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Harman And Samsung Prepare For The Future At CES 13
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Reports, Samsung, Tech on 01 13th, 2018


Harman, and its parent company Samsung, have just unveiled a cutting-edge digital cockpit at CES which will incorporate 5G connectivity.

Dubbed the Digital Cockpit platform, Harman’s creation consists of a huge panel stretching the width of the dashboard that incorporates haptic feedback, physical knobs, and steering wheel controls. Additionally, the platform incorporates Harman’s Bixby personal assistant that will enable users to interact with the system through voice, touch, gestures, and context-based triggers.

Harman also says that the Digital Cockpit platform includes an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with cloud technology that reportedly improves connectivity while also lowering costs and reducing overall vehicle weight.

At the event in Las Vegas, both Harman and Samsung also revealed that their jointly developing a modular approach to create a multi-band 5G-capable conformal antenna. The companies assert the system could provide speeds up to 1 Gb/second of bandwidth, roughly 100 times quicker than 4G LTE networks. These additional speeds will allow for fast high-resolution streaming, immersive virtual and augmented reality features and seamless cloud-based applications, the technology companies say.

Also at CES, Harman and Samsung have announced an open-source and modular platform for Level 3, 4, and 5 self-driving cars dubbed DRVLINE.

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Harman And Samsung Prepare For The Future At CES 13
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Reports, Samsung, Tech on 01 13th, 2018


Harman, and its parent company Samsung, have just unveiled a cutting-edge digital cockpit at CES which will incorporate 5G connectivity.

Dubbed the Digital Cockpit platform, Harman’s creation consists of a huge panel stretching the width of the dashboard that incorporates haptic feedback, physical knobs, and steering wheel controls. Additionally, the platform incorporates Harman’s Bixby personal assistant that will enable users to interact with the system through voice, touch, gestures, and context-based triggers.

Harman also says that the Digital Cockpit platform includes an Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with cloud technology that reportedly improves connectivity while also lowering costs and reducing overall vehicle weight.

At the event in Las Vegas, both Harman and Samsung also revealed that their jointly developing a modular approach to create a multi-band 5G-capable conformal antenna. The companies assert the system could provide speeds up to 1 Gb/second of bandwidth, roughly 100 times quicker than 4G LTE networks. These additional speeds will allow for fast high-resolution streaming, immersive virtual and augmented reality features and seamless cloud-based applications, the technology companies say.

Also at CES, Harman and Samsung have announced an open-source and modular platform for Level 3, 4, and 5 self-driving cars dubbed DRVLINE.

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Add Amazon Alexa To Your Old Car For As Low As $50 13
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Amazon, CES, Tech on 01 13th, 2018


Bringing Amazon Alexa to vehicles is a new trend for automakers looking to add some tech to their vehicles. Unfortunately, it is a relatively new feature, which means that used-car owners are out of luck if they want to add the company’s voice-control system to their old car. These two solutions, though, allow everyone to add Alexa to their vehicle, and one of the options costs less than $50.

At CES, Anker recently debuted the Roav Viva that costs $49.99, while Speak Music introduced the Muse at $69.99. Both items, as Forbes points out, connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth and plug into your vehicle’s power port. For drivers with really old cars, the Muse is the way to go, as it comes with a 3.55 mm jack that plugs into the auxiliary port, whereas Anker’s Roav Viva requires a car to have a Bluetooth connection.

The cheaper Roav Viva comes with two USB charging ports for your devices and installing the gadget is relatively simple: plug it in, pair it with a smartphone, make sure your phone’s paired with the car’s Bluetooth, and you’re done. The outlet found that Anker’s unit picked up voices well, even those from passengers in the back of the car.

The Muse is just as easy to install, but it does have an extra component – an external button that also doubles as a microphone that needs to be placed on the dash. The unit comes with two USB chargers, but one of those is used for the external button, so only one is left for charging other devices.

