• Tech

    Cockpit of the future? Ford & Intel use face-recognition technology

    In order to expand the capabilities of in-car tech, Ford is working with Intel to bring facial recognition to the dashboard. The joint research project, called Project Mobil, will allow engineers to see how inward-facing cameras can be integrated into a car’s existing systems to provide useful features. Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] already believes the technology can help improve privacy and give parents a way to monitor their kids as they drive.Ford Project Mobil

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    ALSO SEE: #GiveAShift: The 7 Best Manual Transmissions You Can Drive

    When someone enters a Project Mobil-equipped car uses a front-facing camera to authenticate each driver. If the system doesn’t recognize the driver, it would be able to send a photo to the vehicle’s owner, who could then give permission for someone else to use it.

    Once a driver is identified, the car can automatically adjust various settings to suit them. Drivers can also set different parameters for other people who use their cars, like requiring seat belt use or limiting audio volume or vehicle speed. This would theoretically allow parents to keep a leash on young drivers.

    They may also be able to watch their children driver. Ford says Project Mobil can let owners remotely peek into their cars through a smartphone app, although this NSA-style monitoring could make other drivers–teenage or not–hesitant about borrowing the car. Maybe that’s the whole idea.

    MUST WATCH: 2014 Ferrari 458 Spider Quick Drive Video

    A less creepy feature is gesture-recognition technology. Ford believes this can be combined with existing voice controls to make things like adjusting the climate control or opening and closing a sunroof easier while driving.

    Project Mobil is still just an experiment, so Ford has no immediate plans to put any of this technology into production. Don’t be surprised if your dashboard stares back at you eventually, though.

    via Motor Authority

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    Solar Roadways – Paving The Way To Roads Of The Future? (VIDEO)

    After having received funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways has made it’s way onto Indiegogo to raise funds for production; eager to deliver on their vision of a very promising future.

    So what can Solar Roadways do for us? Many, many things, apparently. First and foremost, unsurprisingly, these solar panels are suitable for driving, walking, and whatever else you wish to do. Which is a feat in itself.

    Other than this, they house LED lighting systems that allow bespoke lighting arrangements. Think of it as a way to alter the markings on the road at will, in an almost infinite number of ways; also offering a lot more clarity and vision at night. Pretty sweet, huh.

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    Alongside this, the solar panels have heating elements to ensure they can melt snow, so no more sliding around in dangerous conditions. Solar Roadways will also make room for power and data cables via a Cable Corridor, also used to store and treat stormwater. But the most impressive part, is the following, taken from their Indiegogo page:

    They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole… EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

    If you’re not already impressed, or perhaps have further questions, be sure to check out their FAQ. Otherwise, be sure to check out their video below, for a glimpse into what our future roads could look like. And if you like what you see, support them on Indiegogo!

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    Is Nissan’s Dirt Repellent Car Paint The Future? (VIDEO)

    Could the Nissan Note really be the world’s first self-cleaning car?

    Nissan have always been at the forefront of imaginative thinking and innovation, but this kind of tech isn’t something I’d expected. But it looks fascinating, and could save us the daily grind of cleaning cars. For the most part, at least.

    By repelling mud, rain, and dirt, the cars of the future could remain clean without intervention. It’s a revolution.

    By coating half of a Nissan in their new paint, with the old on the other, they demonstrated how effective this new technology could be.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the images and video below.

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    The Nissan Rinspeed XChange Self-Driving Car Will Be On The Roads For 2020! (VIDEO)

    Sounds really good guys. Will be more efficient in terms of work load too by the sounds of it. Also, their 'Ebay Today' feature will make it easier in finding which content to pin. It looks like a great offering! Worth discussing how we split our time up for the next 30 days too. Ebay/Blog/Our Own Pins/ Store/Other stuff.

    We have all seen the sci-fi movies with the self driving cars, and just like most of those movies, the awesome tech becomes a reality at some point. Nissans Rinspeed Xchange self-driving car prototype is about to blow your mind.

    The self-driving car is currently on display at the Geneva Auto Show 2014 but it could be on our roads in 2020!

    This car drives itself, with a wheel that floats to the center of the console when the car goes into auto mode. This leaves passengers free to pass time spent on the road however they please.

    How cool is this!

    via: EliteDaily

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    Koenigsegg One:1 Supercar Comes With Cloud Connectivity And Custom App

    Koenigsegg One:1 Supercar Comes With Cloud and App

    These days developing the world’s premier supercar takes a lot more than simply ensuring you have the quickest acceleration or highest top speed or most outrageous styling. Today, supercar brands need high-tech interfaces and connectivity options just as much as they need horsepower, and one of the most advanced in this field is Sweden’s Koenigsegg.

