Cars http://www.stuff.tv/cars/all en-GB Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating its 150mph RS7 http://www.stuff.tv/audi/audi-heats-self-driving-car-competition-demonstrating-how-fast-its-car-can-go/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the world&#039;s fastest autonomous vehicle, according to its makers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can go" alt="Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi%20piloted.jpg?1413898712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Self-driving cars are the future. They&#39;re incredibly safe, efficient at negotiating complex traffic systems and will get you to work more quickly and comfortably than your current human-controlled jalopy. Their top speed? That&#39;s something we don&#39;t think about that often &ndash; but Audi is keen to raise the subject.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pedal to the metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a whole playlist of video to demonstrate the RS7 going really, really fast &ndash; not to mention some slightly disconcerting in-car footage. Will we ever really get used to a car going tearing around at high speed with no one at the wheel?</p> <p>The RS7 is an impressive vehicle: 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine and 700Nm of torque. Throw in an eight-speed automated gearbox and you&rsquo;d agree it&rsquo;s a sweet ride, with or without its snazzy self-driving smarts.</p> <p>With all that horsepower, how is the car controlled autonomously? Well, it&rsquo;s all about sensors. The sensors work hand-in-hand with GPS navigation, digital maps and Audi&rsquo;s proprietary software.</p> <p>Audi&rsquo;s self-driving tech is still in testing and development, but the company is pretty confident that, when self-driving tech&rsquo;s massive rollout happens,&nbsp; it&rsquo;ll be right there up front with the best.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/20/7024137/watch-a-self-driving-audi-become-the-fastest-autonomous-car-on-the-planet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DeWriarFlsU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/audi-heats-self-driving-car-competition-demonstrating-how-fast-its-car-can-go/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/audi/audi-heats-self-driving-car-competition-demonstrating-how-fast-its-car-can-go/news#comments Audi Cars Self-Driving Cars Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:38:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450985 at http://www.stuff.tv Our old friends were electric: what happened to battery-powered automotive bliss? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 100 years later, we&#039;ve remembered electric cars are better than petrol ones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Our old friends were electric: lamenting the loss of battery-powered automotive bliss" alt="Our old friends were electric: lamenting the loss of battery-powered automotive " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/electric-car.jpg?1413472022" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/new-perspectives"><img src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/news_main_image/images/news/authorboxes_morelikethis.jpg" style="display:block; float:left; padding-right:10px;" /></a></p> <p>There&#39;s absolutely nothing wrong with owning an electric car.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spark of inspiration </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a question that keeps me up at night &ndash; because it&#39;s not like we can blame the whole &quot;fear of the unknown&quot; thing. Hop in a DeLorean and set the clock for the 1900s and you&#39;d see a large majority of London, Boston and New York taxis running on electricity. Electric cars have been around for ages.</p> <p>But for some reason, all-electric motoring didn&rsquo;t stick. The demise of these early cars can be attributed to a number of factors: the rapid improvement of internal combustion engine, the discovery of vast oil reserves overseas, Henry Ford bringing the cost of car ownership down and so on &ndash; but it&#39;s also partly down to our laziness.</p> <p>Those in charge of cash flow likely saw the downsides of electric vehicles (limited range, low top speed etc.) and decided it was easier and cheaper to improve combustion engines rather than focus on battery technology, despite the massive pitfalls of limited oil supplies and the sort of choking pollution that kills polar bears.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/down-blind-fanboyism-cant-we-all-be-friends/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20">Can we all stop being tech fanboys and just hug?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CARyUfkiBY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1969, Thomas P. Hughes, a historian of technology, came up with the idea of technological momentum. His theory claims that the technologies we embrace tend to be deeply flawed, but just happen to meet our particular social needs at a particular time and eventually become embedded in our culture.</p> <p>So, ever since the demise of the electric car in the mid-1900s, we&#39;ve been lumbered with the fume-spewing internal combustion engine simply because it met our needs at the time. No forward thinking whatsoever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The electric age </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla is busy re-wiring our brains into realising the benefits of electric cars by manufacturing cars that are just as fast and just as sexy as their petrol-powered rivals, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>; but the Palo Alto company is still very much in the early stages.</p> <p>If we had continued down the path of all-electric motoring, I&#39;m convinced we would now be experiencing vehicles that are faster, more powerful and more economical than anything we know today. Range anxiety wouldn&#39;t be a buzzword, because the government would have invested in a charging network a long time ago. Engineers would have developed charging stations that can top up depleted batteries in minutes rather than hours and the cost of owning these types of vehicles would be no different to the petrol and diesel cars you see on forecourts today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fkm00ZffzNM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> READ MORE NEW PERSPECTIVES: promoted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/movie-industry-ditching-humans-and-getting-better-it/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">Death of Hollywood: the movies that direct themselves</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/seven-ways-your-junk-tech-became-art/feature?utm_source=stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">Seven ways your junk became art</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazing-ways-new-tech-shapes-storytelling/feature?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=Internal&amp;utm_content=Spotlight&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives" target="_blank">The amazing ways new tech shapes storytelling</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s electric </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There will be plenty of people out there quick to dismiss this little rant but the bottom line is many of the world&#39;s biggest manufacturers are already turning to electrification to improve the performance of their vehicles. The McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari all harness power from electric motors to propel them into hyper car territory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">BMW</a>&#39;s fantastic new &#39;i&#39; range can be selected in pure electric or range extender models to help with &quot;range anxiety&quot;, most inner-city owners of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/volkswagen-golf-gte/review" target="_blank">Golf GTE</a> will barely have to put any fossil fuel in their vehicles and the aforementioned Tesla is approaching the subject of transport from a completely fresh, tech-orientated angle with some impressive results.</p> <p>It&#39;s awesome &ndash; but just imagine how great things could be now if our ancestors hadn&#39;t given up on the electric car. We wouldn&#39;t have to put up with those Clarkson types down the pub for a start&hellip;</p> <p><strong><em>Leon Poultney writes for Stuff.tv</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UAx7q8MFRio" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Together with O2 and the Amazon Fire Phone, we&rsquo;re celebrating a fresh take on technology with New Perspectives. Read a different view on tech every day <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-perspectives?utm_source=Stuff.tv&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_content=Content%20promo&amp;utm_campaign=New%20Perspectives%20" target="_blank">here</a>...