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.
Earthquakes can be scary, and we’re guessing this new bed concept can be, too. To keep you safe during an earthquake -- assuming you're snoozing when the event strikes -- the bed splits open horizontally, causing the mattress to fall in with the sleeper on top and their pillow and blankets if they're lucky. A mere few seconds later, the bed closes again, sealing the sleeper in a cocoon.
Avid bicyclists know that keeping tires inflated can be a chore if you have a slow leak. Ride to work in the morning and your tire might be fine and then it's flat when you are ready to ride home in the evening. An inventor called Benjamin Krempel has invented an intertube called the PumpTube that inflates itself as you ride.
The first time we caught a glimpse at the Toyota S-FR was back in October when the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show along with two other concepts. The original concept that Toyota unveiled might have been too cute for the enthusiasts and performance fans, but the latest version certainly looks meaner.
A big push is underway in all racing series where the drivers sit inside open cockpits to put a canopy over the driver to prevent debris from hitting them in the head. As such, some new concepts are turning up that have some of the traditional F1 designs with closed cockpits such as this concept from McLaren.
Anyone who has ever sat in traffic for hours each day has looked to the skies and dreamed of being able to just fly to their destination. Joby Aviation has a new concept design that it thinks just might be the future of VTOL communing by air. The vehicle is a personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that uses electricity for power.
Audi's electrification plans include self-driving tech, with engineers developing an e-tron EV that can automatically trundle to its charger, Roomba-style. The upcoming Audi e-tron quattro - currently a concept but set to spawn a production version in 2018 - will be the German automaker's most serious all-electric vehicle so far, opening the door to a number of cutting edge charging technologies intended to make EV ownership more straightforward.
Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.
Toyota's youth courting sub-brand Scion may not be the first company you think of when outlandish cars are mentioned, but the C-HR Concept might change your mind. Revealed today at the LA Auto Show, the aggressively styled CUV is Scion's idea of a distinctive urban lifestyle vehicle, having been challenged to do anything but bland.
Right now, the fastest way to travel by air is inside a normal commercial jet. In the past people in a big hurry could jump on the Concorde and travel between the US and other nations at supersonic speeds, but that aircraft was retired. A new concept jet called the Skreemr promises to be fast enough that it would make the trip from New York to London in under an hour.