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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • From smartphone to smart car: Nokia launches HERE Auto

    Nokia's latest ambition? That would be to be the companion on your dashboard. The Finnish mobile giant announced today that its HERE navigation system is moving beyond your smart device and into your car with an embedded system called HERE Auto. Targeted at car makers and the manufacturers of in-vehicle systems, HERE Auto is aiming to be the bridge between your devices by allowing you to sync information from your computer or phone to your car, via the cloud. Say for example you're looking up an address on the HERE website or on your phone before climbing in your...

  • So… South Korea just made an electric car that folds in half

    The engineers over at the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST, in South Korea, have just come out with a foldable electric car. The car, titled the Armadillo-T, is a two-seater that folds up after the driver and passenger leave the vehicle, which makes it a good space saver on Asia’s crowded city streets. Some folks online have pointed out that it doesn’t make sense to fold the car after parking it (especially if parallel parked), but the vehicle is so tiny that you could just drive it straight into the curb with the front directly facing the sidewalk,...

  • 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...

  • Electric goes American gangster with Cadillac ELR

    What happens when you bolt a Chevvy Volt onto a coupe with chiseled looks? You get the Cadillac ELR. Stemming from the company's Converj concept, unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show, the ELR does feature a couple of tweaks from the Volt. For one, it's faster: Cadillac says it will do nought to 100kph in just over eight seconds, thanks largely to electric-drive system. Underneath everything else is pretty much the same. What that means though is that the ELR has less range in electric mode than the Volt and once the juice runs out, you'll have to...

  • Meet the 2014 Mercedes S Class

    When it comes to car tech, the Mercedes S Class has been setting the bench mark for years now. Unveiled at an event in Hamburg, it looks like the 2014 edition of Merc's luxury sedan is no different. On the inside, it's packed full of gadgets, including large twin screens on the instrument panel and center dash, massage seats based on hot stone technology and 'thermo-cupholders', designed to keep your hot cup of coffee well, hot as you glide gracefully to your next executive appointment. The outside meanwhile is decked out with full LED lighting designed to complement the...

  • 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...

  • ‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving

    It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. The development of the autonomous vehicle requires, essentially, that cars don't hit anything and this requires communication from car-to-car and car-to-object. That...

  • Nissan launches dedicated YouTube channel for petrolheads

    The worlds of motorsport and internet videos have merged with Nissan as it launches Nismo.TV on YouTube; a channel dedicated to the motorsport exploits of Nissan's racing division. It will be a behind-the-scenes view of everything from its top racing programmes to its training programme in yet another step forward for original content on YouTube. Nismo is Nissan's racing and performance division, responsible for all its race cars and fast road cars, like the manic GT-R and its GT3 brother. But it also has some humble endeavours like the GT Academy. This is a genuine gamer-to-racer program that Playstation racers...

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