Riding in the Car of the Future, Built in an Illinois Barn

At first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride. » 1/21/14 12:00pm 1/21/14 12:00pm

Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future

Volkswagen wanted to build a 235 MPG car. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for themselves, they've exceeded their goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.004 gallons of fuel every… » 6/26/13 1:05pm 6/26/13 1:05pm

There's An App For That: The First 20 Apps Your Car Will Download

Within the next couple years your car will come equipped with an "application store" where you'll download apps to tweet your car's performance, check your emissions and order a hamburger. Below, the first 20 apps you'll download to your car. » 12/22/09 2:15pm 12/22/09 2:15pm

IBM Steering Wheel Takes In-Car Entertainment To A New Level

The normally stuffy suits at IBM must've raided the ex-Xerox PARC labs for their latest project, as it's a bit out of left field. IBM is working on a steering wheel that has the ability to read a driver's lips and also serve as a drum machine. It does have some practical uses, as well — as if anything could be more… » 6/18/08 6:40pm 6/18/08 6:40pm

Car Infotainment Turns Med Center With Diabetes Tracking

Using a Lincoln MKZ with an interior that looks an awful lot like the 2010 Ford Fusion (mostly due to the gigantic screen), a company by the name of Medtronic is developing an in-car system capable of monitoring blood-glucose levels specifically for diabetics. The diabetic-driver will wear a continuous… » 6/13/08 1:00pm 6/13/08 1:00pm

Nano Tech Wiperless Windshields Are The Future And We're Scared

Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina fame has dreamed up a new type of windshield that implements some damn hi-tech solutions to the problem of rain automotive glass. Fioravanti must not be familiar with the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," because he definitely has tried to do away with windshield wipers. This… » 2/25/08 4:45pm 2/25/08 4:45pm