Tesla Adds Range Enhancing Sport Option

Tesla Model S

Typically, when a person orders a “Performance Plus” package on their vehicle, they are not used to getting better range or fuel economy. But that’s exactly what you get with the Tesla Model S “Performance Plus” package. For an additional $6,500 over the price of a normal Model S, drivers can purchase a vehicle with wider rear […]

Very Light Car from Edison2 Breaks Cover

Edison2 VLC

The Very Light Car is a product from Edison2, the company that won the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize for mainstream vehicles back in 2010. It has decided to show off the next-generation prototype made from the $5 million it obtained from winning the X-Prize. The Very Light Car is a prototype that combines space-aged production techniques, […]

OTTER Blocks Notifications and Texts While Driving

Otter

OTTER (One Touch Text Response System) is software developed to prevent distracted driving. The Otter App is available for Android, Blackberry and Nokia, and allows the user to create a set of rules to make it easier to stay in touch while driving. The software offers a “manual mode” that allows the user to select from three different […]

500e from Fiat Leases at $199/month, or $32,500 to Purchase

Fiat 500e

Buying a Fiat 500e will cost you (in California) $199/month for 36 months with $999 due at signing for a lease. For those who do not lease, the purchase price (before tax credits and incentives) is $32,500. The 500e is an all-electric version of the Italian mini-car that provides an inexpensive alternative for people who prefer style […]

Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Now Illegal in California

California Texting Ban

A court in the State of California ruled that using a smartphone to check map apps while driving was illegal. As a result, som people are concerned about how this will affect their experience behind the wheel. But while it seems like this law would ban all smartphone usage while driving, phone manufacturers already have […]

How to Connect Spotify for iPhone to Ford AppLink

Spotify Logo

Last month Ford and Spotify announced that the Spotify app would be compatible with Ford’s AppLink interface for SYNC. Recently, that app went live and you may be wondering how to take advantage of this functionality in your Ford vehicle. Here is how you do it! Pair Your Phone to Sync Via Bluetooth We previously covered how […]

Chrysler Loses $10,000 per Fiat 500e Sold

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

The Fiat 500e is Chrysler’s first all-electric vehicle. The Fiat 500e is gearing up to go on sale, and last week Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped a small bombshell when speaking at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress: Chrysler will lose approximately $10,000 on every 500e sold. Available only in California, the 500e serves Chrysler […]

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review

Raptor

Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is responsible for quite a few special vehicles. The F-150 Lightning, the SVT Focus and the Shelby GT500 are just a few of their popular items. In 2010 the SVT produced the Raptor. The Raptor is designed to be a truck that is more capable off-road than on. It is a […]

State Farm’s RightLane: New App Tracks Driving, Saves on Insurance

RightLane by State Farm

RightLane is an Android app currently in beta testing by State Farm. This application is likely a response to the Progressive Snapshot program. Snapshot by Progressive is a device that plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic port and tracks driving behavior. It tracks everything from speed to the time-of-day the vehicle is in operation. If the driver […]

Tesla Motors Posts Profitable Earnings with High-Tech Electric Cars

Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors posted its first profitable quarter providing further proof that there is consumer demand for high-tech, electric cars that look more like a sports car than a family hauler. Tesla Motors announced its quarterly earnings on Wednesday. This is a significant moment for the US-based automaker and the CEO Elon Musk. Profitability is extremely important for a startup business, […]

Intel Headlight Technology May Let Drivers See Through Rain

Rain Headlights

Technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University could potentially change your ability to see while driving in the rain at night. Instead of a traditional headlight bulb projected into the night, the system uses a series of projectors. Sensors sit just below the projectors watching for rain as it enters the beam of light. […]

GM and Ford Partner Up to Make Advanced Transmissions

Automatic Transmission

GM and Ford have announced a joint collaboration to help develop the latest automatic transmissions. These units will feature 9 and 10 gears, and will be available to both manufacturers. Work has already begun on these transmissions. The new designs will “raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers,” according to GM’s Vice […]

Self-Driving Cars Need to Outmaneuver Lawyers

Google Self-Driving Car

Regardless where you stand on the issue of self-driving cars, the technology is developing rapidly. Google has been pioneering self-driving car technology and have a stellar reputation of being safe. Oxford University also has a self-driving car that is iPad controlled. At a recent conference at Stanford University, people discussed the advancement of self-driving cars […]

Connect Your Vehicle to the Cloud with Verizon Wireless and Delphi

Vehicle Diagnostics By Delphi

Verizon Wireless has partnered with Delphi to offer Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi. This service allows a vehicle owner to remote start a car from anywhere in the world. It also allows the owner to lock and unlock the doors from a compatible smartphone. The driver can also access vehicle health and diagnostic information. Imagine returning […]

Tesla Model S Outsells Chevrolet Volt in North America

Tesla Model S

Tesla is having a tumultuous year, legally. They recently won the right to sell their Model S vehicles in New York, but then were denied sales in Virginia. Tesla is gaining ground in Texas, though, with a new factory and model on the line. When it comes to sales though, Elon Musk’s Tesla must be motivated by […]

Voice Commands Just as Dangerous as Texting While Driving

Voice Commands

A recent study performed by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M has revealed that using voice commands to text while driving was equally as dangerous as looking down at the phone and manually texting. With the government also issuing new guidelines to manufacturers, this study backs up the premise that focusing elsewhere than driving […]

U.S. Government Publishes Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the talk of the nation these days. Gruesome reports of accidents that occur from texting while driving are on the rise. Adults text and drive even when they know that it is more dangerous to do so. New technology is even coming along to prevent distracted driving. The government has now chimed […]

Tesla Denied Dealer License in State of Virginia

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Based on a recent tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles denied Tesla a dealership license to operate a sales center within the state of Virginia. Tesla has been in various legal battles throughout the country, recently scoring a victory in New York. The battles are over the rights to […]

Does The Volkswagen iBeetle Represent the First iCar?

VW attempts to build iCar with iBeetle

Volkswagon arrived at the Shanghai Motor Show with the iBeetle, a special edition Beetle that features iPhone integration in the dashboard of the vehicle — leading many to call it the first iCar. When entering the iBeetle, the driver docks his or her phone with the dock placed at the top of the dash. It […]

Nissan Friend-Me Concept Debuts: Heavy on Touch, Tech and Social

Nissan Friend-ME

Earlier this month, we reported that Nissan would be unveiling the Friend-Me at the Shanghai Motor Show. Now that the show is here, we have all of the details pertaining to this vehicle and its unique social aspects. According to Nissan, the “‘Oracle Stone’ empowers shared adventure.” The idea is that there is a shared […]