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  New technologies are everywhere and especially in our cars: ABS, airbags, lane change detection, GPS and more...

Mercedes is rolling out an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission slotted for fitment within the brand’s sedans and wagons, starting with the E 350 BlueTEC . Mercedes says the transmission will not only help conserve fuel, but will decrease in-car NVH levels and reduce exterior noise pollution, while providing smoother shifts at faster intervals than the outgoing seven-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission it replaces.

While its just now becoming available in the E 350 BlueTEC, the 9G-TRONIC will become common across the Mercedes lineup. Expect to see the unit find a home within the S-Class next, followed by C-Class , and possibly the CLA-Class . Engineers designed the transmission to be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive application, and even mild and full-hybrid systems. Basically, the 9G-TRONIC will be Mercedes’ bread-n-butter ‘box.

To meet the wide range of demands, engineers built the transmission to shift quickly and smoothly without any overly-perceivable shift points in its normal mode and sharp, direct shifts when placed in manual — and even more so in S mode. The gearbox is also able to shift over multiple gears for fast acceleration and deceleration. For example, the 9G-TRONIC can shift from 9th gear to 5th gear if the driver floors the accelerator. Conversely, the transmission can seamlessly shift from 3rd gear to 9th gear after a hard acceleration run up an interstate on-ramp.

What this means for performance, both on the track and in between gas stations, is simple: more gears equals lower revs when cruising and therefore increased fuel efficiency while faster shifts mean quicker overall performance numbers.

Click past the jump for more info on the 9G-TRONIC and the E 350 BluTEC

A car that drives itself. That’s the dream, right?

For the longest time, though, it has remained as such: a dream. But a lot of automakers are beginning to tinker with the idea of an autonomous driving vehicle, and one that has been at the forefront of that is Renault .

The French automaker’s Next Two Autonomous Prototype is the culmination of years of testing and development. We probably shouldn’t even say culmination because the project is still a long ways away from being completed, but we all know where this is going.

Renault is developing a vehicle that could drive itself, similar to what we saw from the Jetsons back in the day. It still doesn’t fly — one technology at a time! — but having a car that drives itself while everyone on board gets to check their social media accounts?

That’s a pretty good start, right?

Click past the jump to read more about Renault Next Two Prototype

Source: Renault Blog

The day has finally come when Chevrolet is building flying cars. Maybe not quite like George Jetson’s ride, but at least in our eyes, it’s far more exciting. Engineers developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 programmed in a “flying car” mode into the car’s Performance Traction Management system to compensate for the sudden loss of traction if the car goes airborne over a cresting hill like those found along the 12.9 miles of undulating tarmac at the infamous Nürburgring.

Rather than letting the PTM cut torque to the rear wheels due to a decrease in traction like it normally would, the Z/28’s driver can engage “fly car logic.” The system works by using the ride-height sensors to detect when the suspension is fully decompressed and the tires are no longer in contact with the pavement. When that scenario occurs, the PTM is temporarily disengaged allowing full torque to continue to the wheels. Milliseconds after landing, the system returns to normal and continues to manage the 7.0-liter V-8’s 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy says “flying car logic” gives the Z/28 up to a five-second advantage on the car’s overall lap time around the ‘Ring, which is currently recorded at 7 minutes, 37 seconds.

“Flying car logic” is available in all five PTM modes, but is said to be most effective in Mode 5, the most hard-core track setting. Even without GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, the Z/28 easily outruns the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 around the Nürburgring. It also outguns its Camaro ZL1 cousin by a four-second margin.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

If I told you that something fast, powerful and very light was going to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show , you wouldn’t be surprised. But what if I told you that thing wasn’t a car, but was actually a laptop. That might get your attention.

Razer, purveyor of all things awesome for PC gamers has teamed up with Koenigsegg , creator of some of the fastest cars in the world, to create a special-edition version laptop. The laptop in question is a customized version of the Razer Blade.

Based on the design of the Koeingsegg Agera R , this special-edition Blade laptop has a black finish with bright green "fang" design surrounding a Koenigsegg shield logo. Aside from the looks, this is one of the most powerful laptops you can get on the market. It comes loaded with all the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia. Only fitting for a machine wearing the Koenigsegg name.

The Razer Blade is more than a powerful gaming machine, it has been designed with a focus on lightness and thinness. The Blade is actually the thinnest gaming laptop in the entire world. The entire machine is thinner than the diameter of a dime.

The laptop will not be for sale in any traditional manner, instead Razer will give away two of these special laptops to a pair of fans in celebration of the collaboration. Additionally, we are sure that certain Koenigsegg owners and "fans of Razer" will be given the machines.

If you’d like to enter to win the powerful laptop, you can enter here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Koenigsegg Agera R.

Tesla Model S

Allow me to get this off of my chest ahead of time. You all know that I love Tesla , but what you likely do not know is how much I loathe Apple and everything it produces. From the Macbook all the way to the iPod Nano, I can’t stand it. I’ll spare you the gory details of my hatred for fear of igniting a nerd war...

