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Tag: Cars

Car DVR Uses Motion Detection to Catch Your Drive on Film

Car DVR Uses Motion Detection to Catch Your Drive on Film
Car wrecks aren’t much fun, unless you’re watching them on TV. After the collision is over and you’ve made sure that everyone is alright, there’s something else that goes through your head. Whose fault was it?

Twitter-Controlled Car: Turns Out You Can Drive in 140 Characters or Less

Twitter-Controlled Car: Turns Out You Can Drive in 140 Characters or Less
Mercedes Benz engineers are developing a system to control cars via Twitter, and they seem to have nailed it. I must admit when I first saw this video I immediately thought it was fake. First of all, the prototype car was an undoubtedly expensive Mercedes Benz CL 550; you’d think they’d use a more disposable car for their tests.

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir
The boxy, toy-like car you see below is the work of Giant Robot magazine publisher Eric Nakamura and Len Higa of Onimotorworks. Nakamura was asked by Toyota to come up with a design for a custom Scion xB, and he decided to go with a video game theme.

Parrot Asteroid: Android-Powered Car Stereo

Parrot Asteroid: Android-Powered Car Stereo
How smart is your car stereo? I’m happy that my stereo can interface with my iPhone and let me sort through my music efficiently. However, if you want something that does more than just play music and display the time, you might want to have a gander at what Parrot is cooking up with their Asteroid.

Ford Sync Destinations App: Sync your Ride with your Phone

Ford Sync Destinations App: Sync your Ride with your Phone
It’s safe to say that smartphones are becoming the center of digital life of most of the people in the US. When you are lost, you simply open Google Maps, and you’re found. When you need to check up on prices, you just open the right app and then you’ve saved some money.

Ford MyKey Blocks Explicit Satellite Radio Content, Kills Teenage Angst

Ford MyKey Blocks Explicit Satellite Radio Content, Kills Teenage Angst
I did some really stupid stuff behind the wheel of a car when I was a teen. My cousin and I used to play car tag where the goal was to rear end the other car.

Nissan Leaf CARWINGS Game: Get the Best Mileage!

Nissan Leaf CARWINGS Game: Get the Best Mileage!
Anyone who’s played games on any modern console knows that your gameplay can be ranked via these Internet connected systems. I remember the first time I plugged in an old Xbox and saw how I ranked in the U.S.

Kyosho J-Kart R/C Car Drives, then Flies

Kyosho J-Kart R/C Car Drives, then Flies
I’ve seen plenty of remote-controlled cars and helicopters over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first one that I’ve seen that starts out driving on the ground, then instantly takes to the air.

Mitsubishi to Offer Virtual Test Drive, Misses Point of Test Driving

Mitsubishi to Offer Virtual Test Drive, Misses Point of Test Driving
This is the Outlander Sport. Like most new cars, you can view pictures and videos of it online. But unlike any car, you can also “test drive” it… using a computer. Sign up for Mitsubishi’s Live Drive and you’ll be given a limited time to control an actual unit via the Internet.

DIY Formula One Simulator Looks More Like the Deadliest Catch Simulator

DIY Formula One Simulator Looks More Like the Deadliest Catch Simulator
Not content to just sit on a couch and play their Formula One racing game with, say, a force-feedback wheel, these guys put together their own homebrew motion sim. From the looks of the video clip below, they rigged up some servos and hydraulics and tied them together to respond to the movements of the steering wheel.

Super Mario Car Decals: It’S-a Me Monte Carlo!

Super Mario Car Decals: It’S-a Me Monte Carlo!
Are you a gamer? Do you have a car? Do you know someone who likes games? Or has a car? Well have I got a deal for you! Why not pimp out your car (or your friend’s) with these awesome Super Mario vinyl decals.

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!
Designed for the European market, the new Toyota iQ Disco is perfect for impromptu dance parties when you’re stuck in traffic. The shiny, sparkly car has been outfitted with with mirrored plates strategically placed along its surface.

Sonic and Knuckles R/C Cars: Hedgehogs and Echidnas on Wheels

Sonic and Knuckles R/C Cars: Hedgehogs and Echidnas on Wheels
Here’s something fun for all you retro gamers out there. Classic SEGA mascot Sonic the Hedgehog and his spiny rival Knuckles now have another way to get around instead of just getting into a ball and spinning frantically.

Electric Cars Might Work Like Blanka in the Future

Electric Cars Might Work Like Blanka in the Future
The Imperial College of London is currently working on a composite material that can store and discharge electricity but is also strong enough to be used as material for something like a car’s body. Volvo is one of the sponsors of the €3.4 million project, obviously hoping to find a way to build electric cars that lasts a long time between charges.

Car Launching: Exactly What It Sounds Like

Car Launching: Exactly What It Sounds Like
Think Gay Wilkinson’s anvil launching antics were crazy? 3 months ago, Bob Moravitz and his family and friends went beyond launching a small piece of metal – they launched cars. And a pickup. and a camper with a boat in tow.

Smart Speed Bump Rewards Good Driving

Smart Speed Bump Rewards Good Driving
A pair of designers, Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee, have come up with a speed bump that actually knows and rewards you if you’re obeying speed limits. Vehicles who just gun it upon driving over the speed bump will encounter a normal speed bump, but those who do slow down to below 30 km/h (about 19 mi/h) will be given milk & cookies and a pat on the back.

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