The New Ford Mustang Is So Good You Could Eat It, Literally!
Ford has partnered up with 3D Systems to do something historic…make a car that people can eat. Ok it’s not a fully functional car, in fact it’s only about one inch in length, but it is an exact 3D Printed replica of the new Ford Mustang made out of candy and chocolate.
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In January, 3D Systems announced a kitchen-ready 3D printer category for edibles in a new line for them called ChefJet. Both work similar to regular 3D printers but use confectionary to print in monochrome or full color to create cake toppers or basically anything you dream of in various flavours. The monochrome unit is expected to retail for under $5,000 while the full color unit will be almost double the price.
Around this time, 3D Systems also announced their partnership with Hershey’s chocolate which will result in various 3D printed edibles and new printers to come out in the next couple years.
The Ford partnership is a fantastic example of how brands can take advantage of 3D Food printers to raise some awareness of their products in a fun and futuristic way. Ford said that they used this opportunity to highlight that they employ 3D printing technology in the development of all their vehicles, of course not with chocolate and also using industrial machines rather than the home units. 
Ford put out a video of the candy printing process to showcase the final product on YouTube which we have for you below. 

The New Ford Mustang Is So Good You Could Eat It, Literally!

Ford has partnered up with 3D Systems to do something historic…make a car that people can eat. Ok it’s not a fully functional car, in fact it’s only about one inch in length, but it is an exact 3D Printed replica of the new Ford Mustang made out of candy and chocolate.

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Nissan Google Glass Competitor, 3E?

A concept video of a HUD display, Google Glass competitor from Nissan was released by the company. The video doesn’t get into any specifications or features. But from what we can see, the device looks very much like Glass except much more geometric and the prism seems to sit at eye level rather than just above the eye like Google’s Glass.

The countdown suggests that we will find out what the 3E is all about in just over 8 days (8 days 18 hours 26 minutes and counting to be exact). The announcement is expected to be made at the 43rd Tokyo Motorshow 

More images of the concept model can be found on Nissan Japan’s web page.

This is isn’t the first wearable tech Nissan has teased us with. Back in September, Nissan released a trailer for their Nissan Nismo Smartwatch. But we have yet to hear of anything move past the concept stage from the car manufacturer.

Dash Wants to Be the Fitbit for Cars

It’s not just you that can be quantified as part of the Quantified Self movement. 

Dash is an app that can talk to your car’s sensors (seems as though cars after 1996 have these built-in) and uses its algorithms to make you a better driver. It reports on things like gas, mileage and will even call 911 and your family if you get into a crash.

Source: Fast Company

Vislab PROUD Self Driving Car Test 2013

Vislab Proud 2013 Demo 

For the first time in history, during the PROUD-Car Test 2013 event (happened on July 12, 2013 in Parma) a vehicle moved autonomously and in total safety on a mixed traffic route (rural, freeway, and urban) open to public traffic, with nobody on the driver seat." See more 

Proud to be part of this Team ! 

 

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet
The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
via: smartercities

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet

The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.

via: smartercities

'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

Royal College of Art graduate student Nir Seigel recently unveiled plans for a 3D printed concept car that actually assembles itself! Seigel’s Genesis vehicle explores next generation manufacturing techniques for the auto industry, and it was awarded the Pilkington Design Award for best design interpretation.

Read more: 'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself! | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020
Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020
 Full Story: VentureBeat
via: emergentfutures

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020

 Full Story: VentureBeat

via: emergentfutures

i-H2GO: Smartphone Enabled Hydrogen Fuel Cell RC Car [HD 3D]

Following in the footsteps of Horizon’s Time Magazine Best Invention, and a Toy Innovation Award in Nuremberg, the largest annual toy fair in the world - the iH2GO is the ultimate in fuel cell miniaturization.

It brings together the world of mobility and interactivity with solar hydrogen fuel cell model cars, taking us a step further into the future, with really exciting technology.

 via: mblng

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
via: joshbyard

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

via: joshbyard

Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog
Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the  car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.
HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.
Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.
via: smarterplanet:

Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog

Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.

HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.

Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.

via: smarterplanet:

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020
Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”
Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”

Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

NO MORE EXCUSES: AR App Helps You Change The Oil In Your Car

This concept video from Inglobe shows the latest 3D tracking augmented reality capabilities using an app which puts this technology in context of an everyday (or hopefully not so everyday) occurrence - doing something under the hood of your car like changing the oil or even more advanced tasks.

AR has got a pretty bad rap at being gimicky and a passing fad (not by me of course) so its fantastic to see this practical application really show how this technology can help educate and assist us in the real world. 

I suspect that with the progression of wearables like Glass, we will see more of a focus on utility-based applications of AR in the near future.

The VW Beetle of the Future?

Don’t get too excited this is just a concept. But after seeing the Flying Car was back on the table, I thought I would get us even more excited with a Volkswagen Hovercraft car! 

crutmon:

http://www.highsnobiety.com/2013/04/30/volkswagen-aqua-hovercraft-concept-by-yuhan-zhang/

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How Google’s self-driving car sees the world

ME: Umm Predator anyone??

Tweet by @Bill_Gross:

Google’s Self-Driving Car gathers almost 1 GB per SECOND. Here’s what it “sees” making a left turn.

[via nerdcore]

// Update from Bill Gross:

"I learned this weekend at an XPrize event that Google’s self-driving car gathers 750 megabytes of sensor data per SECOND! That is just mind-boggling to me. Here is a picture of what the car “sees” while it is driving and about to make a left turn. It is capturing every single thing that it sees moving - cars, trucks, birds, rolling balls, dropped cigarette butts, and fusing all that together to make its decisions while driving. If it sees a cigarette butt, it knows a person might be creeping out from between cars. If it sees a rolling ball it knows a child might run out from a driveway. I am truly stunned by how impressive an achievement this is. I believe that this is an UNDER-hyped revolution in the making. I am thankful that there is a company like Google that is so audacious as to take on a task like this and advance the state of the art the way it has."

Via: futurescope

Interesting use of AR for marketing of the new VW from Volkswagon via the-t-files:

AR Marketing for VW

To unveil the new 2015 Volkswagon Golf, VW put together a pop culture timeline in a fun augmented reality video that premiered at the 2013 NY Auto Show. Taking us from Pong to Nintendo to today, this stylized projection is an exciting and fun look at how to market using AR techniques.