Tag Archives: Car Tech

The Engineering Behind the New BMW 3 Series’ Handling

BMW says the new 2019 BMW 3 Series, which debuted last month in Paris, “moves the game on once again in terms of driving dynamics.” So, to learn the tech behind what makes the new car handle better than its predecessor, I spoke with dynamics engineer Robert Rothmiller. Here’s what he told me.

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Whatever Is Going on in This Video of Starting a Car From the Door Handle, It’s Weird

I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in this video, or why. All I know for sure is it’s been making the rounds on Facebook and it’s oddly simple. It’s just a video of someone attempting to open a car door with a key, and that key, from the outside of the car, starts the engine. That’s it!

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A Car Battery Exploded in My House and I’m Not Really Sure Why

In general, I try to avoid in-home explosions when I can. I mean, nobody’s perfect, and, sure, some explosions are going to slip through the cracks, right? Of course they will. Like the explosion that must have happened last night, to a car battery I kept in my basement office/workshop/dork lair.

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Reminder: Cars Don’t Have Bumpers Anymore and That Sucks

I’m not sure if you saw this story this morning, but modern cars are absolutely outrageously expensive to fix after even a minor collision. Some of this has to do with all the cameras and sensors and robotic feely-bits crammed into the extremities of cars, but a big part of the blame needs to fall on the fact that…

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Watch a Tesla Mistake a Washer and Dryer for a Bus

Computer vision is no joke. It’s remarkably difficult to get inert bits of metal and silicon to be able to look around themselves and generate some idea of what’s around them. That’s why it’s really not all that surprising to see mistakes like this. But that doesn’t mean it’s not also kind of funny, because we humans…

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Quick Question: What Qualifies as an Automatic Transmission?

Today, as we swung forlornly in our individual work-pods, a number of us here at the Jalopnik Automotive Content Origination Facility (JACOF) found ourselves drawn into a strange discussion: what counts as an automatic transmission, or a manual transmission? It seems obvious, but it’s actually a little more complex.

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This Steering Wheel Found on Many American Cars Had an Unusual Horn Interface and a Dirty-Sounding Name

While smacking your hand into the center of a steering wheel is the generally-accepted default way to sound a car’s horn, there’s been a number of other methods over the years: rings, buttons, stalks, levers—honk-producing actions have been wildly varied. Perhaps one of the greatest yet mostly forgotten ways was an…

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The Spare Tire Windshield Washer System in Old Volkswagens Is Both Ridiculous and Clever

As a painful-to-be-around hardcore old air-cooled Volkswagen geek, I sometimes forget that the arcane details and quirks of these old cars are not necessarily common knowledge to everyone. That’s why I was actually surprised to find that some of my colleagues—equally hardcore gearheads though they are—didn’t know the…

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All the Talk About Autonomous Cars Is Confusing the Hell Out of Everybody

We don’t actually have any truly self-driving cars on the roads just yet, but, according to a new poll, 71% of drivers across the world think they can buy one today. Of course, they can’t. Perhaps even more alarming, 11% of drivers are okay with the idea of having a little nap while using current driving assist…

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You Can Totally Just Buy Old F1 Parts

Formula One is a tight-knit world of distant super-technology, secret from all of us. Even the smallest parts have a kind of mythical glow about them, unattainable. But also, old pieces of these cars show up in private hands all the time, and you can just buy them.

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