    Koenigsegg is presenting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this week its limited edition One:1 supercar, whose 1,340-horsepower output makes it the most powerful production car on the planet and potentially the fastest too. But the One:1 isn’t all about brute power as it also has a pretty sophisticated suite of electronic goodies.

    ALSO SEE: Fifth And Final Pagani Zonda Revolucion Bows In Geneva

    Working together with fellow Swedish firm Telenor Connexion, Koenigsegg is offering with its new One:1 cloud services, a web interface and an app for smartphones and tablets. The various services will enable owners to remotely track their car, its fuel level and battery status as well as access the latest software.

    Koenigsegg, too, will be able to access the cars remotely, allowing it to optimize settings, install new software and monitor vehicle health all from its headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden.

    Some specific services, which are destined to be offered with future Koenigsegg models in addition to the new One:1, enables owners to get direct access to statistics such as recent runs, average speed, top speed, lap time, g force etc. They can also adjust the height of the rear wing, the firmness of the suspension, adjust the temperature, and even open the doors and windows.

    “Our target market is demanding global customers who want the best-of-the-best,” Koenigsegg CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg said in a statement. “Telenor Connexion was the obvious choice for connecting our cars, with their broad and extensive experience in connected automotive solutions.”

    Koenigsegg One:1 Supercar Comes With Cloud and App
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    Koenigsegg One:1 Supercar Comes With Cloud and App
    Via: Motor Authority

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    Lexus’ brings cool 3D advertising to this Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue (VIDEO)

    Having driven its RC F into the party at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Lexus is making the most of the exposure. We recently saw the blue coupe showing off its L-Finesse curves with a curvaceous Lisalla Montenegro. And a new video shows how the magazine ad will also work without a bikinied sidekick, showing off the Lexus’ own body and sounds in a 3D app for iOS and Android.

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    Face It, Car Touch Screens Suck. Except This One (VIDEO)

    Car interfaces are generally pretty dire. There, I said it. In a world full of touch screens in our homes, in public, and even in our pockets; you think car manufacturers would  wise up and get with the times.

    We spend a lot of time in our cars, and a lot of money on them. Why should we settle for a low-res touch screen crammed with buttons, when the traditional plastic button worked better? Touch screens were implemented as a selling point, rather than a new intuitive way of controlling your car.

    But a guy named Matthaeus Krenn has come up with an ingenious new interface that would revolutionize how we interact with our cars.

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    It’s not perfect. Hell, it looks confusing, and working out how to use it would be a challenge. Would I remember how many fingers to use to control air flow whilst flying down the freeway? Probably not. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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    But car makes should take note; and who knows, maybe we will see Android or iOS in our cars within the next few years. They need to take a step back, and build an interface from the ground up that’s easy and fast; just like this guy has done.

    Have a gander at the concept UI in action below.

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  • Super Cars/ Tech

    Discovering The Ferrari California T with Google Glass (VIDEO)

    Ferrari California T with Google Glass

    If you haven’t been among the select customers invited by Ferrari to the unveiling of the new California T, you can now console yourself by watching a video summary of the event filmed with Google Glass.

    Ferrari has released a POV video created completely with Google Glass that will make you feel as if you were at the Casa Natale Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy, the place where more than 800 Ferrari clients were shown the new California T.

    Ferrari Google Glass

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  • Tech

    The Future Is Here: BMW i8 Will Be The First Car With Laser Headlights (VIDEO)

    Last month, Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg made a big promise: “We will be the first car brand to put laser lights into production,” he told journalists at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He did not specify which vehicle would be fitted with the technology, which was showcased on the Audi Sport Quattro concept.

    Now BMW announces that its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car “will be the first series production car with this innovative lighting technology.” It will be an option on the i8 from the fall of 2014 onwards. Full LED lights are standard; the laser option pertains to high-beam headlights and doubles their reach. The last we heard from BMW is that it would likely not be offered on i8s sold in the U.S.

    The race is on. And as far as we are concerned, it doesn’t matter which brand has it on its option list first. It’s lasers locked and loaded on the tarmac that counts and the company that has the first vehicles with laser headlights at dealerships wins. We look forward to finding out which carmaker that will be.

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    Honda Eliminated The Driver’s Blind Spot With A Really Simple Technology

    These days, most advances in car safety come from newly minted technology: Cameras, sensors, radars, and computers let cars warn us of danger and even discuss it amongst themselves.

    These new technologies are good for automakers. They make driving safer, justify higher prices, and allow brands to distinguish themselves from the competition.

    Still, it’s refreshing to hear that Honda is taking a different approach.

    Rather than bolt a potentially expensive blind spot detection system to its new cars, it just made the side view mirror better.

    The result is the Expanded-View Driver’s Mirror, with a convex outer edge that provides a wider view. Consider the blind spot a thing of the past.

