automobiles

2015 Toyota People Mover Has A Mic That Shouts All The Way To The Back Seat

Toyota realises that few customers shopping for a minivan care about horsepower or 0-100 times — they’re basically looking for the easiest way to haul kids. So on its 2015 Sienna, the North American successor to the Tarago, Toyota is introducing a rather clever new feature called Driver Easy Speak that amplifies the driver’s voice with a dedicated mic so that they don’t have to turn around while talking (yelling) to passengers (kids).


Why Tesla's Model 3 Could Be The Most Important Electric Car Ever

Tesla’s next electric car officially has a name: The Model 3. It seems like an all-around average sedan, no crazy up-swinging falcon doors or other outlandishness. Even the $US35,000 price is pedestrian. It’s also what could make it as important to automotive history as the Model T.


An Augmented Reality Windshield Tells You How To Take A Racing Line

Land Rover’s windshield experiments have already been pretty impressive — remember the concept that would make your car’s bonnet appear transparent to make it easier to avoid potholes? But what if you’re on a silky-smooth race track, looking to perfect your performance?


Uber User 'Held Against Will In High Speed Chase'

When poor old Ryan Simonetti booked a ride on Uber on Tuesday, he was hoping for a quiet journey to his company’s new offices in Washington DC. Instead, he got more than he bargained for.


Audi Suspension Springs Are Trading Steel For Composites

Forget what you know about car suspension: Audi is tearing up the rule book and making its latest springs from glass fibre-reinforced composite instead of steel. It’s not gone mad though; this is the future.


There's Now An Automotive-Grade Linux For Open-Source Cars

There’s no denying your car’s dashboard is pretty dumb, which is why Microsoft, Apple and Google are all trying to smarten it up. But there’s also a new open-source alternative, in the shape of Automotive Grade Linux.


The Race To Save Your Car's Dashboard

Earlier this week, Google showed off Android Auto, a dashboard navigation and entertainment system powered by an Android smartphone. It’s almost identical in concept to competing designs from Apple and Microsoft. For perhaps the first time, these companies have a unified vision for the future of in-car electronics. And that’s the best news car buyers have heard in years.


Hyundai Is Working On A Car That Slows Down When It Sees Speed Cameras

God knows we should all be driving slower, but we’re only human. Even the threat of a fine can’t stop us. So to counteract this self-destructive streak of ours, Hyundai is working on a car that automatically slows itself down in the face of speed cameras.


These Posters Immortalise The Cars From Your Favourite Films

To those of us who pay attention to these things, a movie character’s car can tell us more about that person than nearly anything else. Sometimes, those cars even become characters — without the DeLorean, Back to the Future would be a 1980s Waiting for Godot. Designer Jesús Prudencio’s poster series Cars and Films pays tribute to these plot-driving heroes.


How To Hack A Car And Control It From 2400km Away

Imagine this: You’re cruising along when the car suddenly brakes. The doors lock. It starts accelerating backward. A hacker thousands of kilometres away has taken control of your car over the cellular network. This is how it happens, as explained by a video from the good folks at Motherboard.