What Technology Isn't On Cars But Should Be?

I know we all like to bitch and moan about how cars aren't simple, stripped-out, super light machines we can all fix in our own garages with a starter set of tools. I do it too. But a lot of new car technology is actually pretty useful, and successful in making them safer and more efficient. » 2/27/15 11:33am 2/27/15 11:33am

Porsche Will Put Navigation Into Your Classic 911 If You Really Want It

I feel like if you're driving a classic 911, your experience should be about the journey, not the destination. But if you really have somewhere to be and don't want to get lost, and are tired of fumbling with your smartphone when you're driving, Porsche has a new-school solution for your old-school car. » 2/23/15 9:24am 2/23/15 9:24am

Here's The Replacement For Ford's Hated MyFordTouch Infotainment System

Clunky, badly designed and poorly performing infotainment systems have caused some of the biggest hits to automakers' quality and reliability rankings over the past few years. Perhaps chief among them was Ford's MyFordTouch, one of the most loathed systems on the market. » 12/11/14 12:41pm 12/11/14 12:41pm

Hey Rich Idiots! Come Buy Your Stupid $6,000 Lambo Phone

There's such a fine line between "I'm rich and own a very exclusive product" and "I'm a rich idiot who just got taken." That line is the Tauri 88 smartphone from Tonino Lamborghini, which costs $6,000. » 12/10/14 12:20pm 12/10/14 12:20pm

This Touch Screen Car Interior Is A Realistic Vision Of The Near Future

Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi showed off a big, sleek coupe called the Audi Prologue that will be the source of all their future designs. But as good as the Prologue looks, the real story might just be inside. What does that concept say about the future of car interiors? » 11/19/14 5:40pm 11/19/14 5:40pm

Voice Recognition Systems In Cars Suck And Are Terrible

If you spend an inordinate amount of time screaming people's names into your dashboard in an attempt to get your car's horrible voice recognition system to make a simple phone call, prepare to be vindicated. » 8/05/14 3:23pm 8/05/14 3:23pm

Google's Domination Of Your Dash Starts With Android Auto

Google just delivered what we've waited for. A comprehensive redesign of the Android operating system designed for your ride. And unlike the handful of automakers that Apple has on board for CarPlay, Google is boasting over 40 automaker partners at launch, with the first cars hitting showrooms this year. » 6/25/14 1:55pm 6/25/14 1:55pm

Is GM's License Plate Texting App Way Too Creepy?

Ever wish you could give that asshat who cut you off on the freeway more than just a honk of your horn? General Motors' Chinese R&D division is working on an app that lets you scan other people's license plates and then send messages to their phones. » 6/17/14 12:32pm 6/17/14 12:32pm

Thermal Imaging Pit Stops Are The Best Pit Stops

Everyone loves Formula One's fancy thermal imaging camera because it shows the exact role that heat and friction play during racing. Also, it looks really, really neat. Now we get to see what it looks like when it's applied to touring car racing. » 5/28/14 2:08pm 5/28/14 2:08pm

The 'Sport Mode' Button Is Crap Most Of The Time

The "Sport Mode" button: Useless or fantastic? In this era where every function on your car is regulated by a computer, they have become an almost ubiquitous presence on everything from humble economy cars to high-end luxury and sports cars. But do they really add anything to the car? » 5/13/14 7:00pm 5/13/14 7:00pm

Good Guy OnStar Dispatcher Helps Save Woman's Life

OnStar — it's not just for Batman anymore! (Does anyone remember that? No? Okay, forget it.) And one woman says she's glad she had the system on her car after an OnStar dispatcher found a clever way to save her life last year when she wasn't able to communicate. » 5/01/14 2:30pm 5/01/14 2:30pm

The GM Ignition Recall May Doom The Car Key Once And For All

Honestly, I can't even remember the last newer-ish car I drove that had an actual key instead of a fob and a push-button start. And in light of the General Motors ignition switch recall, the end of car keys may come sooner than we expected. » 4/28/14 5:30pm 4/28/14 5:30pm

This Is The Worst New Trend In Car Interior Design

I have accepted that center-mounted displays screens in cars, touch or otherwise, are not going anywhere. But why do so many of them look like they've just been tacked on as an afterthought? It looks terrible. » 4/17/14 1:40pm 4/17/14 1:40pm

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

Volvo Just Declared War On Winter With Technology

Was today really the start of spring? Could the end of this brutal and obscene winter finally be upon us? I almost feel like it's too good to be true, and that's why I'm glad Volvo is working on something that could put bad weather in its place. » 3/20/14 10:00pm 3/20/14 10:00pm

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

This Is The Rearview Mirror Of The Future

Backup cameras are increasingly popular options on new cars, and there's a good chance they'll be standard equipment for safety reasons in a few years. So why are we still using a piece of glass to see behind us most of the time? » 2/28/14 10:40am 2/28/14 10:40am