Audi Laser Headlights

Video: Here’s how Audi’s incredible new laser headlights work

By on January 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

Video: Here’s how Audi’s incredible new laser headlights work

Earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi showed off an amazing new laser headlight system that one-ups the standard high-intensity discharge lamps found on many modern automobiles. The new headlight system, which was showcased on Audi’s Sport Quattro concept car, uses a blue laser instead of a standard bulb to cast light that Audi says can illuminate the road for a distance of more than 1,600 feet in front of a driver. Audi also stated that its new laser high-beams have twice the light range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam headlights — but as great as that all sounds, how exactly does it work? More →

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Google Self Driving Car Patent

Google may offer you free cab rides if you let it spam you with ads

By on January 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

Google may offer you free cab rides if you let it spam you with ads

Google may eventually be offering you free taxi rides in its self-driving cars. A new patent, brought to our attention by Ars Technica, describes an advertising system that stores could use to bring customers into their physical locations for free. Based on an algorithm that uses the customer’s location and propensity to buy, the customer would receive a coupon for a free ride. These ads could appear for various means of transportation, including taxis, trains, buses, and most interestingly, autonomous vehicles. More →

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iOS In The Car Screenshots

New screenshots show what iOS may look like in your car

By on January 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM.

New screenshots show what iOS may look like in your car

As we’ve mentioned before, the next big battle between Apple and Google seems to be over which company will get to use its software to power your car. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a number of screenshots from Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car release that show us how Apple is refining the user interface of its new car-centric mobile OS. 9to5Mac notices, for instance, notes that “the design shown in the images… show a user-interface that is strikingly different to the one shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013,” as “Apple is toying with moving the horizontal status bar into the vertical position,” thus giving it “more space on the already small car touchscreen consoles.” More →

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Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept

Video: Audi unveils amazing new Laserlight advanced headlights system

By on January 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Video: Audi unveils amazing new Laserlight advanced headlights system

Audi at CES 2014 unveiled its Sport quattro Laserlight concept based on the classic 1983 Sport quattro, but filled with plenty of new tech innovations. The dual laser headlights may be the car’s most interesting feature, at least from a tech perspective, being described by an exec as Audi’s “technological spearhead” during the company’s press event. The laser diodes are said to illuminate the road for a distance of up to 500 meters, with the high-beam having twice the light range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam lights. The software can manage LED lights individually in order for oncoming cars to not be affected by the Sport quattro’s Laserlight system. More →

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BlackBerry Car Engine Sounds

BlackBerry’s next big thing: Fake engine revving sounds for quiet cars (no, seriously)

By on January 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

BlackBerry’s next big thing: Fake engine revving sounds for quiet cars (no, seriously)

In the (terrible) 2011 film “The Dilemma,” Kevin James stars as an engineer whose wife is cheating on him. Co-star Vince Vaughn plays the best friend and business partner who catches James’s cheating wife and has to decide whether or not to rat her out. Why wouldn’t Vaughn just come out with it? Because he needs James to focus on completing a project that will land their company the contract of a lifetime. The project in question involves the creation of a system for a major automaker that would duplicate the sound and feel of a classic muscle car engine in an electric vehicle. And now, life is imitating art as BlackBerry-owned QNX showcases a system at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show that imitates James’s fictional creation. More →

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Corvette Record Share VIdeos Camera

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

By on January 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

Some of the most interesting news footage of the over the past several years has come from a very unlikely source: cameras mounted on cars. The Associated Press reports that General Motors is hoping to capitalize on the windshield-mounted camera for a new social initiative that will allow drivers of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette to record their cruises down the interstate and then download the footage to their computers. When parked, drivers will be able to view the recordings on an 8-inch touchscreen and “edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.” According to the report, drivers can record up to 13 hours of driving time using the new system. The 2015 Corvette will be available next fall.

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Google Android Open Automotive Alliance

Google’s plan to take over your car takes shape

By on January 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

Google’s plan to take over your car takes shape

Google is looking to get a big head start in the upcoming battle with Apple in the realm of car-based software. Google announced on Monday that it has joined with several car manufacturers to cofound the Open Automotive Alliance, a new industry group that is working to bring Android to more cars and that is a clear reference to the Open Handset Alliance that helped make Android into the world’s No. 1 mobile operating system. More →

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Apple Google Car Software Plans

The next big Apple-Google battle looks much bigger than smartphones

By on January 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

The next big Apple-Google battle looks much bigger than smartphones

The most important battle in the tech world over the past few years has been the epic clash between iOS and Android, the rival mobile platforms that Apple and Google have used to give themselves a dominant position in the smartphone and tablet markets. But as Forbes contributor George Anders writes, Apple and Google are already gearing up for their next fight that could be much, much bigger than smartphones. More →

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New car technology

Forget TVs and watches, cars are the next big battleground for Apple and Google

By on December 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Forget TVs and watches, cars are the next big battleground for Apple and Google

While everyone expects Google and Apple’s next big fight to be over watches or TVs, it increasingly looks like cars will be the next big tech battleground — as cars become more connected and intelligent, Apple and Google are striving to be at the center of the driving experience. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is set to announce a partnership with Audi at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month to “develop in-car entertainment and information systems that are based on Google’s Android software.” Google will also announce joint efforts with other car and tech companies, including Nvidia, to integrate Android into various cars. Google wants to make Android the default operating system for the car, much as it has done for mobile devices. More →

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BMW i8 Computerized Key

The BMW i8 might get the coolest key of all time

By on December 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM.

The BMW i8 might get the coolest key of all time

The eco-friendly BMW i8 may have one more feature that will impress potential buyers, a smart key fob that looks – and performs – like no ordinary car key. One BMW insider shared the image above with Bimmerfile, which shows what the i8 smart key could look like. According to the publication, the key will include its own high-resolution LCD screen which will reportedly be able to display various useful information such as charge levels, time on a charge and the distance the vehicle can travel before requiring recharging and/or refueling. More →

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Samsung Electric Cars

The next market Samsung will look to conquer: Electric cars

By on December 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

The next market Samsung will look to conquer: Electric cars

With profit margins shrinking in the smartphone segment, some companies are starting to explore new sources of revenue. According to The Wall Street Journal, several patents have cropped up this year which indicate that Samsung might be making its way into the electric car market. The applications include parts and technology for electric vehicles, although Samsung told the Journal that it has no interest in entering that market. More →

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Tesla Fires NHTSA Inquiry

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

By on December 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM.

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

Tesla’s not out of the woods just yet, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked for additional information surrounding the recent Model S fires that have been widely covered by the media. But it’s likely to be just a minor blip on the road to recovery. More →

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