Korean designers have come up with a portable “sound camera” that can be easily set up and used to pinpoint the source of specific noises coming from an automobile. So if your car is making a funny noise and neither you nor the mechanic can locate the source, technology is on the way that can help find the problem. Continue reading
Electric cars are slowly becoming a viable alternative to standard gas burning vehicles. The primary drawback at this point is the limited range offered on one charge, which imposes a 100 mile limit on travel. If you just need to drive around town and don’t mind moving at a slower pace, an electric car would probably do you well enough.
Renault’s Twizy is one option for an electric car that has some popularity in Europe. Renault also develops Formula One race cars, and the company’s newest concept car, the Twizy Renault Sport F1, combines the two worlds into a single vehicle. Using technology developed for F1 racing, Renault has given its small electric vehicle a serious, albeit temporary, power upgrade. Continue reading
You may have heard the urban legend about an old lady driving an RV. She hits cruise and heads to the fridge to make a sandwich. This, of course, doesn’t work out so well. When her RV crashes into other traffic, she explains her expectations that the vehicle would drive itself.
While that story might be fictional, the possibility of self-driving cars is coming closer to reality. Google has been testing a fully autonomous vehicle for some time, and a few other companies have been working on the same idea. Now it looks like Cadillac is poised to beat the rush of self-driving cars with its Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. Continue reading
No, I didn’t type that wrong. With a bit of engineering genius that would make Dr. Robotnik proud, Hyundai showcased the E4U, personal mobility egg at the Seoul Motor Show. The E4U name stands for Egg, Evolution, Electricity and Eco-friendliness, and the single passenger vehicle sports an electric engine to power this unique creation.
In addition to a sleek frame that any chicken would love, the E4U is designed to operate in urban areas where parking space is limited and streets are narrow. The vehicle is piloted by leaning in whichever direction you’d like to go, and speed is controlled by the how far forward the operator leans. Continue reading
Worried about your future self-driving car getting into an accident with one of those old-fashioned, human-driven autos? Then get on the sidewalk! That appears to be the concept behind this very tiny, self-driving vehicle that Hitachi unveiled earlier this month.