</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/our-old-friends-were-electric-lamenting-loss-battery-powered-automotive-bliss/feature#comments Amazon Cars Electric cars New Perspectives O2 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:25:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450462 at http://www.stuff.tv Tech-heavy treats from this year's Paris Motor Show http://www.stuff.tv/tech-heavy-treats-years-paris-motor-show/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most tantalising automotive gadgets and innovations from the annual French festival of metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="899" title="Citroen&#039;s concept features innovative use of materials" alt="Citroen&#039;s concept features innovative use of materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/5865.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its array of eye-catching concepts cars and stylish new releases, the Paris Motor Show rarely fails to impress. It&#39;s a place where&nbsp;the best automotive designers let their imaginations run wild in a city that has historically nurtured some of the world&#39;s finest artistic talent.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mad new materials </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offer anyone a seat in a brand new car and they&#39;ll likely take a deep breath and comment on the lovely &quot;new car smell&quot;. You can thank the liberal use of interior plastics for that, but what if car makers turned to other materials in order to deck out future cabins?</p> <p>Peugeot this year unveiled its Quartz concept, a model that not only goes wild with leather trim but also features basalt - yes, basalt as in the rock - to give the car a more premium feel. The light material, which is formed when magma quickly cools, is easily sourced and more environmentally friendly than most metals and plastics.</p> <p>The concept also features digitally woven textiles - &nbsp;a first for any car. And for those of you who don&#39;t know what they are, they&#39;re created by weaving together textiles with recycled polyester fibres of the kind you get from water bottles. The process used to produce them can also create complex sections of material that don&#39;t need to be cut once they emerge from the machine, which further cuts down on waste. So now you know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Peugeot Quartz Concept boasts a 500bhp hybrid powertrain" alt="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LeadImage-QUARTZ_1409STYP001.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1205" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Basalt and recycled water bottles make up the interior of the Peugeot Quartz" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/QUARTZ_1409STYP007.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1201" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Peugeot Quartz: aggressive styling a given" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/QUARTZ_1409STYP010.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hybrid power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A number of manufacturers unveiled models that boasted high-performance hybrid powertrains, most notably Lamborghini and Infiniti. The Italian supercar maker dropped the silk sheet on its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghinis-hybrid-asterion-supercar-sensible-hat/news">Asterion</a>, a 907bhp motorway missile that can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds thanks to the combination of a 5.2-litre V10 and three powerful electric motors.</p> <p>Infiniti also showed off its Q80 Inspiration model, which will rival premium offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Porsche. It too features a petrol engine and electric motors to produce in excess of 550bhp, while both the Lamborghini and Infiniti are said to return well over 45mpg despite boasting top speeds of over 155mph.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghinis-hybrid-asterion-supercar-sensible-hat/news">Lamborghini&#39;s hybrid Asterion is a supercar with a sensible hat on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1247" height="897" title="Crazy horsepower and crazy fuel economy " alt="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lamborghini-Asterion_LPI910-4_Concept_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_05.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1201" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Battery power helps this Infiniti develop 550bhp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/INFQ80007_1.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1202" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="The Infiniti&#039;s cockpit is suitably futuristic " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/INFQ80025.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICE, ICE baby </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Land Rover Discovery Sport made its first public display in Paris, showing off its cool suite of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jaguar/jaguar-unveils-tech-goodies-packed-inside-upcoming-xe/news">InControl connected apps</a> that are set to be rolled out across the Jaguar Land Rover range. The smartphone application not only allows owners to play music and access a number of online features but also locates their car and even starts it remotely.</p> <p>The Citroen Divine DS concept was no way near as production ready as Land Rover&#39;s offering but did showcase a new dashboard that folds itself in two and is stored in a golden centre console. The radical Citroen also features a 10.4in touchscreen infotainment system that can be paired to a holographic heads-up display for easier viewing on the move.</p> <p>But perhaps one of the coolest pieces of tech on display was the 20in tablet table featured in Volkswagen&#39;s Tristar pick-up concept. The interactive tabletop and manoeuvrable front seats have been designed so builders and architects can have impromptu meetings on the road or extreme sports types can review GoPro footage after a taxing surf/skate/cycling session. There&#39;s even a built-in espresso machine should occupants require a caffeine boost.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Land Rover&#039;s will feature unrivalled mobile connectivity " alt="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LR_DS_Iceland_Location_01.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1201" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Citroen&#039;s Divine concept blends high fashion with car design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5868.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="The Tristar features an espresso machine and 20-inch tablet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WORLD%20PREMIERE%20OF%20VOLKSWAGEN%20TRISTAR%20AT%20IAA_6.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The great MPG race </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>French manufacturers were keen to reveal models that could potentially reach the government&#39;s targets of 141mpg by the year 2020. Citroen&#39;s C4 Cactus Airflow 2L tackles the fuel economy issue by mating a 1.2-litre PureTech engine, which is already available in the Cactus line-up, to HybridAir technology that uses compressed air to turn the wheels. A special aerodynamic body kit, complete with cooling flaps that can open and close when needed, was also added to eke out every last drop of fuel. The addition of small cameras rather than wing mirrors also ensures the economical Cactus is as slippery as possible.</p> <p>Renault claims its suitably futuristic EOLAB model can return a staggering 282mpg thanks to the use of lightweight components, aerodynamic body panels and a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain. To cut weight further, Renault engineers opted to install a three-speed clutchless gearbox, which they say will be perfectly suited to inner-city driving.</p> <p>Finally, Audi confirmed its upcoming refreshed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi-r8-e-tron-gets-digital-rear-view-mirror/news">R8 supercar</a> would be offered in all-electric e-tron and hybrid guises. Despite boasting a 0-62mph sprint of just over three seconds, the electrified R8 e-tron will still manage 250 miles on a single charge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1203" height="900" title="Super slippery C4 Cactus for great fuel efficiency" alt="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Airflow.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1204" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Renault enters the great mpg race " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eolab.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Audi&#039;s all-electric super car finally enters production" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/etron.jpeg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed demons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all of the Paris offerings featured ultra-efficient engines or new-fangled interiors. In fact, Bentley&#39;s Mulsanne Speed looked pretty archaic in comparison to some of the stuff on offer, but it did showcase a refreshed 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 550bhp. It can also accelerate from 0-62mph in less than five seconds and go on to a top speed of 200mph, despite weighing nearly three tonnes.