automobiles

Ford Puts Voice-Activated IFTTT In Your Dashboard

IFTTT is a simple yet powerful way to put your digital stuff to work making your life easier, automatically. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Automatic, drivers of some 2011 or newer Ford vehicles can summon IFTTT with the push of a steering-wheel button.


Your GM Car Could Be Autonomous By 2016

GM is already taking technology in cars seriously, but it has plans to take it to the next level, and soon. Yesterday, the company announced that in less than two years its cars will communicate with each other — and hopefully even drive themselves.


Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes Of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these ageing designers and their beautiful concept work back into the spotlight.


America's Century-Old Love Affair With The Automobile In A Single Image

The auto industry spans across the globe, but America has a particular passion for pistons. Pop Chart Lab’s latest print rounds up some of the best, most beautiful, and downright Americanest vehicles ever produced in this great land, from 1895 right up through 2014.


Renovo Coupe: The Electric Dream Car For Gasoline-Crazy Gearheads

A Silicon Valley startup just revealed the latest piece of electronic future-tech, a 500hp, all-electric supercar that does zero to 100 faster than a Porsche 911. But the most important part of the Renovo Coupe isn’t cutting-edge at all: It’s that gorgeous body, designed in 1964.


How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

Josephine Daskam Bacon was an author known for her adventure serials that featured female protagonists. But in 1929, she took a break from her regular fiction writing and slipped on her futurist goggles for an article in Century magazine titled “In Nineteen Seventy-Nine”.20 Bacon imagined just how much progress women will have made fifty years hence — and whether her granddaughter would be able to “have it all” as some people here in the future might say.


How Ford's Top Interior Designer Puts The Future In The Front Seat

Amko Leenarts is the Director of Interior Design for Ford Motor Company, creating the interior look for Ford’s products worldwide. He spoke with Gizmodo about the design influences, technology and safety considerations that go into future designs.


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?


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