    Honda didn’t invent this idea; it’s not ground-breaking. What’s new is that in the past two years, the automaker has made the improved mirror a standard feature on most cars in its lineup, including all Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and CR-Z models. It will be included on the all-new 2015 Fit.

    For Honda buyers who insist on shelling out more cash for high-tech features, there’s still hope. The LaneWatch system uses a camera in the passenger side door to show the view of the right side of the car in the center display. It’s a standard feature, but only on fancier Civic models, starting with the EX trim level (base price is $24,880).

    Here’s the 2014 Civic Hybrid, which comes with the Extended-View Driver’s Mirror, and starts for $24,635:

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  • Super Cars/ Tech

    These iPhone Speakers Are Made From Supercar Exhausts

    These iPhone Speakers Are Made From Supercar Exhausts

    These iPhone Speakers Are Made From Supercar Exhausts
    When it comes to sound docks, it’s all about quality. After that, it’s about how it looks. Sound docks, in my opinion, serve as not only essential gadgets but pieces of furniture.

    The only thing better than a stylish sound dock is this Ferrari exhaust pipe that doubles as one. iXoost, an Italy-based company, is responsible for the unique design behind the Ferrari exhaust pipe sound dock.

    “iXoost also offers its own music playing app, designed to complement the speaker system. With Coordinated graphics and technical HQs, the app matches the custom design of each recycled exhaust.” – Car Buzz

    The pipes are taken from original classics such as F1 racing classics like  the 1978 Cosworth DFV, 2006 Renault RS26, 2007 Ferrari 056 and more. The docking stations are being offered in either eight speakers, 10 speakers or 12 speakers.

    Looking to add a new piece of furniture to you entertainment system setup? Prepare to put down about $6,900 for iXoost’s latest creation.

    Check out additional photos of the Ferrari exhaust pipe sound dock from iXoost below.

     





     

    Photos courtesy of iXoost,

    via: Elitedaily 

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    Watch the Making of The Real Life ‘Ford Fiesta’ Transformer In Epic Time Lapse Video

    Man builds Fiesta Transformer

    Man builds Fiesta Transformer
    Back in October we brought you news of artist Hetain Patel’s creation of a Ford Fiesta real life transformer. Now we have an even better time lapse video to show you how it was built.

    A British Ford Fiesta might not be the most glamourous of Transformers, not compared to the Bumblebee and co anyway, but it was Patel’s first car so what better way to make the most out of an old banger!

    Patel is also quick to state that this creation isn’t a symbol of the frivolous popular culture but something that has much deeper meaning: “the car is not a high-powered sports car or truck transformed into a powerful warrior, but a small inexpensive Ford Fiesta transformed into a human-like figure calmly squatting. This posture forges a link between the lower classes in India and my immigrant family in the U.K, both of whom sit comfortably this way.

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  • Features/ Tech

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    Photo: Audi AG

    Photo: Audi AG

    When the wife and I head into San Francisco for a night on the town, I don’t bother entering the restaurant’s address into the sat-nav. I find the nearest parking garage and use that instead. It’s a helluva lot easier than endlessly circling the block in search of a parking space, wishing my navi could tell me where to find a space.

    Before long, it will. Audi’s Urban Intelligent Assist research initiative uses big data, wireless connectivity and the car’s on-board navigation system to, among other things, tell you which street spaces are available and, even better, when a space will open up. It’s like Google Now for parking.

    “The vehicle isn’t just a tool to get from one place to another, but a friend in an unfriendly environment,” says Dr. Petros Ioannou, director for the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Southern California. Audi’s urban assistance project also includes researchers from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, along with Audi’s own Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a transportation-focused version of Google Now.

    To transform your ride into said friend, Audi and its cadre of geeks created Driver Centric Urban Navigation. Before we set off on a demonstration run in an Audi A6, Mario Tippelhofer, a senior engineer at ERL, sets AT&T Field as our destination. He’s using an Android smartphone running an Audi-developed app that combines a calendar and navigation into sort of GPS-infused day planner.

    With the destination set, the app queries current and historical traffic data and determines it should take about seven minutes to reach the ballpark. If it was a business appointment, the app would use the same data to push an alert telling me when to leave, and even provide a user-defined buffer — say, five minutes — to make sure I get there a little early.

    Once inside the A6, Tippelhofer puts the phone on a panel in the center console. It uses Near Field Communications to transfer the destination info from his phone to the car’s navigation system. (NFC isn’t a requirement for the system. Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi could handle it just as well.) Once the navi gets the destination, it displays a map. Dozens of pins appear on the streets surrounding the park. Some say “2? while others say “4,” indicating the number of spaces available on that block.

