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The Batmobile Limo

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

The Batmobile LimoThis stretch limo Batmobile is what Batman and Robin ride around in on their off hours. Maybe Bruce wants to take Robin out for some Ice cream or to the opera. Nothing wrong with a rich dude taking his child ward out on the town in a stretch limo is there? I mean sure, you could take a lady friend, but…We’ll you and boy wonder have an odd relationship.

Maybe they have the Joker in the trunk. Who knows. What I do know is that Bruce Wayne sure knows how to travel in style while giving away his secret identity.

Chevy Volt gets cozy with iPhone and BlackBerry

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Chevy Volt gets cozy with iPhone and BlackBerryThe Chevy Volt electro-carriage will roll out for drivers next year, and when it does it’ll be iPhone and BlackBerry friendly. The image above was shown off at the L.A. Auto Show, revealing a BlackBerry displaying the Chevy Volt’s battery charge status.

The iPhone and Blackberry apps will start off with the ability to control when the Chevy Volt gets charged. The Volt will alert your cellphone when it’s fully charged. Chevy also hinted that other cellphone platforms will be compatible with the Volt eventually as well.

Predator Motorcycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Predator MotorcycleSo you are out for a leisurely drive one fine Sunday and suddenly you hear an ungodly roar, then see this thing zip past. It went by so fast you can’t even be sure there was a rider. But you know a Predator face when you see one. It could mean only one thing. Invasion. And they obviously now have cycles. We are screwed.

It’s actually from New Jersey custom bike shop Pitstop Motors who built this Predator motorcycle on commission. It’s fully functional. The owner even got two tickets on it’s maiden voyage, due to onlookers holding up traffic.

Hyundai Genesis dissected in time lapse video

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Hyundai Genesis dissected in time lapse videoNormally if you want to see what it looks like to dissect a car piece by piece, you have to get out the tools and sacrifice your own ride, throwing parts all over the yard. Thanks to Hyundai, you won’t have to do any work at all.

Just watch the video below of a Genesis completely disassembled. I love how the above image looks like parts from a model kit that you might buy in a box. Don’t try this at home. You’ll have parts leftover when you rebuild it.

The Christmas Truck

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

The Christmas TruckCentral Iowa has had many versions of the Christmas truck over the last 25 years. Here’s how it began. Kris Marshall was carrying a generator and some Christmas lights to his church in his $50 used truck. Much like peanut butter and chocolate, the two combined to create something awesome and The Christmas Truck was born.

It’s not high-tech. Just lights taped to the truck. During the day it looks horrible. At night, it’s amazing. Marshall has since used eight trucks and added dozens of strands. The truck is always a 2WD Chevy/GMC with a regular cab and eight-foot truck bed.

Car Cam Dually records your driving from multiple angles

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2009

Car Cam Dually records your driving from multiple anglesThere’s nothing new about car cameras that keep a visual record of where you drive, but they are becoming more common. The Car Cam Dually looks like some sort of periscope, but it does add some new features that make it more useful whether someone hits you or you hit them.

It has two cameras instead of one, so you can see what happened both inside and outside of the car. In other words you can have one view that shows the drunk running the red light, and another with your look of sheer horror as you crash into them. The Car Cam Dually will also measure the G forces of your impact and mark the exact location of the accident. The details are on an SD card, so you can pop it into any computer.

ArcherMind unveils Android-based Car Navigation System

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

ArcherMind unveils Android-based Car Navigation SystemArcherMind has just unveiled the result of their collaboration with Chinese hardware makers, the first in-car navigation system based on Google’s Android operating system. Embedded with an ARM core processor, the system was shown off at the Embedded Technology 2009 event in Japan.

It’s exciting because we’re talking Android, but some other features include an 800 x 480 resolution 7-inch screen, a navigation system that allows you to surf the web, write and receive SMSs and to play audio books. Using 3G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the system also features a hard disk drive, and an SD card slot for storage.

HD Radio now standard in all Rolls-Royce cars

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

HD Radio now standard in all Rolls-Royce carsRolls Royce. The name is all about luxury, elegance and an expensive price tag. So normal radio simply will not do in their automobiles. That’s why they’ve gone and made HD radio standard on all of the vehicles they offer. Well, let’s be honest, it’s the least they can do at those prices.

