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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 —...

  • 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, Glypse 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...

  • The NY Motor show reveals the geekiest cars yet

    Compared to the Geneva Auto Show with all its glitz, glamour and in-your-face cars, the New York Auto Show is much more of an eco show, featuring many ‘planet-saving’ cars. Like every motor show, though, there is going to be no shortage petrol-head paraphernalia. So if you’re shopping for your next eco-ego-boost, or maybe just an ego-boost in general, see what’s in store for the up-coming New York Auto Show. Range Rover Sport While you would expect most New Yorkers to take cabs all the time, in actual fact, the city is the number one buyer of the Range Rover Sport....

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