Audi Makes History At Spa: Fields First-Ever Hybrid Race Car And Takes It To Podium At World Endurance Championship

The Audi trio of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer drove the first ever diesel-electric racing car out on track at Spa and drove it to pole position during qualifying

The German car manufacturer has a no frills way to prove their car’s worth, taking it out on the race track for a survival test against the best, and the world is invited to watch the spectacle. But more often than not, Audi end up playing not just a survival game, they end up winning.

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Self-Driving Cars Approved in Nevada

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You have probably seen self-driving cars in sci-fi films, well, soon you are going to be able to own one, provided you are living in Nevada. The state has become the first in the US to approve the rules governing the operating of driverless cars on the state’s roadways.

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RoadRover Android Powered Dashboard At CES 2012

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Although Detroit’s NAIAS is thought of as the first big auto event of the year, the presence of automobile giants at CES suggests that the Las Vegas event is fast becoming the kick-off of the year’s major auto events in regards to in-vehicle computing. We saw some interesting stuff at the automotive area of CES 2012 this year, one among which is the RoadRover Android-powered dashboard.

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Volkswagen, Audi on the future of autopilot cars

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Some people claim that the next big thing in personal transport will be fully automatic, driverless cars. In May 2011, Danish architectural firm BIG proposed a driverless highway system where cars navigate the roads using robotic technology. The benefits of driverless cars, they claimed, were little or no accidents, as humans are responsible for close to 100 per cent of all traffic injuries. To further their point, they pointed out that airplanes operate smoothly on auto-pilot.

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Electric-only Audi A2 hot hatch launching in 2012

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I have a soft spot for hot hatches. The hatchback is functional, fun, and (typically) fuel efficient. Well, it turns out that the 2012 Audi A2 will be even more fuel efficient, because it’ll be offered as an electric-only model. Not only that, but it’s starting to sound like the German automaker will only offer the Audi A2 in its electric powertrain configuration. No gas. No diesel. Just pure electric. It’s debatable whether or not electric cars may not be the future, but they sound like a good intermediary.

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Future Audi vehicles getting apps to expand functionality

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Everyone is into “apps” these days and it seems that the automotive market is anything but immune to the development. In fact, Audi has announced that it is going to start developing apps for its cars. Before you start getting excited over the prospect of mobile Shazam and iFart, you’ll want to know that these apps are a little different.

With some upcoming Audi models, they’ll be giving you the ability to add extra functionality in the form of a software update. This software can then take advantage of hardware that is already embedded within the car. Think of it as a firmware update of sorts.

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