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Audi Online traffic light system helps drivers hit the green lights

By - March 16, 2014 3 Pictures
One of life's small but satisfying pleasures is hitting the sweet spot while driving across town and catching all the green lights. At the moment, having that happen is a matter of luck, but Audi is developing a system that will make never getting caught by a red light an everyday thing as a way of speeding up traffic while improving fuel efficiency and cutting emissions. Read More
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Volkswagen leads "AdaptIVe" research project into autonomous cars

By - February 5, 2014
There’s more to putting self-driving cars on the road than technology and algorithms. There’s also some very basic thinking that needs to be done as to what autonomous vehicles are and what their implications are. Towards this end, Volkswagen has announced the start of Automated Driving Applications & Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles (AdaptIVe); a 42-month project by a consortium of 29 partners, including ten major automotive manufacturers, aimed at developing more efficient and safer autonomous systems. Read More
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Zenos reveals details of the E10 roadster

By - January 16, 2014 18 Pictures
Sometimes less is more. In cooking, that means cutting back on the spices can produce fuller flavors filled with subtleties. In cars, it means that cutting down the weight while holding onto the horsepower gives you something that goes round a corner like a stabbed rat. This week Zeno Cars tried its hand at this recipe as it launched its super light E10 sports car at Autosport International 2014 in Birmingham. Read More
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Muscle cars get swanky with the Equus Bass770

By - January 16, 2014 14 Pictures
With the sixth generation of the Mustang, Ford has made a purposeful move away from the retro lines of the previous generation and toward a decidedly more modern look. Fortunately for those that prefer the heyday styling of true 60s and 70s muscle cars, there's a new option. Michigan-based Equus Automotive combines classic muscle-car looks and power with luxuriously appointed interiors. Read More
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Rolls-Royce unveils Ghost V-Specification

By - January 14, 2014 9 Pictures
The Rolls-Royce Ghost has a reputation as a luxury car that's a bit coy. When it first appeared, it was a few vague sketches and a code name of RR4. Even as the lid was lifted off in 2009, things like specifications or even what it looked like were hard to come by. Fast forward to 2014, and last week, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of its Ghost V-Specification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase that takes the more, relatively speaking, affordable Rolls-Royce and stirs in a bit more power and styling. Read More
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McLaren's ultrasonic force field to replace windshield wipers

By - December 23, 2013 3 Pictures
Windshield wipers are life-savers, but also can drive one to distraction with their incessant streaking and chattering. Well, the tyranny of the wipers may soon be over. McLaren Automotive’s chief designer Frank Stephenson told The Sunday Times that the performance motoring company is investigating the use of "ultrasonic force fields" to replace windshield wipers in automobiles. While Stephenson referred to a military source for McLaren's tech, there appears to be very little public information on how such force fields might clean a windshield during a storm, so I'm taking a look at the patent history to see how this might be accomplished. Read More
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Limited edition Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar unveiled

By - December 2, 2013 7 Pictures
Volvo’s S60 and its V60 variant don’t exactly have a reputation for being exciting, but that hasn't prevented the Swedish carmaker from trying to infuse a bit of dash into the line. The company handed the compact executive and the estate wagon over to its Polestar Racing division and the results were unveiled last Thursday at the world première of the S60 and V60 Polestar. This limited edition is not only based on the Volvo S/V60, but also the C30 and S60 concept cars, and the Australian S60 Polestar, and are part of an extended Polestar production model range. Read More
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Moving cars could be used to measure rainfall

By - November 28, 2013
Rain gauges are generally pretty accurate at measuring the amount of precipitation that has fallen at their location, but they can't be everywhere. This means that average rainfall figures for a region could be inaccurate, if considerably more or less rain has been falling in unmonitored areas. Cars, however, are just about everywhere that there are roads. With that in mind, researchers from Germany's University of Hanover are looking at using them to tell us how much water is coming from the sky. Read More
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