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Silicon Allee: Germany’s Tech Hub for Electric Cars, Scooters, and Bikes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. BERLIN–Where the US is moving methodically toward offering more electric vehicles, Germany is racing ahead on e-mobility: electrified cars, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, buses, and the infrastructure to make charging as close as the nearest lamp post. It makes sense to look beyond electric cars-only in densely populated Europe with narrow streets and limited parking. Unlike North America, with currently abundant fossil fuels, Europe depends on outsiders for much of its energy. Here are some intriguing ...

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Silicon Allee: Germany’s Tech Hub for Electric Cars, Scooters, and Bikes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. BERLIN–Where the US is moving methodically toward offering more electric vehicles, Germany is racing ahead on e-mobility: electrified cars, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, buses, and the infrastructure to make charging as close as the nearest lamp post. It makes sense to look beyond electric cars-only in densely populated Europe with narrow streets and limited parking. Unlike North America, with currently abundant fossil fuels, Europe depends on outsiders for much of its energy. Here are some intriguing ...

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Self-Driving Cars Face an Unexpected Problem: Fuel Economy

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For years, companies like Google and Tesla have made big promises about the future of self-driving cars. We’re told these vehicles will deliver significant advantages in safety and economy, with some even predicting the death of the personally owned vehicle as fleets of taxis will show up outside your door, whisk you to work, and come back. One bit of data that hasn’t really been talked about much is how much electricity is required to ...

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Ford using hologram goggles to design cars

Ford designers test ideas with HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ Ford designers can now put on a pair of 3D goggles and see an entire car in the middle of the office. It’s a technology that promises to speed up the car design process and make it easier to involve designers on a global scale. The designers are working with Microsoft’s(MSFT, Tech30) Hololens goggles running software created specifically for the task of designing — and altering the designs of — automobiles. With the goggles, designers in different offices can see and work ...

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Intel, Waymo Are Working on Self-Driving Cars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Self-driving cars occupy a bit of an odd position in technology at the moment. While the topic has been fairly popular, and spawned additional interest in concepts like machine learning and AI, the actual nuts and bolts of how various companies are implementing self-driving technology are hush-hush. Marketing presentations and high-level diagrams are common; in-depth explanations that spell out exactly how the various platforms work are not. That’s partly because even the firms working on ...

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Best Cars of the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The massive Frankfurt Auto Show once again displayed the might of the German auto industry. Mercedes-Benz put a Formula 1 engine in a sports car and announced a self-driving EV (two birds, one stone). BMW unleashed a half-dozen new models. Audi announced a self-driver with “AI” in its name. Porsche chipped in a new Cayenne. Frankfurt 2017 still brought in dozens of key new cars from Europe, the US, and Asia. This is the most ...

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Best Electric Cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The world’s automakers unveiled a torrent of electric vehicles at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week. They see demand growing as range increases and governments talk about end-of-lifeing the combustion engine. Britain and France are talking about no new combustion-engine cars after 2040. China is thinking along those lines, too. That has VW talking about a market of 3 million EVs a year in 2025 — for Volkswagen alone. Here’s a look at some of ...

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Top 10 Tech Cars to Watch for in 2018

In 2018, look for more cars with hybrid engines, EVs with 200-plus miles in range, more compact and subcompact crossovers, and more cars with better fuel economy. Every automaker knows it’s got to get better mileage and reduce pollution. If not in the US during the current administration, then everywhere else in the world. At the same time, we’ll see more honking big SUVs and pickups. That’s what buyers want, and need, given that the average American male is 25 pounds heavier than a half-century ago. Here’s our take on ...

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China wants to ban gas and diesel cars

What’s the difference between electric and electrified cars? China is preparing to put the brakes on gasoline and diesel cars. The country, home to the world’s largest auto market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles that rely on fossil fuels, officials say. The Chinese government is following in the footsteps of countries like India, France, Britain and Norway, which have already announced plans to completely ditch gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles in the coming years. Related: Ford will create ...

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Qualcomm Is Building a Vehicle-to-Everything Chip for Safer Cars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Safer driving — and safer self-driving — call for car-to-car communications with no lag. Will it be cellular or dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)? Cellular chip supplier Qualcomm just announced a chip that will do both, bridging the two. Cellular telematics could get information that’s not time-critical, while DSRC would send and receive info directly from nearby cars about speed, slippery roads, sudden braking, and cars running stop signs or red lights. The Qualcomm Technologies 9150 ...

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