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  • 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,"...

  • Meet the TF-X: The world’s first family-friendly flying car

    The idea of flying cars has been around for years. The ingenious solution of providing a new definition of personal freedom to motorists -- skipping traffic congestion for one thing, would be amazing. The TF-X, designed by Terrafugia, turns this sci-fi into reality. You'll be able to use your car/helicopter hybrid as long as you have a parking space. This is the main feature that sets it apart from its competition -- being able to take off and land vertically. While in car-mode, the TF-X's power relies on electric motors and battery packs which could be recharged by plugging...

  • iPhone 5 + VW Beetle = ‘iBeetle’: coming 2014

    Let’s welcome the iBeetle, a combination of two iconic brands that were simply meant to be. The latest VW Beetle will come with an integrated iPhone dock and “special Beetle app” that will reveal as much about the car as any other modern vehicle dashboard would, says PCmag.com. Volkswagen that the iBeetle has a "genuine integrative interface that's been coordinated with Apple,” and is one of the first cars in the worlds to incorporate this. VW will rollout the iBeetle in 2014, with a convertible and coupe model being initially available. The iPhone dock will be front and present in...

  • Ferrari, BMW partner with Apple, Glympse for safer social driving

    As further personal technology is integrated into our lives, it comes as no shock that it is getting even more integrated into the cars we drive. We spend so much of our time in cars, why shouldn't we be able to connect to our normal social networks while crawling in traffic? Ferrari has teamed up with Apple to do this exact thing, while BMW and MINI have partnered with Glypse to provide a convenient way to stalk your friends. Ferrari and Apple It may not be a new partnership between Ferrari and Apple -- the two most powerful brands in the...

  • Audi sheds light with Matrix LED headlamps

    Picture this: you're driving at night on a long and rather pleasant section of deserted road, and all of a sudden some character drives past thinking you have super vision and won't be blinded by their car's brights. Happens all the time, right? Audi has set about to put an end to this... although it has to get past America to do it. The LED headlight is practically Audi's trademark. Each of its cars have their own signature design, which shows up at night when the lights are on. If you're a car nerd, you can probably spot whatever vehicle...

  • McLaren reveals the dangerously powerful P1 engine

    High horsepower outputs are all the rage these days; with hatchbacks boasting 300bhp and saloons 500bhp; hearing about supercars with astronomical power outputs is not new. But when you hear the power figure McLaren says its P1 will have, you can’t help but smile. McLaren isn't messing about with this car, it’s out for blood. Nine-hundred and three. That’s how many. And if you have to ask ‘what’, then you shouldn't know. Sure, there are cars with more power, like the all-conquering Bugatti Veyron, but there’s something about a McLaren with 903bhp that tickles my senses. It’s probably because of...

  • Acura invents space-age car welding techniques ‘3D Lock Seam’

    Sometimes it's the small things that make big waves, like a small meteor smashing into an ocean. Acura has developed a new welding technique for its cars that, while seemingly insignificant, has major implications towards how it will build and develop its cars in the future. Hopefully it will also transfer to Acura's dad, Honda, in the years to come. If you've never heard of Acura, that's no real surprise. As Lexus is to Toyota, Acura is to Honda, acting as its luxury brand, but limited to North America and Hong Kong. So you might actually recognise a few of...

  • Oxford researchers set to challenge Google’s self-driving car monopoly

    Money goes a long way, but ingenuity can go further. The equation usually goes like this: lots of money attracts smart people and makes cool things happen. Another equation can work too, though: really smart and ambitious people find some money scraped together from their tutoring savings and sky-diving funds and make really cool and cheap things happen. Such was the case when some researchers from the University of Oxford took it upon themselves to challenge the likes of Google in the own autonomous vehicle game. The system being used is a collection of low-profile stereo cameras and lasers; very...

  • ‘Back to the Future’ De Lorean restored, returned to Universal Studios

    Dr. Emmet "Doc" Brown's DeLorean time travel machine is one of the most iconic cars of the silver screen. And also the only distinction the car ever achieved. The original, screen-used DeLorean from Back to the Future, known as the "A" car, has been expertly restored to complete museum quality standards over the last year and is now on display at Universal Studio. Back to the Future geeks... Sit up straight! The Time Machine Restoration team, spearheaded by Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale, took a year to restore this car to its former glory after years of the...

  • The Tesla war of words heats up in the California cold

    Tesla seems to like making a fuss if it doesn't like what people have to say about its cars. This is not the first time we have seen Tesla throwing its toys out of the cot because a review of one of its cars hasn't gone exactly as it wanted. Top Gear -- who the first case was against -- is known for ripping cars to shreds with its reviews. It's the way the game goes. Taking an angle of how electric cars don't last long on the road is good and well, but don't make up details that never...

  • Tesla releases app for its Models S electric car on iOS and Android

    Tesla has announced an app for its Tesla Model S that will monitor aspects of the car, change settings and honk the horn if you can't find it. Electric cars, especially the Tesla models, are technological marvels, perfectly suited for the gadget-obsessed and the addition of an app that lets you remote control your car adds to that. The app has various features that will allow owners to fully communicate with the car, allowing them to precondition the temperature while not in the car, check the battery level and switch charging on or off. Owners literally "sign in" to their...

  • Highlights from the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

    In the windy city of Chicago, muscle car crazed Americans had their chance to show off some new metal to the world this weekend. Now, bearing in mind that most of the cars produced in America never see the light in any other country, let's find out what kind of vehicles we could be driving around in, should we be so fortunate. "Turbo" Camaro Coupe

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