Daytona Rising: From Aging Track to Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole. » 8/22/14 12:59pm 8/22/14 12:59pm

I Rode Shotgun in a Rally Race By Strapping a Phone To My Face

Google Cardboard and its ilk are proving that virtual reality isn't just the realm of the Oculus Rift; you can do wonders with not much more than a phone and a couple of lenses. I saw some proof of that this morning, when I rode shotgun in a motorsports rally by strapping a phone to my face. » 7/03/14 11:43am 7/03/14 11:43am

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 3:50pm 6/27/14 3:50pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:26am 3/13/14 11:26am

How Google Glass Will Save Car Enthusiasts From Extinction

"Computers are killing the automotive hobby!" Car geeks say this with defeatist disdain; tech nerds utter it with futurist superiority. Thing is, they're both wrong. Virtual reality and wearable tech could very well save hobbyist mechanics from becoming the 21st century's horseshoe installers. Here's how. » 1/21/14 4:26pm 1/21/14 4:26pm

More Fun With Ford Engineering Press Shots

Ford engineers and designers continue to revolutionize the process of creating automobiles and Ford's press photographers continue to make the weirdest choices for the press releases about said process. Last time we brought you a photo of tiny engineers working on a giant car and you brought us the funny. Today we've… » 12/28/07 11:45am 12/28/07 11:45am

Hey Peugeot, Shatner Wants his Holodeck Back


It's not that easy, Peugeot. You can't just take the Captain's Holodeck, rename it the Holobench and not expect everyone to see right through you. Holobench is just one part of the Peugeot-Citroen virtual reality system designed to assist in all aspects of manufacturing and vehicular design for the French automaker. » 12/18/07 2:15pm 12/18/07 2:15pm

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