Rivalry: BMW Charging Stations With Shocking Twist

BMW Charging Stations

It seems that relations have become electric between BMW and rivals like Tesla in the electric vehicle charging station arena. Word is circulating that BMW is developing EV charging stations that it intends to circulate throughout the United States. The BMW charging stations will provide a charge for all electric vehicles except those made by Tesla and Nissan—now that is a below the belt jolt!

This chatter creates many questions in the way of what the future will hold with electric vehicles and hybrids. Should the decisions be made by the carmakers themselves? This strategy certainly lends much competitive drive into the equation, which ultimately makes things more challenging for the consumer. Unlike standard fueling stations that are open to all vehicles, will people be willing to even purchase a hybrid or electric car if they have to worry about which stations they can stop in to recharge? It seems that would create quite a bit of buyer anxiety and potentially deflect from sales. Like with all things new, someone will have to step in and make a stand on legalities and operations for EV charging stations. read more

How It Is Made: The Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Now that the production run of 450 Bugatti Veyron supercars has come to a halt with the very last unit sold, let us take a look at how the car is made. With a price range starting at a cool million USD–some considerable steps are taken to ensure the perfect beast. How the 1,001 horsepower, 263+ mile per hour Bugatti Veyron monster is made:

  • The Veyron has a production process that is unique to the model, with many steps designed and engineered specifically for a prescribed and unprecedented result.
  • While some parts are made in Germany and elsewhere, the car is built in Volkswagen’s Salzgitter plant. It is among the largest factories on the planet, but the Veyron is handcrafted in but a small space.
  • The magic begins with the special 16-cylinder engine, which is a pair of V8 engines mated together.
  • Each titanium, aluminum and aerospace-grade stainless steel component is hand delivered in custom sealed containers to prevent damage.
  • The carbon fiber cockpit surrounds passengers for strong protection—which is important when you consider that just 14 bolts hold the front and rear of the hypercar together. Each bolt is hand crafted and takes up to 5 weeks to complete. With any hope, even Chuck Norris could not break one.
  • With so much screaming power, it takes a full 10 radiators to keep the Veyron cool. Each unit is meticulously Dyno tested and driven 300 miles to ensure success and safety before meeting their owners.
  • But how to make all that speed stop? The Veyron boasts handmade carbon ceramic brakes capable of withstanding up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The brakes alone are no match for the car, however, so the rear wing activates to slow the car.

Time:

  • It takes a full week and a full force to make just one Bugatti Veyron supercar engine.
  • Aside from the many man-hours spent elsewhere on the assembly front, it takes 3 days to make the 250-part fuel tank.
  • Because no existing tires were a match for this monster–Michelin created some. They made a set for the road and one for the track, but that was not going to cut it for VW, who asked for a set capable of performing on both.
  • While a regular old tire can be made in a minute, it takes about an hour to make a Veyron tire…and far less to burn one up! Each set of wheels costs around $18k.
  • Overall: The Bugatti Veyron gets an impressive 3 miles per gallon and runs completely out of gas in 12 minutes. Hey, she is a thirsty lady.

Let’s wrap this up with some fun facts: Every Veyron is then driven 300 miles to ensure that the work was done properly.

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Land Rover JustDrive App Shares Voice and Vision

Land Rover JustDrive

Jaguar Land Rover selected the Connected Car Expo to introduce their new app. The Land Rover JustDrive App aims to alleviate technical frustration encounters while driving by giving voice command control over certain apps.

Drivers should be, you know, focused on driving when behind the wheel, but Land Rover knows that is likely never going to be the case for everyone. For that reason, the JustDrive App allows people to do just that: Just drive. The app uses voice recognition software to enable drivers to control things like Spotify and the addictive Twitter without picking up a device. Overall, the JustDrive app has the potential to lower driving distractions, provided it functions smoothly. If it does not work exactly as promised, there could be irritated drivers reaching for their smartphones and taking their eyes off the roads. There are certainly ample voice recognition fail stories out there, making it important for Land Rover to get it right. read more

Tech Flash: Google’s Self-Driving Car is Fully Functional

Google’s self-driving car

It has been in the news and on the roads for a time now, but the word is out that Google’s Self-Driving car is now fully functional. What that means is that the autonomous ride is now completely prepared to begin tentative road testing in final form.

Behold: The completely functional Google autonomous vehicle prototype. It is a bit like a cute little futuristic cartoon car. 

