Unintended consequences of technology: In-car nav systems were a godsend for the directionally-challenged driver, but they were also a windfall for a handful of criminals. I'd first heard about this happening in L.A., where a thief would steal a nav-equipped car out of a restaurant parking lot; s/he could then punch up the owner's address on the nav system; and being certain that the owner was dining in the restaurant, the thief could drive to their empty home, gain access using the garage remote, and rob the place blind.
Chevrolet's latest Impala model is thus designed with a "valet mode" that provides both digital and physical security. A touchscreen in the center of the dashboard allows the car's owner to enter a passcode that locks up the nav's database. Even cooler, the entire panel slides upwards, revealing a small in-dash safe where you can lock up that garage remote.
The in-car safe is also touted as a place where you can leave your phone and wallet, which I thought was kinda strange; is it just a New York thing that we typically empty the car of all valuables whenever we park it? In any case, there's also a charging port for your phone inside, making it a handy storage spot while driving. If Chevy combines this with their Eyes Free Integration, drivers won't mind being separated from their phones while driving, and in fact it'll probably be safer for all of us.
Of all the mean-spirited games we played as children in the '70s, perhaps none was more cruel than the "Coastie" or "Ghostie." (I was never clear on what the correct title was, both made sense.) It consisted of you being pushed off of your bike, and the other kids picking
True to form, the RCA's 2015 MA Automotive Design show featured some challenging abstract concepts that shun outright technical feasibility for provocation of thought. As usual, the standard of work was high, with a diverse cultural perspective. From a Stradivarius-inspired sportscar to an autonomous crop-munching tractor, here are some of
...and it looks like they're driving some kind of Super-Toyotas
In a bid to better understand how their vehicle technologies hold up in real-world conditions, Toyota has launched the Five Continents Driving Project, whereby they send their engineers on epic road trips through varied terrain. The upcoming North American leg, which they're calling the Ever-Better Expedition, "will tackle some of
The Marshalite and Heuerampel are fascinating examples of early UX
A traffic light is designed to provide three pieces of information: Red, yellow and green. But a subset of impatient drivers want more information. Thus we do the trick of memorizing the amount of milliseconds that will transpire between perpendicular traffic's new red light and our forthcoming green light. Or
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