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OnStar FMV available at Best Buy July 24th

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

The OnStar FMV will allow you to put the technology in any automobile. Some of the features include automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free calling. It will sell for $299.99 and you can tack on a $75 installation charge and $18.95 per month subscription.

The device will hit Best Buy shelves starting July 24th and is available for pre-order now. Before you get one just make sure that your car is on the compatible list first.

Coffee Cup Power Inverter

Posted in Automotive by Reuben Drake on April 13th, 2011

Sometimes having a regular AC power outlet in your car can be necessary. And if you want that, you better have a power inverter in your car. Thing is, even if you have one, there is no good place to put it. Well, this Coffee Cup Power Inverter solves that problem. Just put it in your cup holder. Perfect.

This 200 watt inverter will help you with your many gadgets. It features a pair of AC plugs and a USB port and will cost you just $30. If you need one, this is the inverter for you. Just make sure you have another spot for your coffee. That is a must.

EX Vehicle is powered by two screwdrivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

No this is not a vehicle that will whisk your ex away and out of your life forever, but it’s pretty amazing. Screwdrivers are it’s source of power. No, really. It was designed by Nick Ferbis. The EX Vehicle is a three-wheeled machine that can travel at speeds of up to 18 mph.

This contraption uses 2 twin 18-volt electronic screwdrivers as batteries and has modified bike parts. How safe it is, is debatable. Thankfully it only goes at slow speeds. Any mishaps should not be too bad. Pretty cool.

2012 Ford Focus will call for an ambulance if you crash

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2011

At CeBIT, Ford CEO Allan Mulally unveiled a new feature of the new Ford Focus that will launch next year. It’s called Sync Emergency Assistance and the service will come free with every Ford that has Sync installed. Sync Emergency Assistance uses your phone to make sure that drivers and passengers aren’t left unattended or stranded when they get into a car accident.

Should you crash, the car will automatically send out a phone call for help. It will even use GPS and cell towers to triangulate your position so that emergency services will know exactly where you are. The car will even speak the language of the emergency hotline operator, so language is not a barrier at all. We can expect to see Sync Emergency Assistance in Ford cars next year, when it starts saving lives.

PayByPhone parking hits South Miami

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Those who live in South Miami have some good news. Verrus PayByPhone and the City of South Miami have just announced the launch of PayByPhone parking. So instead of having to pay with change to deal with parking machines, you can just use your cellphone to pay and make sure you don’t get a ticket for a parking violation.

Just head over to paybyphone.com and sign up or call 1-888-950-PARK when parking. Parking time about to expire? No problem. The service can send you a text a few minutes before it expires so you’ll know if you need to top off your parking fee.

2012 Passat VW Super Bowl XLV spot uses the force

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Volkswagen of America will run two ads during the Super Bowl XLV on February 6, one for the 2012 New Beetle and one for the 2012 Passat. Forget the first ad, it’s the ad for the 2012 Passat that caught our attention.

It shows a young boy in a Darth Vader costume trying desperately to actually use Darth Vader’s force powers around the house, to no avail. It is only when he stands in front of the new Passat and commands it to start that it works. The kid’s father has started up the car with a remote starter in the key-fob. It’s a cute and geeky ad. We love it.

Park Assist helps you remember where you parked

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

It’s a pain when park your car in a shopping mall, go do some shopping and forget where you parked your car when you are done. So many of us have the same cars. It’s a nightmare. Park Assist can help. The Park Assist is a high resolution digital camera designed for just this situation.

Just enter your car plate at a park assist kiosk, and the camera, using license plate scanning, will scan the lot to locate your car for you. Simple solution. When your car is located the kiosk will point out where it is on a map and show you a picture of your car.


Audiovox AVDBR1 Automotive Blu-ray Player

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

Audiovox’s new Automotive Blu-ray DVD player, the AVDBR1, lets you enjoy HD movies in your car. The player can be installed under the seat or in a storage compartment and connects to any monitor via HDMI, composite or component output.

The AVDBR1’s small size allows you to mount it either horizontally or vertically in any number of ways. It gets power from a 2-pin, 12-volt connector to the vehicle’s accessory power source and comes with a full function wireless IR remote control.

Car almost run you over? Throw these cards at reckless drivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sometimes when you are on a bike, cars don’t seem to care about your safety. Well, you could get mad about it or you could throw one of these magnets at the offending vehicle. It lets them know that they’ve acted like a jerk and calls them out on their behavior.

The card is designed by Peter Miller for cyclists. Just hurl it at the offending car and it will stick, without causing an accident. Later, the driver will feel bad. Rightfully so.

Tron Motorcycle Helmet

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

You may not find any light cycles on the open road, but you can at least look like you are from the Tron movie with this helmet. This Tron decal Motorcycle helmet mimics the design of the original Tron lightcycle suit.

It was designed by French firm Ruby who have tried to replicate the look and layout of the circuits on the original helmet from the film. Its a limited edition created to celebrate the release of the Tron film in France. It will be released and available to purchase in January when the Tron film hits France.

Anti Sleep Pilot keeps you awake behind the wheel

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

Being sleep deprived while driving is not a good idea. But as usual, there’s a gadget that can help. The Anti Sleep Pilot attaches to your dashboard and monitors your fatigue levels by using reaction times from tests which maintain alertness, among many other inputs.

Then it uses these personal calculations to recommend that you take a break when you are about to hit a critical driving fatigue level, and so it prevents accidents, keeping you and others safe.


AutoBot app lets you control your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

AutoBot is a new iPhone and Android app that works with a Bluetooth OBD-II dongle and lets you diagnose engine problems, keep track of maintenance, and even locate your car via GPS if it is stolen. It can even be configured to automatically send a text to loved ones if you get into an accident, telling them your GPS coordinates.

The app recently won a startup competition at i-Stage 2010. It sounds great, but sadly it isn’t slated to be available until 2012. When it does ship it will cost $300 for the hardware and the software, with an extra fee to get rid of pop-up ads.

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 goes faster with TracKey

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

Sure, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is already quite a powerful car, but it will go even faster if you pay some extra cash for the red-colored special TracKey. Whenever you start the Boss 302 using the TracKey, more than 200 parameters are changed in the car’s software instructions. This transforms the 444 horsepower street machine into a track racer.

It’s like having two cars in one. The TracKey will give you quicker throttle response, and a two-stage launch control feature that makes drag racing starts easy.

Bluetooth GPS Rearview Mirror

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

You might think that this clip on Bluetooth GPS Rearview Mirror might be a little dangerous, but when you think about it, it might be good to have a GPS navigation unit where you should be looking anyway. Of course the multi-tasking as you chat on your hands-free, while your GPS chats back might not be so great for your attention.

The device costs $104.13/£64.36. Just snap this thing in place and it replaces your normal rearview mirror with an all-in-one Bluetooth Rearview Mirror that has hands-free cell phone calling, built-in GPS navigation, and multimedia.

Urbee Hybrid is the World’s First 3-D Printed Car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

The Urbee was designed for the 2010 X-Prize Competition. But it’s not just an eco-friendly vehicle. It’s the only vehicle that has had it’s entire body designed and generated using 3-D printing technology. The car is a gasoline/ethanol hybrid.

Only problem is, it doesn’t look very roomy. It was designed by Stratasys and Kor Ecologic and can hit 200 mpg on the highway and 100 mpg in city conditions on either fuel.