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Chris Digital In-Car Assistant hands-on review

Driving while using your phone is dangerous, and often illegal. Meet Chris, the digital assistant for your car that wants to help keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road. The post Chris Digital In-Car Assistant hands-on review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Automotive, Chris, Digital Assistant, Virtual Assistant, In-car assistant


The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design

Porsche expanded its lineup of SUVs with a swoopier evolution of the Cayenne named Cayenne Coupe. Don't let the name fool you: it still has four doors. It stands out with a fastback-like roofline that's lower than the Cayenne's. The post The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Porsche, Luxury cars, SUVs, Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Cayenne Coupe Don


A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 1: The Stylist

"Just imagine being able to take a thousand different bits of metal; and if you fit them all together in a certain way, and then if you feed them a little oil and petrol; and if you press a little switch; suddenly those bits of metal will all come to life. And they will purr and hum and roar. They will make the wheels of a motor-car go whizzing round at fantastic speeds…."That quote is from Roald Dahl's book Danny, the Champion of the World, where the young car-nut protagonist recounts his fathe...
Tags: Design, Roald Dahl, Cars, Los Angeles, Arizona, Gm, Pasadena, Acura, Danny, Acura Design Studio, ArtCenter College of Design, Randall Smock


2019 Volkswagen Jetta review

With enough tech to make villains jealous, the Volkswagen Jetta punches above its class as a forward-thinking sedan. Spacious, comfortable, and efficient, the Jetta is a refined offering. German refinement comes with a serious attitude. The post 2019 Volkswagen Jetta review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Vw, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, Compact Cars, Sedans, Sedan


The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down

Toyota has updated the C-HR, its entry-level crossover, by adding an entry-level trim level to the lineup. Every model regardless of price also comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay. The post The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Cars, Trends, Crossovers, Toyota


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is launching a new cloud platform for its cars. Based on Microsoft Azure, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will enable features like connected services and over-the-air updates. The post Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cloud, News, Microsoft, Cars, Trends, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault, Microsoft Azure, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance


Autonomous shuttle rides coming to New York City via Optimus Ride

Workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY City will soon be able to make their way around the 300-acre industrial park in Optimus Ride's self-driving shuttles. The tech startup says it's the first trial of its kind in the state. The post Autonomous shuttle rides coming to New York City via Optimus Ride appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: New York, New York City, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Optimus, Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY City, Optimus Ride


2019 Ferrari Portofino Review

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion. The post 2019 Ferrari Portofino Review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: California, Cars, Trends, Ferrari Portofino Review


How to buy a Tesla online

Tesla has always bypassed traditional dealerships, and it has now adopted an online-only sales model that lets customers configure and order their car without leaving their couch. Here's what you need to know. The post How to buy a Tesla online appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Tesla, How-to, Model S, Model X, Model 3


BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased way ahead of its November debut

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is coming to the United States, eventually. The new compact BMW won't be unveiled until the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Gran Coupe will be based on a front-wheel drive platform. The post BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased way ahead of its November debut appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, United States, Luxury cars, Bmw 2 Series, Bmw, Los Angeles Auto Show, Gran Coupe, 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show


Zipcar Disruption

This isn't a security story, but it easily could have been. Last Saturday, Zipcar had a system outage: "an outage experienced by a third party telecommunications vendor disrupted connections between the company's vehicles and its reservation software." That didn't just mean people couldn't get cars they reserved. Sometimes is meant they couldn't get the cars they were already driving to work: Andrew Jones of Roxbury was stuck on hold with customer service for at least a half-hour while he and ...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Oregon, Cars, Toronto, Portland, Cambridge, Jones, Zipcar, Reid, Bruce Schneier, Roxbury, New York California, Andrew Jones, Heather Reid, Tina Penman, Zipcar Penman


Volvo wants to use speed limiters, in-car cameras, and data to reduce crashes

Volvo believes new tech is the best way to improve car safety. The Swedish automaker will let owners set speed limits when loaning out their cars, install cameras to monitor drivers, and use data to design better safety features. The post Volvo wants to use speed limiters, in-car cameras, and data to reduce crashes appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Safety, Cars, Trends, Data, Volvo


This modified Land Rover Discovery is heading to Africa to help fight malaria

A Land Rover Discovery will be used by the Mobile Malaria Project for a 3,900-mile trek across Africa to study malaria. The SUV is equipped with a mobile gene-sequencing laboratory, as well as everything necessary for serious off-roading. The post This modified Land Rover Discovery is heading to Africa to help fight malaria appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Africa, Cars, Trends, Land Rover, SUVs, Off-road, Land Rover Discovery


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power. The post 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Luxury cars, Mercedes, SUVs, New York Auto Show, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz GLC, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, 2019 New York Auto Show


Team Sonic Racing Animation Vibrantly Charming

An astounding new Sonic animation has emerged courtesy of Tyson Hesse (who led the creation of Sonic Mania’s animated cutscenes) and Neko Productions, this time advertising the upcoming “Team Sonic Racing” as various Sonic characters can be seen driving vehicles rather than sprinting fast like they usually do. The first of the 2-part “Team Sonic […]
Tags: Games, Comedy, Cars, Anime, Sega, Sonic, Tyson Hesse


Vivint’s Car Guard keeps tabs on your vehicle when you’re not in it

A simple plug-in that you can place in just about any vehicle, Vivint's new Car Guard will automatically detect if your car is bumped, towed, or stolen and will alert you about it. The post Vivint’s Car Guard keeps tabs on your vehicle when you’re not in it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Smart Home, Home Security, Vivint, Car Security, Car Protection, Vivint Car Guard


Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona

Waymo has announced plans for a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will help to service, maintain, and grow its fleet of autonomous Waymo One cars. The vehicles operate as part of the company's robo-taxi ridesharing service. The post Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, PHOENIX Arizona, Waymo


