Category Archives: Writing

Honda launches new brand site for tech, innovation and motorsport

Engine manufacturer Honda has launched a new brand site. The Engine Room covers all things tech, innovation and motorsport and hopes to rekindle consumer enthusiasm for the brand here in the UK and across the world.

The Engine Room replaces Dream magazine and will feature a variety of content about cars, bikes, power tools and marine in video and written formats.

Click here for The Engine Room

The future: The tech on the new Vauxhall Astra

The new Astra takes family hatch tech to a different level, and we try it out

Connectivity has become an ever-increasing part of our motoring experience. There’s greater responsibility on car makers to ensure systems don’t encourage us to break the law while behind the wheel, and Vauxhall has been a pioneer.

After 20 years of helping US drivers, OnStar has arrived in Europe in the new Astra. But the Astra’s tech highlights don’t end there: it also has clever LED matrix headlamps and neat smartphone integration in its IntelliLink infotainment system to offer.

Intellilink

Intellilink is Vauxhall’s infotainment platform, which has…Read more

 

 

Sheet lightning: Electric cars need better batteries. Graphene may help

SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enough to do so, but not quite. And unless they are fitted with petrol-driven generators known as range extenders, electric cars cannot go far without topping up the batteries. Even with the best modern technology, such top-ups take at least 20 minutes. What is needed is a better battery.

Many have tried. Many have failed. Read more.

HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomous driving

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris van de Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE’s a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.

just-auto: What’s changed since the acquisition by the alliance?

Floris van de Klashorst: It was more of the perspective of why they bought us, acquired us, which is important. If you look at what we stand for, as a company, and what we try to establish, is really being a pure location player, posting the content in the data analytics, in the software platform, and the applications in the cars.

If you look at HERE as a company, we do….read more.