MyFord Touch's 'Do Not Disturb' function blocks incoming calls, texts.
With all the debate over distracted driving -- especially around text messaging while behind the wheel -- Ford has used its upcoming iterations of MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch to take a step toward helping drivers curb the behavior.
Rather than a text-to-speech application, plans for and examples of which are quite common, Ford is taking the extra step of allowing drivers to use a "do not disturb" button, which blocks incoming calls and text messages. The system then stores the messages -- voice and text alike -- on the phone, to be retrieved later. For both MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch, the driver can still make outgoing calls while the "do not disturb" function is active.
By Mike Duff
The 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed started with a bang--and a bent Jaguar E-Type. But by the end of the weekend, the festival was being acclaimed by both fans and participants as one of the most successful runnings of the annual event so far.
As always, the festival took place at the house and grounds of Lord March's sizeable estate in West Sussex, England, being extended to four days this year by the addition of a new “Moving Motorshow.” This is clearly intended to become a regular fixture and a replacement for Britain's cancelled “International” motor show. It gave the weekend its only major drama when a driver piloting a Honda Civic Type R into the motorshow paddock blacked out, crashing into an immaculate early E-Type on the Jaguar stand and then out of a window. Four people were injured, none seriously, but the incident raised questions about allowing cars and spectators to mix quite so freely.
As temperatures stay high, the number of children dying in hot cars is on the rise.
They've been a hot topic here at 'Exhaust Notes,' so here's Wired's top 12 station wagons.
Wagons have also been on the minds of the editors over at Wired's "Autopia" blog, to the point where they've dedicated some time to compiling a list of the 12 best wagons from past to present. We'll let you head over to their article to get the full pictorial rundown with their commentary, but here's a list of what made the cut. And, yes, my beloved Volvo 240 Turbo made the list, though it's not pictured in its most glorious navy blue hue -- shame.
One way to clean the air? Replace regular concrete with the air-purifying kind.
Besides the air itself, the road surface on which we drive is typically the closest thing, physically speaking, to tailpipe emissions, which led researchers from the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology to resurface 1,000 square meters of busy road with special air-purifying concrete paving stones. Another section was paved with regular stones.
By Greg Migliore
The Mopar Challenger will be revealed later this month at the Chrysler museum near Detroit and at the NHRA’s Mile-High Nationals in Colorado, but pictures were released and specs were announced on Wednesday.
XJ sedan getting notice on the street, in showrooms.
When even hip Parisians and jaded New Yorkers go wild over a car, you know you’re onto something. For Jaguar, that car is the XJ, and it combines stately and sexy like few big sedans I’ve driven in recent years.
I first drove the XJ in and around Paris, where the brainchild of Ian Callum -- the man who brought us notable rides like the Aston Martin DB9 -- drew nonstop admiration from France’s normally cool, cigarette-wielding fashionistas. The story was the same in New York last week, where the long-wheelbase XJ I tested -- it was painted black and looked so brilliant that Jaguar shouldn’t even bother with other colors -- won over nearly everyone who saw it or sat in it.
Jaguar has been selling the XJ since 1968, and its conservative, coach-built look made it a luxury icon. But the car slowly slid into irrelevancy, and Jaguar’s notoriously poor reliability didn’t help. The XJ’s styling, as traditional and immune to change as Buckingham Palace, made it the stodgiest car in a land-yacht segment that includes the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and the Audi A8. (I don't count the Cadillac DTS, whose mausoleum-resident status and front-wheel drive don't put it in the class of top-shelf luxury cars.)
Consumer Reports survey finds a wide range of answers to the question: How far would you drive for the best deal on a car?
But what if putting some distance between you and your front door was the difference between saving hundreds of dollars on your next car, and not saving?
That's the impetus behind Consumer Reports' new survey, collected from more than 1,700 interviews with members of households owning at least one car. That is, the Internet makes a more wide-ranging and easily comparable search for auto deals possible, but you still have to pick the thing up. So how far would people go to get the best deal?
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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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