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Video: Hole In Windshield Improves Convertible Driving
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»

2017 Porsche Panamera
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»

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