When your avatar's feet ache from all that virtual walking around in Second Life, head over to Scion City. At Scion's new promotional area, which launches today at 4:00 p.m. PST, you can buy a Scion xA, xB, or tC for $300 Linden dollars each. I don't play Second Life, and I couldn't find Linden dollars on any of the online currency converters, but it sounds cheap. Players of Second Life will be able to drive their Scions and customize them. At Scion City, players will be able to "experience the Scion lifestyle,&… Read more
Automotive-design legend Carroll Shelby is putting his own 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Supersnake up on the auction block, Gizmag has noticed.
The twin-supercharged beast will be auctioned at the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., this January. Shelby has said this is the fastest street-legal Ford he has ever owned, and it was once referred to by Road & Track as "the Cobra to End All Cobras," according to Barrett-Jackson.
Serial number CSX3015 has a 427 twin Paxton supercharged V8 engine (800 hp) with a 3-speed automatic transmission. It was upgraded by Shelby himself from … Read more
We reported earlier on GM's news that it plans to put the new Equinox fuel cell car on the road next year. Green Car Congress has a story about GM signing up Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide as its hydrogen fuel tank supplier. GM's 100 planned Equinoxes will get Quantum's tanks, which are made of lightweight materials and can hold 10,000 psi of pressure. The tanks come with valves that monitor pressure and have safety cutoffs, which would be activated if a crash is detected. Each Equinox will have three tanks, holding 9.25 pounds of … Read more
Oceanliner cruises are OK and all, but who needs all those strangers around? Craig Loomes Design apparently shares that sentiment, which is why it developed this concept for the "most extreme superyacht," as described by Yachting Magazine. This 485-foot monster includes a helicopter pad, swimming pool, piano bar, grand hall and an internal harbor. Split-level staterooms can accommodate up to 28 guests, and the three-deck master suite has its own private elevator. Most impressive of all is the design of this ultra-luxury trimaran, which looks like it would be as comfortable in outer space as in the Caribbean.… Read more
We just began our review period for the Acura RDX, a car that should make any tech-nut drool. Beyond its place in the new class of crossovers, the most notable thing about the RDX is the option to get a similar technology package to that of the Acura RL. This package includes a navigation system that shows traffic flow, voice recognition, and Bluetooth cell phone integration. It also includes one of the best car stereo systems available, with 10 speakers, surround sound, a six-disc changer, and an auxiliary input.
The car itself is a peppy little thing with a 240 … Read more
Suzuki knows that alternative fuels aren't just for cars. So the Japanese company is turning its eco-friendly eye toward a new market: wheelchairs.
Gizmag says a prototype "fuel cell wheelchair" is in the works, using methanol to generate hydrogen and then electricity. It adds that, with a range of up to 25 miles, the wheelchair would help allay fears of getting stranded.
It's good to see that alternative energy research is going toward vehicles other than golf carts.
Tons of products are coming out to help you enjoy your iPod while driving, but many of them seem a bit complicated for our Luddite sensibilities. For us, something like the modestly named iMe might be more appropriate.
The dash-mounted dock hardly qualifies as seamless integration, but at least it's versatile. The iME--which also is an acronym for its maker, Integrated Mobile Electronics--is designed to work with all the most popular MP3 players, including the iPod, Zune, and Creative Zen. Its dock, which also charges the player, connects directly to your car's entertainment system and supposedly allows you … Read more
Motorola's designers have been busy creating products that appeal to drivers. First we reported on the Moto T605 music and hands-free system that lets drivers stream audio files wirelessly from their Bluetooth 2.0-enabled cell phones and MP3 players. And now, Motorola is launching iRadio--its own music subscription service that looks like a cross between iTunes and satellite radio.
iRadio enables owners of select Motorola devices equipped with the stereo Bluetooth profile (such as the Motorola Q) to compile their own commercial-free playlists of songs from an online database and then use their mobile devices to stream the music … Read more
More than 35 million cars have built-in HomeLink, a radio-frequency transceiver system that enables drivers to open the garage door without getting out of the car. But what about poor bikers? They have garages, too. The solution is the HomeLink Wireless system, a portable version of the device that has been available to date only as a factory-installed option in cars. HomeLink Wireless, which is getting its debut at the SEMA 2006 show in Las Vegas this week, comes with a variety of handle-bar mounts to finally bring bikers in from the cold.
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Automotive electronics supplier Visteon is taking in-car wireless technology to the next level with a system that charges mobile devices, such as iPods and cell phones, wirelessly. To charge devices, the unit uses a built-in inductive coil, which can also detect the specific power requirements of each device and when the charge is complete. The catch is that the mobile devices also require a built-in coil (the iPod and Moto Razr used to demonstrate the prototype on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas used special plug-in docks). However, Visteon says it is working with a consortium of consumer-electronics … Read more