automotive

  • Carpooling.com Picks Up $10M From Daimler To Take Its Ridesharing To The US: Let The Car Wars Commence!

    Carpooling.com Picks Up $10M From Daimler To Take Its Ridesharing To The US: Let The Car Wars Commence!

    The ridesharing-disruptive car service space in the U.S. is about to get a little more crowded: Carpooling.com, a ridesharing service out of Munich, Germany currently enabling million rides monthly, is today announcing a C-round of investment from carmaker Daimler, which it will be using to expand to the other side of the Atlantic starting in the fourth quarter of this year. Financial terms of… Read More

  • Ford Opens Motor City Innovation Exchange, A Showroom For Detroit Startups

    Ford Opens Motor City Innovation Exchange, A Showroom For Detroit Startups

    The economic downturn of the last few years hit few cities as hard as Detroit. Still, the city has recently become somewhat of a startup hub in its own right and today Ford Global Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company that manages Ford’s intellectual property portfolio, announced that it is opening a showroom for “innovators to show off their creations to… Read More

  • Smart Headlights Move To Avoid Blinding Oncoming Drivers

    Don’t you just hate it when you are driving down the road at night, and that oncoming jackhole in the SUV can’t be bothered to turn his brights off? Particularly these days, when said jackhole is probably driving a car with HID headlights, and you have to stare at the white line to avoid driving off the road? Well hopefully technology can help with that. A French company is… Read More

  • Nissan Sprouts Leaf Rollout Plans

    Nissan‘s Leaf is almost ready to be picked. The company announced its all-electric car will be available to buy as early as December, but only for those in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Other parts of the country will have to hold their horsepower a little bit longer. Nissan chose to release to those five states first because they’re home to the EV project… Read More

  • EcoMotors Revs Its Engine With $23.5 Million Series B Funding From Bill Gates And Khosla Ventures

    EcoMotors announced today a $23.5 million series B funding round from Khosla Ventures and Bill Gates that the company will use to build and test its eco-friendly engine, known as an Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) engine. EcoMotors makes engines that run on diesel or gasoline but have greater power density, weigh less and produce lower carbon emissions than conventional engines. Read More

  • Equipe watches designed to drive you crazy

    Every watch needs some kind of theme, and Equipe has certainly found theirs. Inspired by the auto industry, this Detroit based company designs their watches using vehicles as their guide. Read More

  • The Road Train: taking drafting to a whole new level

    So we all know that drafting increases fuel efficiency. Heck, I even saw an episode of MythBusters where they proved that following a semi suicidally close will increase your mileage dramatically. Of course, drafting is dangerous, stupid, and the risk vs. reward just isn’t there. Well, what if it was? Scientists in Europe are working on a system that would make drafting safe. Get ready… Read More

  • Better Place Raises $350 Million To Make This World A Better Place

    I’ve been quite fascinated by electric car firm Better Place since I read up on how the company was founded by former SAP executive Shai Agassi in the excellent book ‘Start-up Nation’, which tells of Israel’s historical entrepreneurial DNA and tech success stories. Basically, Better Place aims to reduce global dependency on petroleum through the creation of a… Read More

  • MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology

    Ford announced today their move to upgrade their SYNC in-car communications system into MyFord Touch. This all-encompassing system integrates not only your cell phone or portable media device, but now your GPS, air conditioning, audio library, and much more. Multiple touch screens will replace the traditional dashboard of your car, and remember that mobile Wi-Fi hotspot we were talking… Read More

  • Mitsubishi produces mini Blu-ray player, says it will be used in cars

    Mitsubishi Electric has developed a Blu-ray player that is is just 1/3 of the size of conventional players [JP] and is intended for automotive use. The 1DIN prototype is the smallest in the industry. Read More

  • An LCD in a gear shifter: useful or just eye candy?

    When I first heard about AC Schnitzer’s new LCD-equipped gear shifter, I thought, wow, this would be useful as the LCD takes the guessing out of what gear the transmission is in. Then I realized, most people that drive a manual don’t think about what they’re doing. They just know what gear they’re in and what gear they’re planning to shift into. Are there… Read More