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In a reversal certain to smooth out the hackles of all luxury electric car drivers, both current and aspiring, the state of New Jersey passed a law yesterday allowing Tesla Motors to resume operations and directly sell their automobiles to customers within the state. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill, thus negating the New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission's demand on March 11 of last year to end direct sales to the public by Tesla, in accordance with laws then in place that required that car manufacturers sell their vehicles only through franchised dealerships. By that time, in the year... Read more...
AeroMobil's announcement at SXSW Interactive 2015 of the company's plans to get a flying car in the air by 2017 has been all the buzz this week in Austin. After all, it is the rare person among us who has not at some point imagined hopping into a zippy little number in the driveway, dropping foot to pedal, and taking off into the sky, giddy and content in our H.G. Wells reality (or, perhaps, "The Jetsons"). Of course, a bit closer to earth, the idea of flying cars no doubt also played into the fantasies of certain SXSWi participants, especially among the many who had to endure Austin's epically... Read more...
NVIDIA's Tegra processor is a pretty great slice of silicon to find in a tablet. But finding it in a car? Yeah, that's a reality as well. The company announced today an expansion of its automotive ecosystem in partnership with Honda. Together, the two are launching Honda Connect, which is NVIDIA's first Asia-based partner to use its chips for in-car audio and information systems. To boot, Honda Connect is being hailed as the "world’s first infotainment system using embedded Android as the operating system running on Tegra." NVIDIA knows a thing or two about putting Android in new places,... Read more...
With a name like "Gigafactory," it has to be good. Panasonic and Tesla have just announced an agreement that'll see the two firms construct a large-scale battery manufacturing plant right here in the United States. The name, as you'd guess, is Gigafactory. Bold, intriguing, and totally Tesla. Per the agreement, it'll be Tesla managing the land, buildings, and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools based on their mutual approval. Per Tesla: "Tesla will take the cells and... Read more...
In just a few short years, Intel's entire world has changed. The company used to rake cash in with server, desktop, and laptop chip sales. These days, desktop sales are waning and laptops are being replaced by tablets. In other words, Intel has to figure out a way to get its silicon into different and more varied products if it wants the growth curve to continue as it has. Lately, Intel processors have been found in phones and tablets, but it's definitely not the primary player in the mobile realm. What's next? Cars. The company has unveiled In-Vehicle Solutions, which is described as a portfolio... Read more...
In a lot of ways, it already feels like we're living in a future approved by The Jetsons. For one thing, there's no Wi-Fi on airplanes, which is technologically mind-blowing. Moreover, we have vehicles that run on batteries alone, and we're able to charge our mobile phones sans wires. But now, we're one step closer to truly intergalactic bragging rights. Audi has just announced its intentions to bring LTE to the car, setting a new standard in keeping drivers and riders connected even while kicking the pavement. Starting this month, the Audi S3 Sportback will ship as the first in the automaker's... Read more...
Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and listen to SiriusXM's personalized commercial-free music channels using their vehicle's in-dash radio. It's essentially an extension of what has been possible before for subscribers, tying in some nice interplay with smartphones. Ford drivers will be the first... Read more...
If there's one thing that the world at large is pushing for Apple to enter into, it's the television market. But long before those wishes became a reality, many were hoping that Apple would do for the automobile what it did for phones and MP3 players: reinvent the wheel, so to speak. There have been various reports over the years regarding the late Steve Jobs' ideal of changing up the motorcar, and while most every car company on the planet now offers some level of iDevice support, there hasn't been much done beyond surface-level integration. Now, however, Volkswagen is hoping to step that up a... Read more...
The devil sure is in the details, isn't it? Given that world records generally involve semantics that matter, calling the Bugatti Veyron the "world's fastest production car" relied heavily on specifics. Including specifics involving the test car used to set the record compared to vehicles made available to the public. Despite costing nearly $2 million, the exotic supercar has just lost its Guinness World Record due to an infraction in testing. The record speed was 267.8 miles per hour, but the vehicle used to achieve that feat in July of 2010 did not use a speed restrictor -- and yes, that restrictor... Read more...
Practically every vehicle sold in the United States since 1996 has a data port within, something called an OBD II socket. Over the years, a few adapters have allowed those ports to communicate with smartphones, but none of the existing options have truly packaged together a seamless, polished experience. For those who are looking for just that, a company by the name of Automatic has launched a new 'Automatic Link' -- a small dongle that plugs directly into the OBD II port of your car, and communicates directly with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. It's scheduled to ship in May, and the app is certainly... Read more...
Cars were once a technological wasteland. Brand new vehicles, with ancient technology. And while modern cars still lack modern tech appointments, the gap is getting a bit less wide of late. Volvo just announced a voice-activated music system in conjunction with Spotify. It's fully integrated into the dash through Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch solution, making it both voice activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver's mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they... Read more...
When clouds and cars combine, what do you get? Something like this, probably. Delphi has announced this week a new cloud-based automotive connective service for consumers. It was officially unwrapped at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, allowing drivers to mimic their key fob functions to control their car, track, locate, access, secure and monitor their vehicles anywhere at any time with a smartphone or browser. The first-in-its-class device works in most vehicles sold in the U.S. from 1996 onward. More specifically, it'll allow motorists to use their smartphone, laptop or tablet... Read more...
If there's one area of consumer technology that is actually poised to take off in terms of real, unseen innovation, it's probably the automobile. Historically, cars have been slow to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology. On the safety front, most cars are well equipped in terms of technology. But the infotainment front? Not so much. Most factory navigation systems cost thousands more than devices available at Walmart and Best Buy, and the muddled UI means that they actually perform worse. Certain safety features have to be taken into consideration, of course, but technology has no... Read more...
In-car entertainment has changed a lot over the years, and for the most part, we're living in an era where the electronics in one's vehicle is actually pretty impressive. No, voice directions don't really work as they should, and it's all pretty hit-or-miss, but when you consider that integrated iPod support is pretty much a standard feature now, it's clear that we're stabbing in the right direction. Starting next year, we'll have one more company to pay attention to in this space. Ca-Fi has just announced a new 7" Dashlinq system -- it's a double-DIN unit that offers a touch screen as well as... Read more...
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