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  • Is autonomous car tech driving us around the bend?

    Are we ready for a future not too dissimilar to that portrayed in Minority Report? I’m not referring to bald people predicting murders before they occur, but rather to cars that don’t need us -- the drivers. Being a big fan of driving myself, this is a question that naturally presented itself when I read news of Audi’s new autonomous car system. It beats the bendz Audi itself prefers to call it a “piloted” system, reinforcing the idea that these cars should not necessarily be left entirely to their own devices, but that human guidance should still be present to supervise...

  • Ford launches developer programme to bring more apps to Sync [CES]

    Ford is taking its car tech quite seriously and the Detroit-based motoring giant wants you to have more fun in your vehicle. At CES, the company announced its new initiative, a developer programme for its in-car system Sync. This programme will allow developers to build apps for its Sync enable cars, currently the car-maker has added apps like Pandora and Google maps but it wants to expand the scope of the system, which was launched in 2007. "The Ford Developer Program marks a dramatic shift in how we will innovate new features and add value to our vehicles throughout the...

  • Automatica: The WiFi music dongle for your car

    A European internet company, Inrete, has introduced a WiFi USB dongle that can plug into your car's port to play music stored on it. The device can connect to various cloud storage services such as Dropbox (or your personal stash of music) and download about 24 hours of music to its internal memory. The device has WiFi that allows it to piggyback on your smartphone's internet connection or from WiFi sources in its surrounds. This enables it to connect to the cloud services on the go while you drive to download whatever new content is available. This walk around music...

  • 5 of the best in-car GPS devices you can buy right now

    In the age of the smartphone, does a GPS device has any real value anymore? What of the smartphone? Those are ultimately not designed to offer the experience a GPS device delivers. With a plethora of devices to get lost in, we put together a list of the top five GPS units currently on the market that meets most needs. Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT At US$350, the Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT is the most expensive GPS unit on the list. Why the hefty price tag? The 3490 LMT is part of Garmin's premier range of navigators. Featuring a 4.3-inch dual...

  • SuperTooth Crystal review: a hands-free car kit with power

    You're in the car. You need to use your phone, but you want to do it safely and without breaking the law and accruing a fine. You need a hands-free kit. And as luck would have it, that's exactly what we're reviewing here. The SuperTooth Crystal is a hands-free kit that's a little bit different to what's gone before - it acts as a speakerphone on your sun visor, and also pairs with your phone's GPS to give you voice directions (similar to theTomTom Hands Free Car Kit), and plays music from your phone. It's svelte, portable and a breeze...

  • 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...

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