Hyundai has had a strong presence at the CES technology show for years, so we’ve covered a fair number of its future-think projects, autonomous-car advancements, and even a robotic exoskeleton it designed to help those with trouble walking—or humans looking for super strength. One idea that keeps bubbling up into Hyundai’s CES displays is how to negotiate the car interior of the future, and this year the automaker has a new Intelligent Personal Cockpit concept that tackles the idea head-on.Previously, Hyundai’s dabbling in next-generation car interiors involved a snazzy infotainment concept in 2013, fresh head-up-display thinking in 2015, and a car that literally docks with one’s home at last year’s show. The Intelligent Personal Cockpit embraces artificial intelligence and enhanced voice recognition as the future driver’s bedfellows.As Hyundai imagines it, our automotive future includes the ability to bark orders at our cars to initiate … [Read more...] about Hyundai’s Latest Concept, a Car Interior of the Future, Really Listens to You
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An increasing number of automakers are rolling out impressive and advanced connected-car technologies, and not just on expensive luxury models. How many of the following features, from basic to more advanced, have you tried out? GM’s OnStar system pioneered automotive telematics systems and, since its introduction in the mid-1990s, other automakers have created similar services. Today, telematics systems can lock/unlock doors, open/close windows, and use the remote engine start feature from your phone, as well as provide vehicle maintenance reminders and diagnosis. Some systems even offer a Wi-Fi hot spot. Although early Bluetooth connections in cars were limited to phone conversations, newer systems can download your smartphone’s phonebook and call history for easier use. Audio streaming allows for playback from your devices’ hard drive or apps such as Pandora, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and Aha. In addition to making and receiving phone calls, most modern … [Read more...] about 9 Features to Look for When Shopping for a Connected Car
Tell us if this has ever happened to you: You pull away from the light, wait a moment, then stomp the gas. Right when you’re expecting the rpm to soar and the g-force to push you back in the seat, the trans makes a perfect upshift (or two!)—right at 4,000 rpm. In another scenario, you’re on the highway behind a slow loser, and you see a break in traffic to pass. You floor it, the engine lugs for an eternity, then begrudgingly gives up one gear instead of the two gears you needed yesterday. To add insult to injury, it quickly upshifts back into overdrive once you get in the passing lane. Ugh. Who’s the loser now? Those tools of convenience we call automatic transmissions have made our driving easy ever since the first Hydramatic two-speed was bolted to an Oldsmobile back in 1939, but as we see in the examples above, they often put performance users at a disadvantage when the chips are down. Now that we’ve got electronically controlled transmissions like the … [Read more...] about Add Paddle Shifters To Any Car!
Integration. It sounds simple enough, but given the way the world has become these days, the idea has complexity written all over it. Gone are the days when a car had features you could count on all your fingers, when an in-car entertainment system was called a cassette deck (or four-track cartridge player) and when brakes were just brakes and didn’t have three-letter acronym suffixes attached to them. No, these days, we need integration, because there’s simply more. Modernisation – or, if you prefer, progress – means that a plethora of technology is available in an automobile today, and all those new functions and features has brought about a serious need to redefine the terminology of the genre. After all, even functions have subsets these days. Associating these and presenting them to the user is the perennial headache. So, what’s a manufacturer to do? Well, grouping them seems a smart enough idea, and giving a specific name to that particular bunching … [Read more...] about BMW ConnectedDrive – paving the way to total integration
SMS have released details of the upcoming patch 2.0 for Project CARS, and it covers a wide range of areas, many of which have been discussed already in our Project Cars Forum. The patch will be for the PC, PS4 and XBox One. No date has yet been provided for the release of the patch, with SMS saying that they will provide “….the final release dates as soon as we have them.” SMS have also stressed that as the patch has not yet been submitted some details may change. Full details of the patch are as follows: Performance Improvements PC – up to 5% frame rate improvement when using Ultra settings XB1 – up to 17% frame rate improvement in extreme conditions Online & Community Events Multiplayer search filter ‘Skill’ now finds games based upon certain lobby game configuration criteria. For example, “Pro” setting now searches for Full Damage, Auto-start Engine, Forced Cockpit, Mechanical Failure, and so forth. Community … [Read more...] about Project CARS v2.0 Patch to Focus on Controls, Physics and AI Improvements
