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  • 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...

  • Brutal mountain race Pikes Peak and its craziest cars

    The legend that is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb goes hand in hand with the legend of its race cars. It is one of the few races left that teams can go absolutely ape shit developing their cars. There is a range of classes of cars that take place, but one class that takes the cake: the Unlimited Class. This is the class that has no shame; huge wings and frankly revolting bodywork mark these cars as the ones to beat, and the ones to drool over. Watch last year's record breaking lap here. The Electric Class of cars...

  • 3-wheel cars cool enough to dump the fourth

    The saying "less is more" is being used in a different light in the motoring world. A few manufacturers have been messing around with three-wheeled vehicles for a few years now with varied success. Although not a new idea, it is one that has been growing in interest. Who wouldn't want the excitement and practicality of a motorcycle (or lack thereof) fused with the comfort of a car? Morgan 3-Wheeler When I say that the 3-wheeler is not new, i really mean it's not new. The first iteration that Morgan made was in 1910. That's right, over a hundred years...

  • Dragon Drive! Messaging lands in BMW 7 and 3 series

    Eat this Siri. The BMW 2012 Series 7 and 3 luxury vehicles are going to land Dragon Drive! by Nuance. This means texting, emailing and whatever else, made possible with slick voice control. Cars included in the mix: BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles. Dragon Drive! Messaging leaked out in May, with the BMW's being the first cars to receive this hopefully well-honed system. What do Beemer drivers get for their money? How about "a fully-integrated mobile assistant messaging experience that lets drivers speak, listen, edit and respond to text messages...

  • Top 5 must-have Android car apps

    Instead of watching other people in traffic having fun on their phones while you listen to the meaningless drab on the radio, why not play on your phone and creep into the back of the car in front of you. Here are some awesome and some awful Android apps that will make your car journeys that little bit more entertaining. 1. Find My Car -- Free For those of you out there who continuously misplace their cars. It’s as simple as tagging your location with your GPS and following its instructions back to your car. The problem here is also pretty...

  • Top five self-parking cars

    Since 2006 self-parking cars have hit the market with the Lexus LS460, and now iterations from Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Ford have emerged. Here is a list of the top five self-parking cars, with a couple videos of them working, and one of it not. Unfortunately, because these systems work on radar, getting them to crash is near impossible, so no fun crashing videos. 5. BMW Directed mainly at the European market, BMW’s park assist focuses only on a parallel parking option. In the video, however, it doesn't quite seem to work as intended. The option of Remote...

  • Sleek, beautiful, but totally useless — Nissan’s Batmobile: the DeltaWing

    Nissan is set to enter the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours with the most extreme iteration of a racer that motorsport has seen in recent memory. If you are a regular viewer of Top Gear then you'll be familiar with Jeremy Clarkson’s experiences with the Reliant Robin, the three-wheeled car that continuously fell over around corners. The same logic should apply to the DeltaWing, Nissan's futuristic take on a Le Mans Prototype race car. It's extremely narrow front end suggests that cornering would not be its forte, but Nissan has created the seemingly impossible. Against all known physics and...

  • Tesla S to launch late June

    I love cars, always have. But there's no getting around the fact the series of controlled explosions driving most of them is getting a bit long in the tooth. I mean you can stuff them as full of tech as you want, but it'd be stretching it a bit to call petrol cars 'gadgets'. The real innovation is happening in electric cars (no I'm not talking about things like the vile Gee-Wiz). Companies like Tesla are making electric cars that are simple to use, look good and (mostly) just work. Sounds a lot like Apple, doesn't it? If you accept...

  • Pioneer HUD adds a dose of awesome to your commute

    This is cool -- especially if, like me, you spent large chunks of your youth playing various titles from the Need For Speed franchise. It's the latest head up display from electronics company Pioneer. The laser-projected Augmented Reality (AR) system (how cool does that sound?) comes packaged with the company's new range of "Cyber-Navi" head units, alongside in-car entertainment, GPS and DVD playback. Here's how it works. You get a translucent visor that clips into where your sunshade would ordinarily be. From there the MicroVision laser projector kicks in, plotting a virtual GPS navigation path to follow in real...

  • 6 gadgets that changed motoring forever

    Motoring is an industry that is always worth keeping an eye on for innovation, creativity and technology. The people who design cars are all entrepreneurs in their own way: they actively seek new and better ways to utilize and access the world as we know it from within the realms of your car’s cabin. Thanks to the Automotive Industry and a certain Henry Ford, we were given the assembly line, the Ford Model T and the concept that everyone could own a car. Over 100 years later the car has evolved into something truly remarkable and packed with...

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