Google is working on an autonomous electric car that needs no steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal. It will be restricted to speeds of 25 mph or less and have a range of 100 miles. Testing begins this summer.
In June, Tesla made all of its patents public in order to encourage more innovation in electric-vehicle technology. CEO Elon Musk wrote on the company website that with climate change looming, Tesla and the world would benefit from more electric cars.
Volkswagen is working on a 10-speed dual- clutch gearbox, which reportedly will be compatible with the company's four-, five-, and six-cylinder engines. More gears allow for a more efficient engine across a broader range of gear ratios.
Arrow Electronics made a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 semiautonomous. Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic, drove it around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway using head motion to steer and accelerate, and bite pressure on a sensor to brake.