Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Wheels Formula E, which will finish its season in Brooklyn this month, is a laboratory for automakers to work on problems like range, charging time and excess heat. The Formula E series paid a visit to Zurich last month. Credit Elisabeth Real for The New York Times Supported by ByJack Ewing July 5, 2018 ZURICH — Back in the early days of the automobile, racetracks were proving grounds for newfangled inventions like shock absorbers, disc brakes and seatbelts. Something similar is happening at the dawn of what may be the age of battery-powered transportation. It was on vivid display in Zurich last month, as the silence of a warm summer Sunday was broken by a high-pitched sound reminiscent of the rebel fighters attacking the Death Star. The whine came from battery-powered racecars running laps on a course laid out on the streets of Zurich — the first urban circuit race in Switzerland in more … [Read more...] about Racing Series Helps Show the Way to a Battery-Powered Future
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Scrambling to turn out its first mass-market electric car, the automaker set up multiple assembly lines and is changing production processes on the fly. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, sees the success of the Model 3 as a crucial step on the way to offering a broad range of models and leading the transition to emissions-free transportation. Credit Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette June 30, 2018 FREMONT, Calif. — Just outside the north wing of Tesla’s sprawling electric-car plant here, an unusual structure has taken shape in the last few weeks: a tent, about 50 feet high and several hundred feet long, its taut gray canvas membrane supported by aluminum columns. Its purpose is as notable as its hasty construction. The semi-permanent structure houses a third assembly line — part of a desperate effort … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Tech We’re Using ByEmma G. Fitzsimmons June 20, 2018 How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Emma G. Fitzsimmons, a reporter for The Times who covers New York City transit, discussed the tech she’s using. What tech tools are most important to stay on top of your beat covering New York City transportation? I take the subway to our newsroom in Times Square every day and experience the constant delays that New Yorkers love to complain about. Right now, I’m focused on what’s being done to fix the system and whether it’s working. I monitor the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s website to see if trains are running on time and use Twitter to find riders who are swept up in major incidents. The M.T.A. is working to … [Read more...] about By Subway, Bus and Uber in New York, With Twitter and Other Apps in Hand
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New Cars Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByTom Voelk June 6, 2018 MALIBU, Calif. — The stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway that slices through Malibu is America’s premier automotive fashion catwalk. Gaggles of exotics — Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys — regularly strut this pavement. Now, electric cars have become a new kind of status symbol on the highway. Few on this car-crazed strip seemed to realize the white Porsche motoring silently between two Los Angeles County Sheriff cruisers last week. Maybe it’s because 911s outnumber palm trees here, or wary drivers were focused on law enforcement. Pity. There’s only one of its kind on the planet. To see the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept driving in the wild is the equivalent of catching Bigfoot riding a unicorn at an In-N-Out Burger drive-through. … [Read more...] about Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Books Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Profile ByJamie Lincoln Kitman April 25, 2018 WHITE PLAINS — Luca Dal Monte is eyeing the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB sitting on the shop floor here at Dominick’s European Car Repair. He has traveled from his home in Milan to promote his latest book, a biography of the car’s namesake, Enzo Ferrari. The 954-page scholarly tome (over 1,000 pages in Italian) has received rave reviews in Italy since it came out in 2016, and has been optioned for an Italian mini-series. (According to Il Giornale, an Italian-language newspaper based in Milan, the book reads like a novel.) David Bull Publishing recently released an English-language version of the book — “Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire” — in the United States. Mr. Dal Monte, an American-ophile who … [Read more...] about ‘In Italy, There Was the Pope and Then There Was Enzo Ferrari’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Energy & Environment Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJack Ewing March 20, 2018 FRANKFURT — Prosecutors in Munich searched BMW’s headquarters on Tuesday as part of their continuing investigation into an emissions-cheating scandal that has badly damaged other German carmakers. BMW, which is known for its sporty luxury cars, had until recently been relatively unscathed by the matter, which has cost Volkswagen billions of dollars, prompted investigations of the luxury carmaker Daimler and depressed sales of profitable diesel models across Europe. The raids on Tuesday, in which about 100 investigators targeted BMW offices in Munich and an engine factory in Austria, suggested that all of Germany’s top domestic automakers may have evaded emissions rules, although perhaps not to the same degree as Volkswagen. If so, the risk to Germany’s car … [Read more...] about BMW Offices Raided by Authorities in Emissions-Cheating Investigation
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByNeal E. Boudette March 22, 2018 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Advances in technology and changes in consumer tastes have caused antennas, eight-tracks, cassette decks and CD players to disappear from their once-familiar places in our cars and trucks. The next thing to go might be the speakers. But thumping bass, rich midrange and soaring highs will still be there. They’ll just be coming from the car itself. Continental, a German auto-components supplier, has developed technology that makes parts of the car’s interior vibrate to create high-fidelity audio on a par with any premium sound system on the road now. The approach turns the rear window into a subwoofer. The windshield, floor, dashboard and seat frames produce the midrange. And the A-pillars — the posts between the windshield and the … [Read more...] about Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Track
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Bits ByKevin Roose March 30, 2018 Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry , offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here . One perk — or hazard, I suppose — of being a technology writer for the past few years has been getting invited to ride in a bunch of autonomous vehicles. I’ve been shuttled around in nearly a dozen self-driving prototypes, including a Ford in Michigan, an Uber in Pennsylvania and a Chrysler minivan in the California desert. Whenever anyone asks what it’s like to ride in self-driving cars, my reply is: “Which self-driving cars?” Casual observers tend to talk about the progress of autonomous vehicles as if they’re a homogeneous … [Read more...] about The Self-Driving Car Industry’s Biggest Turning Point Yet
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Obituaries Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by In the 1950s, when women were relegated to housework, Stringfield revved and roared through Florida’s palm-tree-lined streets on her Harley-Davidson. ByNikita Stewart April 4, 2018 Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked , we’re adding the stories of remarkable people. Somewhere between myth, memory and motorcycles, Bessie B. Stringfield was great. In the 1950s, when women were relegated to housework, either in marriage or as domestics, Stringfield was married several times and worked as a maid yet revved and roared through Florida’s palm-tree-lined streets on her Harley-Davidson, earning the unofficial title of “Motorcycle Queen of Miami.” Her legend was big enough to warrant a posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame of the … [Read more...] about Overlooked No More: Bessie B. Stringfield, the ‘Motorcycle Queen of Miami’