Cars

James Bond's lethal vehicles

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive.... Britain's deadliest secret agent needs suitably lethal wheels fully stocked with extras, from rocket launchers to ejector seats. An exhibition opening this month in London lets you spy on 50 years of James Bond's rides, from 007's iconic 1960s Aston Martin to the miniature, one-third scale Agusta Westland helicopter used in the climax of "Skyfall".

Bond in Motion also features the BMW controlled by an Ericsson phone; the car driven by the one woman who managed to tie James Bond down; the jet pack from "Thunderball&… Read more

1981 DeLorean modded with in-dash iPad interface

Dr. Emmett Brown made a good point in "Back to the Future" when he said to Marty McFly, "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

If you plan on roaming the streets in a 1981 DeLorean, you might as well customize it to your liking. That's exactly what YouTube user DMCPat says in a video about the impressive modifications he made to his classic DeLorean, including adding an iPad Mini interface.

This 1981 DeLorean is a Vin 1880, which means it's one of the first 1,000 cars shipped to the US. It has many modifications, including a rear spoiler, a high-mounted third brake light, remote lock/unlock, new wheels and steering wheel, seal-beamed LED lights, LED fog lights, blue LED interior door lights, and blue LED underbody lights, just to name a few. … Read more

'Tron' designer creates Lotus motorcycle minus the blue glow

It's a simple equation. You watch "Tron" or "Tron: Legacy" and then you want a Light Cycle. But you can't have a Light Cycle, because they don't really exist (this crazy custom bike being an exception). You can, however, have an upcoming Lotus C-01 motorcycle, which has "Tron: Legacy" designer Daniel Simon's fingerprints all over it.

The clean lines, low riding position, and silhouette of the C-01 are definitely reminiscent of the "Tron" bikes. Instead of glowing blue, it has gold-painted accents, but you could always repaint it to get closer to the "Tron" look through a customization service that will be offered for the machines.… Read more

Fish on Wheels lets your goldfish steer their own tank

If only pet fish could drive their tanks...they still probably wouldn't be able to take over the world. And now we have proof, thanks to a design company that specializes in image recognition. Studio diip has built the rather aptly named Fish on Wheels -- a little fish tank-carrying vehicle that operates, not by remote control, but by the fish swimming in said tank.

If you're looking for a reason why, the team said it's making "an attempt to liberate fish all over the world" with the world's first self-driving car for fish. We would posit that it's also something of a creative marketing attempt to demonstrate what the studio is capable of achieving. Either way, it's hard to argue with a self-driving fish-car. … Read more

Big, street-legal Little Tikes car is your childhood on steroids

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe has been a childhood staple for over three decades. Even if you don't know the name, you know the car. It's a red plastic vehicle with a tall yellow top, all done up in a rounded design and powered by pedals. The only problem is that you're too big to fit in one. Unless you know the guys at Attitude Autos in the UK.

Mechanic John Bitmead and his buddies spent five months crafting a full-size, street-legal Cozy Coupe, which is dubbed the Toytown Coupe. It's red and yellow and runs on gas. You can't tell by looking at it, but the car started off as a Daewoo Matiz.… Read more

Porsche's 1898 e-car returns after a century in storage

On June 26, 1898, Ferdinand Porsche's "Egger-Lohner C.2 electric vehicle," better known as the "P-1," rolled on to the streets of Vienna for the first time. In 1899, the P-1 took the gold medal (by a full 18 minutes!) against a field of other electric vehicles in Berlin. Then in 1902, as Porsche put the first all-wheel drive passenger car into production, the P-1 was parked in a warehouse...where it sat untouched for the next 111 years.

After missing two world wars, the entire Berlin Wall era, and six "Fast and Furious" flicks during the intervening 11 decades, Porsche says in a release (PDF) the P-1 has now been recovered and is on permanent display, unrestored, at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.… Read more

iOS in the car could look like this

We might finally have a clearer idea of how Apple believes iOS should look in your car.

A video put together by noted developer Steven Troughton-Smith places an iPhone and in-car display side by side using what appears to be an iOS simulator that Troughton-Smith says is available in the "public, shipping version of iOS 7."… Read more

Google ad patent would offer e-shoppers a free taxi to stores

At Google they try to think of everything.

The principle behind this is that if they think of everything, there's a chance they can then own everything and make money out of everything.

The latest attempt is a patent for an ad service that would offer a free taxi to take you to the door of the retailer whose fine wares you've just seen advertised online.

I am grateful to TechCrunch for noticing this patent. It has the moving title of "Transportation-aware physical advertising conversions."… Read more

Chase the Stig around 'Top Gear' Google Street View track

If you've ever wanted to take a spin around the "Top Gear" test track in the UK, but don't qualify as a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, now's your chance. The famous airport-based track has just debuted on Google Street View.

An added bonus to the series of photos is that the Stig accompanies you along the way, starting off with a drag race from the starting line. Just look for the white Mercedes SLS AMG Black with the gull wing doors and the helmeted mystery man behind the wheel. The Street View Opel four-door doesn't stand a chance.… Read more

Friday Poll: What brought the heat at CES 2014?

CES 2014 is winding down, and it's been full of strange moments, celebrity appearances, and an unrelenting march of new Ultra HD and/or curved televisions.

Over the course of the week, some clear trends emerged at this annual tech takeover of Las Vegas -- some we expected, while others were a bit more surprising. Wearable technologies like new smartwatches and activity trackers dominated the show (they must be able to multiply as quickly as rabbits... or Bluetooth speakers, which appeared this year with a level of ubiquity previously met only by iPhone cases).

Unsurprisingly, 4K televisions could also … Read more