car technology

Is Car Technology Affordable?

Ray LaHood, the US Transportation Secretary, recently said that car technology may save lives, but it may not be affordable for everyone. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications is now getting tested in Ann Arbor. The technology uses sensors placed on the vehicle which detect and communicate with other vehicles to avoid a collision. However, this technology could be …

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Google, Toyota Review Driverless Cars

Self-driven cars are under review by several companies including Google, Toyota and Texas Instruments. A gathering of automotive industry leaders recently took place to promote vehicles that will be self-driven, since they will soon become ubiquitous. Speakers at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation  stated that driverless cars help with fuel consumption, safety, and mobility. …

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Automakers want to share distracted driving responsibility

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — a trade association representing the interests of major automakers including General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen, Toyota, and others in Washington, D.C. — is asking the U.S. Transportation Department to reconsider the voluntary distracted driving prevention guidelines they are planning to ask automobile manufacturers to adopt in the near …

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Lightweight plastic vehicle constructed using 3-D printer

The Urbee 2, a three-wheel, two-passenger vehicle made of lightweight plastic, was designed for maximum fuel efficiency and constructed by Kor Ecologic using a 3-D printer. The car was constructed from ABS plastic using the Fused Deposition Modeling method in which the printer sprays molten polymer to build the vehicle chassis one microscopic layer at …

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