The economy hasn’t been doing so great lately, which means you’ll probably want to keep an eye on your spending habits for the next couple of months. One luxury you may not be able to afford is purchasing a new vehicle, although you might be able to afford this one, that is, if you have no plans to transport other people or large amounts of cargo.
While in CEATEC/Japan, we took the opportunity to get a ride at small demo track inside the Makuhari convention center in Tokyo. The goal was to look at how the automated Nissan car would react to different road situations. Recently, the Japanese government has considered approving tests on the Japanese roads, so it is pretty exciting to see what these vehicles had evolved since last year. Nissan’s goal is to […]
There’s nothing finer than flipping through your leather wallet while you’re sitting on your leather couch, wearing your favorite leather pants as you sweat uncontrollably from wearing a leather fedora on a 90-degree day. The feel of leather is one we’re sure many people could appreciate, but we’re not entirely sure if we’re such a big fan of leather where we would completely cover our vehicle in it.The vehicle was […]
Cars and technology go hand in hand, that is without a doubt. In fact, Google themselves have been working on a self-driving car for quite some time now (and are still refining it), and other vehicle manufacturers too, have been “pumping” new technologies into their rides over the years at an unprecedented rate. There is a report by The Telegraph that claims that the European Union might want to force […]
Hitachi has revealed a tiny single-seat vehicle called Ropits; that’s Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System. Ropit is a robot vehicle that can pick up and drop off passengers independently. Just punch in the destination and it will take you there. The vehicle is meant to travel on sidewalks and Hitachi had demonstrated its capability in the city of Tsukuba today. There will be more tests to come.
Automatic.com has just launched an accessory called the Automatic Link which connects to your car’s on-board computer, via an industry-standard connector. From there, the Automatic Link sends information over Bluetooth 4.0 (which uses less power than previous versions) to a smartphone via an app. At the moment, only iOS is supported, but Automatic has planned an Android version “in the fall”.Automatic Driving Assistant uses real-world data from the car’s on-board […]
Driving in the middle of the night can already pose enough of a challenge to navigate through as a number of people aren’t even supposed to be driving due to the limited visibility. Driving while a car as large as a yacht behind you with its high beams on can make it even more challenging, but a new car feature will be introduced at next week’s Geneva Motor Show that […]
Everyone who has driven with a GPS in a big city knows that there are spotty places where the GPS signal reception is difficult because the device loses line of sight, or because buildings are reflecting and bouncing the GPS signal around. The end result is a dramatic loss of accuracy which can mean the missing a critical turn. Scientists from Spain have devised a way to improve the positioning […]
[CES 2013] I guess it would make plenty of sense when you shack up two premium brands together – after all, to have something like a pristine Ferrari parked in a junkyard does not make much sense, so we are not too surprised to see Bavarian automaker BMW team up with Harman, the premium global audio and infotainment group. Harman will deliver what they call as the “core” of the […]
There are few things more embarrassing than really screwing up a parallel parking job on a busy city block. Rearview cameras in some cars have made it easier, but for the most part, parallel parking technique hasn’t changed in decades. It still requires a human touch, even as Google’s proven that human drivers aren’t necessarily better than computerized drivers. The 2013 Ford Fusion promises to change that: it collects data through sensors […]
While the current Applevs. Samsung trial is about phones and tablets, Phil Schiller who is Apple’s VP of Marketing has testified that Apple had discussed building a car at some point. This got out of the trial via a Tweet from Nick Bilton (New York Times)– “Phil Schiller on stand said before making the iPhone, there was discussion of Apple making a camera or a car – ‘crazy stuff.’”While there […]
If you’ve been shopping for an Audi A4 or A5, here’s one more (geeky) reason to be interested: both 2013 models will come with in-car WiFi, which is connected to a 3G modem, which will work on the T-Mobile network. Yes, your car will now have its own SIM card (and wireless bill of $30 or so). This WiFi setup will be able to connect up to 8 devices to […]
Dr. Andrew Hicks of Drexel University has recently been awarded a patent for a car side mirror that can reportedly eliminate “blind spots”. A blind spot is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver. These blind spots usually occur when the side-view mirror and rear-view mirror block a driver’s view of the road. Dr. Hicks’ curved mirror on the other hand, promises to increase […]
Following the steps of Nevada to officially approve rules for self-driving cars on its public roads, the State Senate of California passed the Senate Bill 1298 today to support the safety and performance standards of autonomous vehicles operating on the state’s roads and highways. The bill, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla, passed with a unanimous vote of 37-0, and will now make its way to the State Assembly, where it […]