Say, what can you see? How self-driving cars view roads

What a self-driving car seesWhen a self-driving car boots up and takes in the world around it, its vision is nothing like what a human driver finds familiar. Instead, a self-driving car uses data collection via radar, cameras, and lidar to "see" the world around it. How can humans begin to understand what the machine sees? Make the human a self-driving car, of course. That's...
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Polestar 1 flagship could cost as much as $177,000

Polestar 1The upcoming Polestar 1 flagship performance coupe will launch as a subscription-only vehicle, but Polestar said on Wednesday that if it does eventually decide to sell the shapely 2-door to consumers, it could ask in the neighborhood of $150,000 to $177,000. "If a customer wanted to purchase the car outright, this is something we would assess...
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NYPD shows off its vintage patrol cars

NYPD shows off its vintage patrol cars - photos by Benjamin PrestonIt’s been years since the New York City Police Department painted its cars with the classic black and green livery, but the memory is still alive among a few. The NYPD museum, housed for now on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, hosted a car show last week featuring many of the old black-and-greens (and one new one), as well as...
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Mazda Could Bring Back the Rotary Engine … as a Range Extender

Within the next two years, Mazda may reintroduce a rotary engine to its lineup as a range extender for an upcoming electric vehicle.

The Hiroshima-based company is well known for being one of the last companies to deploy the Wankel engine in a road-going car. Compact dimensions, diminutive displacement, and a raucous exhaust note made the engine a darling of the Fast & Furious set.

This time, Mazda is strongly considering the feasibility of taking the key advantages of a rotary engine – namely, its small footprint – and pair it with the powertrain of a new battery-powered car. In an interview with Automotive News at the carmaker’s proving grounds in Japan, Mazda’s global powertrain boss hinted strongly at the likely direction of a new Wankel engine.

“I think that’s probably what it will be,” Mitsuo Hitomi said, speaking to the potential application of a rotary engine in an electric car. With its small size, this type of engine could be placed in many different locations in an EV, freeing up designers to be creative with passenger and cargo space.

Mazda will likely introduce an electric car in 2019, first as a pure EV and followed shortly by the model with a range extender. It’s believed the range extender could be a rotary, but Mazda has not made it official at this stage. BMW recently introduced a similar powertrain combination in its i3, using a two-cylinder gas engine that powers up only when the car’s batteries are crying for additional electrons.

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Alert readers will recall the Mazda2 RE, an electric vehicle concept with a rotary range extender shown in 2013. That car had a 0.33-liter engine paired with the electric motor for a total range of over 200 miles. For comparison, the RX-8 – the last Mazda to use a rotary engine in America – had an engine displacement of 1.3 liters. It departed our showrooms in 2012.

Mazda has a lot of brand equity in the words ‘rotary engine’ and it would be a smart play in the increasingly crowded EV market if they leverage that unique advantage.

This year’s Tokyo Motor Show will mark the 50th anniversary of the Cosmo 110S sports car, the sleek beauty which was Mazda’s first rotary-powered car. It would not be a stretch to speculate that Mazda will take the opportunity to show off its new rotary technology at that time. The Tokyo Motor Show begins next Wednesday, Oct 25.

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Denso to Show Off Its Latest Mobility and VR Tech at Tokyo Motor Show

Denso is ready to exhibit an exciting slate of new mobility technologies at the upcoming 45th Annual Tokyo Motor Show.

A key automotive supplier of Detroit and Japanese automakers, the presentation will take place at a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 26, led by speaker Koji Arima, president, and CEO of Denso.

This event will offer three experiences, including a virtual reality demonstration called  “Future Tech Lab – Three Secrets of Future Vehicles”  and a mock-up car presentation of Denso’s latest products. The third, Tokyo Connected Lab 2017, is a series of exhibits with a connected mobility theme. A wireless and mobile virtual reality system will be used for the Future Tech Lab session, with the company providing a conceptual image of the experience.

All of the planned exhibits are emblematic of Denso’s core competencies and focus on three of its branded areas: “Denso Automated Driving,” “Denso Efficient Driving,” and “Denso Connected Driving.”

The Tokyo Motor Show takes place from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

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Rolls-Royce doesn’t do half steps; EVs in the future, no hybrids

2018 Rolls-Royce PhantomIt's all or nothing at Rolls-Royce. The maker of some of the most opulent cars on the road today says it will not equip its vehicles with plug-in hybrid systems, but eventually, it will have no choice but to offer battery-electric cars. Previously, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the brand will pursue purely electric...
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Podcast: Episode 222 – Go Team Discovery!

JonathOn Klein and Colin Woodard join us in the Hooniverse podcast studio today. You all know Klein, and Mr. Woodard joins us as a guest from Motor Trend. We talk about some of the interesting machines they’ve driven lately. This includes a Dirt Sprint car that apparently wants to behave ...
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Lamborghini has shown us parts of the Urus

Lamborghini Urus Lamborghini's set to unveil its new Urus SUV on December 4 on its home turf Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy,, but it seems the Italian automaker is simply too excited to keep its latest creation a secret. Straight out of Sant'Agata comes this new video showing off Lamborghini's production automation—and in it we get glimpses of the Urus from...
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Lamborghini has shown us parts of the Urus

Lamborghini Urus Lamborghini's set to unveil its new Urus SUV on December 4 on its home turf Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy,, but it seems the Italian automaker is simply too excited to keep its latest creation a secret. Straight out of Sant'Agata comes this new video showing off Lamborghini's production automation—and in it we get glimpses of the Urus from...
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Jeep JL Wrangler: Owner’s and User’s Manuals leaked, ton of info surfaces

In what seems like the longest, slowest unveiling ever, intentional or not, we are now finally seeing actual internal Jeep documents about the upcoming, still-yet-to-be-officially-released JL Wrangler. It appears that a massive amount of information about has been brought to life by JLWranglerForums, among them the ever-crucial User’s and Owner’s ...
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