Samsung Electric Cars

The next market Samsung will look to conquer: Electric cars

By on December 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

The next market Samsung will look to conquer: Electric cars

With profit margins shrinking in the smartphone segment, some companies are starting to explore new sources of revenue. According to The Wall Street Journal, several patents have cropped up this year which indicate that Samsung might be making its way into the electric car market. The applications include parts and technology for electric vehicles, although Samsung told the Journal that it has no interest in entering that market. More →

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Tesla Fires NHTSA Inquiry

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

By on December 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM.

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

Tesla’s not out of the woods just yet, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked for additional information surrounding the recent Model S fires that have been widely covered by the media. But it’s likely to be just a minor blip on the road to recovery. More →

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Google Flying Car Rumor

Google’s latest ‘moonshot’ may be a flying car

By on November 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM.

Google’s latest ‘moonshot’ may be a flying car

Google has taken on a lot of lofty “moonshot” projects over the years, including research on self-driving carsending language barriers and even cheating death. But a new report from SFGate hints that Google may be working on its most futuristic long-shot project yet: A flying car. Essentially, SFGate has uncovered a patent application for “personal aircraft” that was filed by Zee.Aero, which SFGate describes as “a stealth company” located in Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California. SFGate’s sources say that Google is involved in helping Zee.Aero develop its flying car but they don’t know what specific work the company is doing on the project. More →

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American Driver Survey Naked

American drivers’ naked ambition exposed in new survey

By on November 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM.

American drivers’ naked ambition exposed in new survey

Would you ride around in the nude if you knew no one was watching? A recent survey by Scout GPS gives new meaning to the term “pleasure cruise” as 9% of respondents admit that they would drive their vehicles in the buff if they knew that no one else on the road could see them. Even more participants said they have engaged in sexual activity while behind the wheel — 11% to be exact — although 25% said they would give up sex for a week in order to avoid traffic for the same amount of time. Among the less provocative discoveries, 16% have had accidents while shaving in their cars, 13% have eaten with utensils in the driver’s seat, and nearly a third would pick their noses if they could be assured they wouldn’t be seen. Next time you’re stuck in traffic, look around and see if the stats match up… or on second thought, don’t. Scout GPS’s press release can be found below. More →

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Self-Driving Cars Save Lives Money

Self-driving cars could cut down on injuries by 90%, save $450 billion

By on October 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Self-driving cars could cut down on injuries by 90%, save $450 billion

The thought of thousands of autonomous vehicles flying down our highways might be a frightening one, but it could also be a permanent solution for traffic safety. The Eno Center for Transportation claims that the proliferation of self-driving cars could cut down on vehicle-related injuries by up to 90% while saving the U.S. economy around $450 billion annually. According to the Eno Center, a vast majority of accidents occur because of human error, and more than 40% of wrecks involve drugs, alcohol, distraction or fatigue. Remove these factors from the equation and the roads quickly become much safer. Of course, the technology behind autonomous vehicles is still being perfected, so it could be years before this vision of the future is even feasible, much less financially viable.

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Self-Driving Cars

Here’s what it takes to make a self-driving car

By on September 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM.

Here’s what it takes to make a self-driving car

The technology behind self-driving cars can be a bit complicated. Sometimes it helps to have an expert explain tech like this is the simplest terms possible, and that’s exactly what Stanford’s Chris Gerdes did for the Wall Street Journal. Gerdes is the director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, and he and his team built a self-driving race car. The car, an Audi TTS named Shelley, can reach speeds up to 120 miles per hour, and has also given Gerdes a springboard to discuss the three necessities of a driverless car. More →

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Tesla Disruption

Tesla is the wave of the future

Tesla is the wave of the future

By on August 30, 2013 at 1:25 PM.

