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  • From phones to wheels: Nokia invests US$100 million in connected car technology

    Nokia has pledged to invest a total of US$100 million in connected car technology, a few days after selling its devices and services division to Microsoft. Yes, the world may never see another Nokia phone again, but that doesn't mean the Finnish company will just simply fade into the past. In a few years, the world may see intelligent car technology funded in part by Nokia. In fact, investing in connected and smart car technology puts it in direct competition with Apple and its automotive endeavours. The "Connected Car fund," managed by Nokia Growth Partners, will "invest in promising auto tech...

  • Should Tesla be worried about the Model S being hacked?

    We can't wait to see how Elon Musk responds to this one. A hacker going by the name Nitesh Dhanjani has reportedly managed to send wireless codes over the internet to a Tesla model S that allowed him to unlock its doors. According to Reuters, the hacker, security consultant and Tesla owner demonstrated the vulnerability at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore. While Dhanjani didn't find any other software flaws, he did caution that we needed to be more careful with our cars' security in the future. "We cannot be protecting our cars in the way we...

  • 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...

  • Ford could be dumping Microsoft in its cars for BlackBerry

    This is interesting. Ford's relationship with Microsoft looks set to end with reports that the Detroit automaker could be ditching the Redmond-based tech giant for BlackBerry. According to Bloomberg, there are a couple of reasons Ford is thinking of dumping Microsoft in its on-board Sync system in favour of BlackBerry's QNX system. The first is that using QNX is less expensive in terms of licensing and the second is that it could improve the speed and flexibility of the Sync system. If the reports are true then it could have a massive impact for BlackBerry. Ford has around 7-million...

  • Fourth gen Prius to include new engine, better batteries

    The Toyota Prius, which proved to car makers around the world that hybrids could actually sell, is just about ready for its latest update. According to Autonews, the fourth generation Prius is set to include a new, more efficient engine, better batteries and a redesign. The new engine will reportedly achieve thermal efficiency rates above 40%, a lot better than the 38.5% in the current Prius. Most of the other details are however a little sketchy. Broadly speaking, we know that Toyota is looking to build a better across the board. "When we look at the next-generation Prius, we will...

  • Lincoln Navigator 2015 rocks fuel-friendly EcoBoost V6 engine, touchscreen control, Drive Control

    After nearly a decade, Lincoln's legendary Navigator is finally getting a makeover with the launch of its 2015 edition. Here's what Lincoln has done to breathe life back into the old beast. Firstly, the 2015 Navigator remains as one of the biggest, sturdiest luxury SUV's there is, but it needs to truly impress us if we're going to drop money on this instead of BMW or Mercedes equivalent. For the environmentally conscious drivers, the beefy 5.4-litre V8 engine has been dropped in favour of a nippy 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Lincoln says that "Drivers will feel the power when they step...

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class shows off its techie features

    Mercedes-Benz has revealed official photographs of its fourth-generation C-Class ahead of the planned public unveiling at the Detroit motor show set for next month with a bunch of tech-savvy features. The C-Class is said to be more luxurious and positioned further away from the new entry-level CLA sedan with up-scaled overall design and greater focus on interior design. “In all, the perceived quality of the new C-class feels like an upgrade to a higher class of travel,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. The new C-Class will be produced in a four different bodystyles including the sedan featured in the photos of...

  • Christmas comes early as BMW unveils new M3, M4 models

    Christmas has come early for petrol heads. The latest version of the world’s best-selling sports car -- nearly 40 000 of the last generation of M3s were built -- has been unveiled along with the new M4 coupe. Following its new nomenclature, BMW will not offer a performance coupe wearing the M3 badge. Instead, as with its siblings, the sedan will carry the M3 badge and the coupe will be badged as an M4. The new models are powered by a high-revving, twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine producing 321kW and 550Nm of torque and mated to with a 6-speed manual transmission or...

  • Volvo reportedly prepping 100-car strong autonomous driving trial

    We all know Volvo doesn't really muck about when it comes to making sure its cars are safe. Small wonder then that the Swedish manufacturer is behind what is set to be the world's first large-scale autonomous driving experiment. Known officially as the “Drive me—Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility,” the project is a collaboration between Volvo, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park, and the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Kicking off in 2014, it won't take the form of a one-off event either. That makes sense, given that it's meant to help pin-point the social benefits...

  • BMW i8 sells out, i3 already has 10k orders

    Still think electric cars have no mass market appeal? Well you might want to re-examine that in light of revelations that BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe is already sold out for the first year of production and there have been over 10 000 orders for its all electric city runabout the i3. According to Reuters, the marque delivered the first of its i3s in Germany last week. While it's unclear exactly how many i8s have actually been produced, it seems likely that BMW will ramp up production in the face of strong demand. Likewise, the German car giant...

  • Anki Drive is a robotic toy car game for your iPhone, available 23 October

    They're not just toys. They're robotic evolution. The Anki Drive goes on sale on 23 October for US$200. Using your iPhone you'll control little robotic cars to race and defeat your opponents on a physical mat. In the starter set you'll find the racing track, two robotic cars and a gadget to clean your tires. These aren't simple toy cars you control with your smartphone. They are "smart" which means they reason their way around the track and figure out how to get ahead of the competitors. As The Verge points out, all of the computational heavy lifting is...

  • The Transformer TX drone: the flying robot that carries cars

    We love flying cars. And although this concept might not improve your daily commute per se, it just might make our dreams (or nightmares) of automated flying robots a reality. Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks -- an American military defense and security company -- is building a drone that will be used to carry and transport cars. This automated flying machine, called the Transformer TX, is in its finalized design process in one of DARPA's programmes. In attempts to bring Terminator scenes closer to reality, the DARPA Transformer programme is looking for a new generation of compact, high-speed vertical takeoff and landing,...

  • Tesla Motors sparks with 90 second battery swap service station

    The Silicon Valley based electric car company Tesla Motors just performed a flashy demonstration of a 90 second battery swap. It's all about making the Model S electric car a more attractive buy for the traditional petrol car owner. The little guy taking on the big petrol giants. The idea of refueling or recharging your car in just 90 seconds is pretty sweet for geeks, gadgeteers and petrolheads but more importantly, it simply beats the traditional. "There are some people, they take a lot of convincing. Hopefully this is what convinces people finally that electric cars are the future,"...

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