People Shout Abuse When You Drive a Rolls Royce, But Now You Can’t Hear Them

Driving a Rolls Royce is not for shy, retiring types. Nope, if you're a shrinking violet then the attention you’ll get behind the wheel of something like this, the Rolls Royce Phantom, will come as a shock. In the five days we had it we got the lot: there were two-fingered salutes, middle-digits right, left and centre and moonies too. Mostly though there were scowls, mainly from middle-aged women in silly little nondescript cars, closely followed by middle-aged men driving much the same. Read More >>

Even if You Hate Cruises, You’ll Probably Love the Hi-Tech Celebrity Edge

If you tend to think of cruises as being hedonistic holidays where people spend their days and nights eating and drinking while clinging on to the vague hope that they might meet the captain then it might be time to think again. Celebrity Edge is a new ship that, while not being the biggest cruise liner out there on the high seas, might be the best. Read More >>

Nissan’s xStorage Electric Ecosystem Is Helping to Power Rock & Roll on the Isle of Lewis

Peter Fletcher has taken the term working remotely to a new level. He moved himself and his family from Nottingham and set up Black Bay Studio in a former fish-processing factory overlooking Kirkibost Pier. Where’s that exactly? It’s on the island of Great Bernera, which is attached by a narrow white bridge to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It's basically like living in the middle of nowhere. Read More >>

Inside ED2: Is This the Coolest Place to Design a Car?

It’s a slightly weird feeling talking to someone like Ian Cartabiano. He is after all the man responsible for designing Toyota’s C-HR. Not just bits of it, but pretty much the whole thing, which is quite a big deal since we think the C-HR is a mighty cool looking car. Even weirder is the fact that we’re having a conversation inside ED2, which is shorthand for Toyota Europe Design and Development. It’s an advanced R&D studio that nestles high up in the hills above the Côte d'Azur that Cartabiano has been president of since the beginning of last year. Read More >>

Honda’s e Prototype Does a Surprise Turn at Milan Design Week

Honda’s ePrototype is the Japanese manufacturer’s first battery electric vehicle for Europe, and ever since images of it broke ground the car has been getting a lot of love. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show it was even possible to poke and prod the thing for real, rather than stabbing your finger at pictures if it on the internet. That's right, the Honda e Prototype does exist. Read More >>

We Just Drove the Range Rover Evoque Without Looking Through the Windscreen

It seems bonkers to have a hugely popular car like the Range Rover Evoque – global sales at over 785,000 to date – equipped with so much underused off-road capability. In most cases it rarely sees a muddy verge, which is also the case for most other SUVs on our roads. Read More >>

The Seat Minimó is Another Hyperconnected Vehicle With Built-in 5G Technology

Mobile World Congress 2019 made the perfect place to unveil the Seat Minimó. Like most modern cities, Barcelona has too many cars, bikes and scooters, but when the event is on the city is even more gridlocked than normal. It’s a hellish vortex of stationary traffic that centres on Fira, the venue where the tech action happens. Add on industrial action so public transport is patchy at best and Uber drivers being hounded out of town by irate taxi drivers and getting around is a time-consuming and tension-filled experience. Read More >>

MWC 2019: BMW Gets Touchy-Feely With its Latest In-Car Innovations

MWC isn’t just about smartphones, it’s got cars too. Just like CES, Barcelona’s biggest tech event now attracts automotive manufacturers who want to show off their latest innovations. This year, BMW had a slick and stylish booth that featured its latest whizz; Natural Interaction. It’s a neat variation on the theme that was showcased at CES earlier in the year, but with new and improved touchy feely bits added for good measure. Read More >>

The Lexus UX is Pricey, But Packs a Tech Punch or Two

As is the case with many modern cars, you don’t initially expect the Lexus UX to offer much in the way of excitement when you’re driving it, but it’s deceptive. The Japanese carmaker is gunning for a new customer base with this striking mini SUV, presumably hoping that they can get away from the misconception that their cars are only bought by more ‘mature’ customers. And the UX has enough edginess to hopefully help them achieve that goal. Read More >>

The Vype iSwitch Promises Smokeless Fuel for Your Cravings

Everybody knows somebody who has succumbed to traditional smoking. My nan smoked like a train and suffered the consequences. My grandfather lost a lung to smoking, but kept on toking and the habit ended up getting the better of him too. And while people are smoking less these days for sure, where does the fangled e-cigarette and vaping scene fit in amongst this dying trend? Read More >>

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Harley-Davidson’s All-Electric LiveWire is Just Too Quiet

Owning a Harley-Davidson is a big deal. The iconic motorcycle conjures up a vision of freedom, the open road and, er, noise. Harley’s raucous louder-than-hell V-twin engines have been deafening the neighbours and blending bikers vital organs forever, but now the iconic American brand has its eyes on the electric market. To the shock and disgust of many who love the Milwaukee-headquartered company’s two-wheeled machines, Harley-Davidson used CES 2019 to show off the LiveWire, a bike that gets on down the road using future-friendly battery power. Read More >>

CES 2019: BMW’s Vision iNext Wants to be Like Your Living Room on Wheels

Full marks have to go to BMW for coming up with an experience that really captures the imagination at CES 2019. Vital to your visit in the Silver Lot outside the Convention Centre is to spend a bit of time taking a look at the BMW Vision iNext, which is a concept car that is a little bit different. Actually, make that a lot different. It’s good on the eyes from the outside, but once the double doors open up the interior is the thing that really grabs you. Read More >>

CES 2019: Aptiv Wants to Be More Than a Driverless Taxi Service

You know times have changed when the editor tells you ‘If it's just a free ride in a driverless car then that doesn't seem like anything that hasn't been done the past few CESs anyway.’ Driverless cars have become kinda normal. Which brings us neatly to Aptiv, the company that has been quietly ferrying people around in a fleet of autonomous BMWs for a while now via its collaboration with on-demand ride provider Lyft. Read More >>

CES 2019: Byton Tempts Us With a 48-Inch Wide Curved High Resolution Dashboard

Byton, the ambitious Chinese electric car startup has big ideas, not least of which is the scarily sizeable digital dashboard that takes centre stage in its M-Byte Concept. This battery-powered SUV was first unveiled at CES 2018 and a year later the car has been brought back to the tech show armed with a series of tweaks that will see it as less of a concept and more of a production reality. The company reckons it will have cars rolling off the production line at its plant in Nanjing for the Chinese market at the end of 2019. Read More >>

CES 2019: Nissan Unveils its Invisible-to-Visible Technology Concept at CES

Car tech is everywhere at CES these days. Alongside the robots, giant TVs and depressingly vast mountains of pointless plastic phone cases you’ll find lots of four-wheeled innovation on offer. Japanese car making giant Nissan, for example, has used the event to reveal its latest party trick – the impressive sounding Invisible-to-Visible or I2V. Read More >>