</p> <p>Volkswagen also unveiled a race-ready XL Sport version of its ultra-efficient XL1 model. It ditches the 313mpg 800cc engine of the eco warrior and instead features the world&#39;s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle engine from a Ducati Panigale Superleggera. The result is an ultra-lightweight track machine that can hit 167mph and rev to an astonishing 11,000rpm.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/ducati-engined-vw-xl1-goes-frugal-fiery-57-seconds/news">The Ducati-engined VW XL1 goes from frugal to fiery in 5.7 seconds</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1205" height="900" title="Bentley&#039;s big V8 provides old-school speed" alt="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JL8_7983.JPG?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Frugal engine ditched for Ducati motorcycle unit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XLSport.JPG?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1203" height="900" title="Tech-heavy treats from this year&#039;s Paris Motor Show" alt="Bentley&#039;s big V8 provides old-school speed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JL4_4368_2.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The techiest new cars in the world </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tech-heavy-treats-years-paris-motor-show/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tech-heavy-treats-years-paris-motor-show/feature#comments Cars Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:44:04 +0000 Leon Poultney 1450137 at http://www.stuff.tv Lamborghini's hybrid Asterion is a supercar with a sensible hat on http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghinis-hybrid-asterion-supercar-sensible-hat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hybrid power, comfortable seats and planet-saving credentials make this the most unlikely Lambo ever made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lamborghini Asterion" alt="Lamborghini Asterion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main_2.jpg?1412993797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A hybrid Lamborghini... what happened to all the proper, red-blooded supercars? </strong><br />You&#39;ve probably noticed that a stonking V12 engine that kicks out enough CO2 emissions to choke your average polar bear isn&#39;t exactly the flavour of the month right now. Instead, manufacturers are busy looking at ways to reduce harmful emissions and improve fuel economy while retaining the sort of performance figures that make schoolboys giddy with excitement.</p> <p><strong>So what is underneath the bonnet then?</strong>&nbsp;<br />The Asterion packs the same 607bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine as the Huracan but also incorporates three powerful electric motors for an added performance boost. The total output of all drivetrains is a staggering 907bhp&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but even more surprising is the fact the Asterion can mooch around town on electricity alone for around 30 miles or so. Lamborghini bigwigs also claim the new car can achieve 282mpg when both engine and electric motors are called upon, which is crazy talk.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Hang on, it&#39;s more economical than a family hatchback and as fast as a Ferrari... what&#39;s the catch? </strong><br />That&#39;s right, it can hit 185mph and rocket to 62mph from a complete standstill in just over three seconds. The catch is that the 282mpg figure probably isn&#39;t achievable in the real world. As soon as the batteries run out of juice, you&#39;re essentially wrangling a 5.2-litre V10, which is thirsty whichever way you look at it. Secondly, it&#39;s not destined for production, which means it will cost an absolute fortune should you desperately want one.</p> <p><strong>It doesn&#39;t look anywhere near as menacing as recent Lambo concepts... </strong><br />Designers have deliberately taken a &#39;softer&#39; approach with this one because Lamborghini wanted to create a sophisticated cruiser rather than an insane track-day demon. The seats are cosseting and set higher in the cabin for a better view of the road, the ride is set-up for comfort and there&#39;s even a multitude of handy gadgetry inside. But the exterior does echo elements of the legendary Miura, which can never be construed as a bad thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1265" height="900" title="Lamborghini Asterion" alt="Lamborghini Asterion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lamborghini-Asterion_LPI910-4_Concept_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_03.jpg?1412993797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1281" height="900" title="Lamborghini Asterion" alt="Lamborghini Asterion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lamborghini-Asterion_LPI910-4_Concept_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_01.jpg?1412993797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Did you say gadgets? <em>Inside</em> a Lamborghini? </strong><br />Yes we did, because the Asterion is no way near as sparse and &#39;race ready&#39; as some of its supercar siblings. There&#39;s a stylish TFT display behind the steering wheel that presents a plethora of pin-sharp driving information and there is even a large tablet device in the centre console that controls most of the car&#39;s functions. This tablet can also be removed and used to check things like climate and battery charge status remotely. We assume it can also be used to browse the web, play music and do all manner of tablet-y things outside of the car. Finally, the steering wheel features a button that toggles between three driving modes: &quot;Zero&quot; for full electric, &quot;Ibrido&quot; or hybrid, and &quot;Termico&quot; or thermal for full-fat power.</p> <p><strong>What on earth does Asterion mean anyway? </strong><br />The car is actually called the Lamborghini LPI-910-4 Asterion, to give it its full designation. But in short, Lambo likes to name its cars after bulls and - without giving you a lecture in Greek mythology - Asterion was a &#39;ruler of the stars&#39; who had to assume the form of a half-man, half-bull Minotaur thing to accomplish his life goals. We quite like the idea that the Asterion&#39;s petrol-burning components are bovine while its fancy electric bits are human. But there&#39;s every chance that Lamborghini didn&#39;t think of it like that. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/ducati-engined-vw-xl1-goes-frugal-fiery-57-seconds/news" target="_blank">This Ducati-engined VW goes from frugal to fiery in 5.7secs&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1252" height="900" title="Lamborghini Asterion" alt="Lamborghini Asterion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lamborghini-Asterion_LPI910-4_Concept_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_09.jpg?1412993797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1256" height="900" title="Lamborghini Asterion" alt="Lamborghini Asterion" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lamborghini-Asterion_LPI910-4_Concept_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_08.jpg?1412993797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghinis-hybrid-asterion-supercar-sensible-hat/news#comments Cars Electric cars Hot Stuff Hybrid cars Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:04:53 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1449797 at http://www.stuff.tv New Tesla Model S packs twin electric motors and Autopilot http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/new-tesla-model-s-packs-twin-electric-motors-and-autopilot/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elon Musk&#039;s most powerful electric car ever can read speed limit signs and avoid crashes, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model S P85D" alt="Tesla Model S P85D" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-s-p85d.jpg?1412996217" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tesla has taken the wraps off its latest electric car &ndash; a specced-up version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a> that adds a second electric motor between the front wheels.</p> <p>You&#39;ll be able to add the dual drive option to all three versions of the Model S; on the most powerful version of the car, the Model S P85D, that second motor allows it to deliver a staggering 682bhp and 930Nm of torque. it&#39;ll go from 0 to 60mph in 3.2 seconds &ndash; a full second faster than the Model S P85.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set the controls for the heart of the sun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla is also kitting out all Model S cars with a new &quot;Autopilot&quot; suite of active safety features; it uses a combination of GPS, long-range forward-looking radar, an image-recognition camera, and long-range sonar to monitor the car&#39;s surroundings.</p> <p>That means the car can now automatically park itself, and even drive up to where you&#39;re waiting for it, as long as you&#39;re on private property. It&#39;ll even sync up with your calendar to meet you at a pre-arranged location.