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Gadgetwatch: Pioneer Entertainment System Streams Media From Home To Car Via WiMAX
Gadgetwatch: Pioneer Entertainment System Streams Media From Home To Car Via WiMAX

Pioneer is giving you one more reason to take your eyes of the road: its new Network AV playback system links to your home media center, streaming your collection of music and--most terrifyingly--movies straight to the Pioneer media player. The system works via WiMAX, a communications technology...Read More»

Spaceport America, rendered by Foster + Partners
Under Construction: Spaceport America

One day--maybe--cars will be a thing of the past. By then, spaceports will be commonplace, not just $200 million oddities like the one being built now in New Mexico. Yes, you heard correctly: a spaceport is now under construction in New Mexico. Starting in 2010, Virgin Galactic (and presumably Elon...Read More»

Volvo's 'car train' technology at work
Volvo Brings High-Tech Convoys Into The 21st Century

Robot butlers may still be decades away, but Volvo has announced some equally awesome technology that could be prototyped as soon as 2011: a system that can electronically link up to ten cars into a convoy controlled by one professional driver. The nine trailing cars would link up via laser beams...Read More»

John McCain
John McCain Gabs About 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid On Twitter (Yes, THAT John McCain)

Remember when John McCain couldn't be bothered to use email and wasn't entirely sure how to get online? Well now he's using Twitter. YES: TWITTER. You know, that thing all the kids are using (and you are, too, if you want to win a nifty Prius backpack).  Apparently he's so giddy about adding the...Read More»

iPhone
Apple iPhone 3.0: Real TomTom GPS Navigation, Zipcar, And More

Today the techno-geek world has their eyes glued to screens at Moscone West--where Apple is unveiling a host of new iPhone, MacBook and Snow Leopard details. What does that have to do with cars? Plenty, because the latest iPhone software will let you integrate your phone ever more tightly into your...Read More»

Facial recognition system from Toshiba
Scanning On The Horizon

Conspiracy theorists and other paranoid types, take note: Toshiba is in the early stages of testing a facial recognition system for cars. Such a system could have a number of uses--many of them fantastic. The Japanese electronics manufacturer says the technology will allow drivers to communicate...Read More»

Mercedes Benz Pre-Safe system
A Radar in Every Car: BMW, Daimler Team for Cheap Radar

No one has a crystal ball that holds the future of the auto industry, let alone the future of in-car technology, but two of the industry's biggest innovators have joined forces to help shape the future into one that includes radar in every car - or at least every segment. A group of suppliers...Read More»

Volkswagen Polo Challenge by Fish Labs
First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Polo (On the iPhone, That Is)

The wait is over--the 2011 Volkswagen Polo is here and we've driven it. That is, if you count the iPhone-based "Volkswagen Polo Challenge" that's been ticking off a million-plus downloads since it launched in March. The iPhone app puts the new Polo through its paces on a set of eight driving...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

KVH TracVision A5
In-Car Satellite TV Still Tuning In, Slowly

In-car television is still in its infancy--at least, the satellite-powered variety. But AT&T may have moved a step closer to delivering 22 channels of auto-aimed broadcasting with its CruiseCast service, announced last year and finally moving out of the vaporware phase. Engadget reports that...Read More»

New Engine Technology Unveiled by Scuderi Group
New Engine Technology From Scuderi - 30 Percent More Efficient?

Yesterday we reported on progress General Motors is making with their HCCI engine technology. The story reminded me of my wanderings through Cobo Center during the recent SAE 2009 World Congress (an annual gathering of engineers bent on making the world a more efficient and advanced place). There...Read More»

2007 Saturn Prototype with HCCI engine
Dog And Pony Shows Continue; GM Trots Out New Fuel Saving Tech For 2016 Camaro.

Because of the new rules regarding EPA fuel economy regulations, it only stands to reason that General Motor's PR department had a press release ready on a new fuel-saving technology to put in front of anybody in Washington, D.C. who would pay attention ... especially those responsible for voting...Read More»

GPS satellite
Warrantless GPS Tracking by Police: Legal, or Illegal?

Among the many advances in automotive technology, GPS-based navigation systems are right up there with self-starters, auto air-conditioning, and iPod integration. Millions of hapless drivers now swear by their GPS instead of at their spouse/navigator. But there's a sinister side to the satellite...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. We won't all have to drive a truncated 2009 Toyota Yaris either. Relax and chill, folks. Let's do a little reality-based projecting on what 2016 might look like. In 2016, the new mileage and emissions rules announced today by the Obama administration require...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
Engines Will Shrink For Fuel Efficiency, But You'll Pay More For Less

It's long been tradition that big cars have big engines. But fuel-economy standards (in the US) and carbon emissions limits (in Europe) mean that even the big cars of tomorrow will have to use far less gasoline than they do today. One way they'll get there is by radically downsizing the engines...Read More»

GM cars take on the Zune
Link Love From The Car Connection: Reading Behind The Wheel, Music For Hipsters, And GM Targets The Zune Generation (Assuming There Is One)

Zuning in -- General Motors' marketing department isn't letting all this bankruptcy folderol spoil their fun. Those chipper clipboard-toters are working overtime to reach every viable customer demographic. GM's latest target: owners of the Microsoft Zune, America's favorite also-ran mp3 player...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype grille
Nissan's Audacious Claim: Our EV Will Cost No More Than a Regular Compact Car

It seems to be electric vehicle season out there, with Ford, Chevrolet, and now Nissan giving rides in their development prototypes. In each case, a close-to-final drivetrain was mounted in a development "mule" far from the final production vehicle. Of the three, Nissan has by far the most...Read More»

Sirius Stream Jockey
Satellite Radio Could Lose Big in Chrysler Bankruptcy

The big loser in the Chrysler bankruptcy conflamma playing out now? After bondholders, blue-collar workers and executives alike, you mean? That could be SiriusXM satellite radio. The newly merged entity had been hoping for good economic times, more new-vehicle installations and thousands more new...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XF
The List: 7 Best Factory Car Sound Systems

You already know which new car's your favorite, and here at TheCarConnection.com, we have some favorites, too. But when it comes to entertaining us at the wheel with great music and excellent music interfaces, which cars truly rock? Spending $30,000 on a new car is easy to do--and yet, some luxury...Read More»

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