The company’s Traffic Light Information system (TLI), now operative in 10 United States cities, marks the official start of what’s to come, digitally, for automobiles and their connected future. As a precursor to the integrated technologies, this one shows the potential of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Select 2017-’18 Audi vehicles can now use the system at 2,250 […]

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On the heels of announcing it won U.S. certification in May, Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. of Vancouver, Canada, delivered its first Solo single-passenger electric commuter vehicle to an unidentified customer in Los Angeles, Calif. Legally regarded as a motorcycle, the fully enclosed three-wheeled Solo has a 100-mile range between charges and sells for about US […]

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General Motors and San Francisco, Calif.-based Autodesk showed the first of what will be many 3D-printed parts used in the production of future GM vehicles. The stainless-steel seat bracket is 40 percent lighter, yet 20 percent stronger than a conventional cast-steel bracket, GM said in early May, and bodes well for improved safety, durability and […]

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Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser beer, is getting in on the electric-vehicle bandwagon, announcing May 2 it will buy up to 800 hydrogen-electric-powered tractor trucks made by the Nikola Motor Company. The order would replace nearly all the company’s U.S. fleet. The deal, however, has a caveat that makes it contingent on Nickola’s promise to install […]

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A two-kilometer (1.2-mile) stretch of electrified road that resembles a slot-car track, and works in much the same way, has opened in Sweden. The project incorporates electric rails embedded into the road surface to power EVs through a contact arm that lowers from beneath the car, reports emerging-technologies webmag New Atlas. The arm extends and […]

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Toyota and Lexus vehicles will soon be able to communicate with each other and with other cars and the surrounding infrastructure, the automaker announced in mid-April. The Toyota brands use V2X technology (combining vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle systems) through dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology. System-wise, Toyota foresees a single standard developed for all automakers to “ensure […]

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Construction has begun on a 10,000-unit solar array to cover a parking lot at the Bentley production plant in Crewe, England. Once completed, the ‘solar-farm parking lot’ will deliver about one quarter of the plant’s entire energy needs with about 2.7 megawatts of power, reports automotive-lifestyles magazine Motor Authority. Including a 20,000-plus solar panel rooftop […]

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Autonomous-car technology company Waymo’s first commercial self-driving taxi service will be able to operate 24/7 within the city of Phoenix, Ariz., later in 2018. It will cover a ‘geofenced’ area of 100 square miles. Waymo head John Krafcik said in April that members of the public “will be able to take our cars anywhere in […]

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Audi is testing a virtual-reality ‘holodeck’ for assessing the design of new car models. It creates a workable, virtual environment with a three-dimensional image of a car that allows engineers to gain a “realistic overall impression” of a new model and its proportions at an earlier stage, the company said in a statement. The idea […]

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Porsche division Porsche Classic has begun 3D-printing parts for re-build and restoration purposes. Using traditional methods to make a few copies of rare out-of-production parts is slow and expensive, it said, citing the case of a clutch-release lever for the Porsche 959 model. With only 292 cars ever produced, the clutch part is no longer […]

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