Showing posts from August, 2014

The World Fastest amphibious car

This is the world's fastest amphibious car, speeding over the water at 44 mph and reaching 80 mph on the road. Powered by a 300-hp Honda engine, it operates like a regular vehicle on land with four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, lights, turn indicators, and a folding windshield. When it's time to enter the water, a built-in hydraulic wheel retraction system raises the wheels above the bottom of the hull. The patented transfer case redirects the engine's power to the Panther pump jet—the same marine propulsion technology used in personal watercraft. The steering wheel controls the vectored thrust of the pump jet for easy maneuvering over the water. Filled with 32' cu. of U.S. Coast Guard-approved closed-cell foam for maximum buoyancy, the composite fiberglass hull partners with the car's lightweight chromoly chassis and long-travel off-road suspension to provide a strong, resilient body that absorb bumps while coasting over waves or rough roads.…

Hyundai Motor Company’s automotive technology continues to evolve, aiming to create moving experiences and to build trust.

Advanced traction cornering control (ATCC)
Improves agility when making turns at high speeds
Autonomous emergency braking system (AEB)
Protects drivers from  crashes by automatically halting the car in case of emergenciesSmart cruise control (SCC):
Sensor fusion calculates distance from the car in front and maintains safe distance without having to step on the brakes.
Head-up display (HUD): Driving information projected on the windshield allows the driver to grasp information while keeping eyes on the road.
Around view monitoring system (AVM):
360 degree camera view enables the driver to see the front, rear, side, and blind spots around the vehicle.

Lane keeping assist system (LKAS): Security system activates warning light, alarm, and pre-safe seatbelt to alert driver of a lane departure.
Power trunk:
Trunk lid opens automatically by standing near the trunk with the smart key for 3 seconds
Blind spot detection (BSD):
Automatically detects and alerts the driver about cars in blind spots and ca…

New smart car tech could display traffic signs inside vehicles

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are in the process of developing a new way to save fuel and money with technology that could display traffic signs inside of vehicles.

, the dashboard screen would display stop, yield and other signs, removing the need for external road signs and automatically notifying the driver of upcoming commands. The thought is that drivers would no longer need to stop and wait at traffic signs if there are no other cars in the vicinity.

Alexandria Noble, a master’s student who is working with the researchers, said: “The idea is there would be no physical stop or yield signs on the side of the road, but they would be inside the vehicle.”

The study is being funded by the US Department of Transportation and spearheaded by Noble under direction from project manager Thomas A. Dingus. The transportation institute’s Human Factors Transportation Safety Graduate Certificate Program was recently launched, with Noble being the first student.

The instit…