cars

  • Uber Learns To Drive On The Left, Soft Launches In London

    Uber Learns To Drive On The Left, Soft Launches In London

    Uber, the breakthrough car service app with big ambitions to do much more, is now making its way to international markets: today the car service company kicked off its London operation with a soft launch, just in time to start prepping for the summer tourist rush and the visitor onslaught also known as the Summer Olympics. The launch is still at a very early stage — with… Read More

  • YC-Backed Car Buying Site CarWoo Teams Up With Comparison Shopping Service FindTheBest

    YC-Backed Car Buying Site CarWoo Teams Up With Comparison Shopping Service FindTheBest

    YC-backed new car-buying service CarWoo is partnering up with car comparison site FindTheBest, which operates something like a Kayak.com for hundreds of products and services from smartphones to snow blowers. The partnership means FindTheBest’s Car Comparison tool will now point users over to CarWoo’s service when shoppers are ready to look for a local dealer. Read More

  • Too Drunk To Drive, But Still Wanna Get Your Car Home? There’s An App For That

    Too Drunk To Drive, But Still Wanna Get Your Car Home? There’s An App For That

    You know what I hate most about getting too drunk to drive home? The hangover. No, no, I’m kidding (well, sort of) – it’s having to go retrieve my car from wherever I left it the next day. Sometimes, it’s been towed. Other times, it’s been broken into (true story). That’s why I’m hopeful about the possibilities a new service called StearClear has in store. Read More

  • Carvoyant Tells You What The #@!!% Check Engine Light Means (And Where To Get It Fixed)

    Carvoyant Tells You What The #@!!% Check Engine Light Means (And Where To Get It Fixed)

    Carvoyant is a new service that aims to maintain your car’s “health records” in the cloud, while also keeping track of when you need repairs, where you should go, and what that blasted “check engine” light means, already! To build the database containing your car’s health and service history, the company uses data gathered from a transmitter you plug into… Read More

  • To BBQ And Beyond: Mobile Car Service Uber Moves To New Ground At SXSW

    To BBQ And Beyond: Mobile Car Service Uber Moves To New Ground At SXSW

    Uber, the SMS/iPhone/Android friendly private car service, has been on a (ahem) roll, with the service expanding out to new cities and picking up ever more passengers. But this week at SXSW it is trying out a little something different while still playing on its strengths in on-demand service: It is running an on-demand barbecue sandwich service in partnership with Iron Works BBQ, which can… Read More

  • Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

    Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service for luxury vehicles, has been acquired. The news follows the company’s decision to shut down operations last month, after a criminal ring targeted HiGear, resulting in multiple incidents of theft involving its members’ cars. The criminals stole four cars totaling $400,000 by using stolen identities to bypass… Read More

  • Nevada Establishes Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

    Nevada Establishes Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

    California may be the 800-pound gorilla in the automotive legislation world, but their neighbor Nevada seems to be taking the initiative when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve adopted a number of regulations into law, and are pushing the state as a legal testing-ground for companies preparing such vehicles. These changes were telegraphed last summer, when the state legalized… Read More

  • Google Granted Patent For Driverless Car “Landing Strip”

    Google Granted Patent For Driverless Car “Landing Strip”

    The age of driverless cars may still be years in the future, but to those playing a long game, that just means that work now will pay off even more later. Google is getting into the business of tracking and managing driverless cars, and while the technology actually steering and perceiving the cars’ surroundings will be undergoing lots of changes, some fundamentals of their interactions… Read More

  • EMIRAI: Mitsubishi Shows Futuristic Car Interface (Video)

    EMIRAI: Mitsubishi Shows Futuristic Car Interface (Video)

    At the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, Mitsubishi took the wraps off EMIRAI, a near-future concept that will become reality in about 10 years (if the company is to be believed). The core element is a large-sized, curved dashboard that combines rear-projection to display various operations with touch control support. The steering wheel features shape-changing buttons that only raise when the system… Read More

  • Exploring Some Implications Of Driverless Cars

    Exploring Some Implications Of Driverless Cars

    Driverless cars have been a popular and fertile topic for research and discussion for years. From the first high-profile Grand Challenge to the more recent work by Google, there has always been activity, though it’s rarely applicable to everyday life. But a few years from now we’ll really need to start pondering the potential effects of these robocars on cities, infrastructure… Read More

