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Toyota To Go Slow On Electric Cars, Drops Earlier Plans

Toyota To Go Slow On Electric Cars, Drops Earlier Plans

By 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama would like to see one million Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road. But, industry players consider it impossible to achieve. Toyota is no different. The automaker has scrapped plans of widespread selling of its eQ compact electric vehicle. Toyota said that the still-emerging battery technology is not ready to meet the needs of the society.

By On September 26, 2012 Respond
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Cisco Plans To Make Automobiles Networked And Connected

Cisco Plans To Make Automobiles Networked And Connected

The automobile industry is increasingly enticed by the latest technologies and is trying to incorporate them into its vehicles. Some have already had some headway while other automobile vendors are also trying to jump the bandwagon. And Cisco intends to cash on this trend by introducing the concept of a totally ‘networked’ car, sometime in future.

By On September 25, 2012 Respond
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Autonomous Cars Would Rule The Roads By 2040

Autonomous Cars Would Rule The Roads By 2040

With the blessings of technology, all major car makers are now tending to make self-driving cars (autonomous cars). Jeffrey Miller, IEEE member and associate professor of computer systems engineering at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, believes that by 2040 most of the cars will be autonomous.

By On September 20, 2012 Respond
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High School Senior Turning His Honda S2000 Into 782HP Electric Beast

High School Senior Turning His Honda S2000 Into 782HP Electric Beast

We were amazed by this kid when we heard about his project in Reddit, earlier today. This high school senior with a Honda S2000 has undertaken a project only “gear heads” can show the courage to take down. But, Juan seems to be courageous enough to take on a project with such high-caliber. Readers are probably getting impatient to know, what the hell the project is about? Juan is going to change his Honda S2000 into an electric vehicle putting 782 horsepower in the wheels.

By On September 19, 2012 Respond
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Only 54.5 MPG Cars Will Run On The US Streets By 2025

Only 54.5 MPG Cars Will Run On The US Streets By 2025

While many American automakers are shifting toward more fuel-efficient vehicles to satisfy consumers and save consumers’ money at the gas pump, the Barack Obama administration has made an official move in that direction. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said on 28 August, Tuesday that automakers will be forced to nearly double the average gas mileage of all new cars and trucks they sell by 2025.

By On September 2, 2012 Respond
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Study Funded By Ford Finds That Many Drivers Multitask When Driving

Study Funded By Ford Finds That Many Drivers Multitask When Driving

Multitasking during driving is an especially dangerous habit. Taking a call being on the wheel can land one in serious trouble, especially when on a busy road. A new study commissioned by Ford finds that a surprisingly high number of drivers tend to multitask when driving.

By On August 30, 2012 Respond
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Volvo Builds World’s First Pedestrian Airbag‎

Volvo Builds World’s First Pedestrian Airbag‎

Driver safety is undoubtedly one of the main concerns for all automakers, but so is pedestrian safety. When accidents happen, airbags inside the car can save the passengers. But, if the car collides with a pedestrian, he/she may not be so lucky. Swedish automaker Volvo has decided to change that. Volvo has built the world’s first external airbag for pedestrian safety. The carmaker has already unveiled the new safety system at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland this week.

By On August 27, 2012 Respond
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Su Rui – World’s First Remote Control Driven Car

Su Rui – World’s First Remote Control Driven Car

Chinese cars are specially known more for imitation than innovation. A new car is about to break that stereotype. Chinese car maker BYD has announced that they have created the world’s first remote control driven car named Su Rui (name for the Chinese market). The car can be maneuvered from outside of the vehicle by using the controls on the car key.

By On August 26, 2012 Respond
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – The Fastest Hybrid Car

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – The Fastest Hybrid Car

Hybrid cars are all about fuel efficiency, not speed; because the latter function is often fuel hungry. That’s why, the hybrid cars don’t seems to be speedsters. But the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has proved that wrong. The hybrid sedan has hit 185.394 mph (298.363 kph), the fastest ever achieved by a hybrid car, in the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

By On August 19, 2012 Respond
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A San Francisco Grad Student Made A DeLorean Hovercraft

A San Francisco Grad Student Made A DeLorean Hovercraft

Kickstarter projects are known for innovation and creativity. And that is precisely why, a lot of these projects end up getting the fund they need to kickstart their efforts. A San Francisco grad student Matthew Riese wanted to build a creative hovercraft, but on a Delorean. He submitted his project in Kickstarter and after raising fund, he has successfully made a DeLorean hovercraft.

By On August 18, 2012 Respond
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Tests Show Most Luxurious Cars Aren’t Safe Enough

Tests Show Most Luxurious Cars Aren’t Safe Enough

Every year, thousands of people die in car crashes globally. Car manufacturers are trying their best to evolve the structure of their vehicles so that they can withstand collisions. However, a lot of deaths occur every year due to partial collisions. A new study now reveal that partial collisions are sometimes even more dangerous than full frontal collisions. And, most cars, even the most luxurious ones, are not prepared to withstand small overlap crashes and save the riders.

By On August 16, 2012 Respond
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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Complete 300,000 Miles Without A Single Accident

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Complete 300,000 Miles Without A Single Accident

Google’s self-driving cars have been on a long testing haul which was meant to show the world, as well as to to test, that these cars were safe to drive and are fairly practical in running on roads without a driver. Google’s fleet of self-driving cars comprises of some one dozen vehicles. And now, Google has announced that these vehicles have completed a distance of 300,000 miles without any accident.

By On August 8, 2012 1 Response
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GM Developing Pedestrian Detection System Using Wi-Fi Direct

GM Developing Pedestrian Detection System Using Wi-Fi Direct

For long, car vendors have been trying to find a way through which car collisions could be avoided. A number of ideas to this end have been introduced so far. For instance, some researchers have used radars, cameras and 3G to enable a car detect the presence of a pedestrian ahead. Now, General Motors (GM) has introduced a solution of their own, and it seems to be far better than the earlier systems.

By On July 30, 2012 Respond
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Tesla CEO Bets 50% Of The Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

Tesla CEO Bets 50% Of The Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

Electric cars are still to become a phenomenon. While they are obviously clean in terms of environmental pollution, they are still far more expensive as compared to regular cars. That is why,use of electric vehicles is still limited. However, the CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, claims that within two decades, this is going to change radically.

By On July 18, 2012 Respond
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MIT’s ‘Intelligent Co-Pilot’ For Cars Will Take The Wheel If You’re About To Crash

MIT’s ‘Intelligent Co-Pilot’ For Cars Will Take The Wheel If You’re About To Crash

So far, researchers were mainly interested in developing self-driving cars. Some prototypes of self-driving cars have also emerged, for example, Google’s Self Driving Car. But a semi-autonomous system was out of the question, until now. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a semi-automatic system called “intelligent co-pilot” to keep the drivers safe. The system keeps analyzing potential hazards or collisions from data received through an onboard camera and laser rangefinder while the driver holds the steering wheel. Whenever any possibility of accident arise the system takes the wheel and upon return to a ‘safe-zone’ release the control to the driver.

By On July 14, 2012 Respond
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