Tesla Motors has been a controversial company ever since it came into existence nearly a decade ago. How could a company, based in Silicon Valley, revolutionize the auto industry, taking on the likes of Ford, GM and Chrysler and change the way people think about cars? Fast forward 10 years later, and it’s Tesla that is leading the car market when it comes to hype, execution and media buzz, and it’s not just about electric cars either. More →

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Car Companies Consumer Electronics

Car companies turn to smartphones for inspiration in effort to lure young buyers

By on August 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Car companies turn to smartphones for inspiration in effort to lure young buyers

Car manufacturers are desperate to find some way to attract the disinterested younger generation back to the road. According to NPR, millennials are getting their licenses and buying cars later and later in recent years, and the car companies are convinced that one leading cause for the drop-off is the lack of engagement and understanding. “I’m not sure that any car company truly understands this next generation of car buyers,” says John McFarland, a director at General Motors. More →

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Google Self-driving Cars

Google may design and launch its own ‘robo-taxi’ fleet of self-driving cars

By on August 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM.

Google may design and launch its own ‘robo-taxi’ fleet of self-driving cars

Google is reportedly in talks with automobile manufacturing giants regarding the possibility of designing and launching its own self-driving cars. The news comes from former Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati, who currently reports on jessicalessin.com as the two prepare to launch a new premium news service with a number of other journalists. According to Efrati, Google has held talks with Magna International and Continental AG, one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers, to build self-driving cars that Google has a hand in designing. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung had previously reported that Google is close to closing a deal with Continental. Google is said to be considering a “robo-taxi” fleet, though it is unclear if it plans to operate the driverless automobile service on its own or sell the vehicles to a third party. Efrati’s report claims Google had previously held talks with several big car brands, but it failed to strike a deal and therefore began investigating other possibilities.

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Car Software Hacking Steering Brakes

The most deadly hacking target yet: Your car

By on July 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The most deadly hacking target yet: Your car

Here’s something that should sober enthusiasts of self-driving cars. Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg has been hanging out with hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who have come up with their most terrifying hacking target yet: a car’s software. Greenberg says that the two hackers have “reverse-engineered enough of the software of the Escape and the Toyota Prius (both the 2010 model) to demonstrate a range of nasty surprises: everything from annoyances like uncontrollably blasting the horn to serious hazards like slamming on the Prius’ brakes at high speeds.” Even worse, Miller and Valasek have shown they’re able to take control of a car’s steering functionality so they can drive it into a ditch, a wall or just about anywhere they choose. In other words, they’ve found a way to transform cars into their own personal weapons. Greenberg says that the two hackers will present their unsettling findings to Defcon in Las Vegas next month.

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Connected Cars Risk Hands-Free

‘Hands-free’ texting found to be more dangerous than making phone calls while driving

By on June 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

‘Hands-free’ texting found to be more dangerous than making phone calls while driving

A study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) has found that using hands-free texting features is actually more dangerous for drivers than making handheld phone calls. The group notes that even while texting through systems such as Ford Sync and Toyota Entune, drivers were found to be more distracted than while listening to music, talking with a passenger and making a phone call. Drivers who used hands-free technology were found to have a slower reaction time and compromised brain functions, which could potentially result in drivers not seeing items right in front of them such as stop signs and pedestrians. As cars become smarter and more connected, the AAA is calling for the government to set limitations on “new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars.” More →

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Corning Gorilla Glass Cars

Gorilla Glass to help make vehicles lighter, quieter and more fuel efficient

By on June 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM.

Gorilla Glass to help make vehicles lighter, quieter and more fuel efficient

Corning’s Gorilla Glass is used to protect more than 1.5 billion consumer electronics devices worldwide. The company has plans to expand beyond mobile, however, and is looking to bring its ultra-durable glass to cars. Jeffrey Evenson, Corning’s senior vice president, explained at MIT Technology Review’s Mobile Summit in San Francisco on Monday that cars equipped with Gorilla Glass will be quieter and lighter than those with traditional glass. The executive noted that because the company’s glass will help reduce a vehicle’s weight and lower its center of mass, which will theoretically help cars achieve better fuel economy. Evenson said that he expects at least one top-tier automaker to begin selling Gorilla Glass-equipped vehicles within the next year.

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