Automotive Technology

Mark Fields the President and CEO of Ford recently announced plans to not only have fully autonomous vehicles within five years but that these vehicles will also be in mass production. During the press conference, it was said that “a driver is not going to be required”, in reality, Ford doesn’t plan to include a steering wheel, gas pedals and brake pedals.

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Tesla Battery Recycling

by Derek Kubik on June 28, 2016

With technological advancements and environmental concerns in mind, electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent and their prevalence will only continue to increase. To add to that, Dutch and Norwegian governments have been discussing only permitting electric car sales and banning gas powered car sales by 2025.

So with the  future looking electric, the thought of all those electric car battery packs may not seem very environmentally friendly. However, it might not be as bad as you think; according to Tesla a majority of their batteries will be recycled.

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The Tesla Model III

by Derek Kubik on April 20, 2016

On March 31, 2016 Tesla Motors held the unveiling event for the Tesla Model III. Tesla feels it’s very important to speed up the transition to sustainable transport and the Model III is most affordable Tesla vehicle to date. Furthermore the Model III is a culmination of the Tesla master plan; start with a low volume high price vehicle (the Roadster), then make a medium volume not as high priced vehicle (the Model S) –  this platform also extended into the Model X. Finally with the revenue from the Model S and X, Tesla developed their high volume affordably priced vehicle – the Model III.

Tesla Model 3 front sideImages from: Teslamotors.com

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When I first saw the Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire it made me think of the vehicles in the movie “I, Robot”. I, Robot – released in 2004 is an action, mystery, sci-fi movie that takes place in the year 2035. Like so many other ideas first seen in science fiction, these tires may one day become real.

I, Robot car“I, Robot” Car, Image From: Rottentomatoes.com

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Gorilla Glass Windshields

by Derek Kubik on February 24, 2016

Gorilla Glass by Corning Inc. is well known from its use in cell phones and tablets, however the glass is now beginning to be used in the automotive industry. Gorilla Glass could be used for windshields, sunroofs, side windows and rear windows, and has several benefits compared to traditional soda-lime glass windshield, however a main concern for automakers is cost.

Gorilla Glass is stronger and more scratch resistant than traditional laminated glass. There are even claims of the new windshield being hail proof, as shown in the video below.

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Volvo Deathproof By 2020

by Derek Kubik on January 29, 2016

Volvo has a reputation for safety and as such they plan to deathproof their cars and suvs by the year 2020. This of course does not include acts of recklessness or intentional crashes where someone is trying to hurt themselves.

WarningAutoBreak Image From:volvocars.com

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New to the 2016 Ford F-150 is the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, designed to help make parking a trailer or launching a boat easier than ever. Whether you’re an inexperienced tower or an expert, this segment-first technology simplifies backing up a trailer.

The Pro Trailer Backup Assist allows the driver to steer the trailer by turning a control knob on the dash in the direction that they want the trailer to go. The truck will automatically steer itself in accordance with the desired trailer direction indicated by the control knob. While the gas pedal and brake are still in the driver’s control; the PTBA system limits the trucks speed to avoid any problems.

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Futuristic Concept Tires

by Derek Kubik on March 31, 2015

This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled two concept tires that provide a snapshot of what tires could do in the future. The first concept tire “BHO3” is capable of generating electricity and the second concept tire named “triple tube” will have, as the name suggests, three tubes that can alter tire performance.

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Nanotech For Cars

by Derek Kubik on February 28, 2015

Nanotech has and continues to take existing technology of all kinds and improve it. When we look at technology specific to vehicles, there are some really interesting applications for nanotech.

Comparison_of_nanomaterials_sizesNanotechnology is a branch of technology that involves the manipulation of matter below 100 nano meters.
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