Heading into CES 2016 we knew there was going to be a lot of new tech for automotives. True enough, there hasn’t been any shortage of car tech whether it’s already functional or something that could possibly hit the road in the future.
Speaking of the future, that’s exactly what’s written all over the Faraday Future’s (FF) FFZero1 – a concept electric car that looks like something Bruce Wayne would drive when he’s out fighting crime.
The FFZero1 on display is nearly as real as the Batmobile. It’s just a concept car and was used primarily to showcase what FF is potentially capable of.
Here’s a perfect example of technology making life easier for people – especially for the non car-savvy drivers. Hyundai went out of its way to build an augmented reality app for owners of its cars. Aptly called Virtual Guide, the app will walkthrough the user on how to perform basic car maintenance tasks.
Fire up Virtual Guide and point it to any part of the car and it’ll show digital dots for certain parts of the car. Tap on the dot to get a step-by-step maintenance walkthrough or how-to use if you’re inside the car.
It would be really nice if this piece of tech also makes its way onto other car manufacturers. And just imagine what the experience would be like with Microsoft’s augmented reality project Holo Lens.
Taking helping to another level
And since we’re talking about helping, that’s exactly what Ford and drone maker DJI is doing as it’s developing a vehicle-to-drone communication tech to help the United Nations in disaster relief aid.
This should allow responders to drive near a disaster-hit area, park in a safe place and then the car’s driver can launch and pilot the drone to scout and map the area while looking out for survivors all while staying at the driver’s seat.
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Ford imagines the technology can also be used for purposes other than disaster relief saying the agriculture and construction sectors can also benefit from this tech under development.
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Ford is also looking into integrating its vehicles with Amazon Echo and Wink. What will it do? Ford sees the possibility of car owners remotely starting and/or unlocking their cars, remotely checking fuel status as well as checking the car’s location. The integration also allows other nifty features like opening the garage door from the car.
What’s here and now for the company? Ford announced all of its cars that will be released this year will be compatible with either Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford car owners can pair their smartphones to the car’s dashboard for a smart experience inside the vehicle.
That’s it for now on car tech at CES 2016. Follow us on all our platforms for more updates!
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A look at the new Nissan Juke
A more matured successor
Nissan has officially introduced the refreshed model to its Juke — a funky-looking car that had some people love it while some would rather look at a different direction.
The new model appears as if it’s nicely hit by puberty. It now looks cleaner overall, with the V-motion grille still there but appears to be a bit sleeker.
Up front, the headlamps have been replaced with tri-bar LED lights and are accompanied by LED fog lamps. The taillights, on the other hand, have been updated to thinner strips. Gone are the boomerang-shaped rear lights of the previous model.
It now sports a contrasting roof design making it look similar to more luxurious SUVs and its rear door handles remain hidden along the C-pillars. Meanwhile, the new Juke stands on 19-inch wheels that blend well with its overall stature.
With its refreshed design comes bigger dimensions. The new Juke grew a bit larger in terms of length, width, and height.
This, of course, translates to a bigger cabin. According to the company, the interior now has more space for passengers as well as more cargo space in the trunk.
The seats are wrapped in black leather with an option for red accents all over for the higher-end variants. It features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, optional Bose speakers, and an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If your passengers wish to stream music and movies on their gadgets during long drives, the cabin has been equipped with its own Wi-Fi hotspot.
Of course, it comes with Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility suite. Things like Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Sign Recognition make for smoother and easier driving. While its Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert ensure that everyone inside the cabin is safer.
It also boasts its new ProPILOT technology that makes the vehicle handle the steering, braking, and acceleration on its own — making it a semi-autonomous vehicle.
Under the hood, it runs on a three-cylinder turbocharged engine that outputs 117 horsepower. It can then be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
So far, the new Juke is just being offered in Europe but it will be available in more markets in the future.
Toyota PH enters the hybrid space with its new Corolla Altis
The Corolla line continues
Toyota Motor Philippines has just unveiled the newest Corolla Altis. There are five models to choose from including the company’s first hybrid variant in the country.
The new Altis comes with a fresh exterior and what sells it most are the pair of headlamps that wrap around its body. A large black grille adds weight to the front fascia and is then flanked by accented fog lamps.
Going around will also reveal an updated look. The taillights have been tweaked with added character in them — check out that strip of red light piercing through the trunk lid.
Inside, it carries a more straightforward approach with fewer frills and decorations. There’s a floating touch display right at the center and a simple layout for the climate control’s buttons and knobs right under it. A tri-spoke steering wheel is then mounted with buttons for media navigation and cruise control.
The top of the line variants get leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable seat for the driver, reverse camera, and parking sensors.
It’s also got a lower center of gravity so you feel more confident taking on curves with a bit of speed. And in order to further improve visibility for the driver, the windshield has been increased and the A-pillars were made slimmer.
For a Corolla Altis with an internal combustion engine, it gets a 1.6-liter Dual VVT-i engine mated to either CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. If you’re choosing the hybrid variant, however, you get a 1.8-liter engine and an electric motor. Combined, they have an output of 121 horsepower.
Focusing more on the 1.8 V Hybrid variant, it has a set of features that further improve safety for the everyone inside the vehicle. It boasts a pre-collision system, lane tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and more using a camera mounted at the top of its windshield.
It also comes with different driving modes like Eco, Normal, Sport, and EV that makes it run purely on electricity.
Pricing for the new Corolla Altis follows:
- 1.6 E MT — PhP 999,000
- 1.6 G MT — PhP 1,045,000
- 1.6 G AT — PhP 1,115,000
- 1.6 V CVT — PhP 1,185,000
- 1.8 V Hybrid CVT — PhP 1,580,000
The lineup is available in different colors, namely: Attitude Black, Red Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic, Freedom White (for G and E variants), Celestite Grey Metallic (for HEV, V, and G variants), and White Pearl (for HEV and V variants).
New Porsche Taycan perfectly merges latest tech and retro styling
An important milestone for the company
Porsche has finally announced its first fully electric sports car.
Called the Porsche Taycan, its configuration and specs make it a competition to Tesla’s Model S although the new EV is far more expensive than Musk’s offerings. But while it features the latest tech, the Taycan still has that retro-ish look reminiscent of Porsche’s older models.
The stance, its slopes, and even accents remind us of the iconic Porsche 911. It has the familiar sloping hood with headlamps housed in a semi bulging design. According to the company, the driver will be seated with a low center of gravity — achieving that performance vehicle orientation.
Available in two variants, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S run on a dual electric motor setup that outputs an equivalent of 616 horsepower in the combustion world.
If that doesn’t impress you, both models have a ‘launch control’ mode that ups the ante to 670 horsepower for the Taycan Turbo and 750 horsepower for the Turbo S. This makes it possible for the Taycan Turbo to go from 0-60mph in three seconds and the Taycan Turbo S in just 2.6 seconds.
A 93kWh battery pack powers both models and the company says it is able to sustain power for extended periods of time without overheating the battery pack.
In terms of range, it was mentioned that it could go as far as 280 miles or around 450 kilometers before needing to plug in the vehicle. Charging is also one of their main highlights as the Taycan can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in under 23 minutes.
This is made possible via an 800-volt charging technology from Porsche which makes it sound like you’re simply filling up a smartphone’s battery.
The launch of the Porsche Taycan signifies a few things for the automotive industry. One is that Tesla now has a newfound competitor in terms of performance, at least (Model S is still significantly cheaper).
Another thing is that electric vehicles are really the future of mobility and we’re sure that more and more manufacturers will be coming out with their own electrified offerings in just a few years’ time.
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