Posts with tag: ‘automotive’

Koenigsegg and Rimac: Two Little Automakers Making a Big Impact

Two small automakers have engaged in guerilla warfare in the auto industry. Koenigsegg and Rimac both have humble roots and are still tiny compared to larger competitors, yet they’re pushing forward with some amazing innovations.

Haven’t heard of either one? Or, have you heard the names but don’t know much about them? Read on to learn what impact these two companies are making and where they might be heading.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and a Few Ships Too): Transportation 3D Models from the GrabCAD Community

With summer right around the corner, everyone is eagerly awaiting their travel plans. Whether you’re traveling by air, by land, or by sea, the GrabCAD community has a 3D model that may or may not look similar to the mode of transportation you’ll be traveling in.

In honor of the new Groups section of the GrabCAD Community, we wanted to spotlight some of our favorite 3D transportation models. If you're into automotive, aerospace, and locomotive design you can also discuss these topics on the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles group.

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Google Automotive Trends Report Shows What People Want Out of Their Cars

Every year, Google publishes a report on trends for the automotive industry. This is different from other industry trend reports, because it comes from searches typed by Google users. Market research firms often rely on focus groups, consumer surveys, and complex formulas. Of course, Google is privy to a data set many envy, so it leverages that advantage. The idea, as claimed by the tech giant, is that this sampling of buyer interests and intents is more representative of the whole range of consumers in different markets. I won’t bore you with Google’s methodology, since you can read all about it in the report.

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Bugatti Chiron: An Engineering Marvel

It’s difficult to look at the Bugatti Chiron and not get caught up in this hyper car’s striking exterior design. The approximate $2.5 million price tag can also leave you in awe. Then there’s the earth-shattering 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbo engine and the 1,479 bhp it produces, plus the 261-mph top speed. That’s incredible, especially considering the vehicle weighs about 4,400 pounds.

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Augmented Reality is Coming to Your Car Dealership

The automotive industry has toyed with the idea of using augmented reality for years. Most applications have stayed in the realm of concepts, but Porsche is making strides toward real-world application.

Instead of helping drivers to spot dangers on the road like Jaguar and Land Rover, or supplying first responders with 3D schematics of vehicles like Daimler, Porsche is applying augmented reality in dealership service departments. It will be technicians wearing smart glasses, instead of customers, opening a world of possibilities.

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