With that in mind, imaging my panic when the rumors of Apple buying/merging with Tesla started flaring up. Well, those have fortunately died down and Telsla’s Elon Musk squashed the rumors, but that is not the end of the Apple/Tesla news. A report indicates that Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions met with Musk last spring, but likely not on the topic of acquiring the electric car supergiant; rather, the most likely situation is that Apple is interested in being a part of Tesla’s "Gigafactory" project.

Apple is well known for dealing in green factories, and what greener of a factory than this one that will more than double the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries? It’s very obvious that Apple has serious interest in Tesla, but after Elon Musk made it clear that the company is not for sale. this is the most likely route for Apple to take in order to get a small slice of the Tesla pie.

Not only would this add a new revenue stream to Apple, but it would also alleviate some of the costs that Tesla will endure and give apple better access to more lithium-ion batteries at a significantly cheaper price. It’s a win-win, so I can’t see any reason for a deal like this to not take place.

What do you guys think; are these two tech giants about to make a deal for this factory or are we all sadly mistaken? Let me know in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S .

Source: 9to5mac

Audi is doing everything possible to avoid becoming stagnant, like some other German automakers we know, by constantly revealing new technology. Sometimes we see this technology at various auto shows, and other times we see it by way of patent leaks. Well this latest tech feature, which lays out an electric all-wheel-drive system, came to us by way of the latter.

As if Audi’s quattro AWD system wasn’t already awesome enough, the automaker is set to electrify the rear axle in its quattro-equipped cars. This system will have multiple benefits, with the most obvious being in the instantly available torque. The secondary benefit seems to be more of Audi’s focus, considering its patent is actually for software to control this rear axle.

This software will use wheel sensors to detect what speeds may lead to the wheels slipping and adjust the braking system accordingly. This means that Audi may be able to better control its regenerative braking system to avoid brake lockup in slippery conditions. This is a big deal because all current regen brake systems use fixed forces and are prone to locking up on slippery surface. This software will allow for brake regeneration without risking the wheels locking up.

In a nutshell, we may be looking at one of the most advanced and quickest-reacting all-wheel-drive systems ever dreamed up.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi Q8 E-Tron.

Source: Autocar

We often see spy shots of upcoming vehicles still wrapped in camouflage months before their official debut, but we rarely get a preview of upcoming infotainment software destined for their dashboards. Then again, no other infotainment software makes quite the splash as Apple ’s iOS in the Car.

Several screen shots of Apple’s iOS in the Car were posted on developer Steven Troughton-Smith’s twitter page, giving us an idea of what the current beta model looks like. As reported by 9To5Mac, iOS in the Car allows users to plug their iOS device into their car’s built-in center console display, giving them access to Apple Maps, text messaging, phone service and iTunes – furthering Apple’s in-dash integration past the current Siri Eyes Free and iPod Out.

This is not the first we’ve seen of iOS in the Car. Apple showed a preview of the software at their World Wide Developers’ Conference last year, but previewed only a few screen images. These images leaked by the developer show a more detailed view of what the system is expected to look like.

Click past the jump for a closer look at Apple’s iOS in the Car

Source: 9to5Mac
Porsche 911 Targa

So, Porsche finally revealed what we all knew was coming — the 2014 911 Targa — at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In years past, we have seen the targa top undergo some changes on the 911 , including the original manual top to the polarizing sliding top in the 1990s and 2000s, so some folks, myself included, had additional questions about

Sure, we can watch all the videos in the world, but they do not show all the nerdy details about the top that I, a self-proclaimed auto nerd, want to know. Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I reached out to Porsche for a little extra clarity on this topic. And they were happy to oblige with a long list of previously unreleased details on the new targa roof.

Click past the jump to read what we learned about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa’s removable top.

For $500, you can buy a lot of things, and if you’re into enjoying your music, that amount will net you a fancy set of new headphones from Bowers & Wilkins and...Maserati ?

You read that right; the Italian automaker is tying up with one of the most well-known headphones brands in the world. The special edition set, called the P5 Maserati Edition Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones is more than just a fancy fashion accessory; it’s got some sick specifications that should justify the insane price tag attached to it.

Bowers & Wilkins took advantage of the setting up the P5 to perform as advertised, thanks to its award-winning technology that features ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimized Mylar diaphragms. For a comfortable and luxurious fit, Maserati was in charge of dressing up the headphones with fine-grain natural leather to go with a deep blue shade and the iconic Maserati Trident emblem incorporated on the sides of the ear cups.

The headphones really fit the lifestyle of those who enjoy their luxury accessories. It’s actual retail price is £330, which is about $540 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the flagship Maserati model, the Quattroporte

Source: MSN
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Do you remember the Performance Data Recorder Chevrolet unveiled for the 2015 Corvette Stingray earlier this year? Now Ferrari announced a similar system called "Telemetry" and draws its inspiration from the company’s Formula 1 experience.

Ferrari ’s "Telemetry" is a real-time telemetry system and will be available on the F12berlinetta , 458 Speciale and LaFerrari . This system will allow the driver to monitor the car’s position and analyze its performance, by recording driving sessions and displaying the main data on the instrument binnacle.

This system will offer performance details like braking points or speed out of corners. In order to offer these details, the system uses the slew of signals coming from the car, like the accelerator and brake pedal angle, gear shifts, rpms and more.

The same system is currently used by Scuderia Ferrari technicians working with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen during test sessions and Formula 1 grands prix.


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