How To Turn Old Car Parts Into A Video Game Controller

When I introduced Car Hacks last week, I mentioned that cars can be thought of as huge rolling collections of interesting parts. This week I'm putting that idea to the test, by using some of those interesting parts to do something they were never remotely meant to do. Specifically, the parts are power seat controls,… »6/21/12 2:00pm6/21/12 2:00pm

Hack Your Ride: Cheat Codes And Workarounds For Your Car's Tech Annoyances

Cheat codes aren't just for cruising past bosses in video games; there are cheat codes for a lot of cars, too, that can get you past the annoying ping of a seat belt chime, access diagnostic info only your mechanic can usually see, or give you control over features like traction control and GPS lockout. On recent and… »3/15/12 7:00am3/15/12 7:00am

Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car

Our pals over at Make posted this article about Will O'Brien, and how he took an old iPhone, an Arduino, and a handful of electronic crap and made a remote starter for his Subaru Outback that lets him start his car with a text message. The link to his site gives a full schematic of how it was done, and he's made the… »12/29/11 12:30pm12/29/11 12:30pm