We've all heard the criticisms of smartwatches by now: they're ugly, or too limited, or don't offer enough of a reason to invest in one. Whatever your personal criticism of the wearable technology may be, the folks behind the Moment Smartwatch concept aim to squash it. Though only a concept at this point, Momentum Labs' smartwatch aims to trump competitors' offerings in many ways.
The garages of Gran Turismo 6 are gaining a new outlandish racer, with Nissan revealing the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo set to hit the virtual tracks in July. The concept, cooked up by Nissan's Design Europe team in London, is the latest in a series of one-off specials from car companies invited to think outlandishly for PlayStation gamers, not to mention a potential hint at the direction future production models might take.
Now here's a "connected car" that might have better judgment than some drivers. A concept car unveiled by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association features not only a load of hi-tech devices and wireless connectivity options but can also make some decisions and take action in cases when the driver can't.
Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.
Volkswagen clearly enjoys provoking suffering and anguish, showing off the most striking Golf variant to-date, but only allowing those drivers playing Gran Turismo 6 the opportunity to play it. The VW GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is the company's take on a sports car for the digital age, available mid-June as an exclusive download for GT6 on the PS3.
Ask the purists, and they might say BMW's MINI has progressively moved away from the charm of the original car, but a new MINI Superleggera Vision coupe concept could change all that. Created to balance MINI's British heritage with Italian open-top style, the concept car was created by BMW and Touring Superleggera with an electric drivetrain and a hand-crafted aluminum body.
Earlier this year the Audi Urban Future Award 2014 was announced, calling upon four teams of innovators to create a concept surrounding "The Next Leap in Mobility." At Audi’s headquarters in Ingoldstadt, a "Science Slam" was held this Wednesday. At this Science Slam, each of the four teams, representing Berlin, Boston, Mexico City, and Spain, presented their idea on stage for an audience of judges.
Gran Turismo 6 is getting a new performance BMW, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, and the virtual car is already leaving drivers wishing it would show up in real-life dealerships. The striking racer - finished in BMW's traditional M colors - was created specially for the PlayStation 3 game, though borrows from some of the real-world touring cars of the 1970s in BMW's record books.
Plugging in an electric car to recharge often happens in the dark confines of a garage, but BMW wants to brings its u3 and i8 EV range into the light with a new BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Mounting translucent solar panels on top of a bamboo frame - the wood picked for its rapid regrowth - the carport could be entirely off-grid, BMW claims, though you'd obviously need to get enough sun.