Hey, Car Companies — Here's How To Get Digital Gauges Right

I know they're not to everyone's tastes, but I'm starting to like this trend towards these digital instrument panels being installed in everything from a Chevy Spark to basically the whole fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover products. Some of these are well done and are able to showcase a lot of information now that… » 2/10/13 12:00pm 2/10/13 12:00pm

10 James Bond Gadgets That Actually Exist—And One That Needs To

There have been 23 Bond movies made In the past 50 years—full of lethal, handy, futuristic, awesome, and sometimes funny gadgets. Most are still too fantastic to be real, but some have transcended the silver screen to become naturalized residents of the Real World. These are our favorites. » 12/17/12 1:20pm 12/17/12 1:20pm

The Concorde Cockpit Is A Heavenly Festival of Switchgear

Once upon a time, cars were temples of analog knobs, toggles and gauges. Now? Digital multi-function iDrive silliness. But what if a modern supercar (not Spyker) were just analog switchgear? We think the cockpit'd look like this dearly-departed Concorde. [Wikipedia] » 12/24/10 10:00am 12/24/10 10:00am

UK New Car Buyers Saddled With Radios That’ll Be Obsolete In 5 Years

Much like the US transition to digital TV, the UK is transitioning to digital radio in 2015. However, unlike in the US, consumers are still being sold products that'll be obsolete when that transition is made. » 6/29/09 12:30pm 6/29/09 12:30pm

HD Radio Looks To Tackle Traffic Conundrum

Eight radio companies of different sizes and varieties have joined together to form the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium. Think of it like the Superfriends of yesteryear, but replace the super powers with a lot more boring. The group's goal is to utilize the digital radium spectrum—the one currently being used… » 4/15/08 2:40pm 4/15/08 2:40pm

Volkswagen to Show AV-equipped Eos at CeBit

Volkswagen announced it was showing off a new automotive AV study, in the form of its new Eos convertible, at the CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany this week. The study, a joint project with Microsoft, employs a car PC from inperio Systems — powered by a 650 MHz Intel Celeron Processor — with 256 MB of RAM and a… » 3/07/06 12:19pm 3/07/06 12:19pm

BMW to Offer HD Radio as a Factory Option

The quiet war between satellite radio and HD radio — which allows providers to offer digital radio signals and (information channels) along the same airwaves as analog AM/FM radio — appears to be amping up. With most of the battles being won of late by the big satellite providers, Sirius and XM, HD-radio software… » 8/05/05 10:13am 8/05/05 10:13am