Toyota’s Concept-i

Toyota’s Concept-i

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Cars aren’t what they used to be—and they certainly aren’t what they’re going to be. Which means we find ourselves at a hinge in automotive history. Just how far and fast that hinge swings is a matter of debate, but what’s not subject to debate is the unprecedented coming together...

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BMW’s i Inside

BMW’s i Inside

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Is the ultimate driving machine set to become the ultimate lounging machine? With visions of an autonomous driving experience—complete with built-in bookcase, 4K video monitor, and on-demand services courtesy of BMW’s Connected Cloud architecture—BMW’s i Inside Future exhibit at CES 2017 suggests this isn’t your father’s BMW. The exhibit was also...

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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

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BMW’s Concept X7 iPerformance, unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, adds an intriguing mobile dimension to the concept of the “Third Space.” Related concepts as locality, landscape, and environment take on new meaning in the context of motion. While the exterior features are both elegant and forward-looking,...

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces Concept EQ

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Concept EQ

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Mercedes-Benz’s new e-mobility brand takes off with an all-new architecture for battery-electric vehicles. Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche explains, “In 2007, the e-smart was a pioneer of electric motoring. We’re now flipping the switch. We’re ready for the launch of an electric product offensive that will cover all vehicle segments,...

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Autonomous smart vision EQ for two

Autonomous smart vision EQ for two

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“The smart vision EQ fortwo is our vision of future urban mobility,” says smart CEO Annette Winkler. “It is the most radical car sharing concept car of all: fully autonomous, with maximum communication capabilities, friendly, comprehensively personalisable and, of course, electric.” The smart vision EQ fortwo concept vehicle demonstrates how...

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How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption

How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption

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Entering the BMW Group Leipzig plant in Germany is an awe-inspiring experience. My hosts are Rene Te-Strote and Frank Schäfer. Frank is a plant manager responsible for overall vehicle integration. The enormous Central Building was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, who designed some of the most unique buildings of our...

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We Can Go To Mars … Soon

We Can Go To Mars … Soon

Vanderbilt astronomy professor David Weintraub’s new book, Life on Mars: What to Know before We Go, takes a step back from the all-systems-go approach to colonizing another planet and considers the ethics of potentially destroying its bio-ecosystem. There’s no better time to think about the implications of such a trip, Weintraub contends,...

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Uluru: What If . . .

Uluru: What If . . .

It is said that science advances one funeral at a time. Or, as Max Planck put it, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”...

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The New Mechanix Illustrated

The New Mechanix Illustrated

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Click Here to Read on Issuu (with Download) Click Here to Read on Kindle In this special edition: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino on engineering a path to space with robotics, teleoperation, and innovations in force feedback. Special focus on self-driving cars. Augmented reality in head-up displays. A history of human-machine...

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Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

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Whenever you glance down to read an instrument cluster, look at a map, or check to see who just texted you, in that brief moment that your eyes are off the road, your vehicle may have traveled tens of meters. In those instances, you are, for all practical purposes, driving...

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