Technology

2019 Lexus ES debuts world first ‘Digital Outer Mirrors’, uses cameras

Sep 13, 2018

Lexus is about to become the world’s first manufacturer to implement camera side mirrors on a mass-production vehicle, with the launch of the new Lexus ES next month. Yes, it seems like something out of...

Toyota Dynamic Force 2.0L, hybrid & E-Four powertrains announced

Feb 27, 2018

Toyota has announced a range of significant powertrain updates that are designed to cut its fleet emissions by 18 per cent. In the mix is a new Dynamic Force 2.0-litre and 2.0-litre hybrid, as well...

Mercedes Me app tells you if your car has been dented, live

Nov 24, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has come up with a pretty cool technology that helps you stay more connected with your car, even if you’re not in it. It’s a new security feature of the Mercedes Me app. The...

Mercedes announces AMG emblem projector entrance lights

Nov 20, 2017

Mercedes-Benz is jumping onto the ‘puddle light’ trend by offering a new AMG LED projector emblem option for its cars. This was a trend kick-started by Land Rover a few years ago. The idea is...

Jaguar Land Rover begins testing autonomous vehicles in the UK

Nov 17, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover is getting involved in the UK’s first autonomous vehicle road tests, as part of the £20 million Autodrive project. Additionally, the testing will involve connected vehicle trials whereby vehicles communicate with each...

Jaguar Land Rover patents unique aero guide vane system

Aug 15, 2017

It looks like Jaguar Land Rover is getting more serious about the aerodynamics of its suavely-designed cars, with a patent application revealing a new channelling system to guide airflow along the side of its cars....

Dutch students make world’s first biodegradable car, from sugar & flax

Aug 14, 2017

A bunch of uni students in the Netherlands have developed the world’s first biodegradable car, sort of. It shows us that cars needn’t be so heavily-ladened with metal, and also shows us the possibilities in...

Toyota ‘Dynamic Force’ engine tech to spread across segments

Aug 02, 2017

Toyota’s new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which will debut in the 2018 Camry, is the first of a new wave of engine families to adopt its latest ‘Dynamic Force’ engine philosophy. The 2018 Camry continues with...

Exclusive: Plans for Australian-built electric cars pushing ahead

Jul 31, 2017

Although Toyota and Holden are only two months away from closing their Australian manufacturing operations, one company in South Australia is determined to bring a new Australian electric vehicle to market. PerformanceDrive spoke with Paul...

Schaeffler develops clutch to allow for manual hybrid vehicles

Jul 10, 2017

Those bemoaning the decline of manual transmission and the bleak future it faces in an increasingly electrified world can take solace in this news. German component maker Schaeffler has unveiled a module which enables manual...

Geely acquires flying car maker Terrafugia

Jul 10, 2017

Chinese company Zhejian Geely has surprised investors with the acquisition of fledgeling flying car company Terrafugia, which is based in the USA. Terrafugia joins Swedish safety and luxury car brand Volvo as well as more...

Elon Musk demonstrates tunnel driving at 200km/h

May 13, 2017

Last month we reported about Elon Musk’s latest brainstorm – The Boring Company – in which a vessel in the street carries your car into a subterranean tunnel network, where computer controlled sleds on rails...

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