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Tag Archives: Cars

Beamatic Premium Headlights Won’t Blind Other Drivers

By Chris Scott Barr

If you do a lot of driving in the country at night, you can really appreciate the high-beams on your car. They illuminate a much larger area so you can keep an eye out for animals that might run out in front of you. Of course when another car passes by on the road, not only do you have to turn off the high-beams, but your vision is temporarily impaired by their lights shining in your eyes. Now one company thinks they have a solution to both problems.

Valeo SA has developed a new type of headlight that uses on-board cameras to detect other cars on the road, and then blocks the light in their direction. This allows you to keep using your brights, without the other driver getting blinded by your lights. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.

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Win A Lemur Monitors: Safe Driver!

By Chris Scott Barr

I’m sure that we have more than a few parents out there that are reading the site. If you have kids who are just starting to drive, then you no doubt worry about how safe they are being. Namely, are they speeding, braking suddenly or just going places that they shouldn’t be? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a device that would tell you all of these things? I’m sure it would be even better if you could get one for free, right?

This week we will be giving away a SafeDriver from Lemur Monitors. This two-part device has a sensor that plugs into the data port of your car, and a key fob that displays the car’s maximum speed, number of sudden stops and distance traveled since the last reset. Don’t worry, you’ll have to enter a PIN to reset it, and the device will alert you if either the sensor or the fob has been tampered with.

So what do you have to do to win? Like many of our contests, US residents can drop a comment below to enter. Next Friday we’ll select a winner at random from the comments left. Good luck!

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British Team Constructs Coffee-Powered Car

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By Chris Scott Barr

For the coffee drinkers out there, how many cups does it take you to get through a typical workday? For many, loading up on coffee is about the equivalent of putting gas in a car. The longer you want to stay productive, the more you need to ingest. Now what if you actually tried to fuel your car with the stuff? Apparently you can, but you’ll need more than a few cups to get you through the day.

A team at the BBC1 science show Bang Goes The Theory took an old ’88 Volkswagen Scirocco and modified it to run off of coffee grounds. Now before you get too excited about running a car off of a cup of Joe, you’ll have to consider the fact that it’ll take the equivalent of 56 espressos just to travel a single mile. To further break that down, it’ll cost roughly 50 times more than simply using gas. Needless to say, this is one of those projects that was done “because they could” and not because it was practical. The team is also using it to try and raise awareness on using alternative fuels.

[ DailyMail ] VIA [ Dvice ]

[CES 2010] GM Teams Up With OnStar For Chevy Volt App

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By Chris Scott Barr

Back in November of last year we saw that GM was working on a mobile app that would talk to your Chevy Volt. While interesting, the app had limited functionality and wasn’t all that exciting. Well GM teamed up with OnStar here at CES to show us just how much has changed in the last couple of months.

With an actual Chevy Volt in the room, the two teamed up to demonstrate the various functions that would be at your fingertips. The app was able to not only tell us how much of a charge the car has and various statistics about recent mileage, but it gives you remote access to a variety of the car’s functions.

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GM Brings WiFi Access To Your New Vehicle

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By Chris Scott Barr

There are some people in this world that need to be connected to the internet at all times. Sure, I’m an internet junkie, but I don’t think I’d ever go so far as to install a permanent WiFi hotspot in my car. GM announced that they will soon start offering Autonet, an always-on wireless internet solution for your car.

The device can be installed in your new van, SUV, truck or crossover starting later this month. Installation will set you back $499, while service is going to cost $29 a month with a 1GB cap. There is also a 5GB package, though no price was listed. The WiFi signal will reach up to 150 feet away, so you won’t be limited to using it just in your car. Great, now kids can check their Facebook and watch YouTube on long car rides. All my brother and I had was one GameBoy to fight over.

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Jump Your Car Via Cigarette Adapter

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By Chris Scott Barr

I can’t honestly count the number of times I’ve dealt with a dead car battery. Most occasions were when I was younger, since my first car didn’t make a noise if you left the light on. However, it’s something that happens to everyone at some time or another. It’s not a hard problem to fix, you can just get a jump from another car, or from one of those cool portable batteries. Either way, you’re going to have to lift the hood and hook up a pair of jumper cables.

There are some people out there who are deathly afraid of doing anything under the hood of a car. For those people, there is the Easy Quick Jumper. This works off of the same idea as a set of jumper cables, only you plug each end into the cigarette adapter of the two cars. Turn on the car with a good battery, wait 5-10 minutes and you should be set. Honestly, this would be a lot easier to store than bulky jumper cables, and quicker to get into place. If you’ve ever had a car battery die in the dead of winter, you’ll appreciate it. Just $26 gets you this handy gadget. (An extra $20 gets you a better version that eliminates the need for another car.)

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Hungry? Stuck In Traffic? Make A Pizza!

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By Chris Scott Barr

I loves me some pizza, be it frozen, delivered from a local shop or handmade by yours truly. I generally only turn to the frozen stuff late at night when everyone is closed and I’m too lazy to make one up myself. Of course if I had one of these Porta-Pizza ovens I could also avoid the nasty gas station pizza by cooking up a frozen pie in my car.

As I said before, I love pizza. However, I think this contraption takes things just a bit far. I can think of very few circumstances that this thing would actually be useful to the average consumer. Even then it just seems dangerous, messy and stupid. Sure, a pizza shop might try cooking pies on the way to the customer’s doorstep, but even that doesn’t sound too smart. If you absolutely must be able to make a pizza on the road, you can pick one of these up for $36.

[ Stupidiodic ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Use Bluetooth Signals To Open Your Garage Door

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By Chris Scott Barr

You know what I hate? Pushing buttons. Sure, pressing one might save me the effort of doing a task that would otherwise require strenuous amounts of work, but it’s just damn annoying. Take my garage door opener for example. When I’m pulling in my driveway, I have to press the button on my remote two, sometimes three times while still focusing on my very slow driving. It’s so bad that I’ve been tempted just to park outside and go through the front door, but then I’d have to use a key. Don’t even get me started on keys.

The Blueguard Self-opening Door is a handy little contraption that uses a Bluetooth signal from your cell phone to open up the door when you’re approaching. This eliminates the need for one of those little garage door clickers that you’ve got attached to your sun vizor. My first obvious concern was that every time I walked to the kitchen my garage would open, but apparently it’s smart enough to detect whether or not you are approaching in a vehicle. Unfortunately there is no information on pricing. Oh, and just so we’re clear, despite the fact that I was extremely sarcastic in my opening paragraph, I would totally buy one of these if the price was right.

[ EMX ] VIA [ Coolest-Gadgets ]

Make Margaritas In Your Car, Thanks To The Margarator

By Luke Anderson

How many times have you been cruising along, or at least been near your car and thought that you needed a margarita? Sure, not being in your house or a bar will generally tend to make that a difficult drink to come by, but fear not, the Margarator MSB-585 is here to save the day!

This blender was created with the on-the-go drinker in mind. Not only will this blend up a great drink for you and dispense it from the handy tap, it will do all of this from the comfort of your car. Maybe I just don’t drink enough, but I actually can’t think of any time where someone was craving a margarita when we had only a car’s lighter plug for power. I suppose on a camping trip it might be fun, just don’t forget to clean it out before you go driving off. Something tells me that if you get pulled over with that in your front seat, things won’t go so well. Unfortunately the $110 price tag will be enough to persuade most people to just drink something easier to make.

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