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Alpine partnering with Nokia to integrate smartphones into cars

Nokia Car PDA smartphoneNeed a reason to chuck your Garmin/Tom-Tom, etc. out of your car other than ‘has stupid name and labels me as a poor-driving tourist wherever I go’?  Well wait no longer, avid reader: today Alpine announced a strategic partnership with the Finnish cel phone giant, Nokia, to fully integrate smartphones into car infotainment systems.  While I was surprised that ‘infotainment’ was actually a word, I was more surprised that this type of alliance hasn’t been made sooner.  Not only are these two electronics giants looking to elbow in to the lucrative GPS/Nav market, but they are also bringing a few bells and whistles of their own, namely widgets that can monitor fuel levels and direct you to the nearest and cheapest gas station.  Might as well go ahead and chuck that gas gauge now, Chachi, ‘cause you’re not going to need it anymore; welcome to the future, only 48 years after your grandpa thought he’d have a flying car.

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Bleeding Edge TV 332: Chevy Volt OnStar Mobile Integration

At OnStar press conference, which gave us info on when GM expects to start producing the Volt vehicles in mass. In addition, we got a look at the new experience, which includes applications for mobile smartphones that let you control car functions like door locking and unlocking, starting, charging, and more, directly from your mobile phone, from anywhere! Hit the video for all the details.

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Car Cam Voyager records video as you drive

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Cameras, Displays, Transportation

Car Cam Voyager

You may have been involved in a car accident at some point, and it may have been beneficial for you to have a recording of the incident. Fortunately, the Car Cam Voyager can make your next accident an open and shut case for your insurance claim. 

The Car Cam Voyager is video camera that attaches easily to the visor to film as you drive.  It is powered by your vehicle’s lighter, and includes a 720 x 480 resolution screen.  With a 32 GB SD card, you can record up to 48 hours of footage, stored in 15-minute increments..  If you run out of memory, it will simply start recording over the oldest recording.  You can even plug it into your television with RCA output cables. 

The Car Cam Voyager can be purchased from Brick House Security site for $300.00. 

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4GB USB Mini Cooper thumb drive

Mini Cooper USB Drive

For those who want a little drive in their thumb drive, might we suggest the USB drive based on the 1959 Mini Cooper?  Sure, you may not be pulling off the Italian Job, but at least you’ll have 4GB worth of storage space.  Of course, style costs, and this will cost you $102. Yeah, you read that right.

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Chevy Volt’s 230 MPG too good to be true

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Design, Transportation

Chevy Volt's 230 MPG a little too much

Maybe I’m just getting sick of seeing those ads with the smiley-faced electrical outlet, but I figured that the 230 MPG touted for the Volt seemed a little too good to be true. 

As it turns out, someone at Chevrolet is playing with numbers.  According to DVICE:

Essentially, the Volt can drive 40 miles on battery power before kicking in the gas engine. So if you drive 10 miles, you’ll get infinite miles per gallon. If you drive 50 miles, you’ll get 250 miles per gallon. But if you drive 300 miles, you’ll be down to 62.5 miles per gallon.

This is hardly 230 MPG.  Would the electrical outlet be frowning if it knew the real truth? 

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Lamborghini Hybrid Gallardo coming in 2015

Lamborghini Hybrid Gallardo coming in 2015

It would appear that I now have a good reason to want a Lamborghini with the announcement of a new version of the Gallardo.  This one is in hybrid form, and it is expected to roll out by 2015.  The Lamborghini hybrid won’t be an all out green road warrior, as it will instead use a small electric motor when doing urban street driving, but will then bump up to using a 10 or 12 cylinder engine when going full speed. Don’t count on Lambo going completely electric anytime soon, but the Gallardo will certainly be a testing bed to see how these super luxury vehicles sell. Coincidentally, Ferrari is set to release a hybrid vehicle in 2015 as well.

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2010 Acura vehicles get Bluetooth, XM Radio, iPod connectivity as standard

Acura Bluetooth

Acura is looking to upgrade the experience for customers by adding a few oft-requested features as standard, starting with their 2010 lineup. Look forward to , XM Radio, and even connectivity to all be included. This is definitely a sign of the times, as just about even mobile phone sold today supports Bluetooth, and that can only result in a bit more safety on the road.

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Bleeding Edge TV 314: GM OnStar Remote Ignition Block

‘s service has a few convenient features, along with some nice safety features in place to aid in the recovery of your vehicle if it happens to be stolen. In this episode, we take a look at Remote Ignition Block, a new OnStar feature that stops your car from turning on in the event that it is reported stolen. In conjunction with satellites, this helps law enforcement find your car much faster than they’d likely be able to otherwise.


Nissan Leaf: Zero Emissions, Total Affordability

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Design, Transportation

Nissan LEAF Speedometer

I think we all know that cars are one of the worst polluters on the planet today, and so I find it nice of Nissan to introduce the greener Leaf, a car that has zero emissions.  The Nissan Leaf has a lithium ion battery-powered chassis that is good for 160km (100 miles) on a single charge.  Best of all, its lack of a tailpipe can reduce one’s “carbon footprint” significantly.  I don’t have a price for it yet, but it should be “affordable” to the family of five that it has room for.  The car is slated to launch late next year in Japan, the United States, and Europe.

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Gallery: Nissan Leaf: Zero Emissions, Total Affordability


Escort Introduces Redline Radar Detector - Darwinian Theory Put to Test

Escort Redline scanner

Remember the Fuzz-buster?  No?  Am I dating myself be referencing 80’s tech here?  Well, anyways - welcome to the next generation of police-evading technology.  Escort recently announced its newest model in radar detectors: The Redline.  With the Redline you get a substantially increased radar-detection envelope - 13 miles according to the press release - and can now snub your nose at the law with impunity.  It ships in August and is available for $499.95, a mere pittance to pay for the privelege to personally test the theory of Natural Selection - don’t let cops get in your way from attaining that ultimate pinnacle of street-racing cred: your very own white-cross on the side of I-95!

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