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    New police pursuit-ending device inspired by Spiderman, squid

    Click above for a walk-through of how the SQUID works
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate has been working with a research firm in Arizona that has come up with the Safe Quick Undercarriage Immobilization Device (SQUID). The SQUID is designed to safely, ...

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    CES 2009: Hands on with D-Box and Simcraft racing simulators

    They're more than glorified game consoles with force-feedback steering wheels strapped to a lounge chair. Costing as much as $44,000 apiece, they're racing simulators, and we got to play with a couple of them at CES.Simcraft says its $44K model is meant for training real race car drivers, like ...

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    WHOOP WHOOP: Free software turns Mac remote into alarm fob

    Oh, yes. This is so very geeky, but also good for a laugh or two. Download this little piece of software to give your computer the same level of remote-controlled safety your car probably enjoys. Using the remote that came with your Mac (Windows, Linux and Amiga users need not apply), you can arm ...

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    Dean Kamen pondering giving up on Segway

    Is the Segway a failure? That's the question that inventor Dean Kamen is reportedly grappling with, as the so-called Human or Personal Transporter has failed to live up to the sales goals set for it when it was launched back in 2001 with a great deal of fanfare. In fact, it was so hyped when first ...

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    CES 2009: The cars of CES Part II

    Click above to view a high-res gallery of the cars of CES 2009
    While CES is and should be known for its unabashed display of geekery, it has also become a venue to display some top-notch custom automobiles. Take for instance the Ford Flex at Sony's XPlod display. Sony says it wears an ...

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    CES 2009: Dodge Journey to get OnStar-like features this summer

    On our final night in Vegas, Hughes Telematics invited us over to talk about their work in... well... telematics. Among their demo vehicles was a Dodge Journey outfitted with what is essentially Chrysler's version of OnStar. The Journey will be Chrysler's first product with the service and should ...

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    CES 2009: Alpine keeps in touch with iPod users

    Alpine has had iPod compatibility for years, but the user interface has been decidedly un-Apple. Alpine hopes to rectify matter with its new touch-screen iXA-W404 unit works, which boasts a new interface, new features and all the connected goodies audiophiles on the move require.iPod and iPhone ...

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    CES 2009: Navigon takes routing personal

    Navigon and Rand McNally have teamed up to develop some interesting new GPS features that make it easier for users to personalize their trips.Landmark View 3D is s a $40 upgrade for Navigon's 2200T model and has the ability to display 600 North American landmark buildings in 3D to aid directions... ...

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    Scuderia Ferrari to bring back troubled pit-lane traffic lights system

    Sometimes the best approach is the simplest, but that kind of attitude doesn't always fly in the high-tech haven that is Ferrari's headquarters in Maranello. Traditionally, one pit crew member would stand beside a Formula One car in the pit lane box holding a small sign on a long shaft to signal ...

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    CES 2009: Visteon shows off dashboard of the future

    Click above for high-res image gallery of Visteon's CES 2009 display
    Visteon, a major supplier of automotive instrument panels, has a vision for future car interiors that will soon give you a different view of your dashboard.One of the most interesting ideas Visteon has developed is a ...

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    CES 2009: Hands on with heat-sensing FLIR-equipped BMW

    Click above to view a high-res gallery of photos from FLIR's CES 2009 demo.
    Just like we thought, FLIR wasn't on board with our plan to drive their night-vision BMW through the Nevada desert, but we did get to check out the car's in-dash display.Our demo was indoors only, though we still got a ...

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    CES 2009: Add V8 sound on an I4 budget

    ATTENTION HYBRID CAR DRIVERS: Are you feeling depressed? Inadequate? Does your spouse look at you the same way she/he did 20 years ago? Are you able to satisfy their needs? Is your commute a drudgery in monotonous mediocrity?Now you can feel decades younger, impress your fellow commuters and give ...

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    CES 2009: SYNC could one day add app development like iPhone

    Ford's head of electronics told Autoblog today that the future of SYNC is already in the works, including the possibility of one day opening up the platform to the developer community. Jim Buczkowski, Ford's director of electronics and electrical systems said he sees SYNC as a platform on which ...

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    CES 2009: Ford shows off future of SYNC, Best Buy partnership

    On top of those new SYNC features we've already told you about, Ford showed off what its SYNC system might one day look like with configurable controls and a personal assistant "avatar" named Eva. The concept is meant to provide a more human interface with the vehicle to help drivers be ...

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    CES 2009: Sony Xplods with new automotive units

    Sony is expanding its Xplod car stereo lineup with eight new models, including the company's first double-din unit in several years.The most feature-filled of the new models is Sony's MEX-BT5700U model (in photo above) with a front USB port for music players including iPhone and iPod. Its Bluetooth ...

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    CES 2009: Wireless gadget charging coming to your car

    Click above to view a high-res gallery of eCoupled photos
    You've probably heard of wireless battery charging technology, but soon you might just see it showing up in your car. Fulton Innovation has teamed up with Leggett & Platt to bring eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power Technology to your ...

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    CES 2009: SYNC updated with Traffic, Directions and Information

    Ford and Microsoft debuted SYNC at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, updated the system at last year's event and now keep the tradition alive with more enhancements for 2009. The next iteration of SYNC will sport new features able to take full advantage of a user's GPS-enabled bluetooth ...

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    CES 2009 preview: Panasonic connects your electric car to your house

    Panasonic first showed off its HD-PLC system at CES in 2004 and, being car nuts, we totally ignored it. Other than letting all our gadgets talk to each other over a house's electrical lines, it did nothing for what we drive.Now, Panasonic is announcing the ability of its PLC system to also ...

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    Ecstasy on your Wrist: Corum's 1976 Rolls-Royce timepiece

    Here at Autoblog, we've reported on a variety of automotive-themed wristwatches. But for all their branding and marketing efforts, few of the timepieces commissioned from Switzerland's finest bear much resemblance or connection to the cars they're meant to compliment. However, in 1976, Swiss ...

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    CES 2009 Preview: FLIR helps BMWs detect pedestrians

    FLIR, the maker of BMW's night-vision system, will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week showing off its PathFindIR thermal imaging camera. The company says its system isn't confused by oncoming headlights, works well in cold weather and can even see through fog, dust and ...


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