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Clarion has something pretty cool in the works. If you're an Android fanatic and can't get enough of it with just your smartphone and tablet, you can now get it on your car radio. Clarion has the dubbed the Mirage a "smart car stereo" and it comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen. Ironically, it also comes with Facebook and Angry Birds already installed.
Just what we need--to be encouraging Facebook and AB while driving. Ultimately, the Mirage is an AVN-style double-DIN player with an SD slot, USB port, and Bluetooth. Curiously, they seem to have forgotten a CD drive. Even though this stereo runs Android, it should be able to accept plugging your iPhone or iPod into it via USB to play music.
It also has built-in GPS, radio, and the awesome ability to display photos as a slideshow. Once again, why they have a distracting feature like that is beyond me. As for right now, this product is being marketed directly to manufacturers, so you can't pick it up for personal use quite yet. Hopefully, we will soon see something like this as a default in-dash system.
Everyone, I'm sure, remembers that little fender bender that Google's self-driving car was involved in in August 2011. The vehicle has now been tested for over 200,000 miles and company employees finally felt it safe to unleash it onto the public roads. The car took Steve Mahan who is the CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center out to Taco Bell. I guess the car's a cheap date!
There were some legality issues that had to met for this to happen. First, Google had to get permission from the local police department since Mahan doesn't have a drivers license. Second, self-driving cars haven't exactly been approved for use in California. To solve this, the Morgan Hill police placed Sergeant Troy Hoefling in the car with Mahan for the duration of the trip.
CES 2012: Working for tech sites can be pretty rewarding sometimes, you get the latest hardware, and if you're lucky enough, you get to keep it. I wonder if that will be the same when NVIDIA start throwing their technology into Lamborghini's? Dream world, I live in one.
NVIDIA used CES to demonstrate their in-vehicle power in the recently launched Audi A7, the Tesla Model S and the amazing Lamborghini Aventador supercar. There's a video below which goes over this.
The whole thing was to show off how NVIDIA technology isn't just helping to change the mobile landscape, or gaming landscape, but they're also driving extraordinary innovation in auto technologies. Audi, Tesla and Lamborghini are now set for a large change thanks to NVIDIA.
Ford tease Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, can drive electrically for 20 miles before starting its engine
CES 2012: It's not all consumer electronics to be used indoors at CES, there's also ourdoor-y type in the form of a car from Ford. Ford have just announced their 2013 Fusion, which is an all-new car packed to the rim with gadgets and tech like adaptive cruise control and comes in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
Effiency for the mid-sized sedan ranges from 26MPG city and 37MPG highway in the gasoline variant to 44MPG city and 44MPG highway for the lithium-ion-packed hybrids. The Fusion Energi plu-in sports an estimated 100MPGe, which is 7MPGe better than the Volt and 13MPGe better than the Prius plug-in. Not only that, the Fusion is actually bigger than the two models mentioned.
It can also drive for 20 miles on electricity before starting its engine, and will accelerate all the way up to 62MPH on battery power alone. This is a great feature for those who just want to duck out to the shops, or go out to dinner or see a movie.
Infotainment is something worth mentioning, too. It sports the latest, more-simple version of MyFord Touch which is paired with SYNC. Like the Focus Electric or C-MAX Energy, charging, heating and cooling can all be controlled remotely with MyFord Mobile.
Pricing hasn't been mentioned, but Ford has said it will show up in stateside showrooms later this year.
Toyota Australia signs new four-year IT deal.
The new deal will be announced this week, has also been increased to include desktop management and service desk functions. The bulk of Toyota's computing services functions, including mid-range and mainframe computing will now run under a single agreement with Fujitsu.
Included in the desktop part of the deal, Fujitsu will roll out Microsoft's Windows 7 OS to it's end users.
The value of the new four-year deal is not yet known, but it's more than likely less than it paid previously - partly because of the declining hardware costs of the last few years.
Tesla Motors doesn't have a dealership in Las Vegas but if you are really interested a sales rep will drive from California to hand deliver a test vehicle.
Just inches away from the Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Hotel Casino we found a stunning blue Tesla Roadster Sport. From afar the Roadster looks like the 1800cc Toyota powered Lotus.
The Roadster frames are made in the UK by Lotus but nearly everything else on the car is designed to be as light as possible. Here we see that the trunk lid is made from extremely light carbon fiber just like the rest of the body panels.
The batteries are kept in the back under a cover but you still have enough room for a set of golf clubs or two.
With 20K as a down payment and a government subsidy of 7,500 Dollars you too can have your own piece of electric vehicle bliss for only 1,700 a month for 5 years.
Many business users have to have notebook with them at all times to be able to get any work done. Those who spend lots of time in a car driving or flying around the county in an airplane know what a challenge it can be to keep the notebook charged up and ready to go.
Innergie has announced a new notebook power adapter that is designed to work on DC power in a car or in a plane. The adapter is called the mCube Mini and is billed as the world's smallest notebook charger for car and air use.
The device is smaller than the palm of your hand and has a USB port for charging gadgets at the same time. It supports notebooks needing 15 to 21V and up to 65W of power. This includes many models from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and more. The adapter is available now for under $70.
I have two major passions when it comes to hobbies, I like computers and I like performance cars. The guys at Road Mice have come up with a new rodent that combines both of those passions for me in a neat package.
The mice are in the shape of some of the coolest cars on the road and feature dual buttons and a scroll wheel. You can choose from several designs including the Shelby GT500, Viper, Lamborghini, Challenger, and many more.
The mice work with Mac and Windows machines and are available to purchase now. The mice sell for $34.95 to $54.95. Presumably, some car designs cost more to license hence the price range. The mice connect via USB and ht headlights glow when plugged in.
One thing that the iPhone has always lacked (well one of the things) is a good turn-by-turn GPS system. Well that was all fixed with the launch of TomTom for iPhone.
The problem is, what do you do with is when you are in the car? I paid the $100 for this application and I end up sticking it in the ashtray in my truck. Of course I have never smoked so that is not too big of a deal but it is low on my console so I have to look down all the time.
TomTom originally said there would be a dock for this that would not only allow for charging but also for improved GPS reception and other features. The problem is, no one knows where this dock really is.
Well until today. It has popped up at the FCC for approval and shows off some of the new and cool features it will have.
This just in, it looks like the rumors and accusations being hurled at different companies over the general explosiveness of their batteries might not be just disgruntled owners.
Recently a 2007 Saab 9-3 Combi was burned pretty much to the ground. The owner was barely able to rescue their dog before the car burned. Saab, after hearing of this incident took possession of the car and checked it over for anything that would have caused the blaze.
At the time of the fire the car was not running and had a "cold" engine. The review of engineers at Saab showed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle electrically or mechanically. Using fire propagation investigative techniques they determined that the fire started on one of the seats.
There were a few items left in one of the seats, a cell phone, a camera and a personal music player. Looking at the devices the investigators noted that the music player was melted in a manner consistent combustion. This would seem to point to the music player as the culprit for the fire.
The manufacturer and type of music player was not disclosed. But it is interesting to note that in Korea Apple is recalling all of the first Generation iPod Nanos due to issues with overheating, melting and spontaneous combustion.
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