Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

However, halfway through the event, all three cars are still in the running, and the team has even picked up a win in the 636 km third stage with rally veteran Carlos Sainz driving, at the age of 59.

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

Now it’s once again in the vanguard, announcing Wednesday that it will be the first automaker to use a lidar laser vision system to enable what it calls “fully autonomous highway driving” in its cars, starting in 2022.That news is the result of a deal with Luminar , the eight-year-old lidar company helmed by 25-year-old Austin Russell.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise

Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise

They’re strange because Norway has the world’s highest purchase rates of electric vehicles .In the land of the Norwegians, battery-powered rides are so ubiquitous, it is as if you’ve traveled 10 or 20 years into our transportation future.

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week. Aurora, the self-driving tech startup, and VW ended their agreement to work on autonomous vehicles—just as Aurora struck another deal with FCA . And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News. A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim.

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

Old Promises Broken, Musk Offers New Pledges on Self-Driving

By next year, Musk pledged, robotic Tesla taxis will pick up passengers, even though no fully self-driving cars currently exist. Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.Late Monday, the company released a video of a Tesla driving on suburban California roads and highways.

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech —including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Musk also announced that Tesla is introducing a new version of the car called the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which will feature an upgraded interior, can hit 140 mph and run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and go 240 miles between charging stops.

New Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai: a Gas to Drive, a Pain to Fuel

New Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai: a Gas to Drive, a Pain to Fuel

Like the few other hydrogen-powered, zero-emission cars on the market today, the Nexo is a joy to drive. The Nexo's 12.3-inch touchscreen works nicely and makes it easy to look up the nearest hydrogen fueling station.

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview with the money management firm ARK Invest, which is a Tesla investor.

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

“You don’t have as much power when you want to discharge,” says Stefanopoulou, “The situation is even more limited when you want to charge.” Modern cars are designed to take that into account, with battery thermal management systems that warm or cool a battery.

Self-Driving Cars: The Complete Guide

Self-Driving Cars: The Complete Guide

By the 2007 Urban Challenge, the vehicles were not just avoiding obstacles and sticking to trails but following traffic laws, merging, parking, even making safe, legal U-turns.When Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, it started by hiring a team of Darpa Challenge veterans.

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.

Waymo’s Self-Driving Launch, and More This Week in Cars

Waymo’s Self-Driving Launch, and More This Week in Cars

It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekWe still don’t know whether the Tesla Model S stopped last month by some quick-thinking cops as its driver snoozed in the front seat was on Autopilot, the electric carmaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving feature.

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

“You’ve still got a fully driverless car interacting with the world, all of the other human-driven cars, pedestrians and cyclists and other things that are on the road at the same time.”The drivers are still here.

A Not-So-Sexy Plan to Win at Self-Driving Cars

A Not-So-Sexy Plan to Win at Self-Driving Cars

All along fixed routes, all with a friendly attendant in the front row to help new or confused riders, and take the wheel if the tech falters.“Our ideal partners are people that have first mile, last mile challenges, who are trying to help individuals get from things like transit stops or parking structures to their end destination,” says May Mobility COO Alisyn Malek, who first heard of Olson’s approach while working in venture capital at General Motors.1 “What this gives us, essentially, is a captive audience, and a known road network, and nodes that people need to move between.”That self-driving challenge is way easier than demanding a car can go anywhere, anytime.

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

If the thought of holiday traffic next week is already getting you down, then we also have (futuristic) options for getting up and over it.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekPublic transit is supposed to be equally accessible to anyone, but as Aarian Marshall reports, women pay a “pink transport tax.” In New York City, women pay $36 to $50 extra per month just to get around, mainly due to safety concerns.

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

B: They have a vague idea of what the future looks like and want to share, but aren’t ready to put real money or effort behind whatever wild plan they think might get them through it.The Vision Urbanetic, which Mercedes-Benz revealed this week, falls so firmly in the latter category, its creator doesn’t even call it a concept car.

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report. Transport & Environment said the gaming could mean carmakers have to deliver just half the emissions reductions intended.

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology.