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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme makes Volvo trucks cool: here’s the tech that allowed him to do it

    "The Muscles from Brussels,” Jean-Claude Van Damme recently starred in a YouTube advertisement for Volvo Trucks. In doing so, he made Volvo the coolest manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles in the World. The video, viewable below, sees Jean-Cleaude Van Damme (JCVD) standing on the mirrors of two Volvo FM trucks, reversing down a runway. As the dialogue unfolds, the trucks move apart and JCVD keeps his feet planted on the mirrors until he is in a full split between the two moving trucks. Accompanied by a rather interesting soundtrack from Enya, the final spectacle is rather special to watching, giving...

  • The 2014 S Class: Merc takes car tech to the next level

    Many adjectives come to mind when describing the Mercedes Benz S-Class. Many of them I have used in the past, like luxurious, lush, refined, powerful even and of course expensive. However if there was one that -- perhaps nowadays is slightly overlooked only because we’ve become accustomed to it -- which could accurately describe the S-Class, it is technologised. Now you may chuckle and say, “Sir, you made that word up, it does not exist!” however according to my trusty dictionary app it does: ‘technologised’ is -- verb (used with object) 1. To make technological; to modernise or modify with...

  • Think Google’s winning at autonomous cars? Check out these driverless mining trucks

    Over the years, a lot of fuss has been made over Google's autonomous vehicle programme. Rightly so too, but the truth is we're still a little way away from fully autonomous passenger vehicles. One thing that most stories tend to ignore though is the fact that autonomous vehicles operating in a number of spaces. One of the earliest sectors of the economy to benefit from autonomous vehicles was agriculture. Increasingly though, they're having an impact on the mining sector. The benefits are obvious: without people in or around the vehicle the mine can operate more safely as there's no...

  • Nissan’s 3E smartglasses may usher in the future of driving

    Nissan will introduce its very own set of smartglasses to the world, the 3E, said CNET. The ad, spotted way back in September at the Frankfurt autoshow is awful, the gadget looks like a little bulky and Nissan hasn't released even a single detail about the specifications or capabilities of the 3E. There is the advert, but all you'll find out is that the 3E is going to be enormous and make you look like a crazy techno-warrior from bad eighties sci-fi. There is one line of info at the end though: "Introducing at the 43rd Tokyo Motorshow". That's...

  • Nissan Bladeglider might just be the coolest electric road car yet

    Over the past couple of years, electric road cars have become a bit, well, dull. Even Tesla, after a promisingly Lotus-inspired start, came over all sensible with the S, but things are starting to look up again. Case in point: the Nissan Bladeglider. Taking cues from the company's beautiful, but totally useless DeltaWing, the Bladeglider is bound to bring out the 10 year old car lover in everyone. While the BladeGlider might look like just another crazy concept, Nissan is apparently considering putting this three-seater piece of insanity into production. No word on performance specs but even if you...

  • BMW’s i3 charges from 0 to 80% in three hours flat

    BMW's new fully electric city car, the i3, which apparently charges from 0 to 80% in roughly three hours, isn't even on sale yet but has reportedly managed to pick up a number one spot as the best electric and hybrid car in the UK. This is BMW's first "i" range vehicle which charges from the i Wallbox via "select" BMW partners. The three-hour charge takes place care of DC Fast Charging which Nissan and Renault are also looking into, is oddly enough a technology Android phones also use. You won't be charging your BMW via microUSB though. For a full...

  • 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...

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