A Camper Van Toaster: Because Even Hippies Love Toast

There are two approaches when it comes to stocking a kitchen: You can find yourself the best multi-purpose tools, appliances, and other accessories that might cost a little more, but promise to keep your drawers and counters free of clutter. Or, you can embrace every single cheap novelty gadget and knick-knack that are … » 10/24/13 5:00pm 10/24/13 5:00pm

Volkswagen Is Forcing Employees to Turn Off Their BlackBerrys So…

BlackBerrys are still the de facto standard in the work force and represent a sort of leash an employer has on an employee. If you see that indicator light blink, you better get to work. The problem with that is that no employee ever stops thinking about work! VW wants to change that. They're turning off employee… » 12/23/11 11:51am 12/23/11 11:51am

First Ever Hydrogen Vehicle 'Cross-Country' Road Trip Had a Lot of Help

I'm all for hydrogen-or any alternative fuel source for that matter (Shai Agassi, my man, let's get cooking already! » 8/24/08 10:45pm 8/24/08 10:45pm)-but if you're going to heavily promote your cross-country trek as the "first ever" for hydrogen-powered vehicles, at least make sure large, 1,000-mile stretches of it did not involve having the vehicles…

Volkswagen/Apple iCar On Hold, Upper Middle Class Weep

If you've been looking forward to a possible Volkswagen + Apple car, or iCar, you'll have to wait slightly longer as talks between the two companies have just been put on hold. The bad news is that the exploratory talks are at an end, but the good news is that there were exploratory talks to begin with. VW fans and… » 12/05/07 7:50pm 12/05/07 7:50pm

VW's Touchscreen UI Looking Mighty Apple-y


Some of us noticed that the VW Space Up! blue concept car at the LA Auto Show has a car computer that looks like an Apple coverflow UI. Could this be the result of Apple and VW launching a UI together per earlier talks? My eyes are screaming yes, but my brain tells me that an Apple alliance is the kind of thing VW and … » 11/16/07 1:28pm 11/16/07 1:28pm

Chinese Artists Take a VW Down the Hershey Highway for V-Day

The Valentine's Day madness has apparently spread around the world, as evidenced by this chocolate-covered Volkswagen Beetle parked in front of a supermarket in China. After first wrapping the vehicle in plastic, seven enterprising car company employees slathered on 440 pounds of chocolate, resulting in the day's… » 2/15/07 12:30pm 2/15/07 12:30pm

VW Microbus Chameleon Hippie Bus Gets Gizmodo-ized

VW R&D must not have enough to do after helping Stanford win the DARPA Grand Challenge. Instead of working on the ever-elusive flying car, they've outfitted this old hippie bus with hidden tech. The drivetrain is all electric, and the surfboards on top have solar cells for charging up the lithium battery banks. Click to … » 9/26/06 3:52pm 9/26/06 3:52pm