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Toyota Joins Coalition to Bring Blockchain Networks to Smart Cars

Toyota Joins Coalition to Bring Blockchain Networks to Smart Cars

The networking trick made famous by Bitcoin could make car-to-cloud communication easier and more secure Illustration: Mina De La O/Getty Images Today if your car wants to talk to another car, a service provider or just an infotainment source, it needs to go through a third-party network. That can cost you money in two ways: you(…)

3 Ways Ford Cars Could Monitor Your Health

3 Ways Ford Cars Could Monitor Your Health

Ford is experimenting with car features that could help drivers with diabetes, heart problems, and more Illustration: iStockphoto/IEEE Spectrum People can form intimate connections to their cars in the course of daily commutes, frustrating traffic jams, and liberating road trips. How would you feel, though, if your car knew detailed information about your insides, such(…)

Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could hit the market for electric vehicles by 2019 Image: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could not only store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries but also be safer, cheaper, smaller and lighter, new research finds. The results suggest zinc batteries could find use in mild hybrids (microhybrids), electric vehicles, electric bicycles,(…)

GM to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Self-Driving Cars, Documents Reveal

GM to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Self-Driving Cars, Documents Reveal

FCC documents reveal car maker’s plan to test 300 autonomous Chevrolet Bolts with new radar Photo: Paul Sancya/AP PhotoGM Chairman Mary Barra stands next to an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt General Motors is set to dramatically expand its fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco, Detroit and Scottsdale, Arizona, according to documents filed with the(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

It avoids crashing—but if it does, it helps you survive Photo: Daimler Photo: Daimler Danger, Will Robinson: When the AMG E63 S senses an imminent crash, it braces every part of you, even your inner ear. ENGINE 450 kilowatts 0–100 km/h 3.3 seconds TORQUE 800 newton meters Most owners, I suspect, will prefer to drive Mercedes’s new missile by their(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

The all-electric Chevy Bolt, with a range of 383 kilometers, tops our list Photo: General Motors Co. Photo: General Motors Co. Bolt Upright: A Chevy Bolt takes shape on an assembly line, where economies of scale help make this super-long-range EV super affordable. You can show people an Italian supersedan that set a lap record on(…)