Automotive

2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look

2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look

Audi shows off their 2017 A4 Allroad Quattro this week at the Detroit Auto show, coming correct with a new rugged set of features. This machine is based on the A4 wagon, coming with a ride height that's up just over an inch (34 millimeters / 1.3 inch) over the previous model, also coming with its own "offroad" mode. This vehicle also rolls with quattro GmbH and 17-inch alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design.

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Audi H-Tron Quattro concept up close and personal

Audi H-Tron Quattro concept up close and personal

Audi reveals their newest concept vehicle, the Audi H-Tron Quattro, looking more like a production-level vehicle than the off-the-wall oddities we're used to seeing from other companies. What you're seeing here is the newest iteration of an E-Tron crossover study by the name of H-Tron, this time (E-Tron) coming with a fuel cell-powered build. The photos you're seeing here come from the Detroit motor show, captured this week as Audi reveals their full collection.

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Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.

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Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi's booth at CES was elaborately formed out of a series of interlocking chrome cubes, but its actual public presentation was far more subdued. With corporate partner Volkswagen having stolen much of the thunder the day before with the BUDD-e Concept and the e-Golf Touch Concept, Audi chose to focus on the E-tron Quattro Concept which had been previously unveiled in the fall of 2015 in Frankfurt.

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Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Shows Off Upcoming VW Infotainment Upgrades

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Shows Off Upcoming VW Infotainment Upgrades

Volkswagen has been gradually improving the quality of the infotainment systems offered in its vehicles over the course of the past two years, even going so far as to introduce a prototype gesture control interface at least year's CES for the Golf R - a design that has yet to make it into production. For 2016, VW is once again back at CES promoting the gesture control concept, but it's doing so on the strength of an entirely new system installed in a concept car based on its current battery-powered hatchback and dubbed the 'e-Golf Touch.'

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Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

The Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept overachieves in terms of wowing CES attendees with a vast range of cutting edge technologies and features. The small, crossover-like van - which will almost certainly never be built - is intended to showcase both the brand's upcoming electric vehicle plans, as well as its forays into comprehensive connectivity, the Internet of Things, and next-generation human-machine interface development.

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Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

While many car maker's vision of the future involve technology-centric machinery and gadgets inside the car, Rolls-Royce is taking a slightly different look. The luxury marque has started its move to employ a new kind of architecture for its upcoming models. It envisions that by early 2018, all its cars will be sporting a new, proprietary aluminum space-frame architecture that promises to add even more stability and strength to Rolls-Royce's line of comfortable and luxurious vehicles and it will be starting its public tests soon.

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Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm is pushing its chips further into automotive, with Audi adopting the Snapdragon 602A as the processor firm debuts the new 620A. The Audi win will see Qualcomms' car-centric chipsets appear in the third-generation of MMX infotainment, with high-resolution graphics, LTE connectivity, and more.

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BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW brings a wide variety of smart technologies and expansions to smart vehicles to the Consumer Electronics Show 2016. This includes their future mobility solution "Light and Charge", BMW i8 Mirrorless / BMW i3 Extended Rearview Mirror, BMW ConnectedRide, and BMW Connected. Also appearing at the show were a number of new Control Concepts from BMW, new Internet of Things services, and the networked cockpit - the BMW i Vision Future concept. All are included in BMW's vision for a much smarter - and safer - automotive experience.

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Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford's newest play for the smart experience is pairing their SYNC-equipped vehicles with Amazon Echo and Alexa. At CES 2016, Ford has announced that they are developing ways to pair "millions of SYNC-equipped vehicles" around the world with smart products in your home. To begin, they're working with SYNC Connect, pushing connections to Amazon's products - Amazon Echo and their smart assistant system Alexa. This connection will allow voice control access between smart cars and smart homes.

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Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

One of the clearest trends at CES 2016 so far is that vehicle infotainment systems are the "new big thing," and because they are basically OS platforms for cars, it's time they run Microsoft Office. That may sound like a joke, but it's what Harman is actually working on, with help from Microsoft. Harman's vision is to allow drivers to use the Cortana voice assistant to do things like schedule meetings, join conference calls, and respond to emails.

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Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Three devices make Harman's newest in-car audio system unique. The first is Voyager Drive, the second is Voyager Drive+, and the third is the Voyager Soundwear. The last device on that list is a U-shaped speaker you wear over your neck for personalized surround sound. The Voyager Drive+ is an upgraded version of the Voyager Drive, providing a removable subwoofer for your vehicle. The standard Voyager Drive system, including a heavy-duty speaker system in your car with a removable, wireless speaker you can take with you when you need to exit and head towards the beach.

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