Automotive

Michelin shows off its airless Uptis tire fitted to a Mini

Michelin shows off its airless Uptis tire fitted to a Mini

Airless tires have been around for a long time on industrial machinery like forklifts and other devices. However, those tires haven't been available for passenger vehicles until now. Michelin is showing off a new airless tire that relies on rubber "c" shapes underneath the tread in the area where air would normally help the tire maintain pressure. Anyone who's ever had a flat tire can immediately see the benefit of the Uptis tire; no air means no leaks and no flats.

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NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA is looking into the factors behind fatigued driving and how new automation technologies may both help -- and exacerbate -- the problem. Drowsy driving is responsible for many vehicular accidents and deaths every year, according to the NHTSA, but partially automated vehicles equipped with smart features may make this issue worse, not better.

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Continental reveals a new green tire concept

Continental reveals a new green tire concept

Continental is one of the largest manufacturers of tires for automotive uses in the world. The company has revealed a new green tire concept aiming to create sustainable tires for passenger cars. The concept is called the Conti GreenConcept tire and revealed and IAA Mobility.

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Apple Car lead Doug Field heads (back) to Ford

Apple Car lead Doug Field heads (back) to Ford

Ford just announced Doug Field as their new Advanced Technology and Embedded Systems Officer. Field most recently worked at Apple as Vice President of Special Products. Field worked with Apple in this position for just a bit over 3 years. Field also worked with Tesla Motors, Segway, DEKA, Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc., and Ford.

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Iconic Dukes of Hazzard car smashed by tree during Hurricane Ida

Iconic Dukes of Hazzard car smashed by tree during Hurricane Ida

The iconic and controversial car from classic TV show The Dukes of Hazzard was smashed by a tree during Hurricane Ida, one of the actors from the series has revealed. The car has largely been removed from pop culture because of the large Confederate flag on its roof and its name: General Lee.

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Audi grandsphere concept removes steering wheel, pedals, displays

Audi grandsphere concept removes steering wheel, pedals, displays

An automobile with an automated driving mode that turns the vehicle into a "spacious sphere of experience." That's what Audi envisioned for their grandsphere concept shown this week at IAA 2021. With Level 4 automated driving in this concept car, the interior removes displays, pedals, and the steering wheel from the ride. This vehicle turns itself into a lounge while it transports you from one place to another.

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OPPO MagVOOC takes another stab at magnetic wireless charging

OPPO MagVOOC takes another stab at magnetic wireless charging

Like it or not, Apple is really a trendsetter, even if it isn't the first to come out with a product or technology. When it repurposed its MagSafe branding to cover magnet-assisted wireless charging, it was expected that some manufacturers would follow suit sooner or later. It's no surprise, either, that one of those would be OPPO. The smartphone maker has admittedly been at the forefront of charging technologies for smartphones, and its new MagVOOC tech is its latest attempt to maintain that lead.

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Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has revealed a concept image showing the massive autonomous trucking hub it is building in the Dallas-Forth Worth region of Texas. In addition to the architecture, the company has also revealed some details about the planned facility, including that it will span nine acres and be able to accommodate hundreds of big trucks.

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SiriusXM’s new satellite radio plan is made for two-car households

SiriusXM’s new satellite radio plan is made for two-car households

Many cars now come with Bluetooth support, which means satellite radio service is less relevant than ever. Despite that, SiriusXM is still a thing and for those who prefer the satellite radio experience while driving, it has a new plan called Platinum VIP. The new plan offers service for two cars, including streaming access, under a single rate.

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Fortnite will add the Ferrari 296 GTB sports car: What we know

Fortnite will add the Ferrari 296 GTB sports car: What we know

Tomorrow, July 22, Epic Games will add an entirely new vehicle to its hit battle royale game: the Ferrari 296 GTB. The crossover was announced by Ferrari, which shared the same teaser image as Epic via the official Fortinte Twitter account. Though Fortnite has been home to a number of crossovers, some more substantial than others, this marks the first time an automotive brand has marketed in the game.

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Ford Mach-Eau novelty fragrance offers gasoline scent for EV owners

Ford Mach-Eau novelty fragrance offers gasoline scent for EV owners

In what is apparently a very real thing, Ford teamed up with fragrance company Olfiction to develop Mach-Eau, a bottled scent that gives those who sniff it nostalgic undertones of gasoline and new car interiors. The fragrance -- which you can't buy, so don't get too excited -- was inspired by electric vehicle owners who said they missed the scent of gasoline.

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Samsung ISOCELL Auto 4AC is an imaging sensor built for vehicles

Samsung ISOCELL Auto 4AC is an imaging sensor built for vehicles

Samsung has announced a new automotive image sensor called the ISOCELL Auto 4AC. The imaging sensor delivers 120-decibel high dynamic range and LED Flicker mitigation specifically for surround-view monitors or rear-view cameras. The sensor supports HD resolution of 1280 x 960. Samsung notes that the new sensor is the first imaging solution optimized specifically for automotive applications.

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