More than trucks, more than minivans and SUVs, I believe that there's no better vehicular representation of America than the muscle car. However, with muscle cars come deep seeded loyalties to and rivalries among the three manufacturers and their respective vehicles. Specifically, we're talking about Ford's Mustang, Dodge's Challenger, and Chevrolet's Camaro. In a recent episode of Car Tech Live, we three hosts were asked which modern muscle car we'd each have and came up with three very different answers. Rather than spend our Independence Day weekend arguing over which is best, we've … Read more
It's nice if a pilot has a background in flying. It's really quite special if a colonoscopist has a background in medicine. But does everyone who heads up a department at Google really need to have a background in engineering?
I should be lying in the sun rather than pondering this existential mind-twister, but I was moved past reluctance by a blog post written by Don Dodge, developer advocate at Google.
Dodge, who used to perform advocacy at Microsoft, wrote this post to celebrate surviving--I'm sorry, I mean enjoying--six months at Google.
In a section titled "… Read more
The rush is on to put iPads in dashboards. Another car may get recalled for sharing a sticky gas pedal with the Prius. If driving while texting is up, are accidents up with it? And we take a ride in the Chrysler Town & Country Limited--the most TV you'll ever see on the road you'll ever see.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 167 SHOW NOTES
Researchers at Berlin's Free University today announced they have developed new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes.
Raul Rojas, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Institute of Computer Science, and his team from the Artificial Intelligence Group demonstrated how they can steer a specially equipped vehicle with one eye.
A demonstration took place at the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport using a Dodge Caravan called Spirit of Berlin.
Using EyeDriver, the driver wears a converted bicycle helmet that is equipped with two cameras and an infrared LED. One of the cameras points in the same direction … Read more
Chrysler Group and NASA today announced an alliance to share information related to advanced technologies.
Several topics being considered for the three-year collaboration include: materials engineering, robotics, radar, battery systems, and other energy storage mediums.
"This is a great opportunity to share knowledge and data in areas where both Chrysler Group and NASA have a vested interest," Senior Vice President, Chrysler Engineering Scott Kunselman said in a news release. "We value the opportunity to work with NASA and will implement what is learned to further improve our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck products."
This isn'… Read more
Last week Ford announced its new Police Interceptor model, which is based on the new Taurus and is replacing the outgoing Crown Victoria model. Recognizing that Ford's Police Interceptor won out against the previously popular Chevrolet Caprice patrol vehicle, we took a stroll through the history of police vehicles.
Police have always been at the forefront of automotive technology, incorporating telecommunications gear and computers long before similar devices found their way into civilian cars. Motorola sold the first two-way radio for police cars in 1940, and it wasn't until the '60s that Citizens' Band radio came … Read more
Predicting the decline of Microsoft is a favorite sport for some, and indeed, there is plenty of reason to argue that Redmond will struggle as Google and others provide cheaper alternatives to the powerfully profitable combination of Windows and Office.
But efforts ranging from Surface to Windows Phone to Project Natal also provide reason to think that Microsoft might yet be able to innovate its way through some of these challenges. The future of the world's largest software maker was the topic of Friday's CNET Reporters' Roundtable, where Robert Scoble and Don Dodge joined Rafe Needleman and me … Read more
While the Saints lifted the trophy, a little necessary roughness directed at the sanctimonious showed that, gosh, brand advertising can still sprinkle a little holy water.
You, your family, or those frightfully wobbly people with you in the sports bar or king size hotel room, surely had your own views about which Super Bowl ads moved your internal dial.
I was esconsced on a cliff with cordon bleu guacamole prepared by a wickedly witty Texan and a flat screen with small but bracing speakers. From my vantage point, it seemed clear that Audi's "Green Police" spot would … Read more
Chrysler today announced the recall of 24,177 vehicles because of a potential defect in a brake system that could result in sudden brake failure. The recall includes the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, and Dodge Nitro. Also included in the recall are the Jeep Liberty, Commander, and Grand Cherokee SUVs as well as 2009-2010 Dodge Ram trucks.
The vehicles included in the recall may have been built with an improperly formed or missing retaining clip for the brake booster input rod, according to Chrysler in a post on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the Brampton Assembly Plant, in Ontario, Canada, as a Dodge Challenger rolls off the line. This video covers different aspects of assembly: from paint to the installation of a Hemi.