Future

German car-makers face existential crisis after betting on diesel future

The allegations of collusion among German carmakers have plunged an industry already tarnished by the Volkswagen diesel scandal into a fresh crisis. The news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday that German automakers — VW, BMW, Daimler, Audi and Porsche — had been engaging in cartel-like behaviour since the 1990s, in particular colluding with each other on the technical details of diesel exhaust treatment systems. The ... Read More »

‘It’s the future of motor travel’: readers on driving electric vehicles

Øivind Johansen with his e-NV200 charging at Teie, Nøtterøy in Vestfold county. Photograph: Øivind Johansen Amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxides pose a major risk to public health, Britain plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040. As part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan it has said the move is needed because of ... Read More »

BART’s ‘Fleet Of The Future’ Cars Expected In Service By September, Agency Says

BAY AREA, CA — New BART cars are expected to start carrying passengers in late September following final testing this summer, BART officials said Monday. Last week, crews began another phase of testing when they started running 10 new cars on the main tracks during business hours and Monday brought members of the media for a ride. Before the latest ... Read More »

As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their regulation. CreditJeff Swensen for The New York Times Self-driving cars are zooming at breakneck speed toward America’s roadways, and Washington is finally reaching for its ... Read More »

Future of renewable energy: Sunny investment climate for solar technology in India

On May 12, 2017, India recorded its lowest-ever solar tariff of Rs 2.44/unit of electricity. That is a 73% fall since 2010, and compares favourably with India’s cheapest power source–coal, electricity from which now ranges between Rs 3/unit and Rs 5/unit. The new low solar cost was announced at a reverse auction–in which the role of buyer and seller is reversed and the seller with the ... Read More »

Street Lights Of The Future Will Talk To Cars And That May Not Be A Good Thing

Cars won’t just be driving themselves one day—they’ll be communicating things like traffic conditions and the weather with everything else around them. Connected cars will be masses of sensors and outpouring radio signals, but if carmakers aren’t careful, this data sharing will open itself up to hacks and cyber threats detrimental to your personal safety. Traffic lights, street signs and ... Read More »

As Rolls-Royce tests its first SUV, the future of the ‘normal’ car looks uncertain

The new Rolls-Royce 4×4, codenamed ‘Cullinan’, is seen here in disguise Can anything stop the stampede of the Sport Utility Vehicle? Last year’s sales of SUVs and ‘crossovers’ increased to 25 per cent of the total European market and while the charge has slightly slowed this year, SUVs are still well ahead. Manufacturers are now talking about conquering the B-segment crossover ... Read More »

Drive toward electric-car future picking up speed

The future is coming, and it’s bringing more power cords. Let’s talk about one of our favorite things: cars. And more specifically, how the internal combustion engine is on the verge of extinction. Not only that, but we’re also being told that in five years we’re going to be driving self-driving cars. OK, that’s not accurate. They will be driving ... Read More »

The top 5 features to look for in your future connected car

Shopping for a car is exciting, but understanding all the options can be intimidating. Finding the right type of car for your needs is just the beginning. Then come the decisions about paint and interior colors, wheels, etc. And now that cars are becoming computers on wheels — the “ultimate mobile devices” — technological options will soon mean even more ... Read More »

Accelerator on AI, cars set to vroom into the future

Collaboration between carmakers, automobile OEMs and tech companies critical as market will be driven by shared mobility, connectivity services and feature upgrades. Key highlights Increased collaboration between Apple and Google in over 200 car models. Bosch and Continental can work with various cloud providers and device manufacturers for car services. Future is in data and the car is a device. ... Read More »