IIHS Top Safety Picks, Chocolate 911s, Audi Robot: Today At High Gear Media

November 18, 2009
MIT and Audi's AIDA robot driving assistant

MIT and Audi's AIDA robot driving assistant

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The Jetsons had them doing the dishes, the Matrix says they'll take over the world one day, and Audi wants to put one in your dashboard: robots. Why a robot in your car? In the case of Audi's AIDA--Affective Intelligent Driving Agent--it's to relay information in a way that's easier and safer to understand than a traditional screen display, in addition to doing things like reminding occupants to buckle up. Creepy? Maybe a bit, but it's cute, too.

The IIHS has also released their Top Safety Picks for 2010, and notably absent are most of the luxury carmaker ranks. Volvo fares quite well, as does parent company Ford, but Toyota is completely absent.

Shifting gears to things a bit more sporting, we have news today that the Toyota and Subaru versions of the rear-wheel-drive joint sports coupe will be very different, thanks to an all-wheel-drive system being added to the Subaru, in addition to another 50 horsepowr and a bit longer wheelbase for the Subie.

In the green world, John Voelcker details BMW's "other" hybrid, the mild-hybrid ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan. His impression? Don't dimiss this car for its hybrid idiosyncrasies, but don't expect it to save the earth, either.

Celeb car spotting is a good business at gas stations--and CelebsAndCars--these days, apparently one of the few common denominators left between us all. Case in point: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt caught filling up their no-doubt thirsty BMW M6 Coupe.

Around the rest of the High Gear Media network there's a look at Nissan's position on EV battery leasing, a 1971 Dodge HEMI Challenger sells or $391,000, a report on Ford's Supercrew F-150 Lariat, and a "holy war" between the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt.

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GreenCarReports.com
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Speidi Tops Off The Tank With Extra Ham

From around the High Gear Media network
AllCarsElectric.com:
FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC APTERA 2e PUSHED BACK TO 2010
LoJack for Hybrids?
Th!nk picks Indiana for U.S. factory
Top Reasons Why Nissan Believes Battery Leasing is Advantageous to Leaf Buyers
BMW To Produce Additional Hybrid Model Based Off of Mild Hybrid Powertrain Found in ActiveHybrid 7
ChallengerBlog.com:
1971 Dodge HEMI Challenger for $395,000
HPP Daytona Challenger Transformed for SEMA show
ToyotaMonitor.com:
Volt vs. Prius - The Hybrid Holy War

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