Day: March 20, 2020

Hyundai and Uber urban autonomous mobility flies you then drives you

Last September, Hyundai snagged 30-year NASA veteran Dr. Jaiwon Shin to take an EVP role in charge of the automaker’s new Urban Air Mobility (UAM) division. Shin, who had run NASA’s Aeronautics Mission Research directorate, would help Hyundai secure a leading position in the highly anticipated world of flying cars by developing core products and technologies. In December, Hyundai announced a $52 billion investment in Strategy 2025, part of which would focus on smart mobility devices and services. At CES today, Hyundai’s brought a glimpse of its vision for smart mobility working together in a smart city, with the S-A1 personal air vehicle, S-Link purpose-built vehicle, and S-Hub landing and docking space where the two come together. 

Collectively called the UAM-PBV-Hub, the goal for the mobility system is “to free future cities and people from constraints of time and space

These are Wards’ 10 Best Engines for 2016

These are Wards’ 10 Best engines for 2016

It used to be, not terribly long ago, that an engine was defined by the fuel that fed its internal combustion. Gasoline or diesel, with a few outliers like the Wankel rotary. Nowadays, though, the automotive definition of an engine has taken on entirely new meaning with the proliferation of electrification.

The changeover from a bigger-is-better, high-horsepower mentality has been gradual, but it’s typified by Wards‘ 10 Best Engines list for 2016. For the first time ever, there are three electrified drivetrains recognized by Wards, and they join one diesel, two naturally aspirated V6s, a turbocharged inline six, an immensely impressive V8 and one four-cylinder that boasts both turbo- and supercharging.

There’s never been a more interesting list of powertrains to single out than there is in 2016,