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USB CableMichigan based Visteon is working with US automobile makers to incorporate the USB interface in their new vehicles.  This will allow users to plug in a USB flash-drive from which they will be able to play music files.  The apparent aim is to replace the CD player’s role in US automobiles.  The first of these USB enhanced vehicles will hit the production line in early February, fitted with not only USB but also an interface for the Apple iPod. What we are wondering about, as I’m sure many others are, is whether or not an adapter of sorts will soon follow, allowing vehicle owners with CD-changers to take advantage of the USB interface.  I would love to replace my scratched collection of CDs in my car with a flash-drive dedicated to music.


Read More | Just-auto.com


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ZipConnect BeetleNow this is off the hook, especially for those VW Beetle fanatics out there. Check it - it’s a Volkswagen Beetle replica with a digital alarm clock built-in to the windshield. Now, the fun doesn’t end there, as it (like all ZipConnect speaker systems) includes a ZipConnect module (with convenient retractable 18-inch cable and mini stereo plug) for playing any iPod, MP3, portable CD or satellite radio — any audio source with a headphone jack. The Beetle has working headlamps and taillights, with stereo speakers hidden in the wheels.


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DARPASo, Stanford’s Volkswagen Touareg ‘Stanley’ is the winner of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005, bringing home $2 million in cold, hard cash. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, the DARPA Grand Challenge is a race where cars must autonomously go from start to finish without any human input. The Touareg finished the race in a matter of 6 hours and 53 minutes, with an average speed of 19.1 miles per hour.


Read More | DARPA Grand Challenge via I4U


Google Maps LocalThe thing about Google is that they are perfectly happy releasing a product under the Beta tag, and leaving it there, right? Not so with Google Local and Google Maps. The services have been combined under the Google Local brand, with the maps now offering hours of operation, links to reviews, and other local business information under the “Details” tab of the address bubble. Pretty nifty.


Read More | Google Local via Lifehacker


We have not seen the takeup of the Segway that one could hope for in this economy, particularly given the rapidly rising gas prices. However, it does look like their sales are up as we got an email from them this morning announcing:

DescriptionDear Segway Customers and Enthusiasts,


We’re excited to announce an open house at Segway of Seattle this Sunday.  If you haven’t tried the Segway HT before, this is your chance!  Stop by and try out the latest Segway HTs including the i180 model that can get up to 24 miles on a single charge.  It’s great for commuting or running errands around town.  With gas prices soaring lately, you’ll also enjoy hearing that the Segway HT gets the energy equivalent of 450 miles per gallon.  All of the new Segway HT models will be available for demonstrations.


When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005
12:00 noon to 6:00 pm


Where: Corner of 1st and Denny Way in Seattle (Belltown)


Segway of Seattle
93 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph 206-284-7634


We couldn’t be more pleased to see an alternative fuel transport popping up like this now that analysts are saying gas could continue to rise in price - possibly doubling from it’s current $3 per gallon within the next few years.


Read More | Segway of Seattle


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