  • New Nissan Leaf Models Will Feature Wireless Charging And Other Electrical Advances

    New Nissan Leaf Models Will Feature Wireless Charging And Other Electrical Advances

    We like the Leaf. It’s not a good choice for everyone, but it’s a great second car or city car, set back the most perhaps by the trouble one has to take in charging it. At home you are advised to spring for a high-capacity outlet, and abroad you must plan your trips to coincide with existing charge points. Anything that can make adding power to these cars easier will increase… Read More

  • Coda Automotive Taps GE To Sell Chargers Alongside The Coda Sedan

    Coda Automotive Taps GE To Sell Chargers Alongside The Coda Sedan

    Well, it looks like Coda Automotive — makers of the zero emissions all-electric Coda Sedan — and General Electric (a name that requires no introduction) have teamed up to sell the Coda Sedan and the GE WattStation Wall Mount EV Charger in the same retail outlets. Many of us are already feeling that a shift toward electric vehicles is the responsible decision, but a change that… Read More

  • Meet BMW’s New All-Electric i3 SUV And Hybrid-Electric i8 Sports Car

    Meet BMW’s New All-Electric i3 SUV And Hybrid-Electric i8 Sports Car

    Because our resident automotive enthusiast Matt Burns up and decided to go camping this week, I was lucky enough to attend BMW’s sneak preview event in NYC today where I got a first look at two new eco-friendly vehicles: the BMW i3 and i8. Referred to as mega-city vehicles (or MCVs if you will), both are built with the urban driver in mind, capitalizing on green features and stability. Read More

  • Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Launches “Swap Club,” Allows Vehicle Owners To Trade Cars

    Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Launches “Swap Club,” Allows Vehicle Owners To Trade Cars

    Luxury car-sharing service HiGear is announcing a new product called “Swap Club,” which will allow its existing car owners the opportunity to swap cars among each other in exchange for HiGear points. To participate in the “Swap Club,” vehicle owners will either need to accumulate points by renting out their cars on HiGear or they can optionally purchase points via… Read More

  • AniApp AirXRacer Hands On

    Hands On With The AppXRacer From AniApp

    If you’re a fan of the Parrot AR.Drone, you’ll probably get a kick out its earthbound relative, the AirXRacer by AniApp. I got a first hands on with this iPhone- or Android-controlled racecar in Shenzhen and you will be able to pick it up this holiday season. The car is a standard RC racer that, as you can see, is quite fast. You control it using your phone’s accelerometer… Read More

  • Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    Car-sharing Startup RelayRides Partners With GM

    General Motors is partnering with a car-sharing startup called RelayRides on a new venture that will allow GM owners to rent out their idle vehicles via the OnStar service and their mobile phone. The program will launch first in California in 2012, before expanding to other markets. Read More

  • GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    Auto maker General Motors and LG Group will be working together to design and engineer electric vehicles thanks to a new partnership that expands on LG’s earlier work for GM in lithium-ion batteries.  Previously, LG delivered batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and later for a demo fleet of Chevrolet Cruze electric vehicles. According to the companies, their goal is to… Read More

  • RoboCar MEV-C: Japan Gets New Robot Car

    RoboCar MEV-C: Japan Gets New Robot Car

    Tokyo-based robot venture ZMP has churned out yet another robot car: this time, it’s the so-called RoboCar MEV-C, which is based on COMS, a vehicle Toyota started developing back in 2000. Just as COMS, the MEV-C is a single-person, 4-wheeled electric mini car – just with a robotic twist. Read More

  • Vroom: How Skywalker Sound Made The Cars 2 Sound Effects

    Although, arguably, the second Cars was sub-par, it’s nice to see how Skywalker Sound designed the sounds for the vrooming, racing Maters, Lightnings, and British spy cars in the movie. Read More

  • The Nissan Leaf Review: A Fun And Practical Electric Car For The Masses

    The Nissan Leaf Review: A Fun And Practical Electric Car For The Masses


    If the road is smooth enough, you can hear birds chirping while you’re going 35 mph. With the windows up. The Nissan Leaf is that quiet. When going less than 30 mph there’s just a slight electric whine from the powertrain and above 45 mph the wheels produces a steady hum. But there’s this special spot between 30 and 45 where the two combine in a way that they cancel each… Read More