Cars

Feb 072015
 

Anki Drive Starter Kit - The Smartphone Controlled Toys You'd Steal From Your Kids
If you ever enjoyed Nintendo’s Super Mario Kart or other similar car racing and fighting games you should really pay attention and continue reading the following lines!

The Anki Drive Smart Robot Cars RC kit brings racing car battles to life and allows you to race and virtually fight your bros with 100% real cars. Part toy, part video game, the Anki Drive system uses real RC cars and racing tracks combined with a dedicated iPhone or Android app to create a virtual world where everything is possible. Control your toy on the racing track in your living room and upgrade it’s weaponry, activate it’s defense shields, fire upon your enemies via the smartphone apps to take your opponents out for a couple of seconds and gain the upper hand and so on … Each car has it’s own personality, strengths and weaknesses! ! Simply amazing! Check out the video to see it in action!

The Anki Drive is compatible with most iPhone and iPad models as well as most Android devices on the market and can be purchased as a starter kit (including the starter track and two cars – Kourai Agile Striker and Bonson Fast Attacker) as well as additional expansion fighter cars and tracks.

$149.99 | BUY NOW
Oct 242013
 

Kia And Hyundai Android AVN - Audio Video Navigation In-Dash System
Korean car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia (32.8% owned by Hyundai Motor Company) announced they will start including Android powered in-car navigation and audio/video systems as of the end of 2013 becoming the first car producer to mass implement an Smartphone operating system in their vehicles. The first two models to be Android equipped are the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Genesis models released at the end of 2013, followed in 2014 by all models from both manufacturers.

The Android AVN (Audio-Video-Navigation) system is rumored to have it’s own apps market and it is not clear if Google Play will be fully supported. The Android AVN will be able to connect with your Android smartphone allowing you access to entertainment features.

On the other site, Apple pushes it’s iOS standard called “iOS in the Car” which should be released in 2014 to allow iOS device integration via the manufacturer’s native in-car control system.

Here’s my 2 cents about it … Once again we see the big guys battling to lock users into their own ecosystem. We already saw this in the past with the USB cables and chargers – each manufacturer used to have it’s own plug model and people were sticking with a brand because of $200 worth of cables and chargers they have bought.

What do I want as a user (although no one cares about what I want)? I want universality – I mean what happened with the micro USB standard was amazing (of course, Apple HAD to continue using their own standards, but hey, Apple is above all standards and they LOVE locking customers into their ecosystem).
I would like to see a standard protocol mounted in all cars, a protocol that would allow syncing, music, movies and navigation wireless battery charging and full connectivity with Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Gecko, Windows, Mac OS, Chromebook, Linux or any other OS that integrates the protocol.
That would be Respecting The User and Allowing Him to Choose the product he wants to use.

OK … enough with the bitching, Hyundai and Kia going Android is a very good news and we hope this partnership will bring us one step closer to the true smart car!

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Oct 222013
 

Lamborghini Veneno - The 4.5 Million USD Supercar
Well … that’s a nice way to stand apart from the crowd! If you have 4.5 million USD in your account and you’re in the market for a hot head turner – look no further! The Lamborghini Veneno is what you were thriving for … – also check the 1,000hp Hennessy Corvette and the Street Legal 1,226 Cadillac CTS by Hennessey!

Let’s take a closer look at what 4.5 million worth of road technology looks like:

  • Topless design
  • 6.5L V12 which outputs 750 hp and accelerates from 0-62 miles (that 0-100 km/h) in only 2.8 seconds
  • 221 mph top speed (that’s 355 km/h)
  • 7-Speed Semi-Automatic ISR Transmission

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster series is rumored to be limited to only 9 units (out of which the first 3 built units are already sold). So, pick up your cheque book, call grandma to give you a lift to the nearest Lamborghini dealer and reserve yours ASAP!

$4.5M | BUY NOW

 

Sep 062013
 

2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cabriolet Final Edition - Side View
Every story has an end!!!
First introduced in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a.k.a. G-Wagen, is a point of reference in the SUV history. It’s retro box style, the three locking differentials (which help with stability and traction) and it’s body-on-frame construction brought the G-Class a lot of fans and made it the preferred SUV for of-road competitions. Even the military got into the G-Wagen craze – many armies of the world use it as for transportation due to to it’s increased off-road capabilities.