To make the situation more clear, Google stated: “We’ve been working on different prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical car parts like steering and braking, as well as the self-driving parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.” read more

$6,000 Lamborghini Smartphone is Already Outdated

Lamborghini smartphone

This is the $6k Lamborghini smartphone that is already outdated. It is the 88 Tauri, and it’s technology has already passed its prime, though it may find its way onto the Christmas wish list of a somewhat older Lamborghini fan who does not know the difference.

Hold the phone: Lamborghini founder’s son is offering brand-inspired smartphones. 

The 88 Tauri smartphone at a glance:

  • The company behind the phone is Tonino Lamborghini. The head of the company is none other than Lamborghini founder Ferrucio’s son–though Tonino Lamborghini is not officially affiliated with Lamborghini cars.
  • The smartphone operates on Android and a quad-core Qualcomm 801 processor. While it is better than some of those old laughable Blackberry phones inspired by exotic cars like Porsche, it is not quite up to competition mode with the latest market offerings this holiday season.
  • Just 1,947 88 Tauri phones will be made…which may be roughly 1,946 too many.

This Lamborghini smartphone is aesthetically pleasing.

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Can’t Steer it, Can’t Steal it: Is a Steering Wheel Lock Still the Best Defense?

steering wheel lock

With new technology come new challenges. Now that the majority of exotic sports cars and luxury cars on the roads today feature keyless entry and a variety of high-tech alarm systems–thieves are savvier than ever before. Some police say the old-fashioned steering wheel lock may remain the best defense against auto theft because thieves can clone keys in seconds and use other techy methods to gain access instantly and drive off.

Steering wheel lock devices come in a multitude of shapes and styles. Going with a trusted brand is likely the best option. read more

Porsche InnoDrive Challenges Pesky Human Drivers

Porsche InnoDrive

Porsche is joining the ranks of autonomous vehicle offerings. With the Porsche InnoDrive, the brand aims to begin paving a path toward eliminating driver (human) error. Will Porsche have what it takes to compete with the Google or Audi autonomous technologies? Not so fast. They are merely bundling some of their existing smart technologies together and still require flesh and bone to function.

What autonomous really means

The autonomous vehicle is being billed as one without human error, even though humans created it. The idea behind the technology is quite simple: A machine can stay focused on the road while humans naturally become distracted. Machines do not get hungry, listen to music or feel an urge to update Facebook while operating a motor vehicle. Humans do all of those things and so very many more that lead to accidents and deaths each day. read more

The Mercedes-Benz S500 Is Plugged Into the Market

Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-in

The mere uttering of the word “Plug-in” when connected to car talk used to inspire disgust. Now that hybrids, electric cars and other alternative powertrains are being embraced by the masses–it has become rather a term of endearment. The luxurious Mercedes-Benz S500 plug-in may even be a car people actually want to drive, and it is quite quiet. The S500 model is set to arrive in Spring of 2015, according to the Mercedes-Benz website.

The Mercedes-Benz S500 is plugged in for a bright future. Not only is it smooth and sporty, it is also performance-based, eco friendly and loaded with safety features and programs. read more

Robot Butlers Enhancing Luxury Hotel Service Standards?

How would you like a staff of robot butlers to serve you during your next hotel stay? That is a possibility when you choose the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino! While Japan and China may have a few working robots, they pale in comparison to A.L.O. Botlr, the robot butler setting a new precedent in California!
Watch the one minute clip above showing A.L.O Botlr in action. He is quite the cutie and I want one for the house!

A.L.O. Botlr robot butler is the creation of Savioke, a California-based venture funded by Google. The project is spearheaded by Steve Cousins and with all of the cool Google technology and resources–the hospitality industry may never be the same. *Cue Jetsons clip.. read more

Mercedes-Benz Technology: Gesture Control Feature Raising Questions & Hands

Mercedes-Benz technology

Mercedes-Benz has been dropping hints that it is about to toss more brain muscle toward technology. It is already a worthy adversary to any tech savvy exotic carmaker, but word is that Mercedes-Benz technology is gearing up to do more than just impress…it wants to drop jaws.

Slowly over the past few years it seems that Audi and BMW have stolen the limelight in terms of engaging customers with technology. BMW’s bold ‘i’ badging clearly communicates to the world that it is futuristic and intelligent, and that cool blue doesn’t hurt the goal. So what can Mercedes-Benz possibly do to gain an edge on the likes of the BMW i line or Audi? read more