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I Have A Radical But Possible Idea What The Apple Car Will Be

Recently, we learned that Apple had hired Doug Betts, an “auto manufacturing veteran” from Fiat Chrysler. This is a guy whose experience is with actually building cars, leading to new speculation that Apple is planning to build a car. I’m skeptical that Apple would get in the car business as we know it — but I had a… » 7/21/15 7:00pm 7/21/15 7:00pm

This Is How Google's Dreaming Robot Sees Cars

Ever since Google revealed Deep Dream, a neural-network (you know, like the Terminator) visualization tool that takes normal images and turns them into recursive, creepy, cyber-Hironomous Bosch hellscapes, I’ve wanted to see how it would affect images of cars. And now I know. And I’m not sure if I’ll sleep again.… » 7/13/15 4:12pm 7/13/15 4:12pm

In The Future Your Car Will Know If You're Drunk

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held an event to showcase new alcohol-detection technologies that the NHTSA would like to see made commercially available for new cars. The most likely system to implement uses touch sensors to evaluate blood alcohol. So what happens if you’re wearing… » 6/05/15 6:55pm 6/05/15 6:55pm

Why Volvo Thinks It Can Eliminate All Deaths In Its Cars By 2020

Safety is a science-based religion at Volvo – its founders named “humans” the most important part of a car in the early thirties. Their latest project, Vision 2020, set the goal of eliminating death in all of their new cars in five years time. For most companies that would seem utopian nonsense, but this is the… » 12/09/14 12:15pm 12/09/14 12:15pm

This Last Generation Of Human-Driven Cars Will Be Better Than Any Before

We're seeing a surprising amount of new, dramatic, and exciting stuff coming out of the Paris Auto Show — VW's remarkable XL Sport, the Lamborghini Asterion, the new Aston Martin Lagonda, and they're all production cars. In fact, I think we may in the beginning of the last generation of human-driven cars. Better enjoy… » 10/03/14 12:56pm 10/03/14 12:56pm

The Race to Save Your Car's Dashboard

Earlier this week, Google showed off Android Auto, a dashboard navigation and entertainment system powered by an Android smartphone. It's almost identical in concept to competing designs from Apple and Microsoft. For perhaps the first time, these companies have a unified vision for the future of in-car electronics.… » 6/27/14 10:00am 6/27/14 10:00am

Porsche LeMans Racer Is Attempting To Use The Energy We Lose From Gas

Gasoline engines have gotten incredibly good at squeezing all the energy they can out of gas. The problem is that "incredibly good" still means about 37% efficiency. If my high school transcript is any measure, 37% still kind of sucks. The rest of that energy is lost as heat, but there are ways to reclaim it. Ask… » 3/06/14 5:54pm 3/06/14 5:54pm

Goodyear's Clever Concept SUV Tire Has The Grand Canyon In The Middle

Goodyear's unnamed concept builds on a standard SUV tire with a large central groove to improve rolling resistance by having a reduced contact patch with the road. But as you can see from the tread, this is strictly a concept with no intention of being put into production. Yet. » 3/06/14 5:06pm 3/06/14 5:06pm

This 3D Printed Concept Is The Future Of Automaking

EDAG is a German design and engineering firm that has been working with most car manufacturers for the past four decades and also built a Pontiac Solstice shooting brake because wagons rock. Their latest concept is a 3D-printed composite passenger cell that was inspired by turtles and goes beyond today's possibilities. » 3/05/14 4:59pm 3/05/14 4:59pm

The Secret Of Swarovski Crystal Headlights: They're Stupid And Fake

Like many automotive-news outlets, our reporting of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé makes a big deal out of the car's lavish 47-Swarovski crystal headlights. They're much easier than using a bullhorn to yell "I'M RICH!" at everyone, and they help with night driving a bit. Too bad they're not really what they seem. » 2/11/14 4:18pm 2/11/14 4:18pm