When BMW brought iDrive into the world it was shunned. Then every other German automaker hopped on board the control knob bandwagon. Now we're in an era of touchscreens, with BMW and Audi holding out. And then there was one. »
Harman may have just saved countless friendships, thousands of marriages, and maybe a few child abuse charges with the introduction of a stereo that localizes sound around each seat in the car. »
The consumer electronics convergence is complete. Audi has developed its own tablet for backseat passengers in the Q7 and partnered to create its own smartwatch. It's lifestyle branding in the digital age. »
Ford CEO Mark Fields took to the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to give a buzzword-laden talk about mobility and where Ford fits in. Its big ideas? Parking apps, parking snitch apps, and lots of car sharing. »
Ask a dozen people to define "luxury" and you'll get a dozen different answers. Maybe even more than that. But at its core, luxury is about having the means to do what you want, when you want. That's what Mercedes-Benz is attempting to deliver with its fully-autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept. »
Through the use of in-vehicle sensors and the OnStar system, General Motors' customers already get monthly updates on the health of their vehicles and alerts to potential problems. But the company is now looking to take preventative vehicle maintenance even further with a new system that promises to pinpoint potential… »
Starting this summer, OnStar will become the electronic version of nervous parents in the back seat of a teenager's car, providing drivers with an opt-in program that will evaluate their driving over a 90-day period. Once complete, it will not only give drivers an objective assessment of their skills behind the wheel… »
Audi is embarking on a 550-mile trek from San Francisco to Las Vegas to prove that its "piloted driving" system is ready to tackle the soul-sucking journey through Central California and Nevada.
If you're in the venn diagram overlap of Android users, smartwatch owners, and Hyundai drivers, a new app coming next year will let you do everything from finding your car and flashing the lights to remotely starting it and unlocking the doors. »
BMW is back at CES next month with a self-driving i3 that finds a space in a multi-story car lot, parks itself, and comes back to the driver when summoned through a smartwatch app. And it doesn't even need GPS.
Navigation systems are great when they work, but they often don't take into account road closures, traffic jams and weird road conditions that can totally confuse you or, worse, cause a crash. Audi is apparently determined to fix that. »
What's the best way to show off a new race car to a crowd? What's that you say? Slowly and in a crowded parking lot? Damn right. Way to go Formula E. »
Electricity-generating windmills churn out free energy as long as the wind is blowing. So strapping one to the roof of your car where there's always a breeze as long as you're driving just seems obvious. The Transport Turbine—seen here as a 3D printed proof of concept—puts four small wind turbines on the roof of your… »