Opinion

Global regulations are driving the vehicle fleet toward econobox efficiency and/or increased electrification. But to succeed in a cheap-gas economy, these fuel/electron sippers will need to be as fun and comfortable to drive as our current favorite carbon spewers. GKN Driveline recently showed off several “life hack” technologies for preserving driving fun as the carbon
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Some Googling will turn up lots of academic studies of pulsed charging, but GBatteries’ secret is in the adaptive nature of the pulsing frequency, which constantly pulses parameters like amplitude, width, and periodicity, interspersing discharge cycles as necessary. Artificial intelligence programmed into the controller monitors the battery’s dynamic impedance, or resistance to current flow, tailoring
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America’s current infatuation with SUVs was either a perfect storm of circumstance or a return to a familiar form. To some, it was a savvy marketing construct to embrace our disused frontier spirit, play off our post-9/11 survivalist crisis, and excuse our migration from unhip minivans and dowdy sedans into something cooler to haul our
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Then there’s Instagram’s stigegyptiancousin, who suggests that Grand Theft Auto Online should add this car to the game. But why limit appreciation of the Bugatti to a game? daltoonnnn on Instagram described the one-off as the “most expensive hot wheel I’ve seen.” Not all responses were as straightforward. The Bugatti La Voiture Noir (it’s a one-off)pic.twitter.com/H8G519OyfD
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After decades of posturing about how high-speed rail was going to be California’s transportation salvation, new Governor Gavin Newsom poleaxed the overwrought, overthought, and way overbudget choo-choo. I’m sure Newsom did some version of the following math: The proposed budget for the L.A.-to-San Francisco high-speed train was $77 billion, and growing. That’s $200 million per
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Time to adjust your worldview a bit farther east. The Chinese auto market is larger than that of either the U.S. or Europe. Soon, it will be larger than the U.S. and Europe. That will have dramatic impact on the kinds of cars Western consumers can buy, as automakers adapt their designs and component sets
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Known to insiders as one of the best-dressed executives in the auto biz, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann also has served in some of the industry’s seeming dream jobs, as head of both Lamborghini and Audi Sport. Now he takes Bugatti into the future as the iconic French brand celebrates its 110th anniversary. But doing so
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Our annual Of The Year awards celebrate the very best car, truck, SUV, and auto industry personality. They also capture a moment in time and serve as reminders, upon future reflection, that excellence comes in all shapes, sizes, and magnitudes. Some years we recognize a localized peak—a game changer whose impact is felt more deeply
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My better half, the Applied Arts major, got way out ahead of me on this technology by investing in nine cryptocurrencies ranging from well-known names like Bitcoin and Ethereum to whimsical ones like Aragon, Dragonchain, and Golem Network. All cryptocurrencies utilize blockchain technology, which relies on a distributed ledger method of record-keeping rather than centralized
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This space is usually dedicated to advances in inanimate technologies—scientific inventions created by experts. But this month I was invited by two companies to experience firsthand the training each invests in the experts responsible for those innovations. Harman develops premium audio systems for 25 automakers under nine brand names. To ensure each sounds both excellent
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