The two also trade punches when it comes to what they’re compatible with. Both work with Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Neither are compatible with Spotify, but that’s coming in the near future. Both will also work with other Alexa-enabled devices as well.

So, which one should you go with? Well, Forbes claims that the Anker is the one to have, as it can make calls via Alexa, allow users to utilize it to configure Google Maps, and it’s cheaper. It also happens to have an extra charging port and is easier to install. The only downside to the device is that your car needs to have Bluetooth.

Still, both options are great ways to add Alexa to your old vehicle. To check out the Roav Viva in action, check out the video below, and you can head over to Speak Music’s Indiegogo page for more info on the Muse.

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Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender 12
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Mazda, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


Toyota has revealed that its e-Palette Concept will use a Mazda-sourced rotary engine as a range extender.

Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the e-Palette Concept imagines a future where Toyota could partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. Brands named as partners in the ‘e-Palette Alliance’ include Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut, and Mazda.

Speaking with Green Car Reports at the Consumer Electronics Show, spokesman for Mazda North America, Jacob Brown, said Mazda’s engineering team will aid in the development of the vehicle’s powertrain, including supplying a rotary range extender.

“Mazda will provide technical information on a (rotary engine) range extender to be used in the vehicle being developed. We will reveal more details at an appropriate time,” Brown revealed.

By using a compact, light, and quiet rotary engine, Toyota could fit a smaller and less-expensive battery into the vehicle. If this happens, it would come on the back of admissions from Mazda that its rotary engine could eventually be used as a range extender in electrified vehicles.

As for the e-Palette itself, Toyota imagines the vehicle as being highly customizable and finding use as a package delivery van, ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

Toyota intends on conducting tests with the vehicle in the early 2020s and could use it as a mobility service for athletes during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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Ferrari To Bring Drones With A.I. From Intel Into Ferrari Challenge 11
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in AI, CES, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Intel on 01 11th, 2018


Ferrari is one of those automakers that you could never see coming out with an autonomous car. But that doesn’t mean the iconic Italian brand isn’t interested in bringing new tech to its Ferrari Challenge.

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Ferrari North America announced plans to enter into a three-year partnership with Intel. The collaboration between the two companies will see Ferrari implement Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology into its racing series for two major reasons: to improve the viewing experience for fans and to help drivers polish their racing skills.

The drones, apparently, would record data on every driver during the race, which would then be relayed back to the teams and broadcasters. The teams could give their drivers helpful information on how to put down a quicker lap. Broadcasters, on the other hand, could use the data to create more nail-biting narrative.

Being able to see a Ferrari Challenge race from a drone’s perspective sounds like a nifty idea, but the data the machines obtain could also be shared with viewers, making fans feel like they’re really at the race.

For those not familiar with Ferrari Challenge, it’s a customer racing series for Ferrari 488 owners. The vehicles that race in the series have been upgraded to put down some fast laps. Running a car in the series isn’t exactly cheap, resulting in wealthy, inexperienced racers piloting the machines, which means there’s plenty of mayhem.

Ferrari Challenge will begin to use the intelligent drones for the 2018 season, which is set to commence on January 25 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Nissan IMx Concept Makes U.S. Debut At CES 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 11th, 2018


The Nissan IMx Concept has made its U.S. debut at this year’s CES convention, and has taken center stage at the automaker’s booth.

Like the concept that was first unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the IMx on display in Las Vegas is painted in a shade of matte white that’s contrasted by a selection of bright red accents. Throw in a set of huge wheels with silver and black spokes and you have a head-turning concept that we hope won’t get too watered down in the production version.

The Japanese company recently confirmed that its new EV will not share its underpinnings with the Leaf, but use a bespoke platform instead.

Power for the IMx comes from two electric motors delivering a combined 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while a large battery pack results in it having a range in excess of 373 miles (600 km).

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Ford And Waze Team Up, Announce Traffic And Nav App At CES 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in CES, Ford, Reports, Tech on 01 11th, 2018


Thanks to a new integration with the SYNC AppLink, using Waze inside your Ford will become much easier.

