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Tech Tuesday: New Device Makes Life Easier For Some Locksmiths, Car Thieves
Tech Tuesday: New Device Makes Life Easier For Some Locksmiths, Car Thieves

3-D printing is fairly new, but its popularity grows with every improvement to the technology. The process uses either a 3-D scanner to map an item's surface or 3-D imaging software to build something from scratch. Then a special printer recreates that surface in sandstone, plastic, ceramic, or...Read More»

Apple iPhone
Tech Tuesday: Apple's iPhone Is Friend, Lover, Garage Door Opener

Apple and its hyper-popular iPhone have been in the news a lot this week -- and not for good reasons. It seems that Steve Jobs' minions have begun heavily censoring the apps available on the App Store, removing any that contain nudity, swimsuits, or ice skating tights (not kidding). But while...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC70
Volvo Brings High-Tech To The Backseat With Wi-Fi And Touchscreens

The internet's slow, insidious takeover of Planet Earth inched forward at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, as Volvo unveiled a new, rear-seat entertainment system. The RSEi-500 debuted on the 2010 Volvo XC70, featuring touchscreens embedded in front-seat headrests, a built-in wi-fi router, and a 500gb...Read More»

ASIMO robot by Honda, featured in 'Living With Robots'
Video: Honda's 'Living With Robots' Screens At Sundance

Gearheads and their tech cousins, propellerheads, often run in the same circles. Both are possessed by a love of tinkering, futzing, and generally crafting bits of metal and plastic into useful and/or awesome stuff. Honda's (NYSE:HMC) research team is no exception to the rule, being known not only...Read More»

Ford Sync wi-fi hotspot
Eyes On The Road: New Tech Developments Diminish Distractions For Drivers

Here at TCC, we spend a lot of time reading and writing about roadway safety. In recent years, we've provided extensive coverage of distracted driving issues -- especially texting behind the wheel and more recently, in-car internet. Both are serious concerns (phone-related distractions caused 6,000...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz SLK Grand Edition and SL Night Edition
Mercedes Developing 'Auto-Swerve' For Pedestrian Safety

Mercedes-Benz is known for its safety features, so it should come as no surprise that the automaker is now working on "auto-swerve" technology that will help drivers avoid collisions with pedestrians. According to Ulrich Mellinghoff, head of safety development at Mercedes, the vast majority of...Read More»

Ford's Plastics Research Team
Video: Ford Developing Biodegradable Plastics

"Sustainability" has become a watchword among automakers these days, but while most of the industry's high-profile environmentally friendly practices have to do with powertrains, considerable effort is also being spent on greening other parts of the car. For example, Ford's Plastics Research Team...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 engine
Ford Ramping Up Powertrain Revamp For 2010

Just ahead of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Ford has announced nine new engines and six new transmissions due to hit the market in 2010. Part of a five-year push to introduce 60 new powertrains, the new engines include a 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that will find its way into the 2012 Ford...Read More»

In-car internet
New York Times Fuels Hysteria Over In-Car Internet

True innovation is controversial. Most major developments come with their share of open-armed adopters and up-in-arms adversaries. The printing press, the light bulb, the automobile, the cell phone: while many have welcomed such inventions, many others have shouted them down as stupid, dangerous...Read More»

Garmin ecoRoute hd
New From Garmin: Record Your Own Driving Instructions, Learn Green Driving

It's high convention season here in the U.S., and while most of our attention is focused on Detroit, we've also got one eye on Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show. There are a number of gearhead-oriented gadgets on the CES launch calendar, including two from Garmin: Voice Studio, a program...Read More»

DrinkTracker iPhone app
Apps For Alkies: Track Your Tippling On New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a special night: a night for wary suburbanites to make their annual schlep to the city center, and for otherwise upright teetotalers to knock back the bubbly like barflies. Here at TCC, we fall somewhere in the middle -- right between "grandpa at the ice cream social" and "Gary...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Aims For Annoyance Avoidance With Three-Blink Tech

The 2011 Ford Fiesta has garnered loads of attention in recent months. It's been popular with drivers and journalists, and it's been the subject of a highly successful marketing campaign. Now there's yet another reason to look forward to the Fiesta's U.S. release: it will be the first American Ford...Read More»

Bob Lutz and 50 Cent
Firestone, Clunkers and Chapter 11: The Decade in Car News

As 2009 draws to a close this week, the auto industry is waving goodbye to a decade--and in some corners, waving it good riddance. The "Naughties" might be the best neologism for this lost decade. It began with new alliances forming and new empires emerging, and ends on Friday in a multi-car pileup...Read More»

Art Lebedev's Transparentius design
Transparent Trucks Show The Road Ahead

Art Lebedev might not be a household name in the U.S., but it's one of the leading design studios in Russia, and it has been known to turn out some pretty interesting ideas. The latest is a system of cameras and screens that lets the traffic behind a semi-truck see what's on the other side. By...Read More»

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Ford SYNC Adds In-Car WiFi, Hot Spot Capability

Ford has announced that the next-generation version of its SYNC connectivity system will include in-car WiFi. The new system will be powered through a USB mobile broadband unit, much like the one that many business travelers already have for mobile connectivity. Yet the system requires no...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535i xDrive AWD Steering Wheel
What's Next? a La-Z-Boy and a Wine Cellar?

  Heres something only a true workaholic could love, provided, of course, that his car never moved. As we thumbed through some interesting websites this a.m., we came across the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk, a device only a true workaholic or a raving idiot will love.   This little beauty, you can...Read More»

Pandora for the iPhone
Today In Tech: Pandora Coming To Cars

Pandora.com is a fantastic free site that allows users to create personalized radio stations chock-full of their favorite music. When Pandora jumped to the iPhone in 2008, we were stoked because it meant we could finally take streaming music on the road (even though playback is a little dodgy...Read More»

ChargePoint
Element Hotels To Have ChargePoint Stations By Close Of 2009

Lots of companies pay lip service to "going green", but Element Hotels is putting its money where its mouth is. The Element chain is a 2008 addition to Starwood's sprawling family of hotels and resorts, offering customers a "no-compromise, eco-chic experience". Part of that experience will soon be...Read More»

2016 BMW 7-Series multi-material construction
Only in MIT... a Solar Racecar, a DIY Segway, What Else?

The Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) solar  Electric Vehicle Team team recently unveiled a $243,000 solar carbon-fiber racer. The car dubbed the Eleanor is being prepared for an inaugural Endurance race later this year. Eleanor can top out at 90 MPH. Here is some information from the...Read More»

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