Automotive

Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

The company behind the Gogoro Smartscooter announces their intent to ship pre-orders as of this week. Customers that ordered the Gogoro Smartscooter earlier this year on pre-order can expect their shipments to begin as early as tomorrow. Just so long as they live in Taipei. As for the rest of the world - not just yet. First cities will need official "GoStation" recharging points, complete with plug-ins to service the machines. Then we can be on our way to fully electric scooter cities!

Continue Reading

Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

This isn't the first time Uber vehicles have ever delivered ice cream. It is the first time Uber Denver specifically planned out an elaborate way to bring the entire city their fix on a 90-degree day in both Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. While you'd expect that having ice cream hand-delivered to wherever you happen to be in a city wouldn't be cheap, this delivery comes at a mint. Uber is delivering "Little Man Ice Cream" only, a kind of hand-made ice cream that costs $20 per 4-ounce serving.

Continue Reading

Neon Genesis Evangelion outfits Japan’s most beautiful bullet train

Neon Genesis Evangelion outfits Japan’s most beautiful bullet train

Later this year you'll be baring witness to the most striking bullet train ever designed. With colors and design based on the Anime-sourced bot by the name of Evangelion Unit-01, this bullet train will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Neon Evangelion series. This train will be outfitted with its brightly colored design from this fall until March of 2017, and will be running from Osaka to Fukuoaka Japan. At this time only concept paintings exist in the wild - the real deal is coming soon.

Continue Reading

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after hacked Jeep incident

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after hacked Jeep incident

Following this week's news about a Jeep vehicle that was hacked from a remote location while driving down the road, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced a recall affecting 1.4 million cars in the US. The recall is obviously over potential hole in the security of the software running on the vehicles. In the Jeep incident, which was covered in a report from Wired, the hackers managed to send signals to car's dashboard over the internet while it was traveling at 70 mph.

Continue Reading

University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

Concerns about the safety of self driving cars have largely been excessive, but that doesn’t mean caution is not necessary, and that all cities are open to having such vehicles tested on their public roads. Enter the University the Michigan and, as it had previously teased, the official launch of its new simulated city that spans 32 acres and includes by urban and suburban environments. The city is called Mcity, and it was made entirely for testing self driving vehicles.

Continue Reading

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.

Continue Reading

Jeep hacking done on willing participant

Jeep hacking done on willing participant

Today's big news about a Jeep being "hacked" from a remote location was done on a willing test-dummy of sorts. The man - Andy Greenberg - writes for Wired magazine, and agreed to be part of this hacking experiment over the past year. Their work - these hackers, that is to say - was indeed a test, and not entirely malicious, but that's no reason to stop the panic. The hack they performed was real, and it really COULD send signals to this vehicle's dashboard via the internet.

Continue Reading

Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

Custom Lexus RC-F projects driver’s heartbeat in glowing paint

We often hear about unique, special cars that have their own "soul" to them, but about one with a heartbeat? Or, more specifically, one that can display its driver's heartbeat? Well, that's exactly what Lexus Australia has come up with, calling it "the world's first car with a heartbeat," with an aim of projecting the connection between driver and vehicle. The outside of the Lexus RC-F performance coupe is covered in electroluminescent paint, with the side panels pulsing in time with the heart.

Continue Reading

Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

While things have been quiet on the topic of Apple's secretive electric car project — codenamed Titan — for several months now, the company is still moving ahead on whatever is behind those closed doors. This includes the discovery that Apple recently hired auto industry veteran Doug Betts, the former manufacturing and quality control executive for Fiat Chrysler. As The Wall Street Journal notes, Betts joined Apple's "Operations" team earlier this month, following seven years at Fiat Chrysler, and leaving in 2014.

Continue Reading

Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple hires auto industry experts hinting at EV plans

Apple is always quite about its plans for any new market. Of all the electronics firms out there, Apple tends to do the best at keeping secrets and by all indications, it's keeping a big secret right now. Reports indicate that Apple has spent time and money putting together a team of automotive industry veterans. The hiring of these veterans suggests that Apple may be getting serious about an electric vehicle project.

Continue Reading

Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

General Motors' Buick brand is bringing back something we haven't heard of since the early 2000's: the 24-hour test drive. The promotion is to start at participating dealerships this Wednesday, July 22nd, letting potential customers take a Buick vehicle home for up to 24 hours. All they have to do is leave their own vehicle behind overnight. While GM offered similar promotions over ten years ago in hopes of increasing sales numbers, Buick says now it's more about building their brand image.

Continue Reading

Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

Ferrari’s having its own Takata airbag troubles

The Takata airbags issue has affected several auto makers, and has unfortunately claimed lives. Millions of cars are the subject of recalls as a result, and though the problem has been going on for a while now, it shows no signs of slowing down. Ferrari is the latest auto maker to be affected by Takata airbags, but not for the reason you think. Rather than the current airbag issue, the auto maker discovered a separate problem with some airbags supplied by Takata that deploy incorrectly and could, as a result, cause injury.

Continue Reading