Not to be outdone by its Teutonic rival, Audi has followed BMW's lead in announcing that its cars are now fully compatible with the Apple iPhone. Those lucky souls who own both an Audi and an iPhone will now be able to connect the two for Bluetooth hands-free calling, while those even luckier souls with an A5, A6, A8 or Q7 can use Audi's optional AMI music interface to play music via the phone's iPod function.
Michael Marks, the former CEO of contract manufacturer Flextronics, has stepped in to become the interim chief executive of electric sports car company Tesla Motors.
Founder and current CEO Martin Eberhard will become president of technology.
The company also acknowledged that it may face more delays in bringing the Tesla Roadster to market. Last July, it was aiming to have a vehicle ready in about a year, then later shifted that date to the fall of 2007. Now another postponement could be in the offing. Eberhard wrote in an e-mail to customers:
"We are still planning to start production … Read more
General Motors announced Thursday that it will begin testing for its electric rechargeable car, the Chevy Volt, in spring 2008.
The lithium-ion battery packs planned for the Chevy Volt should be ready as soon as October 2006, Bob Lutz, GM's global product chief, told Reuters.
The company also announced Monday it has signed another contract with battery manufacturer A123Systems to help it develop the lithium-ion battery cells for its E-Flex electric drive train.
GM already … Read more
CNET readers were so impressed with Sync, the in-car media application developed by Microsoft for Ford, that they voted it the winner of the People's Voice award for Best of CES 2007. Today Ford released details on how much the people are going to have to fork over to choose Sync on select 2008 Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln models: a pretty reasonable $395.
Those who do option up will get one of the most sophisticated media and communications systems available. As we found in our hands-on test, the Sync application, which runs on a Microsoft Auto platform, enables drivers … Read more
There's only one thing that this luxurious pink Hummer H3 stretch limousine needs, and that's a nice fat Hello Kitty decal on the driver's side. Otherwise, this bubble-gum-hued vehicle is a fitting embodiment of all things obnoxious and opulent (obnoxulent?) and nauseatingly cute. Inside, it's equipped with pink-and-white leather seating and space-age lighting worthy of the flashiest nightclubs and an enviable bar--and mirrors on the ceiling (if you're into that degree of sketchiness).
There's also touch-screen heating and air conditioning control, four flat-screen TVs, a DVD player and multi-speaker sound system. There's no … Read more
Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard was in Los Angeles today to give members of the Motor Press Guild the story behind the making of its cars. For the past couple of years, the Bay Area-based company has gotten oodles of press coverage, much of it on the merits of its technology. But until this afternoon I wasn't entirely convinced. First, some background:
A year ago, I stood on Peter Hay hill at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach with a rather prominent car designer. Not too far in the distance, hordes of spectators gathered around a pair of … Read more
A new automated emergency-braking feature will be in U.S. Nissan cars by next year, the company said Tuesday.
The feature works in tandem with the gas pedal to help drivers avoid a crash.
When speed and distance sensors on the car detect an imminent crash, the gas pedal lifts slightly to warn the driver. If the driver eases pressure on the gas pedal in response, the car automatically brakes instead of waiting until the driver slams a foot on the brake pedal, according to a report from the Associated Press.
But the driver still has ultimate control over the … Read more
Earlier this year, Tesla Motors said it would open five customer service centers when it launched its electric car later this year--in Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York and Florida. Now, the company has divulged the exact location of its shop in Northern California, in what's surely a nod to its headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Stanford University has licensed Tesla use of a 2.6 acre lot at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, Calif., where the sports-car maker will open a showroom and service center for its $92,000 electric car down the street from a … Read more
We've known for some time that in-car CD players are ultimately destined for the recycle bin of consumer-electronics history, and a report out this week by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) confirms that the slide has already begun. According to this report in Twice, the CEA predicts that sales of OE integration products such as MP3/iPod adapters, auxiliary-in adapters, universal controllers, FM modulators, and Bluetooth-integration devices will surpass those of CD stereo head units in 2007 for the first time.
The report also highlights growth in the market for "mech-less" car stereos (or, stereos with no … Read more
One of Crave's many obsessions has long been the "convergence" of various products and technologies into all-in-one devices, whether it be a refrigerator TV or an air-purifying speaker lamp. (We didn't say these were useful combinations.) But here's one mashup we didn't see coming--battery-powered cars and rodent birth control.
Now that we've got your attention: Panasonic, which recently introduced its version of a battery-powered plane, has applied the alternative-fuels technology to the road as well with an electric car powered by 192 AA cells that it says can reach 100 kilometers per hour, … Read more