Category: Car Tech

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

The speed bumps on the road to the self-driving car future

A sense of inevitability has set in around the introduction of automated vehicles (AVs). Some automation, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure correction, is already available on many cars. Tesla’s Model S even offers a fairly advanced auto-pilot feature. The idea of driverless cars makes enthusiasts queasy but proponents say safety, environmental and economic Read More

Micro drone controlled with VR headset lets you explore the world in a new way

The concept The Antro is a micro drone which you control by using a virtual reality headset and a handheld controller. Using it, you have the capacity to explore our world in a completely new way and look at it from a very different perspective. Images provided by Charles Bombardier The background VR headsets are Read More

Concept offers faster way to pass through security, customs at airports

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 Escatek concept offers a new way to register, pass security and make immigration checks Read More

Ride any trail any time with a vehicle simulator and VR headset

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 Sekonride is a powersport vehicle simulator designed to be paired with a virtual reality Read More

Run errands or work out while commuting on a new type of train

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 Metroshop is a commuting train concept that integrates grocery stores, coffee shops, gyms, restaurants, Read More

Over-regulation of ‘driverless’ vehicles could stifle industry, say advocates

Driverless cars, trucks and buses are going to cause a major economic headache, and the federal government needs to be ready, say advocates for the country’s high tech and automotive sectors. But Ottawa also needs to tread lightly as it moves to regulate Canada’s blossoming autonomous vehicle industry, they caution. Tucked away in last week’s Read More

A plane with vertical take-off to carry cargo containers for disaster relief

The concept The Shango is an aircraft concept envisioned to ferry 40-foot-long intermodal containers across Africa, the Mediterranean, and other seas where trade routes are interrupted. It would be capable of vertical take-off to access most regions of this vast continent, and would be used to deliver medical supplies and other goods rapidly. Images provided Read More

Solo flying concept is like standing on a giant drone

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 Vexil is a solo flying platform concept that uses a ground-based laser to recharge Read More

Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to Read More

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