2019 BMW X7 first drive review

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover? The post 2019 BMW X7 first drive review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Luxury cars, Bmw, SUVs, Mercedes Benz, BMW X7


Fiat wants to transform the cheeky 500 city car into an urban Tesla

Fiat is finally preparing a new 500. Scheduled to make its debut in early 2020, the retro-chic city car will go electric in part to comply with looming emissions regulations. The post Fiat wants to transform the cheeky 500 city car into an urban Tesla appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Fiat, Fiat 500, Electric Cars, City Cars


Tesla wirelessly gives the Model 3 a 5-percent increase in power

Tesla again showed the potential of its innovative over-the-air software updating system by making the Model 3 five percent more powerful via a firmware update. The Performance model gained 23 horsepower. The post Tesla wirelessly gives the Model 3 a 5-percent increase in power appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Electric Cars


Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio

This is a story about how Acura lost their way, then refocused on design to successfully reinvigorate the brand. If you're a designer, a car fan or simply someone who follows the sector, we think you'll enjoy and/or learn from this look at what's been going on, behind the scenes, over at the Acura Design Studio. Roughly four years ago the company started making some major changes and now, with the recent release of the new RDX, have had their renewed focus on design validated by some startling s...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, California, Cars, America, Los Angeles, General Motors, Canada, Lexus, Gm, Kelley Blue Book, Tokyo, Ohio, Bmw, Mclaren


Nvidia’s new simulator brings virtual learning to autonomous vehicle developers

Nvidia introduced a simulator for testing autonomous vehicle technologies. Drive Constellation is a cloud-based platform technology vendors can use to validate systems efficiently, safely, and much faster than with vehicles on real roads. The post Nvidia’s new simulator brings virtual learning to autonomous vehicle developers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Computing, Nvidia, Autonomous Vehicle Testing, Nvidia Constellation


Ola raises $300M as part of a new electric vehicle partnership with Hyundai and Kia

Ride-hailing platform Ola announced today that it has raised $300 million from Hyundai and Kia as part of a strategic partnership focused on electric vehicle development. This brings the company’s total raised to $3.8 billion according to Crunchbase. Ola’s last funding was announced just three weeks ago, when the company said it had raised $56 million in early funding by investors including Tiger Global and Matrix India (two of its earliest backers) to spend on its recently spun-out electric ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, India, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Kia, Ola, Ola Cabs, Ola Electric Mobility, Crunchbase Ola, EVs Ola Electric Mobility


Mercedes wants to turn your car into a comfortable shopping mall on wheels

Mercedes-Benz designed its MBUX infotainment system with e-commerce in mind. Motorists can upgrade compatible cars via an over-the-air software updating system, but the brand wants to take this technology to the next level. The post Mercedes wants to turn your car into a comfortable shopping mall on wheels appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, E-commerce, Mercedes, Ev, Mercedes Benz


The Joys and Despairs of Visiting MoMA's "The Value of Good Design" Exhibit

Since its inception, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) claims to have asked "What is good design and how can it enhance everyday life?" Made from a variety of materials—textiles, wood, plastics, leather, metals, glass, etc.—using then-innovative technology, 100-plus featured objects within MoMA's 2019 "The Value of Good Design" exhibit highlight the guiding design principles which shaped the tastes of worldwide consumers across generations.Showcasing a global perspective, from a Brazilian bowl cha...
Tags: Design, New York City, Cars, New York Times, Fiat, Museum of Modern Art, Mitsubishi, Furniture Design, Moma, Object Culture, Museum of Modern Art MoMA, Rhode Island School of Design, Arthur Young, Dante Giacosa, Eva Zeisel, Betty Pepis


A Perfect Explanation of the Ideal Relationship Between Designers and Engineers

Quick question: How many executives do you know that can do renderings?ArtCenter graduate Jon Ikeda is one of those rare designers that have risen through the ranks to become a high-level executive. As Vice President and General Manager of Acura, Ikeda brings 30 years of Honda/Acura experience--primarily from the design side--to the table. This gives him a perspective that few Veeps and C-suiters possess, and in our upcoming Acura story, we'll show you how that benefits the company. Not to menti...
Tags: Design, Cars, Spock, Acura, Kirk, Honda Acura, Kirks, Ikeda, Torrance California, Jon Ikeda, Acura Design Studio, Acura Ikeda, Kirking


Racing to catch a flight? Robot valet at French airport will park your car

Hate searching for parking at the airport when you need to catch a plane? Startup Stanley Robotics recently unveiled a new outdoor automated robotic valet system. Here's how it works. The post Racing to catch a flight? Robot valet at French airport will park your car appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Robots, Emerging Tech, Startup Stanley Robotics


Bentley’s 542-horsepower Continental GT V8 is the best kind of downsizing

The Bentley Continental GT V8 has fewer cylinders than its W12 sibling, but Bentley expects it to offer better gas mileage and more agile handling. The V8's top speed of 198 mph is also pretty darn fast. The post Bentley’s 542-horsepower Continental GT V8 is the best kind of downsizing appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Luxury cars, Bentley, Continental, Convertibles, Bentley Continental, Coupes, Bentley Continental Gt


2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 replaces the CTS in the General Motors luxury brand's lineup. Cadillac will unveil the CT5 at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, it's keeping most details under wraps. The post 2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, General Motors, Luxury cars, Cadillac, New York Auto Show, CTS, Sedans, Cadillac CT5, 2019 New York Auto Show


Tesla gives us a cryptic look at its cyberpunk, Blade Runner-inspired pickup

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself. It could make its debut in 2019. The post Tesla gives us a cryptic look at its cyberpunk, Blade Runner-inspired pickup appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Pickup Truck, Electric Car