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With its autonomous driving technology, Google is trying to make cars safer and eliminate traffic fatalities. Google's self-driving cars are expected to have a great contribution to improving traffic safety, but the tech giant is not stopping there.
Now, Google wants to make cars more convenient to own, as well. The Silicon Valley company is reportedly working on a technology that would allow its driverless vehicles to be charged wirelessly, which is much more practical and effective charging method than traditional wired charging.
Two Wireless Charging Systems Tested
The advancements in in-vehicle technology in recent years have been amazing. Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of high-tech features that are designed to improve occupant safety and provide a more comfortable and convenient ride, but the fact that there are so many options to choose from, oftentimes confuses consumers and makes it difficult for them to decide which of those features are truly necessary, and which could be skipped without compromising safety or convenience.
Being able to determine what features can actually come in handy, and which wouldn't make an impact on the overall riding experience, is difficult because most of those features are very expensive and many consumers can not afford to buy every available option. Also, not every carmore »
Although it is clear that high politics is key to successfully tackling global warming, with the general public having little or no say when it comes to the creation of policies aimed at fighting climate change, scientists insist that there are a lot of things that consumers can do to contribute to the efforts for resolving this pressing issue.
According to a new study, some daily habits of American consumers have a significant impact on the environment, and most of them have to do with transportation. Michael Sivak and Brandon Shoettle, researchers with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, have prepared a report titledmore »
Lately, BMW has been ramping up its efforts for developing efficient plug-in hybrid models, as it tries to rival its German counterparts Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and establish a more meaningful presence in the luxury plug-in vehicle market.
At the moment, BMW offers a couple of hybrid models, with the i8 being the most notable example. A couple of months ago, the company announced that it will add three new models to its hybrid lineup, and now it says that one of those models will be sold under a new sub-brand.
Creating a New Sub-Division
The automaker has announced that it is creating a new sub-division, calledmore »
In-vehicle technology popularity rises with each passing day, with most consumers considering it a very important factor when buying a new vehicle. But, it's the same high-tech features that are constantly added to car dashboards that drivers often have difficulties understanding and using properly, which in many cases leads to creation of various safety risks.
It's tough for drivers to stay up to speed with every new piece of technology that automakers roll out on a regular basis, with many advanced safety and entertainment features being too complicated to use without prior knowledge of a given technology. In a bid to raise awareness of advanced vehicle safety technologies among drivers, the National Safety Council (more »
Surprisingly enough, Toyota Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, hasn't been trying too hard to get at the forefront of the driverless car race, while almost all global car manufacturers, along with some of the world's leading tech companies, have been putting a lot of effort into developing a vehicle that can drive itself. But, that's about to change soon, with the Japanese automaker planning to spend a lot of money in the following years to boost its autonomous car research.
Major Step to Get Ahead of the Competition
Toyota has announced that it will invest $50 million in driverless car technology over the next five years, hoping to catch up with the competition in the race to launch the first fully-autonomous car. The automaker has announced that it has partneredmore »
At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, it seems that it's all about hydrogen fuel cell technology and self-driving cars. Among the myriad of futuristic and pretty weird concepts, there is one vehicle that stands out from the crowd, and really seems to have a chance of going into production down the road in a slightly different form.
Generating and Sharing Energy
It's the Toyota FCV Plus, a concept that incorporates fuel cell powertrains with autonomous driving technology, reflectingmore »
The advancements that Google has made in the development of self-driving technology have motivated many other tech companies and global automakers to ramp up their efforts for building autonomous vehicles.
Even though the competition in the driverless car race is much stiffer now than it was a few years ago when Google first launched its self-driving car project, the search engine giant remains at the forefront thanks to a significant head start, with its prototypes having logged in over a million miles in road tests.
BMW Plans to Develop a More Advanced Self-Driving System
One of the world's largest automakers, BMWmore »
Buying a car is one of the biggest investments that a person can make. After purchasing a vehicle, taking good care of it is the best way to protect that investment. Drivers need to maintain their cars regularly in order to extend their life and preserve their value. Also, routine and proper car care ensures the car remains safe and dependable at all times, and it's a great way to save money, as it helps owners detect potentially serious defects and avoid expensive repairs down the road.
While many owners may think that caring for their vehicles is hard work and takes too much time, the basic car maintenance tasks are actually pretty simple to do and can be completed in a reasonable amount ofmore »