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Usually, it's rather difficult for a new operating system to find traction. There's already quite a few options on the market, and people are rarely out searching for new operating systems when the ones available to them seemingly handle their needs quite well already. But MeeGo, which was created out of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo converging, is a rare find. Unlike a majority of Linux-based systems, MeeGo seems to actually have a chance at mainstream survival, but of course it doesn't hurt to have the world's largest chip maker and world's largest cell phone maker backing the system's existence.... Read more...
Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Sounds like such basic advice, doesn't it? Be that as it may, the advent of cell phones has disrupted this most fundamental building block to becoming a good driver and you can't drive down to your local grocery story without seeing someone yapping on their iPhone, Nexus One, or other mobile device. We all do it, which isn't comforting in the least. That's where BlueAnt comes in, which just unveiled what it claims is the world's first hands-free, voice-controller Bluetooth car speakerphone. And by "hands-free," BlueAnt really means it. To initiate a call,... Read more...
Talk about the comeback of the year. General Motors was on the doorstep of death just last year, and thanks to some debatable funding tossed their way, they're now seemingly back in stride. One thing that has really hampered GM's growth over the years is their inability to really innovate on the technical side. They were consistently falling behind Acura, BMW and even Ford, as the latter teamed with Microsoft to introduce SYNC. But now, GM has not only followed the leader, but possibly taken a huge leap over the rest. Google, aside from Apple or Adobe, may be the hottest tech company on the planet... Read more...
It's been a dream of Earth's residents since The Jetsons made us believe it was a possibility: true auto-pilot. It's alive and well in some cases, but not all. Existing commercial airplanes have an auto-pilot button that guides the planes controls based on the route it needs to take, but that's relatively easy. There's no highway to follow, no drunk drivers to watch out for, and no posted speed limits to obey. Doing the same thing in an automobile is definitely more difficult, as you can probably tell given that no auto-pilot car yet exists for the consumer market. But just because there's no car... Read more...
Microsoft is into all sorts of things these days. Operating systems are just the tip of the empire, as gaming consoles, MP3 players, search engines, mapping systems, 3D sensing and even energy management are all also in the cards. Wait, energy management? It's no April Fools--Hohm is a legitimate branch of Microsoft, and while few have really paid attention to it thus far, a partnership with one of the world's most recognizable automakers could definitely change that.In order to advance the electric car industry (and probably give some real credence to Hohm, which has yet to land a killer application... Read more...
Alpine Electronics and Nokia are working together to bring a new technology called Terminal Mode to car infotainment systems. By integrating a smartphone with in-car electronics, the companies will bring services such as navigation, music, weather reports, and application stores to the car. When appropriate safety measures are in place and the phone is connected to the car, users will be able to use these services through high-resolution screens and audio systems that are embedded in the car. Terminal Mode helps pave the way for a standardized interface between smartphones and automotive infotainment... Read more...
Just a few years back, car stereos were fairly lackluster from the factory. To get any sort of serious audio within the automobile, you had to turn to complicated aftermarket installs. At some point between then and now, automakers have seemingly figured out that consumers are demanding more right from the showroom floor, and with Ford integrating SYNC into nearly every car it makes, General Motors had to step up and do something.That something is Pause and Play, which is a unique new feature that is built into the High Navigation Radio in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain and... Read more...
Ford and General Motors have both made clear that they recognize just how important Wi-Fi has become to the general public. So important, in fact, that some folks expect to find Internet connectivity within the new vehicle that they buy. It's fairly safe to say at this point that the next big Internet battleground, at least in America, is the automobile. We have Internet at home, we have it on the road thanks to WWAN modules, but having it in the car is still a luxury that's only afforded to few.According to iSuppli, we're about to see a new revolution in the Wi-Fi space at CES, and sure enough,... Read more...
Electric vehicles sound fantastic in theory, but there's still the issue of charging the vehicles. Energy, even the kind not found in traditional fuel pumps, requires fossil fuels or a green alternative to make, and burning loads of coal in place of petrol doesn't exactly sound like a great compromise. Toyota seems to agree, with the automotive giant recently announcing that it had developed a solar charging station for plug-in hybrid automobiles and purely electric cars. Essentially, this kind of charging solution really would enable an electric vehicle to cause a serious impact for good; not... Read more...
Navigation systems have been a luxury add-on option to many vehicles for some time now. With the exception of the Suzuki SX4 however, a built-in navigation system with a new car generally cost at least $1,000 if not much more. Given the plethora of personal navigation devices from the likes of Garmin and TomTom, as well as the many options available for a wireless phone, there are plenty of people who don't see the need to spend this type of money for an in-dash system. This could change, however, as Nissan plans to offer a $400 navigation system in some of its 2010 MY products. While a $400 price... Read more...
Electric vehicles may not be in the exact same playing field as USB drives, mainboards and SSDs, but there's still something whiz-bang-y about 'em that makes us drool. With Chevy's Volt inching towards production and a couple of other all-electric vehicles already leaking out to the wealthy, where are we common folk expected to fulfill our own fantasies of driving around on the open road without using a drop of fuel? JARI, we guess.The Japan Automobile Research Institute has developed and revealed the C·ta, which is being described as a "lightweight three-seater electric vehicle whose body... Read more...
Here comes still more technology based on fish. As opposed to the earlier tech, autonomous robotic fish built to detect pollution, Nissan has developed a system that emulates schooling behavior of fish to avoid auto collisions.Nissan's new "EPORO" robot car concept is designed to travel in a group of "cars" while avoiding obstacles (including other cars). The technology is designed to mimic the behavioral patterns of a school of fish.The EPORO technology is an update to the Biomimetic Car Robot Drive "BR23C" concept which was designed to mimic bees. Why did Nissan switch from bees to fish? The... Read more...
The much-hyped CARS program may be drawing to a close, but you know you you'll still be longing for one of those cute-as-a-button MINI Coopers even after that clunker rebate vanishes. If you needed just one more excuse to give your local dealer a visit, how's this? MINI USA has today become the first automaker in the US to offer a dedicated mobile assist application for iPhone and select BlackBerry handsets. MINI owners simply download the free application, fill in vital vehicle statistics (VIN number, etc.) as well as their home address and name, and then upload an image of their car should they... Read more...
We were pretty moved by DOW Chemical's recent "Human Element" campaign, and we're delighted to see yet another major American corporation going above and beyond the call of duty in order to better our planet. Ford, along with its utility partners, have announced that they are testing out one of the industry's first vehicle-to-electric grid communications and control systems, which enables electric vehicles to interface with the grid for optimal recharging. Put simply, this new approach enables the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate. In... Read more...
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