The age-old problem of "Where the heck did I leave my car?" may finally be over as a number of app developers use the built-in GPS feature in the iPhone to track and remind users where they left their vehicle. Car Finder Locator is just such an app and offers one of the more intuitive, attractive interfaces for GPS car locators currently on the market. The app is very easy to use, instantly activating the GPS locator on your phone and ascertaining your current location. Simply click the "Set new position" button to mark the location … Read more
Car lovers are often left with wikis and forums to pine and fawn over the newest models from the world's biggest manufacturers like BMW and Ferrari. With All Cars Lite, you can at least partially sate your hunger to learn more about some of the hottest car models around, albeit with a handful of limitations. Designed as a "complete" database for car models produced around the globe, All Cars has a very simple interface. There is a list of manufacturers on the left, the vehicles produced by each manufacturer appear in a column on the right and … Read more
We have the best from the Geneva auto show in this episode, including LaFerrari, Lamborghini's Veneno, and the Corvette Stingray convertible.
Our Car Tech 101 explains "connected cars," which is a term that has come to mean a lot of things. You'll understand them all.
Cooley blows hard into the current in-car booze detectors, but then shows you the future that may put alcohol lockout tech in every car: a federal initiative called DADSS that would radically … Read more
If the 2013 Volvo XC60 is any indication, the Swedish automaker's first five years under the thumb of the Chinese company Geely has not changed a thing where it comes to product. The XC60, a midsize SUV, retains the styling and technology course began under previous owner Ford.
Both owners have let Volvo be Volvo, which means building premium-quality, safety-conscious vehicles.
The exit of Ford may, however, have caused the stagnation of Volvo's cabin electronics, which have not progressed much in the last five years. Although the XC60 does a solid job with the basics, such as navigation … Read more
Parrot's bringing the lessons learned when developing its Asteroid series of car stereos to the next generation of Volvo cars with the Android-based Sensus Connected Touch platform.
Like the Parrot Asteroid Smart that I recently reviewed, the Sensus Connected Touch is a touch-screen interface that is based on a heavily modified version of Android (likely version 2.3) and will connect to the Internet via a Bluetooth-paired smartphone, Wi-Fi tethered access point, or USB-connected 3G/4G dongle. Also like the Asteroid Smart, Sensus will give its users access to a variety of vehicle specific apps available in Parrot's Asteroid Market, … Read more
The adoration of Subarus has passed me by.
To me, they seem like very efficient mailboxes, driven exclusively by people who want to prevent the world from coming to a swifter end.
However, my mind is being altered by the notion that these cars are actually possessed of their own consciousness.
As evidence, may I reveal that 47,419 of them are being recalled, in order to be lobotomized and returned to their former passive state.
As USA Today recalls it, dropping the key fob on many Subarus released from 2010 to 2013 causes them to come to life.
Spontaneously. … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--SideCar wants to avoid the cops.
Last week, the Austin City Council ruled that services built around drivers charging riders a fee without the appropriate license were illegal and constituted a crime. That meant that SideCar drivers, who are expected to be prowling the streets of the Texas capital during SXSW this week, risked getting arrested.
SideCar is built around letting drivers who have extra seats in their cars make a little money by picking up riders, who use the company's app to call for a lift. The service is similar to that available in a number of … Read more
We've rounded up eight of the hottest cars seen at this year's Geneva auto show for your viewing pleasure:
1. Lamborghini Veneno
Lamborghini celebrates 50 years by unveiling the Lamborghini Veneno, a production car that the Italian automaker sells for $4 million dollars and is already sold out of the four models built. Exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag.
I never had any doubt that readers of this blog have the coolest systems, but the magnitude of the flood of homemade speakers, desktop systems, headphones, and all sorts of groovy turntables totally knocked me out. There's some sweet gear here, so click to the slideshow and check out the systems. Thanks to all who sent JPEGs -- I heard from well over 100 readers, so I can't show everyone's gear.
Bentley's Continental GT Speed Convertible is so new that pricing has not yet been announced. So I was left to guess how much money I was putting in peril when Bentley dropped one off in the CNET garage for a short loan. Judging from Bentley's current lineup, I ballparked it at between two and three. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, that is.
People who buy Bentleys probably don't ask the first question that came to my mind: what makes this car worth that much money?
Working for a company that recently did a hands-on (eyes-on?) with a … Read more