Google self-driving car update

Video: Google’s self-driving car is closer than ever to becoming a reality

By on April 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

Video: Google’s self-driving car is closer than ever to becoming a reality

The last time Google’s self-driving car team checked in with us over a year ago, when it announced Google’s cars had driven more 300,000 accident-free miles. Today, the team announced in a blog post that the cars have now driven over 700,000 miles. The team has been focused on improving the self-driving cars in cities rather than on freeways, mostly testing this in Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California, and this focus on city driving has produced some impressive results. More →

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Glow in the Dark Roads

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

Dan Roosegaarde is tired of our stagnant pavement. Our roads have remained unchanged for decades, which inspired Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde to innovate in the form of glow-in-the-dark road markings. Wired.co.uk has drawn our attention to these fluorescent markings, which have replaced the prototypical street lights over a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands, providing a cost-efficient alternative that doesn’t require electricity and looks pretty amazing to boot. More →

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Alpine CarPlay

New system will bring Apple’s CarPlay to any car this fall

By on April 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

New system will bring Apple’s CarPlay to any car this fall

Apple’s CarPlay solution might not look like much on the surface but as we explained shortly after its debut, CarPlay is a pretty huge deal for the auto industry. In a market overrun by terrible infotainment solutions, Apple’s CarPlay allows an iOS device to take over a vehicle’s stereo system and provide drivers with access to Siri, music, calling and plenty more. The bad news, of course, is that you’ll need a car with a compatible infotainment system in order to use CarPlay. As it turns out, however, users will be able to add Apple’s CarPlay product to just about any car beginning this fall. More →

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Land Rover Augmented Reality

Video: Amazing augmented reality tech could eliminate your car’s blind spots

By on April 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Video: Amazing augmented reality tech could eliminate your car’s blind spots

Although cars have definitely gotten safer over the years, they all still have blind spots that prevent you from seeing everything that might be in front, behind or to the side of you. The engineers at Land Rover, however, have come up with a brilliant new solution that could make blind spots a thing of the past. Essentially, Land Rover has hooked up cameras to a vehicle’s grill that then project what they see onto your windshield. This gives you an augmented reality view of what’s actually directly in front of your car and makes it look as though the car’s front hood is transparent. More →

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Microsoft Windows In The Car

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM.

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

With a whole team dedicated solely to the Internet of Things (IoT), Microsoft is planning to get every device you own online, or as Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management puts it: “A computer in every pot and chicken.” At the Build Developers Conference last week, Teixeira spoke at length about Microsoft’s innovations in the IoT field, but one unveiling stood out among the rest — bringing Windows Phone compatibility to the dashboard of a car. More →

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Don't Text And Drive

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

Texting while driving is something that everyone knows is a bad idea but that many people end up doing anyway simply because the temptation to respond to an incoming message is too great. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put out a new ad about an ill-fated car full of young people who get completely obliterated by an oncoming truck because the driver was looking at her cellphone instead of watching the road. The Department of Transportation says that it’s put out the ad to raise awareness about the “thousands of people” who “die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.” The full video follows below. More →

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Best Concept Cars

The 12 most amazing concept cars from this year’s Geneva Motor Show

By on March 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

The 12 most amazing concept cars from this year’s Geneva Motor Show

For car lovers around the world, the annual International Geneva Motor Show is one of the most exciting and important events of the year. Many automakers use the event to show off the most exciting innovations they have to offer, and while the concepts on display in Switzerland each March don’t always become available to the public in the years that follow, they often give us a good idea of where things in the industry are headed down the road.

And as is always the case, it’s just good old-fashioned fun to check out all of the crazy concept cars on display at the show every year. More →

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Apple CarPlay Availability

The Boy Genius Report: Can we please stop talking about how bad Apple’s CarPlay is?

The Boy Genius Report: Can we please stop talking about how bad Apple’s CarPlay is?

By on March 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

I don’t think there’s anyone more excited than I am about never having to deal with a terribly designed car infotainment system again. I have used the best and the worst, and they are all downright horrible. I have also found that the more expensive the car, the worse the system you’re stuck with is. Bentley? The worst. Mercedes? Getting better but still horrid. Porsche? Functional but basic. Tesla is in another league so we’re going to leave them out of this for now. But seriously, let’s just go over this one time and one time only so we don’t ever have to speak about it again, alright? More →

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Goodyear SUV Tire Concept

These revolutionary new tires could help your car traverse any terrain

By on March 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

These revolutionary new tires could help your car traverse any terrain

Goodyear at the Geneva auto show unveiled a new SUV tire concept that’s specifically crafted to deal with multiple types of terrain while improving fuel efficiency, CNET reports. The tire has two rings, each serving a different purpose — a main outer ring that takes up two-thirds of the tire’s width and is used for regular day-to-day driving on regular roads, and an inner one that takes up the rest and is used for off-road action. More →

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Apple CarPlay

As smartphones control cars, your ecosystem decision carries even more weight

By on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

As smartphones control cars, your ecosystem decision carries even more weight

Think buying all news apps is a pain? Try buying a new car. For years, the switching costs involved in changing from one handset to another was little more than an hour’s wait — you know, for that painfully slow contact transfer procedure to finish up over Bluetooth. Phones made calls, sent texts, and if you were lucky, treated users to a game of Snake. Today, things are far different. More →

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Apple CarPlay BlackBerry QNX

Guess which company powers Apple’s CarPlay (Hint: it starts with ‘Black’ and ends with ‘Berry’)

By on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Guess which company powers Apple’s CarPlay (Hint: it starts with ‘Black’ and ends with ‘Berry’)

Apple on Monday finally took the wraps off of CarPlay, the company’s rebranding and launch of “iOS in the Car.” The new system will allow iPhone owners to use their handsets to power the infotainment system in their cars, and early partners include Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and more. Apple revealed plenty about the new CarPlay system in its announcement from the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday, but there’s one tidbit it didn’t reveal. It turns out the system is actually powered by a company some might consider an unlikely partner: BlackBerry. More →

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Volvo CarPlay User Interface Demo

Video: Volvo demos seamless integration with Apple’s new CarPlay

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Video: Volvo demos seamless integration with Apple’s new CarPlay

Volvo on Monday posted a short teaser video in which it demos the user interface of Apple’s newly launched CarPlay iOS feature that will let drivers connect their iPhones to upcoming car models and control them via touch and/or voice while driving. CarPlay is fully integrated in Volvo’s new UI for upcoming models, offering users access to a UI that’s similar to the iPhone’s UI, on a touchscreen console placed in the middle of the dashboard. More →

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