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The New Digital Delivery Room, 'Minecraft' Coming to iOS

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Texting While Birthing A sheet was draped in front of her, protecting the sterile field while shielding her eyes from the cutting below, none of which she could presumably feel, except for vague sensations. In the woman's left hand, she held a cell phone-which she was using...

Google Cars Drive Themselves in Traffic

Google has been secretly building and testing autonomous vehicles that have successfully driven over 1,000 miles without any human intervention. The fleet of robot Priuses has logged 140,000 miles across California with only minimal input from a driver. The vehicles use cameras, radar and lasers to detect other cars, obstacles and pedestrians, and the vast databases of images in Google Maps and...

New Prius Gets a Sci-Fi Hum, Won't Fold Into a Briefcase

While hybrids like the Prius may be good for the environment, they have a serious design flaw. In electric-only mode, they're almost completely silent, which, if the world were loaded with battery-powered vehicles, would make being a pedestrian a little on the dangerous side. Some safety advocates have proposed that manufacturers equip hybrids with speakers that would play sounds to notify...

Next-Gen Prius Comes with Solar-Panel

The very shoe-like 2010 Toyota Prius has made its official debut at this week's Detroit Auto Show. The company estimates it'll have a 50 MPG rating -- up from 46 MPG in the previous model -- and there's a bigger, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine for improved highway mileage. In addition to Power and Eco driving modes, EV Drive will let you run on battery alone for about a mile, which if nothing...

Toyota May Be Developing a Solar-Powered Car

Around half a year ago, we heard that Toyota was engineering a Prius that would get part of its energy from the sun; now, we're seeing an eerily similar story from Japan suggesting that the plan is still on. In a rather odd report, it's noted that the automaker is "secretly (oh, is it now?) developing a vehicle that will be powered solely by solar energy," though it's also working on a partially...

Next Generation Prius Pictures Leak Out

We thought we had a handle on what the next-gen Prius was going to look like when we spotted those renders back in July, and Toyota's just confirmed that some press shots that leaked out last week are the real deal, not just photos of a super-high-tech sneaker. The company isn't providing any more information until the official debut at January's North American International Auto Show in...

First Plug-In Priuses to Hit Fleets Next Year

Toyota hasn't made a huge secret of its plans to develop and sell a plug-in version of the Prius, and it sounds like the wheels are turning a little faster than we've heard -- fleet testing of plug-in models has been pushed up to early 2009, with the goal of having "several hundred" on the road by the end of the year. Still no timetable for actual retail sales, so you'll have to be a wheelman...

Honda to Offer New Hybrid at Sub-Prius Price

The Paris Motor Show kicks off in October and Honda plans on unveiling what it hopes will be a Prius killer at the event. The as yet unnamed hybrid hatchback is to be priced lower than both the Prius and Honda's own Civic Hybrid, though exactly how much lower remains to be seen. The new car is expected to be the opening salvo in Honda's move to dominate the hybrid industry. Honda hopes to sell...

Toyota Prius to Get Solar Panels

According to Nikkei, Toyota's apparently going to be equipping future high-end Priuses with Kyocera-built roof-mounted solar panels. Somewhat counter-intuitively, the sun's rays won't be used to power the car itself, but will instead run the AC. It also sounds like your next solar-assisted Prius won't be around for a while, as the panels aren't designed in yet, nor will they be until early next...

Hybrid 'Googlemobile' Ticketed!

We've seen the Googlemobile before, captured in a window's reflection as it wove its way through the streets capturing images for Google's Street View feature on Google Maps. Since that earlier photo was taken, it seems Google's gone a bit green, ditching that big ugly van and choosing a Prius with a silly tall camera mounted on the roof. Being green doesn't mean necessarily being lawful,...

High School Students Build 2,843 MPG Car

Thought you were saving the environment by hitting 55 MPG in your Prius on your way in to work? Think again. A team of students from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana have laid the eco-smack down -- They developed a car that managed a whopping 2,843 miles-per-gallon in an eco-marathon competition sponsored by Shell. The event, consisting only of high school teams, saw submissions...

Green Tech to be a Major Theme at Next Week's Gadget Show

Not like we couldn't see it coming, but news is that a big theme at this year's CES will be "green technology." The environment, being green, and global warming have been on everyone's minds this year. The Prius, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' OLEDs, and tons of research into alternative power sources and fuels were all the rage in 2007, and '08 doesn't look to be any different. A number of new...

Why You Should Buy a Hybrid Car Now

Outside of the environmental and fuel efficiency bonuses, one of the reasons to buy hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius is the hefty tax credits one gets. Those tax credits, at least for Toyota hybrids, are about to expire. Here's how it works: The hybrid tax credits begin a phase out process after a manufacturer sells 60,000 vehicles. The credits drop 50 percent after the 60,000 milestone is...

Branding the Prius

Toyota's Prius is not only America's hottest selling hybrid car, it's also something of a status-symbol among the eco-friendly. It would seem natural, then, for Toyota to capitalize on that status by expanding the role of the Prius to be less of a car and more of a lifestyle. That's the idea behind a blog post from metacool that lists 10 things Toyota can do to build the Prius brand. Included...

Hacking Your Hybrid

This summer, when the inevitable power blackouts cripple California, it just might be a Toyota Prius coming to your rescue instead of a traditional gas-powered generator. Pacific Gas & Electric is showing off a new hack that allows you to plug a Prius into the wall socket and throw the juice in reverse to kick-start your home's appliances. But hold your environmentally-friendly horses: At...