Archives For September 2012

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

The company that tries to do no harm even as it tries to do it all has made great progress on a self-driving car.

It even drives some Google employees to work. And California is set to legalize these autonomous autos.

The only real hurdle appears to be — you guessed it, cost! As in hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more than those uber-rich guys that you’re super-jealous of pay for a Ferrari).

So … apparently your robot-driven car of the future is gonna cost you a pretty penny.

The array of sensor technology needed for the cars to work costs about $250,000 dollars, according to The Business Insider. That’s just the technology, if you toss in the price of the Lexus RX45oh cars, which the search giant is modifying to fit the need, and throw in a few custom components — you’re suddenly looking at a car that’s running you well more than $300,000!

This is the part where you ask yourself, how badly do you want that car? If it’s worth any opportunity cost, better start saving up now and get it before they add MORE high-tech expenses! I mean it’s already more expensive than a Ferrari, get it while you got a chance!

That said, maybe the driverless car will debut like any other trendy high-tech item on the open market, and the price will fall down to levels that average drivers can even begin to afford over time.

Read more about the driverless machine that will leave you penniless from The Business Insider below:

Google’s Self-Driving Cars May Cost More Than A Ferrari (GOOG)

The iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

The future of mobile technology could very well end up being contained in your car. The only problem is, are you not shopping for a new car anytime soon? Do you still want some of that same mobile technology in your current car?

Well, if you’re in that particular situation you may be especially excited about this new innovation!

Intraphex, formerly Directus, is launching a car kit that will allow you to mirror your iPhone apps on a vehicle’s video screen. The company has developed proprietary technology separate from that in MirrorLink for its S.I.D. (Smartphone Integration Device). Kids can just plug in their iPhones and play the games from their phone on the screen in the back of the car!

“Mom can send videos to the back seat and you are not limited to specific apps. For every app, you see the same interface on the scree,” Intraphex CTO Don Zaeny told CE Outlook.

Sounds cool, huh!

It should retail for $499 and will include the interface, wiring harness and HDMI cable. It will not, however, allow you to control the apps via your car’s touchscreen.

So if you’re not looking to purchase a brand new car for the mobile technology — you may want to consider one of these car device Mirrors!

Click below to read more about the app mirror from CE Outlook:

Car Device Mirrors All Apps

Think your car is safe when you drop it off at the dealership for a repair or what have you?

Well, apparently not at Autobarn Volkswagen in the Chicago area. One poor woman named Leanne Digan dropped off her ’06 Passat to fix or replace her remote key device.

To her surprise, that would be the LEAST of her worries!

While in their possession, the vehicle was stolen (and later recovered but stripped of all valueable parts).

A hard lesson to learn — but she would’ve been better off going to a car audio shop instead where she could’ve replaced the factory key with an aftermarket security system that would’ve alerted her that thieves were working the Volkswagen lot.

Let Digan’s experience be a lesson for everyone! Let’s not be so trusting, but fight back and work to protect our property by getting an effective alarm system! Imagine how the plot of this tragic experience would have shifted if she had only had an efficient car alarm — or had been able to GPS track her car! Maybe the people at the dealership would have been more aware of the situation? Or maybe they could have stopped it?

Moral of the story: Don’t wait around until it’s YOU that had to learn the hard way, be one step ahead of the game!

Read more about Digan’s dilemma from the Chicago Tribune here:

Problem Solver: Car Stolen From Dealership While in for Repair; Negotiations Stall

Credit: Pongresearch.com

The microwave use to be the main culprit in the radiation scare, but now our almighty cell phones have become the new poster child for radiation as we gladly put them directly next to our brains so we can make business calls, and catch up with loved ones.

Luckily, a company by the name of Pong has put a new anti-radiation case on the market to block those wavelengths from your brain. Each case is custom made for the phone it fits and claims to redirect EMR away from the user’s head and body. This technology has been confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission.

And if you need a good scare to convince you, did you know between 48% and 68% of the phone’s radiated power is absorbed directly into the user’s head … and body.

That statistic has bad news written all over it!

I’m sure all of you would prefer to live dangerously and continue to sport your beloved Star Wars, and Hello Kitty cases. But check out this video and see what this case is made of:

iPhone Anti-Radiation Case by Pong Radiation

YouTube footage of the first sneak peek at the 2013 Honda Accord.

With the intense competition in the mid-size category, we wonder if Honda can attain dominance again with its next Accord. If you look at what the other automakers have done or are planning, it seems to us that consumers’ eyes may stray, given the wealth of options they have available in this multimillion-dollar market.

Honda says the company “is back” with its 2013 Accord — but many experts say the automaker is playing it safe, hoping to capture buyers with the same design integrity that they have provided their consumers with for so long. Although some consumers may find that security appealing, Honda is being criticized for playing it safe considering the big changes that have occurred in the mid-sized market.

The changes that have been made to the new Accord are subtle, a more sculpted exterior that is smaller, and a more spacious interior. The 2013 Accord will also feature the Earth Dreams engine and transmission.

With many mid-sized competitors like Hyundai getting complete design overhauls, will Honda’s new design be able to compete for the top spot, or will they remain in the number two slot they are currently occupying?

So what do you prefer readers: A new, sleek and innovative design or the reliability associated with the brand?

Check out video of the new Honda Accord here.

Or for more in-depth coverage, you can see an AutoNews Now video report on the 2012 Accord and Honda’s new push for a comeback here.