But … every story has an end! Or, in this case, at least a partial end! Mercedes-Benz decided to stop manufacturing the cabrio version of the G-Class. And they want to make it in style! They pulled a Limited Edition of G-Class numbered at only 200 units which is already sold-out!
The SUV’s will feature a 5.5-liter V8 engine which outputs 388 horsepower, 398 lb-ft of torque. The interior sports the “usual suspects”: leather, wood insertion, high quality luxury materials and the latest of technology.

The rest is history … Thanks Mercedes for creating the best SUV of all – the G-Class !!!

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Aug 312013
 

Terrafugia Transition - The Flying Car

Hybrid vehicles get more and more traction these days. And when I say hybrid I do not necessarily mean gas/electric powered vehicles (although those are getting a lot of traction too) but I am referring more to vehicles ready to assure transportation in various mediums – take for example the Rinspeed sQuba Submersible Car which acts as both a submarine and a sports convertible or the Track N Go system which allows regular pickups to transform in snowmobiles.

Today we’ll see a new breed of transformer cars. The Terrafugia Transition is a street-legal car which turns into a fully functional airplane in less than a minute. Drive it or fly it upon your wish …

Here are some of the Terrafugia Transition features:

  • It can fly in and out over 5,000 public airports in US
  • Public roads and highway legal and safe
  • Automated electromechanical wings folding takes less than a minute
  • Takeoff roll – 1700 ft (518 m) over 50 ft obstacle
  • Features two places and a small cargo area
  • Factory built – no assembly required
  • Cruise speed – 100 mph (160 km/h)
  • Flying range – 410 mi (660 km) plus 30 min. reserve
  • Car mode mileage – 35 mpg (6.7 L / 100 km)
  • Equipped with a full vehicle parachute for emergency situations

While the Transition already sells in US for $270,00o. Terrafugia has big plans about improving the car-plane‘s aesthetics and functionality. Their next model, the TF-X, will be available in the following years and will feature vertical take-off, transportation for up to 4 passengers and many more.

Let’s hear you in the comments … What’s your take on these new multifunctional vehicle approach? Do you see yourself driving/diving/flying one soon?

$270,000 | BUY NOW
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Aug 242013
 

The Colim - A Cool RV Concept By Christian Susana

The Colim (Colors Of Life In Motion) is a concept motor house designed by Christian Susana. The RV is composed of two distinctive parts: a living element that offers hosting for two persons (able to deal with up to four persons) and a tractor head mini-car that can be used individually (just like any small city car) or , when hooked up to the living element, will power the RV allowing you to move from one place to another.

The Colim is equipped with a hybrid engine powerful enough to power the RV, features solar panels on the roof, large side windows to help natural illumination and it’s interior is designed with different modules and mobile walls to cope with the individual needs of the owner.

Although the Colim it’s only a concept RV and we will probably not see it soon on our roads, this is a very probable direction for the future of RV motor houses.

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments… How do you find the idea? Would you buy a Colim if it was available for purchase?

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Aug 212013
 

Rinspeed sQuba - Zero-Emission Submarine Sport Car

Drive it! Sail it! Dive it!
The Rinspeed sQuba can do them all in style! The convertible sport car is powered by a zero-emission electric engine (powered by rechargeable Li-Io batteries) and has underwater diving capabilities which transform it into a veritable submarine!

The sQuba can drive on regular roads like any other car ( it’s top speed is 75 mph or 120km/h), can sail like a boat (on the water speed is topped at 3.7mph or 6km/h) and can dive like a little submarine (in the water speed is topped at 1.8 mph or 3 km/h and can reach a diving depth of maximum 10 meters).

Here’s the way it actually works – drive the sQuba into the water and it will float. Open the doors to let the water in and it will dive. The occupants breathing air is supplied by an integrated tank of compressed air.
The sQuba was first announced back in 2008 for a base price of $47,250 US. Although there were several requests from buyers, Rinspeed founder Frank M. Rinderknecht decided against building the vehicle himself as the project would cost over1.5 million to develop.

Let’s hear you in the comments – what’s your take on this James Bondish vehicle?

$47,250 | INFO
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