Category: Car Tech

Fuel-injection systems explained

I understand the basics of fuel injection; my Ford F-150 EcoBoost, however, is direct injected. What’s the difference? – Jim Traditional multiport fuel-injection systems use an in-tank pump to pressurize fuel and deliver it to each port of the intake manifold with a standard fuel injector. Alternatively, the basics of direct injection are: An in-tank Read More

Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Troubadour is a medium-sized motorized cart designed to transport garbage bags and recycled materials Read More

Germany to require ‘black box’ in autonomous cars

Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday. The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S car in its Autopilot mode has increased the pressure Read More

A personal flying vehicle for skipping traffic on short trips

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Solexa is a personal flying vehicle (PFV) concept that uses a fuel cell to Read More

An open source off-road truck with scout drones to determine the best route

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Furex is an open source 4WD truck designed for exploring adventures. It comes with Read More

A personal plane for commuting to work

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Mercuri is a radical aircraft concept that uses a distributed layout to power 40 Read More

Base model Toyotas to come standard with full suite of safety features by 2017

Trickle-down theory? As an economic concept it may have been a crock, but in automotive safety technology we’re seeing not so much a trickle as a torrent heading down-market. Nothing makes that point more clearly than Toyota’s recent declaration that, by the end of 2017, almost every Toyota and Lexus model sold in North America Read More

Riding along as Aston Martin tests and perfects its DB11

Aston Martin has never let an outsider drive one of its prototypes at such an early stage, and I can see why: it’s not pretty. The DB11 before me – arguably the most important car in Aston’s history – is wrapped in Jackson-Pollock-knockoff camouflage splattered with bugs and road dirt. There’s a big red button Read More

A self-driving, electrically-assisted bike designed to make commuting better

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Zedix is a driverless electrically-assisted commuting bike. It can alter the rider’s position between Read More

The sound and the fury: How engineers create perfect engine sound

There’s no need to wait for a translation; the horrified look on senior engineer Tatsunori Iwasaki is as clear an answer as you could ask for. The question: did Mazda consider playing artificial engine noise through the stereo in order to get the new MX-5 to sound right? “Oh, no,” says the interpreter, unnecessarily. “No, Read More

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