Protean Electric is a company that performs a lot of research and development in the in-wheel electric drive market. In-wheel electric motors are exactly what they sound like, small electric propulsion units that fit within the wheels of an automobile. Protean Electric has unveiled its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers
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The concept of the Volkswagen XL1 dates back to 2002, but the final production model of the car has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. What makes this piece of automotive engineering so incredible is that it’s powered by a diesel hybrid engine that Volkswagen claims can get 261 miles per gallon. The XL1
British brand Dyson has sucked in the home and blown in public bathrooms, but now the design darling is teasing a mysterious new trio of products for launch in February. Official info on the new products is in very short supply, but according to a launch invite sent to Australian site Current, they’ll be the culmination of
The dedicated car phone may be a thing of the past, but the in-car hotspot is becoming increasingly common. BMW isn’t shy when it comes to in-vehicle tech, so the fact that it’s launching its own solution should come as no surprise. We initially heard about the ConnectedDrive LTE integration back in summer, but now it looks like it’s almost here. The BMW Car Hotspot LTE is essentially a purpose-built WiFi router that houses an LTE SIM (it also supports 3G and EDGE). It’s compatible with any BMW with a telephone docking station and allows connections from up to eight client devices. Authentication can be done via code entry or NFC (or there’s WPS too). Rather than just rebranding an LTE dongle, the system is designed to integrate with the vehicle’s aerial for better signal, while the dock keeps it charged. As you might surmise, this does indeed mean there is an internal battery, making it useful beyond the confines of the automobile too (for about an hour according to the car maker). No official word on price or release, but it’s suggested it’ll be landing in Europe as soon as this week.
Via: Telematics news
When you think about Detroit, you don’t often think first about technology; you think about automobiles. But the reality is that nowadays, the two industries are more intertwined than ever. Indeed, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that, as Marc Andreessen likes to say, “software is eating the world” and becoming more central to the future of many traditionally non-techie companies.
Ford Motors is no exception to this trend.
Larry Page’s tenure as Googler-in-chief has heralded the death of many ambitious experiments, but even he refuses to kill the self-driving car. His project head, Anthony Levandowski, has now asked the car makers of Detroit to sign up with Mountain View for hardware testing, saying that if driverless cars are not ready by the next decade, then it’s “shame on us as engineers.” There’s still some way to go before the tech is road-worthy, but Google is already working with insurers to work out how your car is going to handle making that call to Geico when things go wrong.
When you live in some of the major cities around the world getting around is a hassle. In the more rural parts of the world, you just drive and don’t think much about it. In big cities like Tokyo or New York City, a car can be more a hindrance than anything. This is why [...]
Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami last year, devastating its automotive business, but the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is an example of the country bouncing back, with new concepts and tech initiatives highlighting the industry’s resurgence.
Honda has unveiled its futuristic-looking electric concept roadster called the EV-STER just a few days ahead of the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show set to take place from December 3 through December 11. We’ve seen some very Tron-inspired renderings of the vehicle earlier this month, but now we get photos of the real thing along with [...]
Honda will be occupying the largest booth at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s got plenty of production and concept vehicles to fill up all that space. The company released a preview of its entire lineup today, which includes several automobiles and motorocycles as well as home power generation technology. Two electric vehicle concepts [...]
Honda fans, hope you’re down for some last-minute tickets to Japan, as the automaker plans to release not one, but seven (!) stunning concepts at the upcoming Tokyo Motor show. Ranging from plug-in hybrids to electric motorcycles, we’re most stoked about the Small Sports EV — a dashing two-seat roadster that reminds us stylistically of BMW’s i8. Details are light, but Honda promises that it’ll be fun to drive, yet also achieve “excellent environmental performance.” Alongside it is the plug-in hybrid AC-X, which looks like an LED-ridden redux of the lease-only FCX. And finally, there’s the Micro Commuter concept, which despite looking the least production-ready of the three, gets kudos for having a dedicated spot to load the accompanying Motor Compo EV motorcycle. Not much else to report on all seven this far out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ogle at photos of these three and their motorcycle brethren at the links below.
San Francisco. Palo Alto. New York. Cambridge. Austin. Boulder. Detroit. One of those doesn’t seem to fit in there right? After all, Detroit’s a mess isn’t it? The median house price in Detroit is $ 6,000. Half of the adults in the city are functionally illiterate. 48% of children live below the poverty line. Some people would say that Detroit epitomizes what is wrong with America.
But for a group of talented and motivated entrepreneurs in Detroit it’s something else. It’s a chance to show what’s right about America. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with a dozen of Detroit’s top founders to discuss what it’s like to start a company in what’s probably the most economically depressed city in the country. While their businesses were different and they didn’t agree on everything, they all shared one thing: a strong feeling that the Detroit of the future will be better than the Detroit of the present.
The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is still rolling, but as the throngs of eager German motor enthusiasts fill the halls we’re grabbing our passports and fleeing back to the States. This year’s show had more EVs and infotainment-stuffed cars than ever before and, if what we saw here is any indication, the car of the future will have at least one smartphone or tablet built in there somewhere — maybe two. Enjoy the gallery below of random pictures from the show floor as we kick back in coach and try to catch up on some sleep.
And, if you need even more coverage, head on over to our good friends at Autoblog. As usual they obsessively covered the show.
Gallery: Frankfurt Motor Show 2011 wrap-up
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