This fully-featured integration, unveiled at CES 2018, will soon allow Waze users to project real-time traffic and navigation information onto their SYNC 3 touchscreen, accessing the services by voice command.

Also available are recent upgrades such as Talk to Waze and HOV route support, with the first allowing you to control the app via voice, while the latter provides you with additional navigation options.

“Our goal is to bring a human-centered approach to technology in the vehicle, making it as easy as possible for people to integrate the tools that matter most to them,” said Ford exec Don Butler. “With the flexibility of our SYNC 3 software and AppLink, customers can easily use Waze to get all the traffic and navigation help they need – on a big screen and without having to fiddle around with their phones while driving.”

In the coming weeks, all 2018MY Fords equipped with SYNC 3 version 3.0 or greater will be able to run Waze, whereas other SYNC 3-enabled Fords can receive an update, either over-the-air or via USB to enable Waze functionality.

Aside from Waze, Ford’s SYNC AppLink will also allow users to access iHeartRadio and incorporate WebEx functionality as well for on-the-move web conferencing.

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Google Assistant Heads To Android Auto To Battle Amazon’s Alexa 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Film, Google, Jeep, Kia, RAM, Tech, video on 01 10th, 2018


A number of automakers have recently announced plans to integrate Amazon’s Alexa into future models but Google is fighting back by adding its Assistant to Android Auto.

The company is rolling out the update in the United States this week and the addition of the Google Assistant will allow drivers to easily ask their vehicle for directions or have it play their favorite music. Drivers can even use the Assistant to send or receive messages though services like WhatsApp.

Despite the backlash over GM’s marketplace app, Google is following a similar route as the company announced its Assistant will soon enable drivers to reserve a parking space with SpotHero and order from Starbucks while driving.

To use Android Auto and its new Assistant, users can download the app on their smartphone or connect their phone to one of the more than 400 models that offer Android Auto compatibility. Google went on to say they are working with automakers to directly integrate the Assistant into upcoming models and this will eliminate the need for a smartphone in the future.

In related news, Google announced Kia and Fiat Chrysler owners will soon be able to use the Assistant to remotely lock / unlock their vehicle doors and check its fuel status – among other things. The feature is already available on certain models from BMW, Mercedes, and Hyundai.

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Vanderhall Brings Its Electric Edison Three-Wheeler To CES 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Electric Vehicles, Vanderhall, video on 01 10th, 2018


Vanderhall Motor Works has shown its new Edison2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Originally unveiled last year, the model is essentially a Venice which has had its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine replaced by an electric powertrain that consists of a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors.

The front-wheel drive model has a combined output of 180 hp (134 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. This enables the Edison2 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in four seconds before hitting a top speed of 105 mph (168 km/h). Thanks to the combination of lightweight construction and a large battery, the model can travel in excess of 200 miles (321 km) on a single charge.

The Edison2 comes equipped with LED headlights and heated seats. The model also features an aluminum chassis, a composite body, and a handful of components sourced from General Motors. However, the model pays tribute to an electric vehicle developed by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford so it can be “painted any color the customer wants — so long as it is black.”

Vanderhall is currently accepting orders and pricing starts at $34,950. The first deliveries are slated to occur in the second quarter of 2018 and reservations only cost $250.

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Byton Crossover Concept Shocks And Surprises At Las Vegas 10
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 01 10th, 2018


The Byton Crossover Concept has premiered at CES 2018 in the heart of Las Vegas looking just as intriguing as the press pictures revealed.

Unlike the concept unveiled a couple days ago, the car currently in Las Vegas is painted in a slightly less flattering shade of white. By no means does it look bad but we don’t think it looks as nice as the silver finish previously seen.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the Byton is eye-catching and for the most part, quite attractive. Perhaps our favorite feature is the intriguing LED daytime running lights that look as if they’re small cracks in a slab of volcanic rock with lava shining through.

