Formula 1's Advanced Hybrid System Is Coming To Your Next Car

That may look like an ordinary Volvo S60, but it's far from it. Inside that handsome but inoffensive Swedish body is the same technology that helped make Formula One cars so fast in the last few years — the hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System. That's good news if you like efficiency and speed. » 3/28/14 9:00pm 3/28/14 9:00pm

What Car Has The Easiest Infotainment System To Use?

In-car infotainment systems are too damn hard to use these days. And that's not just for the Olds, that notion goes for everyone, as Patrick pointed out. But maybe it doesn't have to be this way. Maybe a brighter, easier future is ahead. And maybe you've got that infotainment system right now. » 3/22/14 2:04pm 3/22/14 2:04pm

Infotainment Systems Are Too Damn Complicated

Consumer Reports, as they have been wont to do in recent years, recently smacked down the reliability of Ford, Honda and automakers because their in-dash electronics systems are so wonky. Young and old agree: infotainment systems are just too damn complicated. » 3/19/14 9:00pm 3/19/14 9:00pm

Is This What Your Car's Cockpit Will Look Like In 2025?

Audi says their Virtual Cockpit is a pretty big deal. Set to debut on the all-new 2015 Audi TT and then at least three other new cars, it eliminates the center screen and gauge cluster for a display right in front of the driver. But what will instrumentation look like in 10 years? » 3/19/14 10:00am 3/19/14 10:00am

The Next Great Hybrid Hypercar Should Come From America

A few years ago, the word "hybrid" meant only one thing: slow, abysmal-to-drive eco-machines like the Toyota Prius. But 2013 was the year hybrid technology truly entered the performance arena with extreme cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder, LaFerrari and McLaren P1. Now we need one from America. » 12/11/13 4:00pm 12/11/13 4:00pm

Sony's 'Smart Wig' Could Help You Drive, Is Superior To Other Wigs

Wigs. You put them on your head and they make you look like you have hair you don't really have. But in the end, they add nothing to the driving experience, and that's a real shame. UNTIL NOW! » 11/27/13 2:00pm 11/27/13 2:00pm

In-Car Air Conditioning Turns 80 This Month And I'm So Glad It Exists

Quick, can you name the greatest technology that's ever been added to the automobile? No, it's not turbos, or anti-lock brakes, or airbags, or magnetic suspensions, although those things are all wonderful. It's air conditioning, and it turns 80 years old this month. Air conditioning is the best thing ever! » 11/19/13 12:01pm 11/19/13 12:01pm

In-Car Advertisements Must Die Before They Are Allowed To Live

These days, the biggest buzzword among automakers is "connectivity." Why be isolated in your car? They want you to be connected to your smartphone, to your social media pals, and even to other vehicles. They may even want to connect you with corporations who want to sell you stuff. Get excited about in-car ads! » 10/04/13 4:00pm 10/04/13 4:00pm

Be Entertained As You Crash And Die With YouTube Car Integration

It's hard to keep track of all the entertainment features that have become common on cars in the last couple years. Smartphone integration, satellite radio, hands-free texting and Facebook apps, and now iOS are just a few of them. But why can't we watch YouTube in the car? » 8/30/13 4:30pm 8/30/13 4:30pm

Apple Gets Patent For Touchscreen Dashboard With Tactile Feedback

Apple was recently granted a patent for a touchscreen car dashboard, one with a twist that could set it above other in-car touchscreens. Coupled with their announcement of their iOS In The Car app earlier this year, it shows that Apple is serious about moving in to your next car. » 7/18/13 11:14am 7/18/13 11:14am

BMW Tells Apple 'Thanks, But No Thanks' To iOS In The Car

Were you wondering why BMW's roundel wasn't among the 12 logos present during Apple's WWDC keynote where it was announced that iOS will come to your car in 2014, even though BMW will be adding Siri integration to their cars that year? Now we know. » 6/12/13 1:37pm 6/12/13 1:37pm

Can Apple Really Make A Car Infotainment System That Doesn't Suck?

In-car infotainment systems are nothing new. Over the last decade we've seen in-dash systems that control navigation, the stereo, phone calls and other functions trickle down from luxury models to cars for the masses. They're pretty widespread now, but they have one thing in common: They suck. Can Apple do better? » 6/11/13 3:18pm 6/11/13 3:18pm