AUO Oval LCD Screens For Vehicle Instrument Panels

A company by the name of AUO has managed to develop an oval-shaped LCD display, which could change the appearance of next-generation instrument panels. The ovoid LCDs don't just look good, but they could allow for customizing instrumented data. Of course, the technology is far from being integrated into your next… » 7/07/08 2:40pm 7/07/08 2:40pm

Toyota Night Vision System Recognizes Pedestrians

Toyota's Crown Hybrid is getting one hell of a feature that will make the walkers of the world happy: night vision pedestrian recognition. Complex pattern recognition system cameras will recognize when pedestrians are walking alongside the road and put a nice yellow square around them on a camera view on the… » 5/30/08 3:20pm 5/30/08 3:20pm

Car Technology Predicts Crashes, Braces Itself

We never knew that European engineers were in the Miss Cleo business, but it seems so with a new safety technology being developed. This system is pretty simple to explain, really. Radar sensors mounted throughout the car watch for potential crashes. If it senses a crash, 230 milliseconds prior to impact it will… » 5/28/08 1:20pm 5/28/08 1:20pm

Virtual Crosswalk Walls Are Too Futuristic For Our Own Good

Yes, we know, being a pedestrian or cyclist can be dangerous, but that won't stop us from driving however the hell we want, as long as this futuristic design never sees the light of day. This new conceptual idea for crosswalks is a bit too i, Robot for us. Rather than just having pretty painted lines—this crossing… » 4/24/08 3:00pm 4/24/08 3:00pm

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