Tag: high-tech

29 Posts

Jan 07, 2015

Wacky Concept Cars at the Great BIG CES Show

Jim Motavalli

As rolling boomboxes and the ultimate mobile devices, cars at CES are deliciously over the top. It is Vegas, after all. 


Aug 27, 2014

Apple's CarPlay Could be Great, But Delays are Ominous

Jim Motavalli

With a 2014 release date and a roster of automakers lined up, Apple had the momentum, but delays are a problem. Interested? Tell us why--or why not--right here.

high-tech distracted driving

Feb 25, 2014

5 Annoying Things About Today's Car Stereos

Jim Motavalli

Modern infotainment has some peculiar quirks and exasperations, which I've gathered together here from recent test-drive experiences.

sound systems high-tech

Jan 22, 2014

Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

Jim Motavalli

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

anti-theft high-tech

Jan 03, 2014

Audi and Google: High-Tech Collaboration in the Car

Jim Motavalli

Your next car might include Apple, Android and Microsoft in the dash. Here's a look at what's coming.


Nov 10, 2011

Ford, Its Sync System Under Attack, Plans an Emergency Fix

Jim Motavalli

Let's give a thought to auto audio. In the early days of motoring, the gas engine was so loud it's unlikely that any motorist could have heard a car radio, even if the electronics of the period were up to the task.

high-tech Ford

Jun 10, 2011

IBM's Watson, a Jeopardy Champ, Could Deliver Natural Voice Recognition That Actually Works

Jim Motavalli

From a perch in the cloud, Watson-like supercomputers could offer solutions for clueless drivers, including finding that sushi restaurant whose name you forgot, or that song by the guy who sounds kind of like Bob Dylan.

high-tech distracted driving

Mar 18, 2011

Vehicle distraction systems: The 21st century cup holder

Guest Bloggers

In posts this year, David Strayer and I have shined the spotlight on the contributions -- or lack thereof -- of both users and the government to the distracted driving problem. If you've seen TV ads recently, you know there is another contributor we haven't accounted for: automobile manufacturers. ...

distracted driving high-tech

Apr 01, 2001

Why aren't cars yet capable of communicating with each other?

Dear Car Talk

Why is it that we have made enormous strides in electronic communication over the decades but the communication between vehicles on the road has been practically unchanged since the invention of the car a horn and a few blinking lights...