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Cassettes Beset with Threat: Cars Ditch the Deck

Like the eight-track before it, the cassette tape is riding off into the sunset -- just not in a car. According to The New York Times, no 2011 model vehicles manufactured or sold in the U.S. will feature a cassette player as a standard feature or as part of an extra package. The Lexus SC 430 will go down in history as the last car packaged with a factory tape deck. The deck won't be placed in a...

'Virtual Picture' Tech Helps Blind Man Drive at Daytona

Mark Riccobono, who has been legally blind since the age of 5, showed off some of the Ford Escape's new features at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday... by driving one. As part of the activities scheduled before the Rolex 24, Riccobono, who is also the executive director of the National Federation of the Blind's Jernigan Institute, piloted the hybrid SUV around the famed racetrack...

Amphibious HydroCar Listed on eBay for $777,000

Gearheads with cash to burn might want to bid on this amphibious, 762-horsepower HydroCar, which is currently listed for $777,000 on eBay. Rick Dobbertin spent nine years and more than 18,000 hours personally building the HydroCar, which can go from driving on land to floating on water by lowering and extending a pair of giant pontoons. Despite all that work, Dobbertin never could figure out how...

50 Years of Japanese Concept Cars Make Detroit Look Outdated

Japan has been at the forefront of automotive design for quite some time. As if that point needed to be reinforced, Pink Tentacle has collected photos of Japanese concept cars dating back to 1957 that make even modern models out of Detroit look retro. Sure, some are completely impractical, but, if GM had ever made a car like the EX-III above, it probably wouldn't have needed bailing out. ...

OnStar Bringing Facebook, Text Message Updates to Cars

Looking to compete with Ford's Sync's messaging technology, GM's OnStar may soon add text messaging and Facebook updates to its on-board communication system. According to The Detroit Free Press, a source claims that OnStar subscribers will be able to transmit text messages and Facebook updates via the on-board communications system by the end of the month. Before you safety advocates go berserk,...

Craig Henderson's Canada to Mexico Drive on One Tank of Gas Sets World Record

A guy named Craig Henderson recently drove from Canada to Mexico in a car that got a Guinness World record-breaking 119.1 miles-per-gallon. More impressive, though, is the fact that he never once had to stop to refuel. That's right, Henderson made it all the way from Blaine, Washington to Chulla Vista, Mexico on just one tank of gas, and consumed just 12.4 gallons of diesel along the 1,384-mile...

Students Attempt Fastest Canada Crossing in Electric VW Beetle

For people of a certain age, the mention of cross-country road trips instantly evokes the memories of youthful hedonism, the fragrances of patchouli and the stench of an old, gas-guzzling Volkswagen van. A group of college students in Canada, however, recently went through the rite of VW road trip passage in a decidedly more eco-friendly way. As Techi reports, members of the Electric Car Club at...

Scottish Researchers Want to Give Cars a Whiskey for the Road

Raise a glass, and fill up your ride, too. Rightly so, the Scots (purveyors of some of the world's finest spirits) have found a way to power cars with leftover whiskey. According to the BBC News, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University used the delicious distilled drink's byproducts to create biobutanol, a fuel that's 30-percent more efficient than ethanol and can be put straight into a gas...

Teen Barters Old Cell Phone on Craigslist to Eventually Land a Porsche

Share Steven Ortiz, like most high schoolers, used to rock an ancient cell phone. But, in the span of just two years, the teenager magically turned his raggedy old burner into a sleek Porsche Boxster S... with, of course, a little help from Craigslist. As the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports, Ortiz began scouring through Craigslist's barter section when he was just 15, looking for anyone...

Range Rover E-Range Will Be World's First Electric SUV

Surely to become the vehicle of choice for environmentally-minded celebrities and athletes, an electric Range Rover with a whopping 200-mile range will become available in the U.K. later this year. According to the Telegraph, the E-Range, which was developed by Liberty Electric Cars, is the world's first totally electric SUV. The vehicle tops out at 110 mph, thanks to six Lithium Polymer...

Google's 'Open Spot' App Shares Open Parking Spots, Awards Much-Needed Karma

Share When it comes to finding prime parking spots in the middle of dense, concrete jungles, even the most mild-mannered of drivers can revert to their more primitive, animalistic roots. As summer road warriors jockey with each other for curbside position, tempers flare, heart rates rise, and torrents of expletives gush out of driver-side windows. That inherently cutthroat atmosphere, however,...

J Brave Raps About His Tesla, Tesla's Stock Promptly Soars

Environmentalism has a new face, and his name is J Brave. Instead of penning an ode to his gas-guzzling Escalade or Hummer, Brave, you see, decided to wax poetic about the luxuries of "Dippin' in My Tesla." Much to our delight, "helpin' the planet" while "feelin' real sporty" in your electric car is, apparently, well within the Code of Thug Life. The song itself is awesomely awful (dare we even...

Woman Hit by Car Sues Google for Bad Directions

After using her BlackBerry to get walking directions from her Google Maps app, Lauren Rosenburg, of Park City, Utah, found herself at the edge of a busy highway. She decided to cross it (since Google told her to), and, as you'd imagine, wasted no time in getting hit by a car. Now, she's asking Google to pay up for giving her dangerous directions. As Fortune reports, Rosenburg has filed a...

SLR Robot Buggy Safely Snaps Close-Ups of African Wildlife

Two brothers have discovered a way to get close-up photos of African wildlife without risking life or limb. According to Wired, Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas rigged a Canon EOS 400D camera to a remote-control buggy, and cruised it around Tanzania. The boys have even chronicled the adventure, which saw its share of excitement, on their blog. Will and Matthew took a basic four-wheeled robotic...

Laid Off Worker Remotely Disables Over 100 Cars

Share When Omar Ramos-Lopez was laid off from his job at Texas Auto Center last month, he decided to send his former employer a message... about 100 times. It turns out that Ramos-Lopez not only had an intimate knowledge of cars, but knew his way around computers, as well -- and, in particular, around his company's online vehicle-immobilization system. With the help of a former colleague's...