</p> <p>Naturally, Autopilot also adds adaptive cruise control and lane assist features; it can also move the car into the right lane when you use the turn signal, and even read speed signs and adjust its speed accordingly. It&#39;s not quite fully autonomous, though; you won&#39;t be able to nod off at the wheel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FZ6lZJWL_Xk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can I get one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>UK pricing and availability for the Model S dual-motor upgrade has yet to be announced. However, all Model S cars ordered in the UK from today will get the Autopilot hardware upgrade &ndash; though they&#39;ll require an over-the-air software upgrade before it can be used.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the US, the dual-motor upgrade adds US$4,000 to the base price of the car &ndash; while the top-of-the-line Model S P85D will start at US$120,000. Roll on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news" target="_blank">&quot;affordable&quot; Model III</a>&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Tesla Model S interface" alt="New Tesla Model S interface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-interface.jpg?1412996217" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/new-tesla-model-s-packs-twin-electric-motors-and-autopilot/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/new-tesla-model-s-packs-twin-electric-motors-and-autopilot/news#comments Cars Electric cars Model S Tesla Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:54:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449886 at http://www.stuff.tv The Ducati-engined VW XL1 goes from frugal to fiery in 5.7 seconds http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/ducati-engined-vw-xl1-goes-frugal-fiery-57-seconds/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VW&#039;s eco warrior receives a heart transplant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ducati engine and scissor doors as standard" alt="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/volkswagen-xl1-ducatti.jpg?1412416592" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Hang on... Isn&#39;t the Volkswagen XL1 some kind of fuel-efficient super hero? </strong></p> <p>Well it <em>was</em>, until VW decided to stick a 197bhp V-twin motorcycle engine from a Ducati 1199 Superleggera in it. The XL1 Sport not longer has ambitions of unrivalled miles per gallon but instead wishes to scare the living daylights out of anyone brave enough to slip behind the wheel.</p> <p><strong>It can&#39;t be that fast, it only packs a 197bhp engine...</strong></p> <p>That would be the correct assumption if this car didn&#39;t weigh about as much as a Twiglet on a Slim Fast diet. The XL1 Sport retains the same carbonfibre tub as its eco-sibling, meaning it tips the scales at just 890kg. Couple that with the most powerful two-cylinder bike engine in the world and you have the perfect recipe for performance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ok, so what kind of speeds are we talking? </strong></p> <p>VW bosses recently revealed at the Paris motor show that it would hit 62mph from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 168mph. That experience will be made even more petrifying by the extremely low ride height and race-inspired cockpit.</p> <p><strong>But it&#39;s not the prettiest supercar we&#39;ve ever laid eyes on... </strong></p> <p>We have to agree, but the angular bodywork has been designed to retain the futuristic look of the original super-frugal XL1, while offering the sort of aerodynamic flourishes that a proper performance car requires. That&#39;s why it has gaping holes around wheel arches and the slightly awkward electronically retractable spoiler at the rear. If it didn&#39;t, it would likely head straight for a bush on the first test drive.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="892" title="The XL1 Sport recently revealed at the Paris motor show" alt="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/_DSC0896.JPG?1412416592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Can it still manage the 313mpg figure of the original XL1? </strong></p> <p>The answer to that is a big, fat &#39;no&#39;. VW boffins removed the ultra-efficient two-cylinder turbodiesel engine, tossed the hybrid powertrain in the parts bin and inserted the engine from Ducati&#39;s speed machine. The same boffins had to come up with a special gearing solution to ensure the Ducati engine, which can rev to 11,000rpm, didn&#39;t break the 7-speed DSG transmission. Oh, and they had to fashion a much larger fuel tank to cope with the bike engine&#39;s drinking problem.</p> <p><strong>Will I ever see this in my local showroom next to the Golfs and Polos?</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s highly unlikely the XL1 Sport will be mass-produced but VW bosses have said they would like to &quot;gauge customer reactions&quot; by manufacturing a limited run. Only 200 XL1s were ever produced, each costing &pound;100,0000, so expect the Sport version to be very expensive.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sports interior with bespoke binnacles" alt="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xl_sport_4308.jpg?1412416592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " alt="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xl_sport_4303.jpg?1412416592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1201" height="900" title="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " alt="Volkswagen XL1 Sport " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xl_sport_4296.jpg?1412416592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/volkswagen/ducati-engined-vw-xl1-goes-frugal-fiery-57-seconds/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Volkswagen Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:37:31 +0000 Leon Poultney 1449243 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Tesla’s teased “D” may be enhanced Model S, Roku adds screen mirroring, and watch a drone-shot volcanic eruption http://www.stuff.tv/dji/fully-charged-tesla-s-teased-d-may-be-enhanced-model-s-roku-adds-screen-mirroring-and-watch-dron <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish out the week with a smattering of news from around the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model S P85D" alt="Tesla Model S P85D" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-s-p85d-photo.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla’s “D” may be a more powerful Model S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Elon Musk <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-tesla-teases-model-d-and-more-netflix-seeking-instagram-pros-film-set-snapshot">teased the Tesla fanbase</a> with a hint at another electric vehicle with the &ldquo;D&rdquo; moniker to be unveiled on 9 October. We wondered if it might be the final name for the Model III compact executive car discussed months back, but now it seems like it might be an enhanced version of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Model S</a>.</p> <p>A photo posted by a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum purports to show a new version of the Model S spotted at an airfield - the Model S P85D. Jalopnik speculates that it may be a dual-motor version of the Model S using the same all-wheel-drive tech developed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-x-electric-car-unveiled/news">Model X SUV</a>.</p> <p>And as for the other thing that Musk teased? He&rsquo;s since told CNN Money that Tesla expects to have a car next year that &ldquo;will probably be 90% capable of autopilot.&rdquo; Maybe it&rsquo;s that, or maybe it&rsquo;s something else. Whatever the case, we should have many more answers in one short week.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://jalopnik.com/tesla-model-s-p85d-is-this-elon-musks-d-1641866673">Jalopnik</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNMoney/status/517738916892270592">CNN Money</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/02/elon-musk-self-driving-tesla/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku adds Android and Windows screen mirroring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an effort to keep up with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Chromecast</a> and other cheap, screen-mirroring devices, Roku has announced that a new beta update adds support for the feature with compatible Android and Windows 8.1 phones and tablets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s rolling out now to Roku 3 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</a> customers, and the <a href="http://support.roku.com/entries/56698214-Roku-screen-mirroring-compatible-devices">list of tested devices</a> is admittedly pretty short for now, focusing on Samsung and Nexus devices, along with Surfaces. But if you have an Android or Windows 8.1 handset and a Roku, you might as well update and see if the added functionality works for you.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.roku.com/blog/2014/10/02/introducing-roku-screen-mirroring-beta-for-microsoft-windows-and-android-devices/">Roku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature">Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick" alt="Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-streaming-stick.