Audi uses the term “Audi AI” to describe its autonomous and driver-assist technologies, which extend from sophisticated assistance systems up to fully-self-driving vehicles. These are based on the carmaker’s new zFAS centralized computer core for driver assistance systems. The new Audi A8 will debut zFAS plus three of those Audi …
Volvo’s truck engines are now much more efficient thanks to a new piston head design. The design adds “waves” to the piston’s crown, improving oxygen use. The engineers who designed the piston head have received Volvo’s Technology Award 2017 for their work. Read about it at CarNewsCafe.com.
Subaru quietly unveiled a new Ascent SUV Concept in New York. There isn’t much information on this new, promised 3-row sport utility, but the company has promised that the 7-passenger vehicle will have a production model, which will debut later this year. Read more at CarNewsCafe.com.
As a possible way to reduce vehicle weight, Ford has teamed up with Magna International to develop a carbon fiber composite subframe. This carbon subframe saves about 34 percent over the mass of a standard stamped steel counterpart. Read about it at CarNewsCafe.com.
Ford is exploring how a large-scale 3-dimensional printer can create auto parts like consoles, spoilers, and more. The concept is being used now for prototype building as part of a study to see whether 3D printing would work in production. Read more at CarNewsCafe.com.
Talking on a mobile device while driving, whether while holding the device in your hand or using a hands-free setup, is distracting. A new study has found that there is little difference in the amount of distraction with handheld or hands-free. Read more about it at CarNewsCafe.com.
Both four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are drivetrain systems that operate all four wheels of the vehicle to enhance traction in various low-traction situations such as inclement weather, off-pavement, and the like. If you’ve ever wanted to know how these systems work, read on. Read more on CarNewsCafe.com.