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  New technologies are everywhere and especially in our cars: ABS, airbags, lane change detection, GPS and more...

Tesla Model S

Allow me to get this off of my chest ahead of time. You all know that I love Tesla , but what you likely do not know is how much I loathe Apple and everything it produces. From the Macbook all the way to the iPod Nano, I can’t stand it. I’ll spare you the gory details of my hatred for fear of igniting a nerd war...

With that in mind, imaging my panic when the rumors of Apple buying/merging with Tesla started flaring up. Well, those have fortunately died down and Telsla’s Elon Musk squashed the rumors, but that is not the end of the Apple/Tesla news. A report indicates that Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions met with Musk last spring, but likely not on the topic of acquiring the electric car supergiant; rather, the most likely situation is that Apple is interested in being a part of Tesla’s "Gigafactory" project.

Apple is well known for dealing in green factories, and what greener of a factory than this one that will more than double the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries? It’s very obvious that Apple has serious interest in Tesla, but after Elon Musk made it clear that the company is not for sale. this is the most likely route for Apple to take in order to get a small slice of the Tesla pie.

Not only would this add a new revenue stream to Apple, but it would also alleviate some of the costs that Tesla will endure and give apple better access to more lithium-ion batteries at a significantly cheaper price. It’s a win-win, so I can’t see any reason for a deal like this to not take place.

What do you guys think; are these two tech giants about to make a deal for this factory or are we all sadly mistaken? Let me know in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S .

Source: 9to5mac

Audi is doing everything possible to avoid becoming stagnant, like some other German automakers we know, by constantly revealing new technology. Sometimes we see this technology at various auto shows, and other times we see it by way of patent leaks. Well this latest tech feature, which lays out an electric all-wheel-drive system, came to us by way of the latter.

As if Audi’s quattro AWD system wasn’t already awesome enough, the automaker is set to electrify the rear axle in its quattro-equipped cars. This system will have multiple benefits, with the most obvious being in the instantly available torque. The secondary benefit seems to be more of Audi’s focus, considering its patent is actually for software to control this rear axle.

This software will use wheel sensors to detect what speeds may lead to the wheels slipping and adjust the braking system accordingly. This means that Audi may be able to better control its regenerative braking system to avoid brake lockup in slippery conditions. This is a big deal because all current regen brake systems use fixed forces and are prone to locking up on slippery surface. This software will allow for brake regeneration without risking the wheels locking up.

In a nutshell, we may be looking at one of the most advanced and quickest-reacting all-wheel-drive systems ever dreamed up.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi Q8 E-Tron.

Source: Autocar

We often see spy shots of upcoming vehicles still wrapped in camouflage months before their official debut, but we rarely get a preview of upcoming infotainment software destined for their dashboards. Then again, no other infotainment software makes quite the splash as Apple ’s iOS in the Car.

Several screen shots of Apple’s iOS in the Car were posted on developer Steven Troughton-Smith’s twitter page, giving us an idea of what the current beta model looks like. As reported by 9To5Mac, iOS in the Car allows users to plug their iOS device into their car’s built-in center console display, giving them access to Apple Maps, text messaging, phone service and iTunes – furthering Apple’s in-dash integration past the current Siri Eyes Free and iPod Out.

This is not the first we’ve seen of iOS in the Car. Apple showed a preview of the software at their World Wide Developers’ Conference last year, but previewed only a few screen images. These images leaked by the developer show a more detailed view of what the system is expected to look like.

Click past the jump for a closer look at Apple’s iOS in the Car

Source: 9to5Mac
Porsche 911 Targa

So, Porsche finally revealed what we all knew was coming — the 2014 911 Targa — at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In years past, we have seen the targa top undergo some changes on the 911 , including the original manual top to the polarizing sliding top in the 1990s and 2000s, so some folks, myself included, had additional questions about

Sure, we can watch all the videos in the world, but they do not show all the nerdy details about the top that I, a self-proclaimed auto nerd, want to know. Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I reached out to Porsche for a little extra clarity on this topic. And they were happy to oblige with a long list of previously unreleased details on the new targa roof.

Click past the jump to read what we learned about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa’s removable top.

For $500, you can buy a lot of things, and if you’re into enjoying your music, that amount will net you a fancy set of new headphones from Bowers & Wilkins and...Maserati ?

You read that right; the Italian automaker is tying up with one of the most well-known headphones brands in the world. The special edition set, called the P5 Maserati Edition Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones is more than just a fancy fashion accessory; it’s got some sick specifications that should justify the insane price tag attached to it.

Bowers & Wilkins took advantage of the setting up the P5 to perform as advertised, thanks to its award-winning technology that features ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimized Mylar diaphragms. For a comfortable and luxurious fit, Maserati was in charge of dressing up the headphones with fine-grain natural leather to go with a deep blue shade and the iconic Maserati Trident emblem incorporated on the sides of the ear cups.

The headphones really fit the lifestyle of those who enjoy their luxury accessories. It’s actual retail price is £330, which is about $540 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the flagship Maserati model, the Quattroporte

Source: MSN
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Do you remember the Performance Data Recorder Chevrolet unveiled for the 2015 Corvette Stingray earlier this year? Now Ferrari announced a similar system called "Telemetry" and draws its inspiration from the company’s Formula 1 experience.

Ferrari ’s "Telemetry" is a real-time telemetry system and will be available on the F12berlinetta , 458 Speciale and LaFerrari . This system will allow the driver to monitor the car’s position and analyze its performance, by recording driving sessions and displaying the main data on the instrument binnacle.

