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  • TomTom Go Live 1005 review: is there still any point to the peripheral GPS?

    Smartphones these days have increasingly large screens, sophisticated mapping systems and a wide selection of accessories for attaching them to your car windscreen. All of which means it's becoming hard to see the point of standalone GPS units these days. Still, Dutch navigation giant TomTom doesn't seem to have given up on the market and when the Go Live 1005 dropped onto our desks, we decided to see if there's still a place for these devices. The 1005 is, well, a navigation device that features a 5-inch screen, a click-mount for attaching it to your car windscreen, Bluetooth for hands free...

  • Tesla Motors unveils supercharger network

    If this works it could be the biggest revolution in motoring since someone looked at a horse and thought "I can do better than that". Electric car company Tesla has unveiled a network of superchargers that will allow people driving its Model S sedan to fill up with juice in minutes rather than hours. The company, owned by billionaire innovator Elon Musk, reckons that half an hour on one of the superchargers see a car's battery reach a half-full charge. It claims that this should give drivers "150 miles of range with our 85 kWh battery". According to Tesla: Supercharging...

  • Tesla S to launch late June

    I love cars, always have. But there's no getting around the fact the series of controlled explosions driving most of them is getting a bit long in the tooth. I mean you can stuff them as full of tech as you want, but it'd be stretching it a bit to call petrol cars 'gadgets'. The real innovation is happening in electric cars (no I'm not talking about things like the vile Gee-Wiz). Companies like Tesla are making electric cars that are simple to use, look good and (mostly) just work. Sounds a lot like Apple, doesn't it? If you accept...

  • Pioneer HUD adds a dose of awesome to your commute

    This is cool -- especially if, like me, you spent large chunks of your youth playing various titles from the Need For Speed franchise. It's the latest head up display from electronics company Pioneer. The laser-projected Augmented Reality (AR) system (how cool does that sound?) comes packaged with the company's new range of "Cyber-Navi" head units, alongside in-car entertainment, GPS and DVD playback. Here's how it works. You get a translucent visor that clips into where your sunshade would ordinarily be. From there the MicroVision laser projector kicks in, plotting a virtual GPS navigation path to follow in real...

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