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> See a drone-flown, GoPro-shot volcanic eruption </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How awesome is the pairing of a flying drone and an action camera? So ridiculously awesome that it can be used to shoot the inside of an active camera - even if it melted the face of the camera in the process.</p> <p>Eric Cheng, DJI&rsquo;s director of aerial imaging, traveled to Iceland and used one of his company&rsquo;s own Phantom 2 quadcopter drones with a GoPro Hero3 camera attached to capture the footage from Bardarbunga volcano in the Holuhraun lava field. Luckily, while the camera was damaged, the memory card remained intact; thus, the super cool clip seen above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cICS9MtRRw">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/10/drone-video-iceland-eruption-bardarbunga-volcano">Wired</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review">DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8cICS9MtRRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix signs exclusive Adam Sandler movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the point in which we assume that Netflix has become so drunk with money and influence that it&rsquo;s struggling to make rational decisions. Why? Because the company has agreed to a deal that sees four movies produced by and starring actor Adam Sandler premiere exclusively on the streaming service.</p> <p>Yes, Sandler&rsquo;s movies through his Happy Madison Productions company tend to make a fair bit of money, and he&rsquo;s had some strongly memorable roles (both comedic and dramatic) in his career. But Sandler&rsquo;s more recent embrace of mediocrity via films like <em>Jack and Jill</em> and <em>Grown Ups 2</em> makes the prospect of positive results from the deal seem questionable. Still, anything has to be better than <em>Jack and Jill</em>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://pr.netflix.com/WebClient/getNewsSummary.do?newsId=1651">Netflix</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="661" title="Jack and Jill" alt="Jack and Jill" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-adamsandler.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/dji/fully-charged-tesla-s-teased-d-may-be-enhanced-model-s-roku-adds-screen-mirroring-and-watch-dron#comments Cars DJI Film and TV GoPro Model S Netflix Roku Streaming Stick Tesla Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449235 at http://www.stuff.tv Special edition Lexus NX gets the will.i.am tech treatment http://www.stuff.tv/special-edition-lexus-nx-gets-william-tech-treatment/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bumper-mounted camera system and bold bodykit are just some of the musician&#039;s madcap additions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="will.i.am adds bonkers bodykit and camera tech to Lexus NX" alt="Lexus NX 200t F Sport will.i.am" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Will1.jpeg?1412301764" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When he&#39;s not busy spouting bizarre monologues on <em>The Voice</em> or rapping about it being his birthday on your radio, will.i.am loves nothing more than tinkering with cars.</p> <p>The man set up i.am.auto in order to indulge his passion for creating slightly bonkers concept machines but so far he hasn&#39;t come up with the next Ford Focus.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that hasn&#39;t stopped Lexus from calling upon his &#39;talents&#39; for car design when creating a new special edition NX 200t F Sport model, which not only features bespoke styling touches but also a number of neat tech elements.</p> <p>The most interesting of them is an integrated camera system that sees four 180-degree interconnected camera lenses installed around the vehicle so driver and passenger can record panoramic film and images from their travels. Multimedia is then beamed directly to a smartphone via Bluetooth for sharing on social media, so that your friends can relive that riveting trip to the shops.</p> <p>Occupants don&#39;t have to worry about running out of juice mid-filming session either, as the NX features a Wireless Charging Tray that allows compatible electronic devices to be powered up without the need for cumbersome wires.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="899" title="Big bodykit is a will.i.am signature " alt="Lexus NX 200t F Sport will.i.am" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Will2.jpeg?1412301764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Black Eyed Peas frontman has also opted for a more powerful sound system in his NX, installing a Pioneer 10-speaker surround sound unit with 16cm speakers in the doors and cool 6.5cm speakers mounted in the instrument panel. </p> <p>Presumably will.i.am is a fan of cruising in style rather than speeding, as the NX is kitted out with a humble 2.0-litre turbo engine that produces a respectful 234bhp. The 0-60mph dash is completed in 7.1 seconds, which won&#39;t be bothering too many celebrity supercars any time soon. </p> <p>Outside, the limited-edition NX takes some inspirations from the i.am.auto school of design - namely the wider body kit, lowered suspension, enormous 22-inch alloy wheels and signature matte pearl white paint. The colour scheme can also be found on his personal DeLorean creation, which was created by famous car pimpers West Coast Customs. </p> <p>There&#39;s no word on pricing or whether this special-edition Lexus NX will ever go on sale, but the large &#39;willpower&#39; logos that are embroidered into the headrests suggest that really it&#39;s for one customer and one customer only.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/volkswagen-golf-gte/review">Volkswagen Golf GTE review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surround sound and wireless phone charging feature" alt="Lexus NX 200t F Sport will.i.am" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Will4.jpeg?1412301764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="901" title="Surround sound and wireless phone charging feature" alt="Lexus NX 200t F Sport will.i.am" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/will5.jpeg?1412301764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="899" title="Surround sound and wireless phone charging feature" alt="Lexus NX 200t F Sport will.i.am" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Will3.jpeg?1412301764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/special-edition-lexus-nx-gets-william-tech-treatment/news#comments Cars Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:12:39 +0000 Leon Poultney 1449053 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer NEX in-car systems now support Apple CarPlay http://www.stuff.tv/apple/pioneer-nex-car-systems-now-support-apple-carplay/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A free firmware update bring Apple’s iPhone integration four of Pioneer UK’s dashboard multimedia receivers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pioneer NEX in-car systems now support Apple CarPlay" alt="Pioneer NEX in-car systems now support Apple CarPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-carplay_0.jpg?1412246574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pioneer has become the first maker of in-car entertainment systems to offer support for Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news#">CarPlay</a> platform.</p> <p>First announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/pioneer-reveals-apple-carplay-compatible-receivers/news">back in April</a>, CarPlay-enabling firmware updates for four of the company&rsquo;s current UK-sold NEX systems are now available to download. The supported systems are the AVIC-F60DAB, the AVIC-F960BT, the AVIC-F960DAB and the AVH-X8600BT.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For those who already own one of the above models, the updates can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.pioneer-carglobal.com/en/CarPlay/" target="_blank">Pioneer&rsquo;s website</a>.</p> <p>CarPlay, which allows you to neatly integrate your iPhone with your in-car entertainment system with a simple cable connection, has been available on new cars since March of this year, but as yet Pioneer is the only company offering an after-market option to car owners. Alpine and Clarion are reportedly preparing their own CarPlay-compatible systems for imminent launch, however.</p> <p>CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 7.1 or above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/02/pioneer-carplay-now-available/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature">Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDWFs1yHRmo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/pioneer-nex-car-systems-now-support-apple-carplay/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/pioneer-nex-car-systems-now-support-apple-carplay/news#comments Apple CarPlay Cars Pioneer Smartphones Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:40:35 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449146 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Tesla teases Model D and more, Netflix seeking Instagram pros for film set snapshots, and the Angry Birds movie is really happening http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-tesla-teases-model-d-and-more-netflix-seeking-instagram-pros-film-set-snapshot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the tech news you missed while sleeping, condensed and ready to read </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model D tease" alt="Tesla Model D tease" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-d-tease.jpg?1412302518" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla set to reveal Model D and something else </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk seems to make headlines anytime he says something, but this is one statement we&rsquo;re truly intrigued by. Overnight, he tweeted the above image (in larger, poster-like format) with the words, &ldquo;About time to unveil the D and something else.