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Car Tech

  • 5 ways people are trying to build the roads of the future

    With all the technological advancements being made to cars both on the driver-facing and internal ends, it's easy forget that the stuff we drive on is still a pretty low tech with the choices pretty much limited to asphalt or concrete. Except that's not quite true. While it can, at times, seem like we're quite happy to keep laying the same kind of roads we have for years now (with perhaps the odd tweak to the kind of mixture used in laying it down), there are people trying to make sure that the roads of the future don't get...

  • 8 cool car tech trends that could feature in your next vehicle

    This may sound a little dramatic, but the humble automobile is evolving at a far greater speed than ever before. Huge handfuls of gadgets are being crammed into increasingly advanced vehicles as consumers demand more and more from their cars. What once was a mere transportation box -- designed to do little more than move you from your front gate to the shops – has morphed into something resembling a radical smartphone on wheels. This, of course, excites us here at Motorburn. Which means it should excite you, too. So, we looked into the (very near) future to identify eight...

  • 4 reasons why city cars are the future of driving pleasure

    There was a time where the only cars to lust after were the big Germans, sharp Italians, suave English, a smattering of hatches that would blow your socks off and some Japanese rockets. All for different reasons these kinds of cars would evoke the sense of want, the desire to be driven. In most recent times, though, the more people are able to afford those big Germans and the like, the less appealing these cars have become. It's a mix between everyone in the neighborhood driving one and the need to appeal to a bigger market. With the ever-growing...

  • Cadillac’s CUE Collection appstore to rollout with 2015 ATS Coupe

    Cadillac is all about the connected car with its new 4G vehicles coming soon, which will also benefit from an in-car appstore dubbed CUE (Cadillac User Experience) Collection. According to the car maker, CUE "blends first-of-its-kind technology with highly intelligent design, bringing the intuitive control of smartphones and tablets safely to the road". According to Cadillac, the 2015 ATS Coupe will be the first of its vehicle to launch with this app platform as well its OnStar 4G LTE system. Based on the carmaker's site it seems to have gone for a clean, touch responsive platform that integrates natural voice...

  • TomTom Start 60 review: the phablet-sized GPS that tries to do more

    Life can't be easy for after-market GPS companies right now. What was once a must-have gadget on gift lists around the world is feeling the squeeze from mobile apps from the likes of Google and Apple as well as the increasing ubiquity of in-car navigation (they're about to become a standard feature in most new Polos). The sales bear out those figures too. Garmin and TomTom have both faced declining sales in the personal navigation space over the years. Their responses to that have been myriad and range from upping their efforts in the sports watch category to...

  • Apple’s CarPlay: just how big a deal is it?

    Nine months after being unveiled by Eddy Cue at Apple’s 2013 WWDC event, CarPlay (neé iOS in the Car) is ready for launch. Except its not strictly available yet. Nor has it “launched” in the true sense of the word. It will be (in certain Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models). Soon. Hype aside, CarPlay’s launch is embarrassingly short on detail. This is strange, especially given that it commands its own feature page on apple.com. The delay in shipping iOS 7.1 is likely also due to the CarPlay integration (there’s no other conceivable reason that beta testing has taken...

  • Like living on the edge? Plan your next trip on one of the world’s most dangerous roads

    Nanga Parbat Pass, North Yungas, the Trans-Siberian Highway: these are road names etched into motoring lore. Unlike many of the great roads however, they're not renowned for their epic vistas or spectacular corners. No, what they're known for is the fact that anyone traveling along them is taking one of the biggest risks you can on four wheels. Compiled using data from multiple sources, including country death tolls from the World Health Organisation, this interactive map shows just how deadly some of the world's most dangerous roads are. North Yungas, also known as the "Road of Death", in Bolivia...

  • The 8 biggest automotive recalls of all time

    Technology in cars is pretty darn terrific. Well, it is, until it all goes spectacularly wrong. How often does that happen? Rather more frequently than you may imagine – in the US, for instance, some 632 recall campaigns were announced in the 365 days that made up 2013, covering a total of 22 million vehicles (including trucks, bikes and buses). Of course, a large chunk of these were relatively minor issues. But when major components do fail, the result is a rather worrying compromise in safety. These vehicle recalls often end up costing automakers huge dollops of cash, at best...

  • Take a look at what happens when car designers get extreme with a 3D printer

    This is undoubtedly one of the coolest uses of 3D printing we've seen to date. German design and engineering firm EDAG has produced a 3D printed concept of what car bodies might look like in the future. Called "Genesis", the passenger shell is inspired by the body of a turtle and is apparently tool-free, resource-saving and eco-friendly. We can see that. It almost looks organic and if it can skip a few stages of today's complex assembly lines, then it could certainly help save on energy and production costs. According to EDAG, Genesis' skeleton is "more of a metaphor;...

  • 5 new technologies that make you want to drive more

    While there's always new and improved technologies every year that are said to make driving all the better, how many of them are actually new or actually want to make you drive more? Most of them are old things toted as new, with fancy spangled names and almost always acronymed. And if they are genuinely new, then they're most likely about safety this and efficiency that, that they make driving terribly, terribly boring. So what do we have here? A few new technologies that are fun, you say? Some that actually make you want to get behind...

  • 5 DIY hacks that let you fit high tech gadgets into ordinary cars

    If you're on this site, it's fairly safe to say that you love cars and tech (if not, how did you get here? Please tell us, if only to satisfy our curiosity). Unfortunately, the cars currently crammed with the most exciting tech aren't exactly within the reach of most people. Thanks to the internet though, we now know that there's no piece of car tech that can't be improvised with a few pieces of tape, a couple of lengths of wire, a soldering iron and some good intentions. Sure some of the hacks we've found might not be that...

  • iCar: Apple makes biggest in-vehicle play yet with Carplay

    If you're an iFan and fancy buying a new Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz or Volvo, this news could make you very happy. Apple has officially unveiled Carplay, which it says will give iPhone users an intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with "just a word or a touch". The basic idea behind Car Play is to make your iPhone and the system in your car work better together. So, for instance, once your iPhone is connected, Siri is meant to help you access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When...

  • Take a look at Nissan’s reinvented rearview mirror

    This is pretty clever. Nissan's announced a rearview mirror that allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and the traditional rearview mirror, depending on the driver's preference. While rearview cameras have become pretty standard on newer cars, and seem set to eventually replace rearview mirrors altogether, Nissan's solution seems pretty effective for now. For one, you aren't completely stuck if the camera randomly decides to give up the ghost. According to Nissan, the Smart rearview mirror also helps with issues around blindspots, because it provides a wider and clearer view when compared to a standard...

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