This system will offer performance details like braking points or speed out of corners. In order to offer these details, the system uses the slew of signals coming from the car, like the accelerator and brake pedal angle, gear shifts, rpms and more.

The same system is currently used by Scuderia Ferrari technicians working with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen during test sessions and Formula 1 grands prix.

 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

When we got our first look at the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept , our nerdy senses started to tingle, as we imagined all the possibilities of these tiny, yet powerful lights making their way into production cars. Well, Audi boss Rupert Stadler confirmed that these lights will indeed make their way into production, like with the 2015 BMW i8 , but not any time in the near future in the U.S. at least.

Unfortunately, we have this little agency called the NHTSA that has to approve all new automotive technology before an automaker can fit it on vehicles, and it has yet to even consider this technology for U.S.-bound vehicles. In fact, the NHTSA still has to make a final ruling on Audi’s LED Matrix Display headlights, which we saw on the upcoming 2015 Audi A8 , so we suggest not holding your breath on the Audi’s Laserlight setup just yet.

What’s more, this also brings into focus the fact that though the i8 will have these lights as an option, they will likely not be made available in the U.S. in time for its release later this year. Talk about a total buzz kill...

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight

It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray , and now GM is releasing information on the 2015 model year. No, we do not have any hard details on the 2015 Stingray, but GM did reveal the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) , which will be available starting with the 2015 Stingray.

General Motors teamed up with the folks at Cosworth top develop the PDR system, which includes three main components: a 720p camera mounted near the top of the windshield, a self-contained telemetry recorder and an SD memory card slot in the glove box to store the data and video on your own memory card.

The 720p camera eliminates the need to pick up a digital camera capable of withstanding the wear and tear of the track, as it takes high-quality, first-person footage of your track session. There is also a microphone in the cabin, so you can elaborate on what’s going on. You can watch the video either on the eight-inch display in the car when it is parked, or you can upload it to your computer, using the SD card.

The telemetry recorder makes use of a GPS receiver to track the car’s positioning. This is not your standard, choppy, in-dash GPS; rather, this bad-boy operates at 5 hertz — five times faster than a standard GPS — which precisely tracks the Stingray’s positioning and draws a precise driving line that allows you to see how well you tackle turns. Also weaved into this recorder is the Corvette ’s Controller Area Network, allowing it full access to the engine speed, gear selection and steering angle, giving you an in-depth look at how these aspects affect your performance on the track.

There are three overlay modes for the video, with each one displaying only the data you need. The Track Mode displays all of the possible data on the screen, including speed, rpm, G-force, a location-based map and tons of other pertinent info. The Sport Mode reduces the clutter on the screen, but still shows important data, like speed and G-force. Touring Mode only records video and audio, rendering a dash cam useless. The final mode it the Performance Mode, which includes all of the key performance details, including 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time and speed, and 0-to-100-to-0 time.

Using the included Cosworth Toolbox, which shows your lap times on a Bing satellite map, and allows you to compare each lap corner-by-corner.

GM didn’t reveal the price of the PDR, but it made it pretty clear that this will not be a standard feature. This will simply add to the popularity of the Stingray rolling into the next model year. Hat’s off to GM for really putting all it has into the Stingray!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Stingray .

BMW i8

The partnership between Toyota and BMW has been reported ad nauseam in the past few months but both companies have remained tight lipped on what kind of collaboration its going to be.

But that’s not the case anymore after a high-ranking BMW exec essentially confirmed and described the collaboration between the two brands. Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BMW development chief Dr. Herbert Diess essentially laid out all the cards on the table, detailing what a lot of us have suspected for a while now before throwing out a caveat that gave us a clearer picture of what we can expect with this partnership.

"We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car," Diess said, before adding that "there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands."

So...the Toyota -BMW technological dance will give way to at least two models, one carrying a Toyota badge and one carrying a BMW badge. That’s cool and all, but with that piece of information all but confirmed, the onus now turns on exactly what kind of models these vehicles are going to be under their respective brands.

Could it be that we’re in store for a successor to the Lexus LF-A or the long-awaited return of the Supra ? On the flip side, maybe a new BMW sports car that will be a class above the Z4 , or something along the lines of the new i8 ?

A lot of potential models are in play and its exciting that we’re going into 2014 with all this speculation on what kind of offspring the Toyota and BMW marriage is going to have.

Note: Photo is of the 2015 BMW i8

Click past the jump to read about a car that could be a nice representation of what Toyota and BMW are building towards, the 2015 BMW i8

BMW i3

Everybody has gotten to see the 2015 BMW i3 in all of its glory either in person or here at TopSpeed, but few have actually gotten behind the wheel of this peppy little electric hatchback. That’ll all come to an end when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, as BMW will offer test drives of its electric hatchback at CES, starting Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Silver Lot 3.

In addition to giving prospective buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the i3, BMW will also reveal official details on its highly automated driving project. Very few details are currently available, but we suspect this will be linked in with the i3 in some manner, maybe a partially automated version of the new model to show off what BMW has in place so far.

Automated driving is the next big step in the automotive world, as Google and GM are already each in the thick of testing their respective automated driving systems. To date, the closest you can come to automated driving is the lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control found on higher end cars. Future driving automation will likely eliminate all human input, with exception to emergency situations where a human has to override a faulty system.

We’ll keep a close eye on what Bimmer is rolling out at CES, and we’ll update you as soon as the details are available.

Click past the jump to see a video of a legally blind man "driving" Google’s automated Prius and to see the full test drive schedule for the i3


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