&rdquo;</p> <p>Might the Model D be the final name for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news">the Model III</a> (originally planned to be the Model E) compact executive car that he spilled details on over the summer, or an entirely new electric ride for the pioneering company? And what else might he be referring to?</p> <p>The Verge cites speculation that Tesla may be planning an electric motorbike, as well, but whatever the case, we&rsquo;ll know very soon: the reveal is pegged for 9 October, right in the middle of the Paris Motor Show. You have our attention once again, Mr. Musk.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/517486950589014016">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/1/6886301/tesla-prepares-to-unveil-new-car-and-something-else">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix wants to pay for movie Instagrams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corporate synergy can not only be lucrative for corporations, but apparently now also for Instagram users. Netflix has announced a promotion to recruit a trio of Instagram pros - which they&rsquo;re calling &ldquo;Grammasters&rdquo; - to travel the United States and snap photos of iconic movie locations. The trip may even involve visits to Netflix originals and other TV show sets.</p> <p>Netflix will cover all of the expenses, of course, and pay each person a total of US$4000 (about &pound;2470) for their services (and signing their likeness rights away). How can you apply to be one of the lucky so-called Grammasters? Follow @Netflix on Twitter and then hashtag your three best-shot Instagram photos with &ldquo;#Grammaster&rdquo; to be considered. Oh, and be a U.S. resident too - sorry, most of you.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://grammaster.netflix.com">Netflix</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards.jpg?1412302518" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Angry Birds movie is even more real now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In case you were hoping that simply forgetting about it would erase it from existence, the <em>Angry Birds</em> animated feature film is apparently still a thing, and now it has a first render and an extensive voice cast to go along with it.</p> <p>Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Danny McBride will voice Red, Chuck (yellow), and Bomb (black), respectively, while Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, and several others have been announced in the Saturday Night Live-heavy cast. <em>Angry Birds</em> is set to hit cinemas on 1 July 2016.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.rovio.com/en/news/press-releases/551/the-all-star-comedy-voice-cast-of-angry-birds-is-revealed-by-one-billion-sling-shots-jason-sudeikis-josh-gad-danny-mcbride-bill-hader-maya-rudolph-and-peter-dinklage/">Rovio</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/fully-charged-angry-birds-transformers-out-soon-blackberry-debuts-secure-bbm-protected-se">Fully Charged: Angry Birds Transformers out soon, BlackBerry debuts secure BBM Protected service, and Breaking Bad hits 4K on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="692" title="Angry Birds movie" alt="Angry Birds movie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/angrybirds-movie.jpg?1412302518" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another captivating Interstellar trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Interstellar</em> is the next original film from Christopher Nolan, he of <em>Inception</em> and <em>The Dark Knight Trilogy</em> fame, and it looks like a proper space epic - and a downright amazing one at that. It&rsquo;ll be another month before the film opens on 7 November (5 November in IMAX, apparently), but this final trailer has even more stunning sights to get us all hyped.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxOhd4qlnA">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0vxOhd4qlnA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-tesla-teases-model-d-and-more-netflix-seeking-instagram-pros-film-set-snapshot#comments Cars Electric cars Film and TV Instagram Netflix Tesla Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449090 at http://www.stuff.tv New Volvo XC90: Say hello to the safest SUV ever http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> According to the Swedish marque, nobody will be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars by 2020. The tech-heavy XC90 is one step towards that goal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Volvo XC90: A cyclists&#039; best friend" alt="Volvo C90 Safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/886358_150047_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Volvos may not be the fastest, sexiest or coolest vehicles on the road &ndash; but they have always been among the safest.</p> <p>The Swedish marque was among the first European manufacturers to adopt the use of airbags, it introduced a Side Impact Protection System as an option in the mid-90s and is the only manufacturer to currently offer an exterior airbag for pedestrian safety in its V40 model.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Autonomous = accident free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Human error accounts for 90% of all accidents,&quot; reveals Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist for Safety and the woman responsible for the new XC90&#39;s safety systems. &quot;I feel that autonomous driving should be used to reduce accidents rather than act as a convenience for drivers wanting to text or email behind the wheel.&quot;</p> <p>That would explain why Volvo&#39;s new Queue Assist function, which uses radar technology connected to the Adaptive Cruise Control to autonomously keep up with slow moving traffic, only works up to speeds of 15mph rather than motorway cruising speeds.</p> <p>The tech is extremely sophisticated, requiring the use of a number of radars and sensors, and can work in conjunction with Lane Keep Assist to ensure the vehicle doesn&#39;t stray into the path of other road users.</p> <p>&quot;The vehicle will require some input from the driver but it will step in and assist when concentration wanes during those long traffic jams,&quot; Lotta adds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UNfkGkVXqFI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/149816_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1201" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/150057_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="902" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886493_150067_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brace, brace, brace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Volvo has legally been able to attend accidents that occur within a set radius of its Gothenburg HQ since the 1970s and as a result, it knows that some prangs are simply unavoidable. &quot;We realise that accidents do happen,&quot; says Lotta.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;But we want to know how they happen and whether we can do anything to prevent them or reduce the seriousness of the resulting injuries.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The new Volvo XC90 features a run-off road protection package, a world-first piece of technology that can detect when the vehicle is about to leave the road and tighten the seat belts to keep the occupants in position.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Radar technology and a multitude of sensors is key to this technology working. We even have a system that can detect a rear end shunt. It flashes the hazard lights to warn the driver in the car behind before tightening the seat belts to brace the occupants for impact,&quot; Lotta reveals.</p> <p>These sensors and radars are called in to question again at junctions when the second piece of cutting-edge technology comes into play. As the XC90 is preparing to turn into a junction, it scans the road ahead to make sure the driver isn&#39;t about to cross the path of an oncoming vehicle. If it feels it needs to step in, the big SUV will first warn the driver and then slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/100-self-driving-volvos-hit-streets-gothenburg/news" target="_blank">100 self-driving Volvos hit the streets of Gothenburg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new XC90 can take over driving duties in jams" alt="Volvo XC90 safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886353_150045_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Head-on collisions will become a thing of the past" alt="Volvo XC90 safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886359_150048_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: beauty and brains" alt="Volvo XC90 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/150088_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pedestrians aren&#039;t postboxes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera technology built into the new Volvo XC90 can detect pedestrians and cyclists, track their movements and then apply the brakes should someone decide to unexpectedly step in the road or cycle into the SUV&#39;s path.