Lifehacker Highlights: The CES News You'll Actually Care About

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been around for years, showcasing the tech industry's coolest new vaporware. Occasionally, though, some cool stuff is announced. Here are the things you, the life hacker, might actually be interested in from the show this year. » 1/09/15 11:15am 1/09/15 11:15am

​BMW Is Coming Around To Touchscreens, Adding Gesture Controls

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. » 1/06/15 10:15pm 1/06/15 10:15pm

​This Stereo Shields You From Your Shitty Friend's Shitty Music

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. » 1/06/15 9:15pm 1/06/15 9:15pm

This BMW M4 Concept Has Frickin' Laser Beams For Eyes

Are you one of the millions of people who has looked at your BMW M4 and said, "This is good, but it's just not TRON enough for me"? Then BMW has a luminous solution straight from their high-tech i8: laser headlights. » 1/06/15 8:15pm 1/06/15 8:15pm

​Audi Now Has Its Own Branded Smartwatch And Tablet

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. » 1/06/15 6:15pm 1/06/15 6:15pm

​The Android Auto And Apple CarPlay Stereos You've Been Waiting For

If you've been putting off upgrading your stereo to get in on that sweet Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration, your wait is officially over. » 1/06/15 5:15pm 1/06/15 5:15pm

The 2016 Audi Q7 Will Get A Giant Dash Tablet AND Virtual Cockpit

Audi is showing off the 2016 Q7 next week in Detroit, but to milk the hype of its new essyouvee, it trotted out a mock-up of the interior for the throngs at CES. And it's as daunting as the Q7 is massive. What's it got? A virtual cockpit AND a dash tablet. Screens everywhere! » 1/06/15 3:40pm 1/06/15 3:40pm

Ford's Grand Plan For 'Mobility' Is Co-Opting Other People's Ideas

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. » 1/06/15 1:40pm 1/06/15 1:40pm

This Is Mercedes-Benz's Vision For The Ultimate Future Of Luxury

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. » 1/05/15 11:31pm 1/05/15 11:31pm

​Volkswagen Put Some Big Ass Touchscreens In The Golf R

We're champing at the bit to get our paws on the new Golf R, but before it's unleashed in the U.S., VW used it as a platform to show off some massive touchscreens, a new interface, and gesture controls, because… uh… CES? » 1/05/15 10:00pm 1/05/15 10:00pm

Chevrolet Vehicles Will Soon Predict Breakdowns Before They Happen

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… » 1/05/15 12:11am 1/05/15 12:11am

OnStar Can Now Assess Your Driving For Cheaper Insurance Rates

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… » 1/05/15 12:10am 1/05/15 12:10am

​Audi Lets Its Self-Driving Car Loose On Trip From SF To Vegas

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.
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Hyundai's Smartwatch App Lets You Find, Start, And Unlock Your Car

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. » 1/02/15 2:21pm 1/02/15 2:21pm

​BMW Made A Car That Parks Itself By Talking To Your Watch

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.
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Audi Working On Navigation System That Really Knows Where It's Going

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. » 1/10/14 10:48am 1/10/14 10:48am

Ford Exec Says They Know When You Break The Law, Then Backtracks

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 1/10/14 9:30am 1/10/14 9:30am

The CES Demo Of Formula E's Car Is The Most Underwhelming Thing Ever

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. » 1/09/14 3:40pm 1/09/14 3:40pm

Strap This Wind Turbine To Your Electric Car To Stay Juiced in Park

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… » 1/08/14 5:38pm 1/08/14 5:38pm

Toyota Is Totally Going To Sell A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car In 2015

There are probably dozens of people out there who love the advantages of hydrogen cars, like the zero emissions, high prices, and limited infrastructure. And now Toyota wants to sell them a car. » 1/08/14 2:00pm 1/08/14 2:00pm