Category Archives: Technology

New designs and technological advances in everyday luxury goods. Things we find that are cool, that wow us, or are silly or shocking to share with our fans and readers.
From the latest gadgets, technological advances, to the newest carbon fiber brakes for exotic cars, you can read about it here. Technology has a direct impact on exotic cars, luxury hotels, superyachts, air charters and other things that we love. Whenever technology improves one of these areas, you can bet that we will have something exciting to say about it to our readers via our luxury blog.
Technology is constantly improving the luxury items we already love, capturing our interest all over again with each brilliant tweak.

Audi Gets Street Smart: Are Smart Roads Just Around the Corner?

Audi’s Traffic Light Assist could pave the way for smart roadways. Everyone knows just how frustrating it can be to sit at a red traffic light with no idea when it will turn green. The technology Audi is developing syncs the car with the city traffic light system, showing the driver how many seconds until the traffic signal turns green or red. Imagine a world where you know when the traffic light is going to turn! Audi is paving the way to that future with its new Traffic Light Assist system. The technology has been demonstrated in various scenarios with … Continue reading

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Hey 007, Make that a V8! Aston Martin and Daimler AG

Last summer, Aston Martin and Daimler AG announced a pending partnership wherein potent AMG engines would find their way inside Aston Martin luxury rides. Now the first official details have emerged on the budding romance between automakers. Details are here regarding what Aston Martin buyers can expect from the new partnership with Mercedes and AMG. As with any partnership, the fine-tuning process is non-stop, but Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche has confirmed that the first AMG engines will grace Aston Martin cars by 2017. To explain the gap, Zetsche said: “When you make decisions like this it usually takes three to … Continue reading

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Look Out, Siri! Audi and Google are Teaming Up

The battle between tech tycoons Apple and Google rages on, and now Google is taking aim at Siri, the disembodied voice that Apple users have grown to love. Because Apple has partnerships with around nine automotive companies to integrate their iOS devices, Google has now paired up with Audi to unleash a direct threat to Siri in the form of Google’s Android operating systems in new Audi cars. Which will be better, Apple iOS devices linking to infotainment systems or Google Android software coming with new cars? Oh how far we have come from pulling off the lot with a … Continue reading

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Audi Cylinder on Demand Option Offers Greener Power

Audi is joining the ranks of companies offering cylinder deactivation options. With its Cylinder on Demand (COD) feature, fuel economy is improved by up to 20% when deployed. The Audi Cylinder on Demand system can improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent compared to fully active mode. The company will release the COD system in three of its gasoline engines, including the following: The 1.4-liter TFSI COD 4-cylinder, the 4.0-liter TFSI COD 6-cylinder and the W12 COD 12-cylinder of the latest Audi A8 L. How it works The Audi COD system deactivates about half of the operating cylinders by … Continue reading

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The 2014 Spark-Renault SRT_01E is Prepping for the Formula E Championship

Excitement is mounting for the first-ever electric car racing circuit, the Formula E Championship. The 2014 2014 Spark-Renault SRT_01E is poised to be the first electric racer ready for the challenge. Check out the body, it appears to be every bit a beast, and can meet the strict criteria for the championship. The world got a sneak peek at the 2014 Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It is to be the world’s first sanctioned electric car for the Formula E Championship.  The 2014 Spark-Renault SRT_01E at a glance: Power is derived from a McLaren electric motor. It … Continue reading

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Students Build Dutch Electric Car that Beats Bugatti from 0-60 MPH

A group of Dutch students at Delft University of Technology have crafted a fast little number that can beat a Bugatti Veyron from 0-60 miles per hour. The shocker: it is an all-electric ride. The Dutch electric car is named the DUT13 and it looks like a Tonka kids toy, tipping the scale at a mere 320 pounds. Dutch students break electric car acceleration record with a tiny ride. Its blistering acceleration rate has broken the record. The DUT13 demolishes the 0-60 jump in 2.15 blistering seconds. It accomplishes this feat thanks to an extremely light body that lacks creature … Continue reading

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Which 2014 Mercedes-Benz Can Stop and Steer Itself?

Mercedes-Benz is eager to unleash some futuristic trends for the next-gen cars. The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will take the brand one step closer to an autonomous car–boasting the ability to stop and steer itself. While it seems quite sci-fi at this juncture, many brands are gearing up to offer autonomous vehicles behind the scenes. The concepts are largely ignored or labeled as crazy, but the technology is coming. The word ‘safety’ could quite possibly ensure its survival success. The 2014 Mercedes S-Class Why the word safety? Because of the many deaths attributed to operating motor vehicles every year around … Continue reading

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Plug Into the BMW Concept X5 eDrive

BMW continues to enhance its i line, with the recent unveil of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The next generation of the X5 is still gorgeous and performance oriented, but has a newfound love for its environment. That is to say, it is a plug-in hybrid. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive at a glance: The plug-in hybrid powertrain features a 4-cylinder gas engine paired with a 95-horsepower electric motor. The electric motor was developed in-house. The system also packs a lithium-ion battery pack for extra range. Automated transmission sends power to all four wheels … Continue reading

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Ferrari Wind Tunnel is Back in the Saddle

The Prancing Horse could be firmly back in the saddle again soon. After 18 grueling months, the Ferrari wind tunnel is back in the business of tenaciously testing aerodynamics for the Scuderia racing team. The wind tunnel testing area is just a small section of the Maranello operations, but it is very important. The wind tunnel, named galleria del vento, plays a vital role in keeping the Scuderia Ferrari Racing Team on top. It was closed down for over a year due to major discrepancies between testing and actual track results. During the many months that the air was still, … Continue reading

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Want to Know More About Your Audi? Audi eKurzinfo App

Technology is everywhere. It is increasingly incorporated into our lives in unexpected places, like automobiles. While technology certainly makes our lives more streamlined, it can be frustrating for some to adjust. Audi has introduced an application that can assist with those issues! The Audi eKurzinfo app serves to replace that bulky user’s manual. Gone are the days of frantically flipping through a car manual searching for an answer. The Audi eKurzinfo will be available for the following models: The A1, A3 and S3 from 2012 forward. This is such a simple idea, I think all vehicles should come with a … Continue reading

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