For those of you who consistently forget your children in the car, there's now a $30 device to remedy that. The ChildMinder car seat sensor alerts any absentminded parent who has walked away with his baby in the car.
If you were given the Jeopardy! category "things that breathe," chances are your answer might be, "What are living creatures?" Chances are also high that your answer would not be, "What is a battery?" You'd now be wrong.
Electric cars are silent, and that's a problem. Yeah, it's a problem for pedestrians (who can't hear them coming), but it's a real problem for electric car owners, who want their cars to sound like the amount of money that they paid. When Audi's R8 e-tron becomes available, that will be a lot of money, so Audi is inventing a new sound to match.
Batman, being Batman, probably has no need for a race car from Nissan. But if he did need a race car from Nissan, he'd probably have Bruce Wayne go and buy the DeltaWing, an entirely new take on IndyCar and LeMans racers.
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.