What's about four times the width of a human hair and goes from zero to existing in four minutes flat? If you guessed "that race car with the flat tires in the picture right there," you'd be right. It's small, it's fast and there are lasers involved.
Unless you live in a fantastic and coordinated city like Portland, Oregon, you're likely familiar with the phenomenon of idiotic traffic lights that conspire to turn red just as you approach to make way for zero cars coming the other way. It's not just annoying, it's also bad for the ol' environment, and intelligent traffic lights could make a big difference.
Cars that run exclusively on solar power make no claims about being the most comfortable vehicles out there, but they're unquestionably some of the coolest looking, and this concept from designer Omer Sagiv is up there with the best of them.
MIT has been working on their clever little foldable, stackable City Car concept for nearly half a decade now, and they've finally made a real one. It's destined for Europe in 2013, but not for individuals: to drive one, you'll have to be willing to share.
A factory tour is always a popular tourist attraction. The team at the Volkswagen Group take it to a new level with the Autostadt — an attraction adjacent to their factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. While there's a lot to see, the major wow factor comes in with a peek at the two 200 foot tall glass silos that store new Volkswagens.
Remember that transparent OLED TV from CES 2012? Well, here's another application of that technology: as a multi-functional sunroof for a car. Better yet, it's one you'd never have to open or close, because it's way smarter than that.
If you grew up in the 1960s or 70s before every kid had a gaming system at home, you'll know that must have toy for anyone interested in cars was a slot racing circuit. Now that we're adults, having a slot track in the middle of the living room isn't going to cut it, but you could park this Porsche 917 race car that hides a slot track in your garage.
Way back in 2009, when Syfy was spelled "Sci Fi" and DVICE was spelled "device," Tesla Motors promised us all that their forthcoming Model S electric sedan would cost $49,900 after federal tax credits. Now, it's nearly 2012, and the final price might shock you.
We all expect concept cars to turn heads at Tokyo Motor Show 2011, but buzz bubbled over during the unveiling of Mitsubishi Electric's conceptual EMIRAI automotive interface. Projected to be deployable in about ten years, the key innovation is the curved, touch-screen rear projection display.
There are a bajillion smartphone cases out there that come with extended battery packs, as well as all manner of other accessories of varying degrees of usefulness that let you tailor your phone to your needs. So, why not just extend that concept to electric cars? Makes total sense, right? Right!