</p> <p>&quot;A huge amount of algorithms are constantly running,&quot; says Lotta. &quot;The software can distinguish between a person and a postbox, it knows that a human has arms, legs and a head. It can even distinguish between those wearing waterproof cycling clothing, which might cover the bits that distinguish a person from other road furniture,&quot; she adds.</p> <p>An alarm will sound if the technology senses that a pedestrian or cyclist&#39;s path conflicts with that of the car. It will also flash a warning on the LCD instrument binnacles before automatically applying the brakes should the driver fail to intervene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="903" title="The Volvo XC90: beauty and brains" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/149806_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;re safer connected </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Volvo is already trialling an autonomous vehicle programme in its hometown of Gothenburg but Lotta Jakobsson believes that the lessons being learned will begin to filter through into non-autonomous products long before we see driverless cars on our roads.</p> <p>&quot;Autonomous vehicles require constant information from the grid, they must be connected not only to other vehicles but also the world around them,&quot; Lotta explains.</p> <p>&quot;Once more vehicles start connecting to the wireless network, we can begin working on technology that knows when another car has jumped a red light at a junction, for example, or when an emergency services vehicle is approaching at speed.&quot;</p> <p>The future will see more and more vehicles &#39;talking&#39; to one another and interacting with connected road furniture, which will work to improve the flow of traffic and reduce jams. It should also help Volvo achieve its Vision 2020 goal&nbsp;&ndash; which is starting to look like a realistic goal, and not just a lofty ambition.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All our amazing Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Volvo XC90: A cyclists&#039; best friend" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886366_150050_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature#comments Cars Self-Driving Cars Volvo Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:19:24 +0000 Leon Poultney 1446016 at http://www.stuff.tv New Ford Mondeo’s pedestrian detection tech may help avoid accidents http://www.stuff.tv/ford/new-ford-mondeo-s-pedestrian-detection-tech-may-help-avoid-accidents/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The system will deliver warnings and automatically apply the brakes when someone is in the car’s path </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="New Ford Mondeo’s pedestrian detection tech may help avoid accidents" alt="New Ford Mondeo’s pedestrian detection tech may help avoid accidents" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-ford-mondeo_0.jpg?1411557649" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It might not be a full-on self-driving car, but Ford&rsquo;s new Mondeo is moving in that direction by packing technology that detects pedestrians in the road ahead and acts accordingly.</p> <p>Named, appropriately enough, &ldquo;Pedestrian Detection&rdquo;, the system works via three simple steps: radar and camera equipment keeps a watchful eye out for people who are either already in front of the car or may cross its path; if people are detected, the driver is alerted by visual and audio warnings; and the brakes are automatically applied to reduce speed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea is to avoid the sort of accidents that can occur when a driver is briefly distracted from the road ahead &ndash; an issue that, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, is becoming more and more common.</p> <p>The new Mondeo has been described by Ford as &ldquo;the most technically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in Europe&rdquo;, and has other noteworthy features besides Pedestrian Detection. There&rsquo;s also MyKey, which can restrict incoming phone calls as well as limit the car&rsquo;s top speed and even totally disable the in-car audio system, as well as SYNC 2 connectivity system, which is detailed <a href="http://www.ford.com/technology/sync/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>It&#39;s a pretty exciting haul for a car once derided as the preferred steed of the grey polyester-suited middle management salaryman.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/self-driving-cars">Google, Drive: why you should be pumped about self-driving cars</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pCl5op93E_s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ford/new-ford-mondeo-s-pedestrian-detection-tech-may-help-avoid-accidents/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ford/new-ford-mondeo-s-pedestrian-detection-tech-may-help-avoid-accidents/news#comments Cars Ford Self-Driving Cars Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:33:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448380 at http://www.stuff.tv The new Mazda MX-5 is the affordable Jag F-Type we've all been waiting for http://www.stuff.tv/new-mazda-mx-5-affordable-jag-f-type-weve-all-been-waiting/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleek styling and tempting price tag means the new MX-5 could be the ultimate sports car steal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini F-Type anyone?" alt="Mini F-Type anyone?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MazdaMX5Main.jpg?1411301608" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Did someone put a Jaguar F-Type on a hot wash?</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a shame. So will it be boring and slow?</strong><br />The plucky little MX-5 has never been the fastest car on the road but its combination of lightweight engineering, an utterly sorted chassis and brilliant handling chops has ensured it puts smiles firmly on faces at legal speeds. The newest model might feature a slight power hike over it predecessor, say around 160bhp in the most potent models, but don&#39;t expect it to set your pants on fire in terms of all-out speed and acceleration. It will drift around corners nicely, though.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Any neat gadgets inside?</strong><br />There isn&#39;t much information on its tech particulars&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but we do know the interior steals many bits from the current generation Mazda 3. That means the slick floating infotainment system with &#39;click-wheel&#39; controls will likely feature; we&#39;re hoping it packs a few other neat gizmos, such as smartphone tethering and driver-focussed apps. One of the MX-5&#39;s best features is its headrest speakers, which mean you can blast tunes even when the roof is folded down.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleek new styling but still affordable" alt="Sleek new styling but still affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MX-5_2014_exterior_01__jpg300.jpg?1411301608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleek new styling but still affordable" alt="Sleek new styling but still affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MX-5_2014_interior_01__jpg300.jpg?1411301608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleek new styling but still affordable" alt="Sleek new styling but still affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MX-5_2014_exterior_04__jpg300.jpg?1411301608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How much will it cost?&nbsp;</strong><br />Full pricing has yet to be revealed but expect it to cost around &pound;20,000 for entry level models when it arrives in 2015&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which is not far off the current asking price. This will buy a new range of more fuel-efficient engines, improved interiors and even finer handling skills. Unfortunately, it also buys super bright LED headlights, meaning the sweet pop-up lamps of Mk1 models are well and truly consigned to the history books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All our awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleek new styling but still affordable" alt="Sleek new styling but still affordable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MX-5_2014_exterior_02__jpg300.jpg?1411301608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-mazda-mx-5-affordable-jag-f-type-weve-all-been-waiting/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/new-mazda-mx-5-affordable-jag-f-type-weve-all-been-waiting/news#comments By numbers Cars Hot Stuff Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Leon Poultney 1447915 at http://www.stuff.tv The new Mercedes AMG GTS is sent to Earth to slay Porsches http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunning styling, petrifying performance figures and an ear splitting exhaust note set to shake up the sports car market </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 503bhp SLS AMG is one mean machine" alt="The 503bhp SLS AMG is one mean machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MercAMGdone.