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Start-up Says It Can Turn A Stock Audi Into A Self-Driving Car For $10K
So far, the race to build a self-driving car has been dominated by major automakers, suppliers, and technology juggernaut Google. Yet one startup also hopes to get in on the action.
Cruise was started by Kyle Vogt, who was previously involved with video-sharing apps Justin.tv, Socialcam, and Twitch. According to TechCrunch, he’s recruited a team of engineers and roboticists from MIT to work on autonomous vehicles. Or to take over the world, who knows.
The novelty of Cruise is that it plans to market hardware that can be retrofitted to existing cars. The setup consists of sensors that are mounted to the roof near the windshield, actuators to operate the controls, and a trunk-mounted computer that manages everything.
Drivers can merge onto a highway and simply hit a “Cruise” button on the dashboard to engage the system, which makes it sound a bit like the “autopilot” system Tesla says it will have on the market by 2016.
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Source: Stephen Edelstein, MotorAuthority.com
N55 3.0-Litre Strait-Six Wins Engine of the Year Award 2014
MW Group engines secure another double win in the Engine of the Year Award 2014.Run of success continues with awards in two displacement classes: the 3.0-litre straight-six with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology wins its fourth title and the MINI 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo unit its eighth in the world’s leading engine competition.
Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win.
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Source: Horatiu Boeriu, BMWblog.com
A New Entry-Level Ferrari in the Works?
Ferrari is apparently looking at shortening the 458′s wheelbase for a new V6-powered model…
Ferrari is in the midst of undergoing some major changes. As we all know, the California T was just the start of the carmaker’s switch to an entirely turbocharged engine lineup within the decade. We previously reported that the heavily facelifted 458 Italia will also be the recipient of a new-turbo v8 that will supposedly produce around 670 horsepower; expect to see the car raveled at Geneva next March. For now, the California T remains the so-called entry level Ferrari.
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