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Evatran is bringing wireless electric vehicle charging technology to two new entities through its Apollo Program, with Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power joining the ranks. Since early 2012, Evatran has been working with commercial partners to introduce its Plugless Power wireless charging to people across the country. Installations have been done for Hertz, Duke Energy and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. The second phase of the program ...
Audi is working on a new form of ‘coasting hybrid’ that uses a high-power starter motor to enable the car’s engine to be turned on and off frequently during a journey.     Stop-start is now a familiar fitment in modern cars but with the iHEV, Audi is proposing to take this further by switching off the engine during a car’s journey, exploiting momentum and gravity to keep a car moving forward without using fuel.       The Intelligent ...
BMW is experimenting with infrared heating systems for future cars, warming occupants in a more fuel-efficient and precise manner, and thus potentially extending the range of hybrids and EVs. The system, outlined during a BMW “innovation day,” bypasses traditional warm-air vents in favor of infrared heating surfaces that warm passengers directly. There’d be no more sitting shivering until the car warmed up in the depths of winter, either, with BMW claiming that the system can h ...
The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM’s Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak. Meanwhile, Google is ripping along at its own rapid pace with a fleet of fully auton ...

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