel pump. BMW has continued its development of hydrogen technology with a new 5 Series GT based prototype, which can drive for 500 km (311 miles) before it needs to be topped up.
The Formula One Strategy Group has released details about changes aimed at injecting some extra excitement into the sport from 2016 onwards. Changes to the cars' exhaust systems and tires have been tabled, while electronic aids will be cut back in an attempt to make the racing more challenging for drivers and more unpredictable for fans.
Water and fuel aren't usually a good mix, but BMW has turned to water injection technology in its ever-continuing quest for improved fuel economy and power. Its latest 1 Series prototype is fitted with such a system to help create lower combustion temperatures, which brings fuel economy benefits of up to 8 percent on the road.
Back in April, Volvo showed off its Lounge Console
at the Shanghai International Auto Show. The concept replaced the
usually-unoccupied front passenger seat of a chauffeur-driven vehicle
with a multi-purpose luxury footrest for use by the rear-seat passenger.
Building on that idea, the Swedish automaker has now unveiled the
Excellence Child Seat Concept, which replaces the front seat with a
Despite growing in every direction and packing in more active safety tech, the new Chevrolet Cruze has managed to shed 250 pounds (113 kg) from its predecessor's kerb weight.
Having teased us with a swoopy concept in 2013, Infiniti is finally preparing to launch its first compact car, the Q30, at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.