Successfully operating self-driving cars on crowded, complex roadways in sunny, dry locales like Phoenix, Arizona is already enough of a challenge, but researchers in the cold, tempestuous climes of Michigan have revealed what the latest and greatest autonomous technology is really up against. Rain, sometimes hard rain. But also light rain. Also: cold temperatures, and trees with leaves that fall off in the winter. Given that so few places in the world boast such extreme weather and vegetation anomalies as Michigan, this won’t pose a problem for the widespread proliferation of driverless cars, will it? While adverse climatic conditions can wreak havoc on cars, decades of testing and development have yielded batteries that crank harder, wipers that turn on at the first touch of rain, and an endless list of other stress-relieving advances. For driverless cars, it’s still the Wild West. Early days. The proximity of Detroit Three HQs and development centers means Michigan State … [Read more...] about Michigan Testing Shows Fairly Innocuous Weather Baffles Self-driving Car Systems
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The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N has a number of suspension enhancements for the track. A “standard” engine is available, although the larger 2.0-liter turbo will warrant better performance. Looks like Hyundai is serious about this whole N business. All the cool kids got their in-house performance shops: Audi has the S and RS models, Merc has AMG, Cadillac has the V Series, and so on. Now Hyundai (of all people) wants a piece of that pie. Ergo, we are now faced with the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. The overriding question: does this mean it goes faster, or is it just a bunch of trim? On The Clock The Korean car manufacturing giant went so far as to roll out the Veloster N at Thunderhill Raceway. Not a bad little track, to be sure, and it’s also a good way for Hyundai to say,“We’re serious about this performance stuff.” The other side of that coin is how this is a race track buddy. You better be serious, because the stopwatch don’t lie. … [Read more...] about 2019 Hyundai Veloster N: Does It Bite Or Just Bark?
India’s roads are some of the worst in the world and weather and terrain conditions can change within a few hundred kilometres. However, there are quite a few vehicles on Indian roads that are built like a tank and can withstand almost anything that is thrown at them. In this post, we bring you 10 such rugged vehicles that can be seen on Indian roads. Mahindra Bolero 4X4 The Mahindra Bolero is an extremely popular vehicle in rural areas of India and is known for its ruggedness. The Mahindra Bolero has been one of the best selling UVs in India for quite a long time now. The Bolero is built on a ladder frame setup and sports a simple and basic yet robust design along with leaf spring suspension which makes it very capable off-road. The 4X4 Bolero draws power from Mahindra’s tried and tested 2.-5-litre DI diesel engine that cranks out 63 Bhp and 183 Nm of torque. Mahindra Thar The Mahindra Thar is a vehicle built for going off-road. The no-nonsense lifestyle while not the most … [Read more...] about Mahindra Bolero to Jeep Compass: India’s 10 super Rough-n-Tough cars
Hyundai dove into the realm of performance cars with the birth of its N division, which has so far given way to the i30 N and Veloster N. Now the official tuner to the Korean automaker is ready to kick things up a notch with the launch of its own sports car. In an interview with EVO published Friday, Hyundai's man in charge of high-performance applications and motorsport, Thomas Schemera, confirmed that a standalone Hyundai N sports car was in the works. “I can tell you [Hyundai N boss] Albert Biermann and myself are interested in hot things and have some ideas in the pipeline for a halo model,” he said. “Rest assured we are coming up with something.” Biermann, who before joining Hyundai was a top engineer at BMW M, earlier this year revealed that his engineers have been toying with a number of concepts, including mid-engine designs. You'll recall that Hyundai N has built a handful of mid-engine cars for testing purposes. Hyundai R&D boss Yang Woong Chul has … [Read more...] about Standalone Hyundai N sports car locked in
Indian conditions are quite harsh and demand a lot from the vehicle. There are a few cars that are built like a tank. We bring you ten cars from the budget segments that are quite rugged. Mahindra Bolero 4X4 The Mahindra Bolero is an extremely popular vehicle in the rural areas and it is known for its ruggedness. The Bolero has remained as the highest selling UV in India for a very long time. The Bolero is built on a ladder frame and uses simple and basic design. The 4X4 Bolero is powered by the tried and tested 2.5-litre DI engine that produces a maximum power of 63 Bhp and 183 Nm of peak torque. The car gets leaf spring suspension that makes the vehicle very capable. The Bolero also demands very low maintenance. Mahindra Thar The Mahindra Thar is a no-nonsensical vehicle. The lifestyle vehicle is not very comfortable in its stock form but due to its off-road capability and solid build quality, the Thar is extremely popular among the off-roading community because the vehicle can … [Read more...] about India’s 10 super Rough-n-Tough cars: From Bolero to Gypsy