Showing posts from May, 2016

Top 5 Best Car Engines for 2016

1.BMW’s 3.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline-Six From the 340i
2.GM’s 3.6 Liter V6 From the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS
3.Chevy’s 1.5 liter four-cylinder/120-kW Drive Motor From the Volt
4.Ford’s 5.2 Liter V8 From the Shelby GT350 Mustang
5.Hyundai’s 2.0 Liter four-cylinder/50-kW Drive Motor From the Sonata PHEV

Google patents 'sticky' layer to protect pedestrians in self-driving car accidents

Google has patented a new “sticky” technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company’s self-driving cars. This idea is to prevent injuries that can occur when the pedestrian bounces off the car onto the street or into another vehicle. An eggshell-like surface would cover the stick during normal use, but it would shatter in an accident, exposing the glue. The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is flung into other vehicles or scenery “Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously,” according to the patent description. The patent describes itself as specifically aimed at self driving cars but notes that it can be used on any vehicle. Car companies have already taken steps to protect pedestrians from impact. Citro…

Elevated Straddling Bus design to avoid the Traffic jams

Designs for an elevated bus that carries passengers over cars have been unveiled by engineers in China.

Traffic congestion is a condition on transport networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. The most common example is the physical use of roads by vehicles. When traffic demand is great enough that the interaction between vehicles slows the speed of the traffic stream, this results in some congestion.
As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is colloquially known as a traffic jam or traffic snarl-up. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage.
Models for the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) show the vehicle – which resembles a tram more than a bus – moving above the road surface while cars drive through the tunnel-like space be…

Ashok Leyland will be landing to Electric Vehicle Soon

India’s commercial vehicle industry is witnessing a changing regulatory landscape and with emphasis on cutting fuel emissions and saving costs, manufacturers are turning towards hybrid and electric technologies to keep up.

The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) initiative announced by the government in April this year is now showing some results as more and more manufacturers ready their EV portfolio to take advantage from the subsidies on offer.

In this growing list of adopters of electric mobility is the country’s second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, which is planning to roll out pure electric buses for the Indian market soon.

Ashok Leyland’s British subsidiary Optare is among the leading manufacturers of electric buses and has three electric bus platforms on offer globally. Ashok Leyland could bring buses based on these Solo, Versa and the MetroCity platforms in India. With an emphasis on zero emissions, these buses are po…

Apple's Super Secret Electric Car going to launch in 2020

Apple Inc., which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, people with knowledge of the matter said.
The timeframe -- automakers typically spend five to seven years developing a car -- underscores the project’s aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co. Both automakers are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000. “That’s the inflection point -- the proving ground -- that brings on the electric age,” Steve LeVine, author of “The Powerhouse,” a book about the automotive battery industry, said on Bloomberg TV Thursday. “Now you have Apple coming in and this is critical mass. Was GM really going to be able to match Tesla? Apple can.”

Apple, which posted record profit of $18 billion during the past quarter, has $178 billion in cash with few avenues to spend it…