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>That looks remarkably like a Mercedes SLS AMG...</strong><br />Shhh, don&#39;t say that to the men and women of AMG who have invested years of their life sculpting the sensationally smooth surfaces of Mercedes&#39; latest sports car. This is only the second vehicle Mercedes has allowed tuning firm AMG to create completely in house - the first was the SLS, hence the similarities.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Does it look as good on the inside?</strong><br />Yes it does, because Mercedes and AMG designers have completely overhauled the cockpit of their latest creation. Beautiful leather surfaces wrap around the two occupants, while a sleek 8.4-inch central display takes care of most of the car&#39;s functions. Surrounding the display are a number of buttons arranged in a &#39;V&#39; formation, a nod to the brutal V8 engine that lies beneath the elongated bonnet.</p> <p><strong>That&#39;s nice but surely it won&#39;t be better than a Porsche 911</strong>&hellip;<br />It&#39;s going to be difficult to beat the Porsche 911 Turbo for all-round greatness, plus it falls into the same price range as Audi&#39;s soon-to-be refreshed R8 and Jaguar&#39;s ace F-Type R. It&#39;ll be a tough fight&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but the slinky Merc has got all the makings of a champion. It&#39;s also got a much larger boot than most of the aforementioned, if that swings it for you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898095_14C707_158.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1206" height="900" title="Tech-heavy, leather-clad interior" alt="Tech-heavy, leather-clad interior" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898150_14C302_02.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898069_14C707_123.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Are you telling us it&#39;s practical now?</strong><br />Not really. It can only seat two people, for a start&nbsp;&ndash; and the boot is just a gaping hole in the rear when the tailgate is lifted. It does feature an array of tech treats, similar to the S-Class, though. Mercedes&#39; intuitive COMAND system takes care of DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and internet-enable applications. You could easily use it as an everyday drive.</p> <p><strong>What kind of speeds can we do on our everyday drive?</strong><br />The performance figures on this thing are impressive. The 0-62mph sprint is over in 3.8 seconds in the GTS model and it can go on to an autobahn-annihilating top speed of 193mph. Speed isn&#39;t cheap though; expect to pay around &pound;95,000 for the standard AMG GT when it goes on sale next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">More awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" alt="Zero to scary in 3.8 seconds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/898061_14C707_046.jpg?1410778981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mercedes-benz/new-mercedes-amg-gts-sent-earth-slay-porsches/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Mercedes-Benz Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000 Leon Poultney 1447348 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Formula E’s truly electric debut, 3DS can be used as Wii U controller for Smash Bros, and Microsoft’s Minecraft acquisition may come today http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week by catching up on the weekend’s most interesting tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Formula E" alt="Formula E" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/formula-e-race1.jpg?1410833652" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Formula E: electric in more than design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FIA&rsquo;s new Formula E racing series started off on Saturday with the Beijing ePrix at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, and it showed that even electric cars can put on one heck of a show.</p> <p>On the last lap, Venturi driver Nick Heidfeld attempted to pass Renault&rsquo;s Nicolas Prost, but Prost clearly aimed his car towards Heidfeld&rsquo;s and spun him out of control and into a wall in a violent crash. Both drivers are luckily fine, but Audi Sport ABT&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi ended up taking the flag. It was the first race of the first-ever 10-event Formula E season, but those tensions will have to simmer for a bit as the next race isn&rsquo;t scheduled until 22 November in Malaysia.</p> <p>All of the drivers this season are using the Spark-Renault SRT 01E featuring the same electric engine first designed for the stunning <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mclaren-p1-gtr-concept-ultimate-track-day-toy/news">McLaren P1</a>, so if the spectacle recapped above doesn&rsquo;t entice you to watch, perhaps that fact will.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/september/lucas-di-grassi-snatches-win-after-dramatic-last-corner-crash.aspx">FIA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/formula-e-race-series-sets-out-replace-v8s-volts/news">Formula E race series sets out to replace V8s with Volts</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D2y1hFuGDD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be played with 3DS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nintendo 3DS version of <em>Super Smash Bros.</em> debuted in Japan over the weekend, in advance of its impending worldwide launch early next month, and it turns out there&rsquo;s a fun surprise within for the still-in-development Wii U iteration.</p> <p>According to a series of tweets and images from a player based in Japan, the 3DS version notes that you&rsquo;ll be able to use the handheld (running the 3DS game) as a wireless controller for the Wii U game when it releases. Might we see this kind of functionality pop up with future games, as well? After all, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS</a> out next year has additional buttons, making it an even better Wii U GamePad substitute.</p> <p>The Wii U version is due out this winter, a nebulous window that could mean the holiday season or early next year - which is why it&rsquo;s not currently on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">just-updated list</a> of the 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014. You&rsquo;ll also be able to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-">use a GameCube gamepad</a> with a special adapter, in addition to the 3DS and standard Wii U and Wii controllers.</p> <p>However, 3DS owners will be able to try that version out later this week with a free demo <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/510480751385919490">launching on the eShop</a> on 19 September, with some Club Nintendo members gaining early access late last week. The full version is due out in the UK on 3 October, alongside a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">bundle with Nintendo 3DS XL</a> hardware.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/FarmboyinJapan">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/12/report-3ds-can-be-used-as-a-wii-u-controller-in-super-smash-bros">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9w5oyAiBNe0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s Minecraft acquisition could be announced today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report from Reuters, Microsoft will announce <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october">its rumoured purchase</a> of <em>Minecraft</em> maker Mojang today. The reported deal is pegged at US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.54 billion), and will give Microsoft control over the massively popular block-based building game.</p> <p><em>Minecraft</em> is already available on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One - and many other platforms that Microsoft doesn&rsquo;t have a stake in - but the report suggests that Microsoft aims to bring the game to Windows Phone (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">or Windows phones, rather</a>) as part of this deal. That seems like a whole lot to pay to bring a &pound;5 game to a platform that enjoys a tiny portion of the smartphone market, but perhaps Microsoft plans to play the long game here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-mojang-microsoft-idUSKBN0H72EV20140912">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EkKEd4Y8GIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m#comments 3DS Cars Electric cars Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Nintendo Wii U Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447649 at http://www.stuff.tv