This external airbag turns your entire car into a crumple zone to save lives

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German components manufacturer ZF will test an external side airbag in 2019. It’s essentially the same technology as the airbag mounted inside every new car but it deploys over the side of the vehicle to reduce the severity of injuries. The post This external airbag turns your entire car into a crumple zone to save lives appeared first on Digital Trends. Cars – Digital Trends

To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

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In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens. A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities. The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say it’s for analytical purposes to improve things such as … Read more

Jaguar Land Rover’s V2X tech prevents cars stuck at lights

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A demonstration by Jaguar Land Rover shows how Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology could prevent cars from getting stuck at lights. Since the world’s first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London 150 years ago, very little has changed. The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system could be the modernisation drivers have been waiting for. Getting stuck at lights is no fun. Most of us have been there, it’s 2am on the way home and you’ve been … Read more

The best electric cars of 2018

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Electric cars are getting smarter, safer, and more capable with each passing year. Here are our picks for the best electric cars on the market, whether you’re looking for a performance ride or a family-friendly crossover. The post The best electric cars of 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends. … Cars – Digital Trends

Vertical Aerospace makes ‘flying cars’ with more grounded aspirations

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Vertical Aerospace is a British startup that has built and flown a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. As strange as it may seem, that doesn’t make them particularly unique in the year 2018; there is a surfeit of drone-helicopter hybrids being tested around the globe. What does make Vertical standout is the company’s more realistic approach to the utility of so-called “flying cars.” The Verge – All Posts

Bill Ford talks self-driving cars, Trump’s steel tariffs

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Ford wants to define the future of self-driving cars in the city where the company had its humble beginnings. Executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. just laid out plans to turn a century-old Detroit train station into its new hub for autonomous and electric vehicles. Only on “CBS This Morning,” the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford shares the future of self-driving technology, his take on Trump administration tariffs, and competition from Silicon Valley…. SciTech – CBSNews.com