Keen A/V addict Simon Smith set out to save money by building his own component rack from scratch. However, as the install continued - complete with multiple audio zones, MythTV-powered PVR and even a fire suppression system - his hobby won him a new set of wheels. Courtesy of Intel and the ZDNet Homebrew Challenge, a brand new Toyota Prius hybrid is sitting outside Simon's house.
The car - worth around £20k in the UK - is almost as gadget packed as Simon's house, and of course is the ideal excuse for him to keep buying A/V kit. Next up is active ventilation and some improved lighting. If you're interested in home automation or distributed media then it's worth checking out his build log.
Toyota has released several renderings of a stunning RWD hybrid concept car that will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2007. Dubbed the FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, this futuristic vehicle will have a 400-horsepower hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a target performance of 0-60 in 4 seconds.
This “Prius on steroids” as some call it, is envisioned to replace the retired Supra and add more emotional punch to Toyota’s product line which hasn’t had a sports car since they dropped the Supra in 1997.
Over the next three years, Toyota plans to cut the cost of its hybrid technology in half. Also to be reduced is the weight of the hybrid drivetrain, which will increase both fuel efficiency and performance. This next generation Prius is planned for 2009 with an anticipated fuel rating of 90mpg.
Toyota’s hybrid technology getting cheaper, lighter [Via: Mobile Mag]
This decade Toyota made their mark by introducing the Prius, the first hybrid car to hit the market. The CS&S is a 4-wheel-drive mid-engine 2+2 sports car. Employing Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, an electric motor drives the front wheels, while a gas engine and electric motor in combination drive the rear. CS&S also unveils Toyota Space Touch, where the driver selects functions by touching holographic projections. The all-wheel-drive sports mobile may have a 105hp next-generation hybrid engine. Thanks to a 3-liter V6 augmented by dual front and rear electric motors, this car boasts a breakneck 0-60 mph in just over four seconds while still offering around 30/mpg under normal driving conditions.
The launch of Tesla's Model X may have been pushed back until later in 2015, but someone is apparently getting to enjoy how the electric SUV launches from a standing start. A case of "right place, right time" saw Juan del Real catch the camouflaged car undergoing testing in Alameda, California, hooning up and down a runway as some lucky driver got to put the EV powertrain - and the prototype's brakes - through their paces. However, there's also speculation that what we're seeing is no Model X, and could in fact be something much more interesting: Tesla's upcoming "affordable" EV, the Model 3.
Who says augmented reality is just for games or entertainment? The same ideas and technologies that allows us to superimpose virtual images onto real objects in almost realistic fashion could very well save lives in the future. Take, for example, this "transparent car" concept from researchers from Keio University in Japan, a system that could potentially work around drivers' blind spots, letting them see crucial information that are otherwise occluded to them by doors, windows, ceilings or floors, giving them the details that they need to make that life-saving decision.
Consumer Reports has published its 2014 automotive top picks, and the top ten is riddled with well-known models spanning multiple auto makers and automotive types. Standing at the top of them all, however, is Tesla Motors' Model S, which has earned the title of "Best Overall" in the latest Top Picks listing.
Facebook serves up a huge amount of data each and every day from the millions and millions of users of its social network. When Facebook introduced its graph search feature, the amount of data the social networks served up increased significantly. Not only did the amount of data served up increase, the speed at which the data was required increased as well.
It would appear that the electric Tesla Model S has come up in California as a vehicle that's not only striking the technology headlines, but the high-rolling sales market as well. According to a recent California New Car Dealers Association report for the first part of 2013, new-vehicle registrations have marked up the Tesla Model S as a dominator in the luxury car category. With a whopping 4,714 Model S vehicles registered in California with this registrar over the first six months of 2013, Tesla takes the cake from other top-dollar automobiles like the Audi A6 (having registered 1,619 vehicles) and the Lexus GS (at 2,298 units for the first half of 2013) - those two entries represent a 10% share of the Luxury and Sports vehicle segment together while the Tesla Model S kicks out 12% on its own.