Entire surface is an LCD display that can be switched off to reveal a conventional mirror.
Some rearview mirrors have small LCD monitors embedded in them to display an image from a backup camera. But now Nissan has introduced what it calls the world’s first rearview mirror that incorporates a full LCD monitor as well as a traditional mirror, and that offers the best of both worlds by switching between the two.
The LCD built into the mirror housing is connected to a high-resolution camera at the rear of the vehicle. Nissan said this combination eliminates a traditional mirror’s blind spots and the obstructed views caused by a car’s C-pillars. The LCD mirror and camera combination also doesn’t have to deal with other visual impediments such as tall passengers in the rear seats or a cargo compartment stacked with luggage.
With a special roll cage and suspension and a massive set of wheels and tires, it could turn heads even in Crimea.
All eyes are on the Crimea because of the standoff between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine and its Western allies. But if this crazy Russian custom car were to enter the scene it would turn heads -- and maybe bring some much needed levity to the tense situation.
One community college in Washington state speaks out about Chrysler's legal order to destroy its rare Dodge Viper within two weeks.
Chrysler has ordered students of a small community college in Olympia, Wash., to destroy a Dodge Viper GTS Coupe. And it’s not just any Viper GTS coupe, either — it’s the fourth Viper model off the production line that's been sitting for the past seven years at South Puget Sound Community College.
The pre-production car was donated, along with 92 other Vipers, by Chrysler to technical schools nationwide that offer automotive programs. The problem is, according to professor Norm Chapman, that despite the fact that these Vipers were educational tools that were never meant to see the open road, a couple of them "got loose." And predictably enough for a car with a 8.0-liter V10 underhood and no traction control or ABS to speak of, they were involved in accidents. So now, to mitigate lawsuits, the mint condition example you see before you with VIN number four is going bye-bye.
This particular Viper, while appearing to be a stock GTS coupe, is a prototype from 1992. It has a 600-horsepower V10 engine, a 2,200-pound fiberglass body with a "makeshift hard-top," according to the Tacoma News Tribune. When the GTS debuted in 1996, it came with a 450-horsepower V10 and more conventional body construction with a heavier curb weight.
A last look at the current version before the new Outback arrives later this year.
There’s an all-new Subaru Outback coming out later this year, so to take one last look at the outgoing model, I took one on a road trip from Seattle to San Francisco.
Arguably the first-ever crossover, the Outback provides SUV capability but still drives and feels like a car. Perfect for our road trip.
Traveling with my wife and 16-year-old daughter for five days meant I had a good amount of luggage. On top of that, my daughter was competing in a dance competition in San Francisco, which meant extra bags plus a dance dress that had to remain flat. We would be going through Sonoma on our trip, which of course meant I’d need to leave space for the inevitable wine purchase.
Eight Corvettes are being rescued from a freak sinkhole as the Internet watches every move.
Now, as photos, drone videos, webcam streams and countless posts across social media can attest, the first Vette was pulled out of the rubble some 30 feet below: a 2009 "Blue Devil" ZR1.
"It's wonderful ... just seven more to go," Mike Murphy, the museum's construction manager, was quoted saying on its blog.
Crews were extra careful lifting the 638-horsepower supercar from the wreckage, fitting it with extra straps in case the wheels fell off. But the ZR1, which originally sold for about $111,000, fired up after a few tries and drove out the museum door, although it was quickly shut off after fluids were found leaking from the undercarriage.
Feature formally known as iOS in the Car will debut on Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles.
Apple’s latest debut feature for new cars -- following its slow roll out of the Siri Eyes Free voice assistant over the last year -- is finally here. We'll get the first glimpse of CarPlay, the feature formerly known as iOS in the Car, at this week’s Geneva Motor Show in select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models.
CarPlay will provide an “intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch,” Apple said in a press release. The “touch” refers to access of CarPlay through a vehicle’s in-dash touch screens, while “just a word” refers to activation via Siri Eyes Free through a car’s voice-recognition button on the steering wheel.
While several automakers already offer various device-agnostic smartphone integration systems -- with varying results -- CarPlay is explicitly for iPhones, and only for the iPhone 5 and up. It's the Apple-approved way for using an iPhone while driving and also brings a few extra features.
Drivers can’t miss the sometimes startling LED indicator in the side mirror, although they can choose to turn it down.
Blind-spot warning systems that use cameras or radar sensors to detect other vehicles in a driver’s "no-see-‘em" zone have become available on a wider variety of vehicles. But the visual and audible alerts they give off -- and that add to a growing cacophony of warning sounds and flashing lights from a proliferation of driver assistance systems -- can become all too easy to ignore, which has become a problem in and of itself.
Ignoring the visual alerts from Audi’s Side Assist blind-spot warning system shouldn’t be a problem since it’s bright enough to startle a driver, as I found out recently while testing a 2014 Audi A7 TDI. In fact, it was too bright. Fortunately, the intensity of the warning (a series of yellow LEDs fixed to the side mirror housings) can be adjusted.
Both my wife and I on separate occasions flinched from the flash of the alert. The first time I initially thought that a police cruiser or other emergency vehicle that I hadn’t seen or heard was bearing down on me. So the Side Assist visual alert definitely gets your attention -- if you want it to.
Leave it to Louis to bring carbon fiber to fashion — specifically for drivers of BMW electric vehicles.
For your bucks (no word on how many of them yet, but with Louis Vuitton, you can safely assume it won’t be a small number) you get two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag — all made entirely with carbon fiber.
That exotic material, used on the electric BMW's stiff passenger monocoque and primarily seen on expensive supercars, promises to make these Louis bags extremely light and durable. It's also one of the very first applications of carbon fiber as a garment fabric. Louis Vuitton says they'll be available by request at the company's New York and Los Angeles stores starting in April.
None of the bags have wheels. But then again, if this is the kind of stuff you’re into, you probably aren’t the kind of person who carries their own bags around anyway.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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