Cars

Magellan’s new DashCams has one with 340-degree field of view

Magellan’s new DashCams has one with 340-degree field of view

Magellan, one of the most trusted names when it comes to personal navigation devices or PNDs, has a couple of new DashCams all ready to make their public debut at CES 2016 next week. While dashcams are really nothing new, even for the company, Magellan is bringing one particular model with a peculiar ability, a DashCam Navigator with two wide angle 170-degree cameras that offer a total of 340 degrees field of view. That's nearly a full 360-degree view of your surroundings, at least in theory.

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VW to reveal new concept car at CES 2016

VW to reveal new concept car at CES 2016

Over the last few years, it has become very common for automakers to unveil concept cars during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Originally, this was a show to see new gadgets and other electronics, but cars are now a common site in the halls. VW will reportedly be on hand at CES 2016 and unveil a new concept car.

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Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Just imagine: you work downtown and you're not shelling out for the ultra-expensive parking decks. Usually you can find a nice cheap spot on the curb a reasonable distance from your company, but not today. You've had to park many blocks away and you know you'll be sweaty and late if you walk the full distance. What's the solution? With the new Ford contraption revealed in a patent, you could just pop a tire off your car and ride it like a unicycle.

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Frankie Muniz is selling the original Fast & Furious’ Volkswagen Jetta

Frankie Muniz is selling the original Fast & Furious’ Volkswagen Jetta

Frankie Muniz, the actor you may remember from the once popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, has finally decided to part ways with the 1995 Volkswagen Jetta you see pictured here. What's so significant about this 20-year old sedan, other than looking ridiculous by today's standards, you may ask? Well, the car was built for, and played a small part in the original The Fast and The Furious movie from 2001. Turns out Muniz bought the Jetta after the movie's completion, but is now putting it up for auction.

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New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

There were a lot of loaded, descriptive words thrown out during Mercedes-Benz's intimate press conference describing the new E-Class. "Luxury", "simplicity", "experience", "high-tech", "beauty"… all of which tie into a hard division between two categories: emotion and intelligence, the yin and yang if you will of the automaker's latest view on what a high-end sedan should be.

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BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

With CES 2016 rapidly approaching next week, BMW has gotten a jump on things and announced it will be showing off an advanced version of the gesture control tech demo it had last year. Dubbed AirTouch, the system basically turns the car's interior into a touchscreen, but one that doesn't need physical contact thanks to gesture-reading sensors. It's described as allowing control over many more functions than the current iteration available in BMW's 7 Series, which can only handle simple tasks like adjusting the volume.

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UCLA researchers create very strong and lightweight metal

UCLA researchers create very strong and lightweight metal

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a new type of metal that is very strong and light. The metal has an extremely high specific strength and modulus also known as stiffness-to-weight ratio. The researchers created the new metal using magnesium infused with dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles.

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