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Credit: Garmin

Credit: Garmin

Garmin has a lot more planned than making personal nav devices — and they’re even going beyond OE infotainment systems.

They introduced a new platform at CES. K2 promises to be more than a mere navigation add-on.

It will feature a 10-inch touchscreen that will function like a large smartphone with online connectivity.

Another larger screen though will serve as the car’s instrument cluster.

With Bluetooth, drivers would be able to connect their phones and have the system deal with calls and messages. Voice command will make it safe for people to access features and data while driving.

The system may offer even more when it actually goes into a production car. As of now it is not slated for any vehicle.

Read more about the “dashboard of the near future” from CNET 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.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manufacturers are really keen on making self-driving cars a reality!

When we’re driving, we want to DRIVE. But certainly it would be nice to let the computer take over during bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

We won’t get there for a while, but Toyota and Audi showed off the state of the technology at CES last week with some demos.

Nevada has already legalized autonomous vehicles for public roads, issuing Google the first license of its kind last year.

More companies undoubtedly will follow suit.

These computer-controlled vehicles use visual indicators, artificial intelligence software (which is what they’ll use to take over the world!), GPS and various sensors to navigate their way.

Check out more on the robot-driven cars from CNET here.

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Credit: Visteon

If you’re at CES in January, one of the things you’ll have to see, aside from all the products at our booth of course (1514 North Hall, shout out!!!) — would have to be the Visteon e-Bee.

It’s a really early preview of a 2020 car. The vehicle is based on the Nissan Leaf electric and features you’d expect to see in a sci-fi auto.

When it actually gets made it may be able to recognize its owner and program automatically where you need to go and what you need to do while on the road.

Three screens provide all the information.

It may look a little dizzying, but not to worry, when a ride like this DOES roll off the production line it’ll probably have an option for a robot driving system as well.

We’ll see you at CES, and read more about the Visteon e-Bee from CNET here.

Credit: Heijmans Infrastructure

Where you’re going, who needs those old roads????!??

Have you ever heard of the “smart” highway? Well, buckle up.

If designers and engineers want to turn our roads into something from video games, we have no problem with that!

Daan Roosegaarde from the Netherlands wants to make our highways smarter, if you will. (Well smarter or crazier in a TRON sort of way — we’ll definitely let you be the judge.)

Look for features like Dynamic Paint, glow-in-the-dark road markers and charge while you drive for electric vehicles in the near and not so near future.

While some of this is sort of sci-fi, and perhaps a little gimmicky, if executed properly, it could improve highway safety and overall efficiency for travel by car.

Read full coverage on the sci-fi shift for highway safety from CNET below here:

Take a Drive Down the ‘Route 66 of the Future’