AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
In recent years, automakers have been testing car-to-car communication technologies in hopes of building a future with vehicles that communicate with one another.
As part of a national project called SIM-TD, BMW is working on technological advancements to help make driving safer through its next-generation Car-to-X Communication technology. BMW recently conducted several field tests, showing what the technology is capable of, from activating warning lights when a vehicle makes a left turn, to alerting drivers on upcoming traffic lights, to warning them when there are local hazards on the road.
Currently BMW is showing off five of Car-to-X’s features: left-turn assistant, intersection assistant, traffic light assistant, emergency vehicle warning and local hazard warning. The left-turn assistant utilizes vehicle-mounted cameras and GPS to determine when a driver is about to make a left turn. A system of warning lights activate to make sure everything is nice and safe. The intersection assistant is similar, using a system of visual warnings to notify a driver when a vehicle is in an intersection.
The traffic light assistant is pretty clever, working with the traffic infrastructure to inform drivers about upcoming traffic lights and their status. The last two warnings, emergency vehicle and local hazard, are exactly what they sound like, informing drivers ahead of time if an emergency vehicle is approaching or there are any upcoming road hazards.
It will be interesting to see how and if BMW will implement any of these technologies into its future models.
Check out multiple videos highlighting each of the Car-to-X features after the break.
[Source: Cartech Blog]
After plenty of rumors, denials and leaked images that looked like a photoshop hack job, Audi has officially taken the wraps off the E-Tron Concept, an electric R8… of sorts.
And if you still find it all hard to believe, it might take some convincing to accept that the car’s power output numbers are for real. The car makes a modest 313hp and a ridiculous 3,319 ft-lbs of torque. That’s no typo.
With all that power you would think this electric exotic could muster up a better 0-62 mph time than 4.8 seconds. The car’s total weight is 3527 lbs, although over 1,000 lbs of that is the battery pack situated behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle.
Like a true Audi, the E-tron is a quattro car with individual electric motors at each wheel, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Audi says that this allows the E-Tron an incredible amount of cornering ability, as power can be distributed to each wheel individually.
As for the car’s design, it looks very much like a real-world photoshop job, as though it was created from a solid piece of metal. The headlights differ from conventional units in that they use LED lighting that illuminates the entire field of vision (as opposed to having high beams and standard beams). When the car detects an oncoming vehicle, the angle of light in that car’s way is simply shut off.
As for that front grille, it features air intakes than open when necessary to cool the electric motors. The same goes for flaps in front of the rear wheels.
A final piece of innovation on the E-Tron is what Audi calls car-to-x communication that allows the car to communicate with traffic lights or to know if traffic is slowing ahead or if an emergency stop of maneuver is needed.
GALLERY: Audi E-Tron