If there’s one technology that has changed everything we know about how a car works, it’s the advent of CAN-Bus. A Controller Area Network is a series of microcontrollers (modules) that all talk to each other to accomplish a task instead of an input and output (say, a window switch and the motor it triggers) being wired in a traditional circuit. It’s no longer a sweeping voltage from a sending unit that changes the position of an oil pressure or coolant gauge, but instead a series of digital messages (in the form of coded bits) broadcast across the CAN-Bus network for the gauges to receive. This is to electrical systems what EFI was to induction systems—the move from analog to digital. Why is this complicated mess of 1s and 0s used by all OEMs (and several aftermarket companies), you ask? How CAN-Bus works First off, let’s establish the basics of how a CAN-Bus network operates. What CAN-Bus does is turn analog, switched voltage signals and sweeps into … [Read more...] about Skynet’s Hot Rod: How CAN-Bus Changes Everything
Ferrari's brilliant getaways at the Australian Grand Prix were key to its early victory challenge – and could well be the result of a unique approach to new start restrictions that Giorgio Piola has uncovered.Although Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid in Melbourne, it was a sensational getaway from Sebastian Vettel that helped the German swoop into the lead by the first corner.As team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said: "The start was super. I have to say both of the drivers, they start like two rockets. After that they were able to take an advantage, and that was good for us."Such great starts from Ferrari are nothing new – just look at Hungary last year – but as Piola's exclusive drawing reveals, the team may well have taken things to an all-new level in ensuring it does not miss any detail in this area. In-built advantageAs early as pre-season testing, rivals had been alerted about what Ferrari was capable of by monitoring data from Barcelona.Red Bull boss … [Read more...] about Ferrari steering wheel may hold key to rocket F1 starts
Toyota has been rolling out new personal mobility concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. The first was simply called the PM – for Personal Mobility – in 2003. After that came the i-Unit in 2005, the i-Swing in 2005 and again in 2007, along with two takes on the i-Real in 2007 and 2009. Even though the PM had a canopy and was conceived for urban use, it was little more than a chair on wheels, and the concepts that followed shed the canopy and actually were chairs on wheels.Toyota engineers said they gathered feedback on those four visions of single-person transport in order to come up with its latest concept, the i-Road. It takes elements from the previous concepts and puts them together in a package that is much more road ready. And unlike those other efforts, the i-Road is going into production.After visting a Ha:mo carsharing station in Toyota's Ecoful Town, we were given a brief chance to drive the i-Road in a large parking lot, and it only took one loop to know that … [Read more...] about Testing Toyota’s three-wheel, leaning i-Road trike in Japan
Tata Motors has tasted huge success in the last few years. They have forayed in clogged segments and still have managed to carve a niche for themselves. Case in point is the Tiago. The hatchback is now as much visible on the roads just like the way the Indica was when it was first launched. Ditto for the Hexa which now and then rears up its head in traffic. Enter the latest Tata to the scene - the new Nexon compact SUV. Will Tata taste success in a segment packed tightly with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport? We find outLooksSmashing! The Tata Nexon is one car that has stayed true to its concept roots. Everything including the stance and overall design language can be related to the concept. In fact, a few people in and around Kochi asked us if this is a prototype car that we're driving around. The Impact Design, as Tata likes to call it, has been working quite well with all of its recent launches like the Tiago, Tigor and Hexa. The black honeycomb … [Read more...] about 2017 Tata Nexon first drive review: Can the Nexon take the fight to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza?
From the July 2017 issue The mainstream is an easy place to drown in cow pies. Just look at the news, or a TED Talk. And few things are more mainstream than cars. There are more than 240 million light vehicles registered in America, and lately we’ve been buying some 17 million new ones per year. While that churn provides enthusiasts our very own 24-hour news cycle of product intel, it also enables a high-flow fire hose of crap—from marketers, from indifferent consumers who see the wonder that is a modern car as a mere commodity, and from the media. Media other than us, of course. What follows is our field guide to automotive bullshit, because awareness is the first step in an effective defense. At least, we hope so. Because if there’s no point to this, it would just be whining. And that’d be bullshit. “Consumer.” • 24-hour news cycles. • Roadkill. Some chimpanzees have learned to look both ways before crossing busy streets. Time … [Read more...] about The Car and Driver Guide to Automotive Bullsh!t