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Mercedez-Benz's 'Mbrace' Puts Luxury In Your Lap
Mercedez-Benz's 'Mbrace' Puts Luxury In Your Lap

The intersection between technology and daily life became slightly more seamless yesterday with the launch of Mercedes-Benz's new "mbrace" telematics system. It features a lot of the bells and whistles we've come to expect from such gadgetry, like roadside assistance, real-time traffic, and the...Read More»

From Renault's Zero Emissions Magazine #1
Renault's Sustainable-Mobility.Org Touts Zero-Emissions Tech

In America, we tend to think of Renault as that wacky French outfit responsible for the Le Car craze of the 1970s and 80s. But in fact, the company has been doing some very interesting work on the EV front, thanks largely to its partnership with Nissan. In that vein, Renault recently launched a...Read More»

Christian Kandlbauer
Prosthetic Arms Allow Former Mechanic To Drive Again

Christian Kandlbauer was an 18-year-old Austrian auto mechanic when he lost both his arms in an electrical accident. Thanks to German companies Paravan and Otto Bock, however, Kandlbauer was recently outfitted with thought-controlled prosthetic arms, which have given him the ability to do many...Read More»

Chrysler ENVI Vehicles
Chrysler Retools Its EV Program, Possibly For The Better

Last week, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled the company's five-year recovery plan. This week, we've received details about Chrysler's electric vehicle program, which has been given a fairly extreme makeover and a new direction. Most notably, Chrysler's EV development initiative -- known as...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Five Reasons To Buy a VW Golf TDI

Lets face it. The latest iteration VW Jetta has been dorky since day one. It looks like a bloated Corolla and while the introduction of a first rate TDI version was a brilliant move to give it just the slightest hint of hipster appeal, this sedan has never been more than an entry level model for...Read More»

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Cell Phone Vehicle Control: Coming Soon To Sync And OnStar?

The iPhone-remote-controlled "Spirit of Berlin" Dodge Grand Caravan that we posted about just earlier today is pretty wild. In case you missed, it you'll want to check out the video clip demonstrating almost full vehicle operation, from the much-loved Apple handset. To a soundtrack by Yello, of...Read More»

Bluetooth
TCC Tip: Buyer Beware, Your Bluetooth May Not Pair

This week, as we've sifted through TheCarConnection.com's email for your questions, we've found an interesting one concerning Bluetooth connectivity. We're big users of the hands-free frequency, though we do advocate that you make all calls from a parked car, not a moving one. We're also...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30 R-Design
Rumor: Volvo Talks Between Ford And Geely Hit A Speed Bump

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Crown -- a consortium of American investors led by former auto industry executives -- is making a play for Volvo. The group's bid for the brand is substantially lower than that of current front-runner Geely, but we pointed out that the Americans do have some...Read More»

Wireless EV charging demo from Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
Turning Roadways Into Range-Extenders For EVs

Wireless charging has become fairly commonplace for cell phones and other handheld devices (even backpacks can do it), and now, that same technology may be coming to the aid of EVs. A German outfit called Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr has a patent for an electromagnetic induction system...Read More»

Pronto4 System
Technology: Pronto4 System Lets Vehicles Drive Themselves

A couple of months ago, John Voelcker reported on a futuristic, self-driving vehicle dreamed up by Google's industrial designers. That sort of personalized, automated transport may seem fairly sci-fi, but it's not as far off as you might think. For proof, look no further than the Pronto4 System...Read More»

2010 American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca -- Thursday testing. Photos by Joe Nuxoll.
Laguna Seca Raceway -- Now On Google Street View

If you're a frequent surfer of the interweb (and we're going to assume you are), you already know how awesome Google Street View can be. We use it all the time to peek at hotels, restaurants, the Playboy Mansion, and so on. But now, you can do even more with Google's technology -- namely, run the...Read More»

Mock-up of road design by Solar Roadways
Department Of Transportation Funds Solar Roadways Project

The Department of Energy may be getting a lot of press these days for its big-dollar loans to EV automakers, but the Department of Transportation is doing its own small part to brighten the future, too. The DOT recently awarded Solar Roadways (warning: crappy website ahead) a $100,000 contract to...Read More»

Audi MMI with handwriting recognition
New Audis To Get Old Technology

So you're driving down the highway, and this song comes on, and it reminds you of someone special -- maybe an old girlfriend or boyfriend, or maybe your Aunt Doris -- and you think to yourself, "I should call Betty/Bob/Aunt Doris, and with my in-dash telematics system, I totally can!" Until now...Read More»

Chevrolet's new OnStar services, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Video: Hole In Windshield Improves Convertible Driving

Convertibles are wonderful things, but riding in them -- especially at high speeds -- can take the fun out of what ought to be an exhilarating experience. Due to aerodynamics, the wind whipping around the vehicle has a tendency to jumble up inside the cabin, making for a noisy, hair-tossing ride...Read More»

German satellite warning system, developed by INT
German Satellites Control Your Car's Horn In Case Of Emergency

So, let's say you're in Stuttgart to visit the friendly folks at Mercedes-Benz. (They could use a little attention, since their competition's hogging the headlines.) During the night, a major fire breaks out down the road, but your TV's off, and there aren't any civil defense sirens, so how are you...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype
Nissan Pulls The Plug On EVs (Not How You Think)

Nissan has made a lot of news on the EV front lately: the company received a $1.6 billion loan from the Department of Energy to develop electric vehicles; it's partnering with Renault to build EV infrastructure at sites around the globe; and it's planning to drop its own EV into showrooms by 2012...Read More»

Catfight
He Said, He Said: War Of Words Keeps Tesla In The News

You've got to hand it to Tesla: the company does a great job of staying in the headlines. Sometimes, that's for laudable things--like the opening of the company's first European showroom, or receiving a sizeble loan from the Department of Energy. Then again, sometimes it's because the company's CEO...Read More»

AT&T Navigator
Review: Apple iPhone 3G's AT&T Navigation

•    What is it: AT&T's attempt to displace portable navigation systems with Apple's iPhone and its cell network •    Key facts: Turn-by-turn navigation with voice prompts; also stores favorites and fetches routes by dialing numbers •    On sale: Now •    Price: Application...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed
Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

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