As someone who’s recently experienced the (streamlined and painless) process of purchasing a new car via a vending machine — what up, Carvana? –, it looks like Ford will be getting into the car dispensing game too. Well, at least in China; pronounced “chyyyyyn-nahh”. In fact, the American automaker is partnering with Alibaba to build a vending machine for cars that you can try before you buy with the sales agent constantly selling (or badgering; you be the judge) you about the car. The Super Test-Drive Center in Guangzhou was actually announced at the end of 2017, and the vending machine — which has a capacity of 42 cars — will disperse out vehicles for prospective buyers. Well, potential buyers can test the cars after they’ve paid the required fees using Alibaba’s Tmall app and supplying a good-old selfie for identification purposes. Continue reading “Meanwhile in China, Ford & Alibaba Will Have a Vending Machine to Dispensing Cars”
Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!
Look, robotic remote-controlled cars are awesome and they always have been. Even last fall, Anki released an adorable, palm-sized robot companion names Cozmo for sale in the US. Plus, it didn’t just rolls on its tank treads, it also uses its arm to interact with its surroundings, AND has a built-in camera to recognize you AND your pets. Starting in July, Anki will put the Cozmo on sale in the Great White North (a.k.a., Canada) for $250 CA, and in September, it will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Nordic countries. Continue reading “Cozmo, Anki’s adorable RC Robot, will spread its cuteness to Canada in July”
If you’re in the same camp as me that uses Google Maps to navigate everywhere, AND you don’t drive an Android Auto-compatible car, HAVE I GOT A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Go download the Android Auto app (for Android 5.0 or higher) it right now to use it on your phone, and it’s freaking awesome! Continue reading “Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!”
Ever since we’ve be able to take our cell phones and smartphones with us in our cars, we’ve seen companies create products to provide a true hands-free experience. In some cases, smartphone-based heads-up displays for cars were also implemented, however they are typically one-way devices — they’ll feed the info to you, but you still have to reach for your phone to answer a message or get directions. That’s where the Navdy comes in, as it projects car stats, navigation, notifications, and you can interact with them via a series of gestures and built-in voice commands from Android and iOS. Continue reading “Navdy, the Voice/Motion-Activated In-Car Heads-Up Display”
It’s time for Episode Ninety-One of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses noisy architecture, making cars smarter with ClickDrive, looking back at gaming commercials and nWo parodies! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Noisy Designs ClickDrives Gaming Ads of nWo! – WIRed #91”
You know ’em, they annoy you, you can’t stand ’em, and what annoys us the most is how EASILY it can be avoided. This month’s episode of “Rant N’ Resolve” is dedicated to those on foot who make life dangerous to drivers and themselves…JAYWALKERS! Continue reading “Jaywalking – Rant N’ Resolve #2”