SlashGear Interviews

How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

The 21st century dashboard is about more than just a speedo and fuel gage, and Mercedes is looking to blockbuster movie tech to fend off CarPlay and Android Auto. I caught up with the latest in infotainment at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America center with the team responsible for recent concepts like the autonomous F 015 and the shape-shifting Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, to find out why a supercomputer-on-wheels is the future of transportation.

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Bugatti’s PlayStation car is no toy [Interview]

Bugatti’s PlayStation car is no toy [Interview]

If the devil is in the details, then Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo car is truly demonic. The eye-catching concept may have been built to mark its digital counterpart's arrival in the PlayStation game, but that didn't stop Bugatti's designers from getting serious about not only what the outlandish car looks like but how it would perform on the track - even in the case of an emergency.

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SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings Interview: Talking Samsung’s IoT starlet with CEO Alex Hawkinson

SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson is having a busy year. His company acquired by Samsung, and its second generation smart home platform now shipping, not only is Hawkinson now responsible for one of the leading automation systems, but arguably at the center of Samsung's entire Internet of Things ambitions. I caught up with him at IFA 2015 last week to talk openness, the value of a corporate parent with deep pockets, and his HomeKit frustrations.

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For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

Necessity is the mother of invention, but moviegoers were still astonished to hear that unexpected Sundance 2015 hit Tangerine was filmed entirely on iPhone. The high-energy, sharply comic, but also touching film wasn’t the first to rely on Apple’s smartphone, but with a theatrical release this week it’s perhaps the highest-profile. After an early screening in San Francisco, I sat down with Tangerine’s writer/director Sean Baker and co-screenwriter Chris Bergoch to find out how the iPhone helped shape a movie that at times can be as challenging to watch as it is rewarding.

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For Chevrolet, life-lessons from Apple, Disney and Tesla

For Chevrolet, life-lessons from Apple, Disney and Tesla

Chevrolet may want to be more than just “competitive” with its auto rivals, but when it comes to taking inspiration nothing is off the table, including Apple, Disney, and Tesla. Opening the company’s annual Powered By Innovation event - and under the aggressive “Find New Roads” tagline - Alan Batey, global Chevrolet brand chief and GM executive vice president and president of Chevrolet North America name-checked tech superbrand Apple as a guiding example for how a car company chasing further growth might push itself.

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Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Vinli hands-on: A high-octane smart car upgrade

Shiny new connected cars may be all the rage at auto shows, but not everybody wants, or can afford, to swap their current ride for the latest model. Into that fray steps Vinli, an ambitious startup hoping to upgrade your car with WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE, an app store, and the power of the cloud, all for $99.95 and thirty seconds of installation. I took a trip with founder Mark Haidar to find out if it could really be so simple.

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The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

This week SlashGear caught up with the music producer and artist Robert Diggs, also known to you as the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan. This season RZA takes a new role as a guide for content strategy with portable audio equipment leader Boombotix. He's the new "Head Abbot", a take on his role as The Abbot with legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. While other legends in the music industry turn to streaming services to claim a spot in the next wave, RZA turns to the fans. To you. "To put music back in your hands."

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Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet has announced the most ambitious Android Auto and Apple CarPlay roll-out so far, with a full fourteen of the GM brand’s 2016 line-up supporting the infotainment systems. “There are a lot of smartphones out there today,” Dan Kinney, director of user experience at Chevrolet pointed out, “and not all of them are being used responsibly.” Unlike rival manufacturers, Chevy will be making the advanced smartphone connectivity a standard-fit item, not charging more for it.

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America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America is gaining its smartest bridge, with the Tappan Zee Bridge - aka "The New NY Bridge" - debuting a slick LED lighting system that promises lower power and more flexibility. The project, a 3.1 mile long stretch across the Hudson River, will be outfitted with more than 3,000 LED lights from Philips, including many which can change color just like the company's hue lamps for the home. When I caught up with Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, he argued it was the natural next step for connected living.

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Talking Ford GT and self-driving cars with CEO Mark Fields

Talking Ford GT and self-driving cars with CEO Mark Fields

Ford CEO Mark Fields is on a mission, and while aluminum, rubber, and steel might be the most obvious part of that - whether a truck like the F-150 or a legitimate supercar like the GT - the blue oval boss wants to make sure technology gets its dues. I revisited Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California to talk about autonomous vehicles and how they can co-exist with super-niche metal like the GT, why the rule book for selling trucks can be the blueprint for the connected car, and just how Ford is going about being good geek neighbors.

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Gogoro gets go-going: First EV scooter pilots revealed

Gogoro gets go-going: First EV scooter pilots revealed

Electric transportation company Gogoro has announced its first pilot cities for its Smartscooter, with EV trials kicking off in Taipei City and New Taipei City this summer. Revealed at CES in January, the Gogoro Smartscooter promises up to 60 miles of driving on a single charge, at which point its removable battery packs can be simply swapped out at a Gogoro Energy Network "Go Station" rather than demanding to be plugged into the wall. I caught up with CEO Horace Luke to find out more.

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How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

If there's one thing you won't mistake the F 015 Luxury in Motion for, it's any Mercedes-Benz currently on the road. Previous autonomous development had started with a production car and then added self-driving abilities, Mercedes designer Till Varailhon explained to me; this time around, the team started from scratch: not only in how the car looks and drives, but how it shares space responsibly in the cities of 2030. After the cut, no-go zones, flocks of scurrying research robots, and why Tesla only proves the smart city is inevitable.

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