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  • Formula One will make your head spin in the future with 360 degree camera

    If you always thought your Formula One (F1) viewing experience was missing a little something, meet the ViewCam 360. Norwegian company Making View and Red Bull Racing have teamed up to produce the world's first 360 degree video camera for an F1 car. Have you always wanted to be there at the action where it all happens? ViewCam 360 will allow you to watch from almost any angle you can imagine. It will be like Google Street View supercharged high-speed with adrenalin added. Weighing in at 600 grams and with 224 GB of internal memory, it is fully remote-controlled and captures...

  • xTool iOBD2 review: car diagnostic testing meets the wireless age

    Home-brew car diagnostics generally do two things. With a little knowledge, they can save you money on car maintenance. And they can also be a lot of fun. It's the latter that the xTool iOBD2, a combination of hardware and app that supports iPhone and Android, majors on. That's not to say, however, it can't do the useful bit. It's at least as powerful as most low cost on-board diagnostics readers, possibly more so. But it gets the job done in a much more user-friendly way and throws some extra features into the mix. Best of all, it connects wirelessly to...

  • Tesla Motors unveils supercharger network

    If this works it could be the biggest revolution in motoring since someone looked at a horse and thought "I can do better than that". Electric car company Tesla has unveiled a network of superchargers that will allow people driving its Model S sedan to fill up with juice in minutes rather than hours. The company, owned by billionaire innovator Elon Musk, reckons that half an hour on one of the superchargers see a car's battery reach a half-full charge. It claims that this should give drivers "150 miles of range with our 85 kWh battery". According to Tesla: Supercharging...

  • iVIC Vehicle Infotainment Center is the Android-powered heart and soul of your ride

    Most cars nowadays have screens in them, so why not use them to their full extent? Here is the next step of mobile integration: a navigation screen in your car that mirrors your Android phone. The iVIC is an "in Vehicle Infotainment Center for Android smartphone integration", says its website. It allows the user to access almost every app on their Android smartphone. You can use your Android smartphone with the car's screen to play music, use Google Maps for navigation if you prefer it, search the internet for cool restaurants and basically anything else you would on your...

  • 6 one-of-a-kind Ferraris you’ll never own

    So yet another of the ridiculously rich has decided that a standard Ferrari just isn't enough. To commemorate, I have accumulated the best that Ferrari has built, most of which has come out of its fabulous Special Projects division, hence the ever-present SP in some of the names. The beauty above, though -- built by Pininfarina, not Ferrari -- is what started most of the one-off Ferrari dreams. Arya SP The newest project for Ferrari's Special Projects division is for Cheerag Arya, a UAE-based Indian businessman. He already has 7 Ferraris in his garage, but not one with his name on...

  • Share a car with BMW’s DriveNow programme

    Attempting to produce a programme where people share cars, BMW has developed an electric 1 Series and a program in which people can book a car and drive it for the day, all for a nominal fee. If you are 21 and have a smartphone, you can book it via an app and a membership card. There will be 14 DriveNow stations all around San Francisco, acting as the initial city for the programme, and BMW wants to expand it to 100 stations after not long. Members only have to book a car online using the app and go...

  • Sony’s in-car receivers with App Remote make cables obsolete

    Sony has just unveiled its new in-car receivers with an App Remote that connects to any smartphone and thus eliminates the need for cables. Looks pretty stylish too. In-car CD receivers are ancient but have been getting a few well-needed bumps in technology, though most still keep the CD aspect, which itself is becoming obsolete. Sony's now unveiled in-car receivers with an App Remote that an iOS, Android, Blackberry or Walkman can connect to and play music via Bluetooth instead of using cumbersome cables that last a whole two weeks if you're lucky. The MEX-GS600BT, MEX-BT4100P, MEX-BT3100P and CDX-GS500R models all...

  • 9 Supercars from around the world you’ve never heard of

    When someone says supercar, the first place you think about is Italy. It's simple -- Italy makes the best supercars, and a hell of a lot of them too. So what happens when Poland, or say, Mexico decides to try their hands at building a thrill machine? From Poland: Arrinera Hussarya What a ghastly name, and yet what a beautiful body. It has something of a Lamborghini-cross-Tesla thing going for it. There's more than a touch of Italian in there: the body for one, and the name sounds like the new Pagani Huarya. Now who in their right mind would...

  • Foldable car from MIT and Spain set for 2013 launch

    Is the Smart Fortwo too big for you? Are you having trouble finding a parking in the heavily congested city you call home? MIT has decided to solve this problem. With help from Basque businesses and the Spanish government, MIT has developed an affordable foldable car to combat city congestion. There are many city-cars about these days to fight the good fight, but none that have the capability to minimise. It's a great trick, and makes parking spaces especially easy to find. Once you're ready to park after a leisurely drive, the back end slides up into the front, making it...

  • Google’s self-driving car project gets a Lexus RX450h

    There's no doubting the success Google has achieved already with its self-drive car project. It has already clocked up over 300 000 miles in a Toyota Prius. But that car was for urban terrain, suburban obstacles and the cityscape. The Lexus RX450h is for navigating the topographically impassable for the Prius, which isn't actually saying too much. Goggle's goal is to map out as many different terrains and scenarios as possible so no surprises confront the self-driven vehicle and "To provide the best experience we can", says an engineer on the official Google blog. Google further states that "Technology is...

  • Tata Airpod, a compressed air powered car

    The world's oil supply is diminishing and car manufacturers are hard-pressed to find a sustainable and viable alternative power source. Tata, an Indian car company, has scoffed at the idea of hydrogen and electric vehicles and built, instead, a compressed air powered car, the Airpod. Tata is using technology developed by Luxembourg's MDI to build a small, one seater car that is capable of speeds from 45-70kph. It has a tank of compressed air on board that powers the engine and can be pumped in through a charging station or can be taken in by an electric motor whilst driving....

  • simTD creates intelligent cars, removes human error

    The Germans have struck again. With all their calculating efficiency and cold thinking, they are set to remove human error from driving. The Safe Intelligent Mobility -- Testfield Germany (simTD) is a four year test in which intelligent communication systems are assessed for implementation for improved road safety. The team behind it believes that the best way to have a safer road is to eliminate the human element that causes all the accidents by putting in systems that react to the situations on the road. Most of the German car manufacturers are involved including Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Opel, with...

  • TomTom Go Live 1005 World, a GPS bar none

    Who needs a GPS when you have a smartphone, right? Wrong. The TomTom Go Live 1005 showed me a different world where you can watch the road and know where you’re going at the same time. It is an amazing world where dogs don’t have to worry about being run over by distracted motorists following directions on their phones. Where hidden speed cameras are hidden no more. The TomTom Go Live 1005 opened up a world of new opportunities for me; of time gained; of money saved. Design It has a 5-inch screen, and that is just right. Any smaller and...

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