Find a sweet parking spot? A new web app lets you monetize it by auctioning off the rights to take your place when you leave.
Fast cars have rear spoilers to help turn airflow into traction. Faster cars have spoilers that only appear when you need them, to minimize drag. The fastest cars have spoilers that are dynamically adjustable, giving you the ideal compromise between traction and drag. The Flake Project is a car with an entire skin made of independently adjustable microspoilers.
There's nothing quite like walking through the GM's Aerodynamic Laboratory, an enormous Batcave-sized test facility where you'd expect to find a next-gen Tumbler being put through its paces as it's prepared for real world roughing. Located in Warren, Michigan, the GM wind tunnel's been open since 1980 and operates 24 hours for five days a week. A drabby-looking building is all you'll see topside, but like all heavy-duty scientific facilities, the awesome stuff is deep underground. The General Motors Aerodynamic Laboratory may not be the largest wind tunnel in the world (that honor belongs to the U.S. Military's 80-by-120-foot Moffett Field built in 1940s), but it is the world's largest one dedicated to automobile testing — and it's quite the whopper.
Heart attacks can happen anywhere at any time — even while driving. That's why Toyota is working on a steering wheel with contact sensors that can automatically slow a car down if it senses any irregular heart activity.
The closest thing to a flying car that we've realistically developed are various types of drivable planes that don't fit into our futuristic fantasies all that well. If this flying car concept ever gets produced it'll finally signal that the future has arrived, especially since it's an eco-friendly gas-electric hybrid.
This head-up display uses lasers to project 3D graphics out into the world around you, and it could be the future of automotive GPS systems.
A year and a half ago, AIDA was a friendly robotic head from MIT and Volkswagen that lived in your dashboard and gave you driving directions. AIDA 2.0 does away with the robot, but turns everything the driver can see into one giant navigation and information display. Good luck paying attention to the road now.
Talk about disgusting. When I first found out that touchscreen devices were crawling with filth, I nearly threw up. A new report from researchers at Queen Mary University in London reveals car steering wheels are nine times more dirty than public toilet seats. How's that for gross?
Every year, the Michelin Design Challenge gives the design community the opportunity to go completely nuts and create vehicles with little, if any, basis in reality. By the look of things, this year was no exception, and we've got a gallery of the 13 weirdest concept cars from the competition.
Spark plugs have been around for a long time — 150 years or so. But vehicles may soon upgrade to a more modern tech for their engine-starting needs: lasers.