The move makes Rolls-Royce one of just two car manufacturers to offer HD radio standard. The other is Volvo. Audi and Mercedes-Benz will be playing follow the in 2011, when they offer HD radio themselves.

Mercedes gives car owners more control via the iPhone

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2009

Mercedes gives car owners more control via the iPhoneWhen Mercedes says they want you to get personal with your car, they mean it. Recently Mercedes-Benz USA and Hughes Telematics, Inc. launched mbrace, which brings an unprecedented level of connectivity to Mercedes-Benz drivers and allows them to customize their in-vehicle experiences.

The system allows drivers to connect with their vehicles via an iPhone or BlackBerry, and remotely lock or unlock their vehicles, locate them in crowded parking lots or city streets through a map and much more.

XO2 folding electric scooters

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2009

XO2 folding electric scootersWith more electric vehicles than ever hitting the streets, we’re going to see more electric scooters. The XO2 electric scooter has some interesting features, but the most interesting is that you can fold it up, making it easy to bring indoors for charging.

It’s still pretty big when folded, but it beats getting your ride stolen because you had to leave it outside. We’re talking 60km/h for the XO2 50 Urban and 105km/h for the XO2 125 Urban. The scooter will charge up to about 80% within just a few hours, and give you about 50-70km.

Rocket pickup truck with a jet engine

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2009

Rocket pickup truck with a jet engineThis huge Ford F650 pickup truck has something that the typical model does not. A 7,000HP GE J85 jet engine. Which makes it less of a pick-up truck and more of a rocket on wheels.

The truck is capable of reaching speeds of up to 200MPH and is apparently street legal, as long as the engine isn’t firing. Though that won’t be good for anyone if it misfires. Not that anyone could catch you.

SoundRacer makes your car sound like a supercar

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2009

SoundRacer makes your car sound like a supercarSo you drive around in an Gremlin, but what you really want is a Porsche or a Ferrari. Unfortunately you can’t afford one. Which is why you are in your little bucket of rust. Well, the Soundracer can help. It won’t convert your heap into a sportier car, but it will plug into your car’s cigarette lighter port, and use an FM transmitter to play real V8 or V10 engine sound effects to the stereo.

That way you can at least pretend you are driving in luxury. According to SoundRacer’s website, the sounds correspond to the RPMs of your car’s engine. Pretend is fun.

Ford to offer inflatable seatbelts

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2009

Ford to offer inflatable seatbeltsThe next-generation Ford Explorers will offer something unique that we haven’t seen before. Rear seatbelts that will inflate in an accident the same way an airbag inflates. The idea is that rear inflatable seatbelts would be able to multiply the surface area of the belt against your body by up to 5 times.

So in an accident, your crash would be more “comfortable.” We aren’t sure if this would be practical or not, but it might save lives in the future. I wonder if it will hurt those people with more girth, by squeezing them tight.

Toyota’s Gullwing Door XBOX Halo Warthog Concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

Toyota's Gullwing Door XBOX Halo Warthog ConceptToyota is clearly out to capture the hearts of gamers with the Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer (ATG) concept. It’s a Toyota pickup with four, yes four Xbox consoles inside, a Warthog from Halo and a Monster energy drink dispenser to keep you going during your intense gaming marathons.

In the center cabin there are four 24″ LCD monitors from Samsung, which swing out to give each gamer their own display. Oh yeah and the outside is also cool to look at, despite all the action going on within.

Cheetah C50 GPS Speed Camera Detector

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2009

Cheetah C50 GPS Speed Camera DetectorThe Cheetah C50 is a small GPS speed camera detector with 65 unique spoken voice alerts that cover various types of threats. The device can identify different types of cameras for speed, red light, speed-on-green, and also is capable of telling you if the camera is on a freeway, a highway, an exit ramp, a frontage road, etc. It will give you an edge while speeding away.

The Cheetah C50 has a speedometer, compass, and directional intelligence, so you won’t be caught off guard by false alarms for cameras on the other side of the freeway. At $100 it will hopefully save you some money on speeding tickets.