    How does it know? Parking spaces along 600 city blocks in San Francisco and nearly 700 in Los Angeles and Hollywood have sensors that connect to a central server. A car leaves the spot, the system marks it as open. If a car takes the spot, it’s marked as occupied, even if the tightwad behind the wheel doesn’t feed the meter.

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    Cooler still, the system can tell you when a spot might open up. Based on historical data and nearby events, it can predict how many spaces near your destination will be available when you arrive. Audi claims the system is 97 percent accurate if you’re 10 minutes away and 91 percent accurate if you’re 20 minutes away.

    It works. We park in one of three spaces two blocks away from the stadium. We get out, and the Audi smartphone app gave us walking directions to the park. The cool thing about that is the system doesn’t simply give you street names, it provides conversational commands like “Make a right after the McDonald’s” through its integration with Google Maps and Street View.

    Because every driver is different, the system will “learn” your habits. “To have an effective driver assist system, it has to be personalized,” Ioannou tells us.

    This happens remarkably quickly. During my demo drive, the A6 picked up on my habits — how I accelerate and brake, how closely I follow other cars, that sort of thing. All that info is stored in the system’s computer to create a driver profile that includes how fast you’ll arrive at your destination and even your preferences for parking on the street, in a garage, or with a valet. The system can compile a baseline driving profile in only 15 minutes; a more detailed, personalized profile takes about an hour, and it constantly evolves over time.

    The car’s constantly evolving profile, when combined with traffic information and dynamic re-routing, allows the car to tell you with remarkable precision exactly when you’ll arrive at your destination based upon how fast traffic is moving, how you’ll react to it, where you’ll park, and how fast you’ll walk from your car to the door upon arrival.

    “The car is an active learning machine,” says Malte Möller, a vehicle safety and concepts engineer at Audi. “But this is a mid-term objective.”

    Mid-term for Audi means it’ll see production within the next few years as more cities adopt advanced traffic monitoring systems and parking sensors and the stream of data gets bigger and more accurate.

    Now if it could just tell us if someone left time on the meter.

    Photo: Audi AGPhoto: Audi AGVia: Wired

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    Chevrolet Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder Makes Driving Feel Like A Video Game (VIDEO)

    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder

    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder
    The beginning of this week, folks got pretty excited about Chevrolet’s latest move to make the all-new C7 Corvette even more lovable.

    Announced the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014), the 2015 Corvette Stingray can be had with a Performance Data Recorder.

    That’s for all the tracks many buyers will likely NOT be going to. Anyhow…

    The folks at Engadget had the chance to get a bit more intimate with this all-new piece of racing-inspired technology. In doing so, they experienced a walkthrough of it and we’ve got the video of it right here, down below.

    via: Autospies

     

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    The Future Of Car Buying – Meet The Worlds First ‘Car’ Vending Machine (VIDEO)

    The worlds first car vending machine

    Meet the Kandi Machine – the first worlds vending machine for cars developed by China based company ‘Kandi Technologies.

    The company is looking to combat the serious environmental health hazard of air pollution which is huge problem in China. The creation of the giant vending machine for cars is to allow people to rent electric vehicles on an hourly basis. Much like Car2Go in the U.S but without the additional congestion of more cars on the road.

    We love China for their advancements in technology and if this eventually means cutting out the traditional car dealerships during the buying process we are intrigued to see it’s developments.

    Check out the video to see more…

     

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    Amazing! You Can Now 3D Print A Porsche (VIDEO)

    Create your own 3d porsche

    Create your own 3d porschePorsche has released data that gives you the ability to 3D Print of Porsche Cayman.

    3D printing will quickly become the norm and you will have the ability to 3D print anything imaginable. Porsche have taken note! They have released 3D printing data for its Porsche Cayman S  coupe. 

    If you have access to a 3D printer already, then head to the Porsche website now and you own your own model Cayman. Official details here.

    Like us, if this is not the case, then enjoy the video below that explains the while thing:

           

    Follow us on Twitter @CarhootsApp and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

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    Meet ‘Steeri!’ Apple’s attempt at a Driverless Car! (parody VIDEO)

    Meet 'Steeri!' Apple's attempt at a Driverless Car! (parody VIDEO)


    Watch this hilarious Apple parody video where “Steeri” ridicules Apple and Driverless Cars

    Apple’s answer to the Google driverless car…. Or is it?

    “You’ve already seen what Siri can do for your phone, now here’s what ‘Steeri’ can do for your car…”

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    If Apple ever tried to challenge Google’s Driverless car technology, the outcome could be either l or kind of terrifying. The comedic geniuses at the ‘The Smart Department’ comedy group went for the latter which takes everything that is wrong about Siri and puts the tech behind the wheel of a car.

    So, what might it look like if Siri drove a car? Watch the video below to see the disastrous  consequences:

    Follow us on Twitter @CarhootsApp and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

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