Archives For January 2013

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

It’s possible that the automotive world has already bumped against the “peak car” wall.

Ford acknowledged as much with their statement that they are transitioning from automaker to “enablers of mobility”!

Whatever the heck that means. But statistics don’t lie.

The U.S. hit its high of total vehicle miles traveled in 2007 and that number has declined since then even though the population has increased.

It’s clear that in the developed world at least we’re probably going to do less driving (and less car buying as well), as we’re already mired in global gridlock.

The Chinese say, may you live in interesting times.

Well, this is definitely one of them!

Read more about the “peak car” idea from Quartz here.

2012-07-24 16.00.58Ah, what we’ve all been waiting for!

Now we don’t have to leave mean notes for car owners that don’t know how to park in a socially conscious manner.

If you’ve ever seen that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, you know what we’re talking about.

CurbTXT has a service (right now only in San Francisco) that lets you text other drivers by identifying them through their license plate numbers.

A cool idea which we can’t really see working, unless the DMV mandated it and instituted penalties of some sort of any stupid texts which of course will be inevitable.

Better continue to carry that notepad and pen around.

Read more coverage on the bad parking police tool from CNET here.

The Hyundai Genesis, named the 2009 North American Car of the Year.Credit: Wikipedia.

The Hyundai Genesis, named the 2009 North American Car of the Year.
Credit: Wikipedia.

This is a pretty cool video demonstration.

Not that we haven’t seen this technology, but it’s the context that is intriguing.

Video games have been using gesture technology for a while, and Hyundai is incorporating that into cars.

Nevermind smudging touchscreens, pushing buttons or turning dials. Soon that will be a thing of the past.

If carmakers have their way, we’ll be twisting our wrists, waving our hands and pointing fingers so that 3D motion sensors can decipher what our movements are indicating.

Thanks in part to the technology developed by Tobii, we’re all going to look like third base coaches in baseball, making funny signs as we drive — or rather, conduct our automobiles.

Check out full coverage on the crazy hand-gesture driving from Jalopnik here.

2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.Credit: Wikipedia.

2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.
Credit: Wikipedia.

So … what are the safest cars on the road today in 2013?

Well, here’s one list — we’ll let you decide whether you agree.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published its annual list of Top Safety Picks.

These are the vehicles they say offer “superior crash protection.”

Their higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award is given to cars with good ratings for protecting occupants in several measures.

To give you an idea of how difficult it is to earn the latter honor — 117 were given the former while only 13 garnered the other.

Surprisingly, most of those did not belong to the luxury sedan category.

In fact, the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL were the only two luxury sedans that made the list. The other 11 cars were: The Honda Accord (BOTH the sedan and coupe, see picture inset above) Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and OutbackVolkswagen Passat and the Suzuki Kizashi.

See the link to the press release from Autoblog here.

2012-07-24 16.01.02-1This just in from the “how the heck is it possible?!” department!

A woman in Europe drove 900 miles the wrong way because her GPS didn’t guide her properly.

Perhaps we’re all a little too dependent on technology, but it’s getting beyond ridiculous when a fairly short drive turns into an inter-country trip and the driver doesn’t get a clue until she starts seeing signs in different languages.

Wow.

Discovery reported that the driver, Sabine Moreau, even stopped twice for gas, slept on the side of the road — and “suffered a minor car accident” along the way. Moreau also told El Mundo that she just wasn’t paying attention:

I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn’t in Belgium anymore.

Read more about the 900-mile GPS mix-up from Yahoo here.