Powering the Byton Crossover Concept is a drivetrain that offers roughly 250 miles of range in base specification and can be charged with 150 miles of range in a brisk 20 minutes. Furthermore, it will take just 30 minutes to charge the battery to 80 per cent of its capacity.

The Chinese startup intends on launching the production-spec vehicle in 2019 and equipping it with Level 3 autonomous technology. At a later date, it could be updated with Level 4 self-driving abilities.

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New Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System Detailed At CES [63 Pics+Video] 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CES, Gadgets, Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes Videos, Tech, video on 01 10th, 2018


The upcoming Mercedes A-Class will be the company’s first model to use the innovative MBUX infotainment system, which was presented at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

UX stands for user experience, with Mercedes claiming that their new infotainment system has the ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. A-Class customers will be given the option of three different versions: the basic version with dual 7-inch displays, a mid-level system with one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch screen and a range-topping dual 10.25-inch display system, offering a resolution of up to 1920×720 pixels (200 dpi).

Everything is controlled either via touch or intelligent voice control, with the system utilizing a touchscreen, touch-control buttons on the steering wheel and a new touchpad on the center console with haptic feedback. Connectivity options include everything from Apple CarPlay to Google Android Auto and even Baidu CarLife for cars sold in China. There are two classic USB ports and one USB Type-C for faster charging.

Mercedes says that the voice control works with natural speech recognition and is activated by simply saying “Hey Mercedes”. The language assistant’s ability to identify indirect speech means that the user can say things like “I am cold” instead of the clear command “Temperature to 24 degrees” in order to operate the climate control.

“New technologies must focus on the people using them and make their life simpler. That’s why we combine intuitive and natural operation with intelligent and learning software in MBUX”, says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

The new infotainment system will also debut the latest Mercedes me connected services which will offer services like sending a message when the parked vehicle is damaged or moved, a virtual key on the smartphone that works via NFC and geographical vehicle monitoring to notify the owner if the car is being driven on routes not permitted, among other.

As for the hardware, the new MBUX system packs 8GB of RAM memory, a six-core CPU and two different graphics chips from NVIDIA, depending on which version of the system you go for. Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment uses the Linux operating system. Mercedes says that their new infotainment system will equip its compact model range, at least initially.

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800+ HP Genovation GXE Debuts At CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chevrolet, Corvette, Electric Vehicles on 01 9th, 2018


Genovation has used the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce its new GXE.

Based on the Chevrolet Corvette, the GXE has a modestly revised exterior with a new front fascia that features integrated LED lighting units. The car has also been equipped with a rear wing, a massive diffuser, and carbon fiber wheels that are backed up by a Brembo carbon ceramic braking system.

The GXE has an eye-catching appearance thanks in part to its stylish paint job which can consist of “up to 15 individual coatings of paint to ensure a deep, durable and sustainable finish.” The company also says each model will be painted a bespoke color to “meet the customer’s wish for a unique vehicle.”

The unique styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as a new infotainment system and a Harman audio system.

Genovation declined to release detailed performance specifications but the company said the car has “state-of-the-art batteries, inverters and electric twin-motors.” The motors produce more than 800 hp (596 kW) and 700 lb-ft (948 Nm) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 220 mph (354 km/h).

Owners can order the car with either a seven-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic gearbox. Regardless of which transmission is selected, Genovation says drivers can expect to travel more than 175 miles (281 km) on a single charge during normal driving conditions.

Production will be limited to 75 units and pricing starts at $750,000. The first deliveries are scheduled for later this year.


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Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Videos, Tech, video on 01 9th, 2018


Honda has unveiled an assortment of different concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show.

First up, the 3E-D18 is autonomous ATV which is described as an “off-road workhorse” which can “support people in a broad range of work activities.” The model is based on the company’s popular ATV chassis and it features an electric powertrain, four-wheel drive, and airless tires which Honda says are “virtually indestructible.”

