C'mon And Take A Joy Ride...Of Doom!

The prescription for criminal teen car lust in the 1970s? "Joy Ride - An Auto Theft," an educational film exploring questions like "Why would anyone leave their keys in a '68 Satellite?" and "What does 'dudeing' mean?" » 11/30/10 9:30am 11/30/10 9:30am

1973 Plymouth Satellite Readies For B-Body Afterlife

A supporting actor in countless Malaise Era cop movies and TV shows, the 4-door early-70s Plymouth Satellite has just about disappeared from American streets by now... and now the number of street-driven Satellites has been reduced by one. I found this example (painted in the Malaise color I'm going to call Diminished… » 4/29/08 2:00pm 4/29/08 2:00pm

1971 Plymouth Satellite, with Bonus Apocalyptic Car Poll

Back in the era when big, crude Detroit muscle ruled the streets of Alameda, there were two types of cars that did most of the burnouts in front of the AM/PM on Friday nights. Two types of cars that rattled the windows of quiet neighborhoods with their Cherry Bombs and gear drives. I speak, of course, of the GM A-Body… » 9/07/07 9:30am 9/07/07 9:30am

Plymouth Introduces Smokeymobiles For '72!

We've already taken a look at Chrysler's vintage cabbie-friendly offerings, and now it's time for the cop-grade Fury and Satellite for '72. You've seen this car in countless 70s action movies, usually driven by evil free-spirit-persecutin' Smokeys but sometimes piloted by heroic scumbag-bustin' lawmen bent on stemming… » 7/31/07 4:45pm 7/31/07 4:45pm

1974 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Sundance Edition

Today's Down On The Alameda Street car hails from the East End, and it's a real winner: a genuine 70s-o-riffic Sundance Edition Satellite Sebring! » 6/26/07 9:00am 6/26/07 9:00am

Only in Japan: RaySat Introduces World's Smallest Vehicle Antenna for…

Automotive satellite TV antenna developer RaySat introduced its super-small TeleRay antenna at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. Sorry kids, it's only for Japanese BS/CS sat broadcasts aired domestically. Small enough for the roof of a keicar, the pizza-sized antenna, just one-inch thick and 16… » 1/03/06 11:50am 1/03/06 11:50am

XM Working on Parking Information System

Car drivers in urban areas, those long-suffering souls (like us) who live and die by available parking spaces, may get a sweet new service from XM Satellite Radio. We've invented this in our heads a million times: sensors embedded in parking spaces transmit data to a car's navigation system, indicating the percentage… » 11/09/05 6:22am 11/09/05 6:22am

Europe's Galileo System: More Than Just Sat Nav

With the European Union's nearly $4 billion Galileo set to join the US's GPS and Russia's Glonass satellite systems, the call is out to develop applications that'll go above and beyond the typical "where the hell am I?" killer app. A recent call for such entries unearthed a prospective system of electric minicars for… » 11/03/05 1:46pm 11/03/05 1:46pm

Follow that Ghost!: Microsoft Applies to Patent "Phantom Car" Technology

TransportTrends reports on a patent Microsoft recently filed for a new, virtual-reality navigation technology that won't require drivers to take their eyes off the road. The system would project (on a vehicle's windshield) the image of cartoon "lead car," fed by information gleaned from a satellite nav system. The… » 8/24/05 2:43pm 8/24/05 2:43pm

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