Audi's Carbon Neutral E-Gas Is Real And They're Actually Making It

Last year I went to Germany and heard about what Audi called e-gas, a carbon neutral sustainable fuel. It sounded all well and good, and they had ambitious plans to start producing it this year. And it wasn't vaporware. This is really happening. » 6/26/13 3:16pm 6/26/13 3:16pm

Why New Technology Means We'll Build Cars Downton Abbey-Style In The…

Back in the early days of automobiles, when you had to be I-have-three-footman wealthy to own a horseless carriage, the way most cars were sold was in two distinct parts: an automobile company would sell you an engine/rolling chassis unit, and then you'd have a body built by a coachwork company. » 1/17/13 9:00am 1/17/13 9:00am

Alessandro Porta Artwork Makes Us Fantasize About Dystopian Mass…

Luigi Colani-esque buses? Check. Dinosaurs? Check. AT-AT walkers? Check. Syd Mead-like construction vehicles? Check. Star Destroyers? Check. The artwork of Alessandro Porta is straight out of our 11-year-old dreams (before we started to hit puberty and they went all Heavy Metal » 9/08/08 12:00pm 9/08/08 12:00pm). Porta is a car designer with his own…

The Solution To Truck-Related Wind Drag: Box Fans!

Kambiz Salari, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has used a very simple method to solve a consequence of driving a truck. Salari has applied for a patent that will reduce the aerodynamic drag that accompanies driving a truck by essentially placing a box fan immediately behind the cab. The… » 4/18/08 12:00pm 4/18/08 12:00pm

Ford Looking To Nanotechnology For Future Design

Rather than dumping millions upon millions of dollars into alternative energy engine design to compensate for the ridiculous high fuel prices and desire to be green, Ford is taking a different route: nanotechnology. Nanotechnology allows for the average vehicle to shed anywhere from 250 to 750 pounds of weight without… » 4/17/08 2:20pm 4/17/08 2:20pm

European PReVENT Looks To Make Uncrashable Car

A European company by the strange name of PReVENT is looking to do what we figure has to be an impossible task: create the uncrashable car. The company with a funny name is using their budget of nearly $80 million develop a wide variety of oddly-named technologies to assist drivers in potentially dangerous situations.… » 4/17/08 12:40pm 4/17/08 12:40pm

Unnamed German Luxury Automaker Creates Digital Factory System

A "luxury car manufacturer" from southern Stuttgart has invested a lot of money into something that isn't even real. We're thinking it was the brainchild of Dr. Z., but the unnamed company has picked up six of the ridiculously expensive Christie HD8K 1080p DLP high definition projectors that creates virtual factory… » 4/16/08 3:20pm 4/16/08 3:20pm

Sometimes Yesterday's Today is Eerily Accurate

It's always fun to look back at publications which predict what the future will be like - especially if that future is already the past. Most of the enjoyment comes from seeing just how far we haven't progressed. In the case of this 1979 book, The Usborne Book of the Future - A trip in time to the year 2000 and beyond » 2/04/08 11:45am 2/04/08 11:45am

2012 BMW 3-Series

Many claim there's little doubt the current 3-series is the ugliest car in BMW's history. Furthermore, those same folks claim it's awkward and not aging well. Realizing that, and according to the lads at Motor Authority, BMW is changing course big time. Most notable in this design preview are the cues borrowed from… » 7/04/07 3:00pm 7/04/07 3:00pm

Living for the City: MIT's Stackable Urban Car

Futurists have been hot on the robotic urban pod model of transportation since the last flight of Laika, the dog cosmonaut. But with technology catching up with ideas, researchers are starting to come up with tangible prototypes. Take, for example, this folding-car concept from MIT Media Lab. Less a car than a CPU with … » 2/20/07 12:10pm 2/20/07 12:10pm