I’ve recently started test-driving cars to see what technology they sport, and the Subaru Crosstrek hybrid is one of the latest I’ve driven. After the CES 2019 tech trade show in January, it was clear to me that a lot of tech is pouring into new vehicles, even though it’s going to be a while before truly self-driving cars hit the road. This plug-in hybrid is what they call a subcompact sport utility vehicle. Acceleration wasn’t bad, considering it is a hybrid electric and gas car. It’s also attractive, and while stopped at a red light I got a compliment from another guy who thought it was cool. (He told me he was a Subaru salesperson.) The electric motor is slightly noisier than others I’ve driven. When I stepped on the accelerator with the electric motor running, I heard a little bit of whining. At first, I thought it was a distant ambulance siren, but it was just the motor revving. This hybrid has a base price of $35,000, or about $8,000 above the … [Read more...] about Subaru Crosstrek hybrid review — Cool tech gadgetry without a crazy price
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The world's largest mobile chipmaker is using 5G phones to go after Intel and Apple -- hard. That was clear after Qualcomm's tech summit in Hawaii this week. One after the other, executives compared the speed and battery gains of Qualcomm's processors that will power 5G and 4G phones and laptops to Intel and Apple's competing models. The potshots came fast and furious. Qualcomm wants a piece of Intel's PC pie, and it wants to punish Apple for leaving Qualcomm chips out of current and future iPhones. It also wants to push back against the perception that Apple, with its internal mobile processor business, is leading the pack when it comes to chip technology. For Qualcomm, it's key to maintain its position as the world's biggest mobile chipmaker. Smartphone sales are starting to slow, but Qualcomm keeps benefiting from offering must-have features in its newest chips. It needs that to remain the case, particularly as it sees more competition not only from other … [Read more...] about Qualcomm’s 5G phone push is a quest to destabilize Apple and Intel
Update: It's Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so many Ars staffers are working through leftovers instead of to-do lists. And with the recent news that one of the most interesting land-speed engineering projects around is experiencing funding issues (just a year after it finally ran a test and hit 210mph), we're resurfacing this profile of Bloodhound SSC. The initiative boils down to a single question: How do you build a car capable of setting a new land speed record on the far side of 1,000mph? This story originally ran on March 19, 2014, and it appears unchanged below. Human beings achieved many 'firsts' in the 20th century. We climbed the planet's highest mountains, dived its deepest undersea trench, flew over it faster than the speed of sound, and even escaped it altogether in order to visit the moon. Beyond visiting Mars, it may feel like there are no more milestones left to reach. Yet people are still trying to push the envelope, even if they have to travel a little farther to get … [Read more...] about Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?
General Motors is advocating for a new nationwide program that promotes electric cars and other zero-emissions vehicles. The so-called “National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program” would potentially put 7 million “long-range” EVs on the road by 2030 and reduce CO2 emissions by 375 million tons. GM is also calling for more investment into electric charging infrastructure, and it’s encouraging the government to support EV and battery technology in order to keep pace with countries like China. To do this, GM is calling for 25 percent of all automakers’ fleets to switch to electric or hybrid power. It also suggests an expansion of California’s current zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) “credit” system in which automakers have to make and sell a minimum number of clean cars, but they can swap credits if they have a deficit or a surplus. (For instance, Tesla, which sells more EVs than any other car company in the US, said this week that it … [Read more...] about GM challenges Trump administration to start a nationwide zero-emissions vehicle program
Does that mean the 70-year-old retiree, who says he hasn't missed an edition of the Paris Motor Show since 1966, is ready to join what carmakers insist will be the electric revolution? "Not right away," Fiot says. "What's stopping us is the price -- it's a bit expensive for a small car." The base price for a Zoe starts at €23,000 ($26,500) in France, and doesn't include battery rental costs -- though the government is offering a €6,000 clean car rebate. But higher costs relative to traditional vehicles are just one of the hurdles facing the industry as it races to bring electric cars into the mainstream. "The problem is the range isn't enough," said Guillaume Magne, an 18-year-old who just recently got his license, after trying out Citroen's C-Zero. Eleven automakers have made 33 cars available for free 30-minute test drives at the Place de la Concorde as part of the motor show, which runs until October 14. But the crowd was thin as … [Read more...] about At Paris Motor Show, electric cars are the future