The 3E-D18 has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different attachments which would make the model ideal for everything from construction to fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Honda also notes the autonomous technology makes the concept perfect for performing mundane tasks or operating in dangerous environments such as a forest fire.

The 3E-B18 goes in a different direction as it looks like a futuristic wheelchair. Honda says the concept was designed for casual use and notes the model has a small radius as well as a height-adjustable seat which stays level even when the vehicle is being driven up or downhill.

The 3E-C18, on the other hand, resembles a small robotic cooler. The concept is electronically powered and features autonomous technology. Honda says the model “can learn by observing how people act” and can carry small objects in its body.

Perhaps the weirdest concept is the 3E-A18 which is a companion robot that can understand and respond to human emotions with facial expressions. Honda says the concept could serve as a guide at airports or shopping malls and the company even gave the model a “soft exterior skin” so people can hug it.

Honda also used the show to introduce the PCX Electric and 4W-Vehicle concepts. The models use portable, swappable, and rechargeable batteries which each have an output of at least 1 kWh. The vehicles have been designed to accommodate multiple batteries and Honda says drivers can simply swap them out for fully recharged batteries when needed.

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Amazon Alexa Headed To Select Lexus And Toyota Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Amazon, CES, LEXUS, Reports, Tech, TOYOTA on 01 9th, 2018


Toyota has stubbornly refused to introduce Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility but the automaker has used the Consumer Electronics Show to announce it will bring Amazon’s Alexa to select vehicles later this year.

Set to be offered on Lexus and Toyota models with the Enform App Suite 2.0 and the Entune 3.0 App Suite, Alexa will enable users to get directions and control their smart home simply by speaking. As an example, drivers could tell Alexa to turn on the living room lights while the owner is pulling into the garage.

Digital assistants have become increasingly popular over the past few years and a number of automakers have begun to incorporate them into their vehicles. Jeep added the technology to the 2018 Cherokee and the BMW Group plans to roll out Alexa to BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

In a statement, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks said “Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go.”

His sentiments were echoed by Amazon Alexa Automotive boss John Scumniotales who stated “Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her – at home, in the office, on phones – and in cars. This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”

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Hyundai’s Genesis Going After Ferrari And Porsche With New Supercar Project 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CES, Genesis, Hybrids, Hyundai, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


The sky seems to be the limit for Hyundai’s Genesis brand, as the Koreans are reportedly working on a supercar project that will supposedly lead to the creation of a Ferrari and Porsche challenge.

At least in terms of performance and perhaps even in looks, because it’s one thing matching those established brands on paper, and another actually competing with them and poaching their clientele.

The information was confirmed to WheelsMag by Hyundai Design VP Luc Donckerwolke and Vice-Chairman of R&D Woong-chul Yang, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

“We are definitely doing it. I’m actually reviewing the project next week, after CES. I can’t tell you much more about it, but we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars”, Donckerwolke said.

Contrary to popular belief that a halo supercar from Genesis would have nothing to do with the Hyundai N arm, Yang added that it will likely be developed by the performance division, under the close watch of Albert Biermann, who is the former BMW M chief.

“We are very much interested in it, and as far as I’m concerned, I’d love to promote that. That’s something our brand needs at this time. The people working at N will be working on that, but how we put it in the N or maybe above N… it’s pretty high performance. It’s serious”, commented Yang.

The project will likely arrive in the coming years with a two-door body style, being powered by a small internal combustion engine, backed up by electric motors and batteries.

It should also be something to look at, given that Donckerwolke gave a helping hand in the design of the Lamborghini Diablo and Gallardo, from his position within the Volkswagen Group.

Reporting directly to Luc Donckerwolke, who is the Head of Genesis Design, is Alexander Selipanov, who’s name probably doesn’t say anything to the vast majority, but he is the man that helped design the Bugatti Chiron.

Note: Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo pictured

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