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It hasn't been that long since Fiat-Chrysler first announced the sweet Challenger SRT Demon was coming to sit atop the Dodge muscle car line. The beast packs in 840hp and a bunch of other features to make it a true monster at the strip capable of 9.65-second runs in the quarter mile. Dodge was always clear that the Demon was a limited-edition car with only 3,300 units slated to be built. The very last Demon, number 3,300, has rolled off the FCA Canadian assembly line and it won’t go into some museum somewhere never to be seen again. Dodge is taking that special car and putting it up for auction with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. The last Demon is being combined with the last... Read more...
Toyota has finally unveiled the new Supra at the Geneva Auto Show and the car looks absolutely fantastic. The official name of the car is the GR Supra Racing Concept, and it revives the most celebrated model in Toyota's sports car heritage. The automaker also says that the concept "demonstrates Toyota's commitment" to bringing the Supra back to the market and that it "shows the future potential for a car that can deliver high performance both on road and track." Looking at the Supra concept, you can certainly see the heritage of the previous models in its lines. The last time a Supra was in production was 16 years ago (in Japan). Despite being out of production for nearly two decades, the Supra... Read more...
BMW has unveiled the most hardcore of its M3 variants for the U.S. and the car is called the BMW M3 CS. The M3 CS is a limited-edition model, of which only 1,200 units available globally (only 550 of them will be coming to the States). The car is notable for being 110 pounds lighter than other M3 models with copious amounts of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) used to help the M3 CS shed that weight. The entire roof of the M3 CS is made from CFRP and it alone accounts for 13 pounds of weight lost. The goal behind reducing the weight of the roof is to effectively lower the vehicle center of gravity and improve handling. Other than the roof, CFRP is also used in the front splitter, "Gurney... Read more...
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 leading up to the the NJMVC's call to halt direct sales by the electric car company, Tesla had sold... 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 bad traffic throughout the event. But we are discussing flying cars...At SXSWi, AeroMobil CEO Juraj... 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, and the car does indeed feel like a logical next-step. Honda Connect will boast a touch-based interaction... 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 other components to assemble battery modules and packs. To meet the projected demand for cells, Tesla... 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 of new hardware and software products that would (in theory) bolster the growth of vehicle automation.... 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 line to have LTE as an available option. To use LTE, a suitable SIM card with a data flat rate simply... 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 to enjoy access to the MySXM and SiriusXM On Demand features of SiriusXM Internet Radio alongside satellite... 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 notch. While it's not exactly the iCar you may have been waiting for, the new iBeetle showcased at... 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 is in place on the 30 cars sold to the public. Therefore, the test vehicle wasn't a "production"... 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 the star of the show. It's designed to communicate over Bluetooth 4.0, leaving the iPhone 4 and... 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 want just by just saying its name, allowing car owners the ability to remain connected when driving.... 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 as a key fob for your car regardless of where you are to help when locked out; connect your smartphone... 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 doubt suffered because of it. Now, Cisco and NXP are investing in Cohda Wireless. Why? To "enable the... 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 Android. Yes, Android in a car. Of course, it's using Android 2.3, which is ancient by smartphone standards,... Read more...
Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where they may otherwise skip over it. The goal is to eliminate unsightly cabling from the car's interior and also make it safer and easier to charge your phone. The company will first make the technology available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of this year. For easy access, a seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring... Read more...
One thing that has baffled technophiles for years is this: if car navigation systems are so expensive as factory options, why aren't they any good? Even simple Android phones can provide superior turn-by-turn directions, but the general idea is that Android in a car opens up far too many ways for drivers to distract themselves. Perhaps that logic is correct, actually. But either way, Clarion is giving those who don't mind third-party installs a reason to celebrate, as the "Mirage" is the first Android-based full automotive grade car stereo. It's equipped with a 6.5" display, Android touchscreen overlay, Bluetooth, SD card slot and an FM radio. There's also a USB connector, iPod support, a navigation... Read more...
In-car infotainment has admittedly come a long way in recent years, but it's still got a ways to go before it matches the innovation we're seeing in smartphones, tablets and notebooks. But this is a big step in the right direction. As a partner of the LeWeb'11 exhibition, Europe's number one showcase for digital entrepreneurs, Renault has chosen the Parisian show to reveal R-LINK, the tactile, integrated, connected tablet that is poised to equip its forthcoming models. R-LINK will provide future Renault vehicles with affordable, intuitive multimedia connectivity, both with the outside world and with its users, and is described as a scalable tablet that'll operate on Android and even include an... Read more...
Oh, Spotify. How you've grabbed the hearts of American technology lovers. We haven't seen a music service with this much fanfare in the U.S. since the days of Napster, and while we suspect that half of the hype has to do with the incredibly long wait for Americans to actually get the service (it was available in Europe long before), it's also a fantastic service that's largely worth the wait. For music lovers who don't mind paying a monthly subscription to have access to nearly everything on the planet, coupled with a great mobile app and a perfectly-executed "offline" feature, Spotify has proven to be a legitimate competitor in the expanding streaming world. And now, Spotify is taking their... Read more...
What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan, this functionality would prove most useful if a home were hit by a natural disaster or power outage, and we certainly could see it going over quite well with prospective buyers. According to the company, plans are in motion to commercialize the tech by March of 2012. If you're wondering how it works, here's what we know so far. There's a quick-charge... Read more...
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