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Honda has unveiled its newest re-tool on the hybrid and, mainly because of price point, the 2010 Honda Insight could be a Prius killer. As the technology advances and the market bears more demand for hybridization, prices are naturally going to come down.

The new Insight is going to be priced at $18,500 and it brings no major innovations to the hybrid world, other than being the cheapest yet available. The Insight relies on the standard practice of a gasoline engine that only runs when necessary and the charging of a battery when braking or decelerating. There is a new "driving support function" which aids the user in attaining higher mileage but the details are not apparent at the moment.

It's ugly but I'll take it if they're giving 'em away. Personally, I'd rather save my moola for that fancyass Tesla Roadster.

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Nugget From The Net

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Posted September 2, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

It's very considerate to share your music with others by turning your car stereo up really loud--that's just manners. But the completely insane car above takes it to new levels.

The car is the creation of Dutch artist Olaf Mooij, who is apparently a fan of both custom cars and loud-ass music! Those are not rocket exhaust ports, they're speakers, and the car comes with a couple turntables too.

Nice!

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Bringing us the latest in technology, gadgets and stuff that most of us probably can't afford (because we want them ALL!), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer and Ford CEO Alan Mulally will keynote the 2009 International CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, announced by the company today.

CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro stated in the release.

“These exciting keynote speakers demonstrate that the 2009 International CES is the hub of activity in the consumer electronics, entertainment content, and automotive industries. Steve Ballmer and Sir Howard Stringer are driving forces behind the continued growth of the consumer technology industry. Alan Mulally is a true visionary spurring technology innovation in the automotive market. These leaders are changing the way technology is being incorporated into new markets, and CES attendees will all benefit from these keynotes unveiling the next generation of technology.”

The 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show will be held this January 8 through the 11th.

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The Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman is on sale, right now, for $100,000.

The Batmobile is one of five that were built for the flick. It's 20 feet long and 8 feet wide, and the custom built body covers a Chevrolet 350 engine. There are no doors. To get in you enter through the top where the canopy slides opens, just like Michael Keaton did in the movie.

So sell your house or your mother and pick up The Dark Knight's old ride!

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Don’t ya hate it when same idiot does something stupid and make all gamers look like douche bags?

Case in point: a Utah motorcyclist named Daniel Savino led state troopers on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery wreck with an SUV. Despite not wearing a shirt or helmet, Savino survived the crash, telling the cops he didn’t know what went wrong as the maneuver always worked in videogames.

"I don't know whether he was trying to act out a scene in a videogame or what he was trying to do," an officer on the scene said, “but he said it always worked for him in video games.”

“It always worked for me in videogames”
– words to live by…and die by…

(I wonder what game he was playing in his head anyways?)

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Nissan has unveiled a new car that keeps drivers from danger. The "virtual bumper" technology warns you with a beep if you're about to pull into danger, and then tries to pull the car in the direction of safety. The technology will allow for manual over-ride in the event of an emergency. No date yet on when you can expect your crash-resistant cars to hit the market.

Reuters: New Nissan technology deters drivers from danger

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This week, Microsoft announced it will offering the company's "Live Search" seach engine techonology to automakers and their fellow business partners to be potentially utilized for several automobile features such as GPS.

Similar to Google and Yahoo, Live Search is Microsoft's entry to the plethora of search engine sites across the intertubes. While it functions almost the same as its competitors, Live Search allows users to save search keywords, which updates automatically at Live.com. This should be an interesting feature to use on an in-car navigation system to search for local joints and hotspots, as mentioned by a Microsoft spokesman.

Microsoft Live Search will also be featured on the social-networking site, Facebook. So why haven't we seen this on Xbox Live yet, since the name just begs for it?

InformationWeek: Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers

We had the pleasure of hanging out with Rockstar to try out the latest build on Midnight Club: Los Angeles and we definitely liked what we saw. You can’t talk about the game without talking about how well the developers at Rockstar San Diego have captured the city of LA. It isn’t a 100% street-by-street match, but it’s close.

Here's the new trailer.

 

Midnight Club: LA Trailer »


 

When we walked in the game was paused with an impressive looking Mazda RX-8 sitting at an intersection. Brian was able to correctly identify the intersection by sight alone as the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. That’s impressive and speaks to the effort the developers have gone through to recreate LA.

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Hit the incredible real streets of Los Angeles in Rockstar's Midnight Club: Los Angeles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It's sure to satisfy all of your street racing videogame needs.

The game releases on October 7, 2008.

Click here for the  version of the Midnight Club: Los Angeles Trailer

Midnight Club: LA Trailer »


 

Knight Rider was one of the dopiest, craziest awesomest things ever put on TV, but can the new series live up to the campy example set by the original? Judging from the panel held at Comic-Con yesterday, they're not even going to try. Instead, the new series seems like it will be more action-packed, harder-edged, and just less flat-out ridonkulous than the original.

Along with the re-tooled KITT (pictured above), Michael's background (from the recent TV movie) as an Iraqi soldier is expanded, adding a lot of intrigue to that part of his life. Here's what the show's writer had to say: "There is something more to that [war]. What he was doing, what he remembers and what he doesn't remember." So look for serious intrigue, brothers and sisters.

Another change: KITT will have a whole team of people who make him work in a high-tech setting. There will be a romantic female lead as a main character, so less a "boy-and-his-car" story and more serious and realistic... good changes? Bad? We'll see this fall. Read all about it at the link below!

IGN: SDCC 08: Knight Rider Lives

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Batpod Up Close

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Posted July 22, 2008 - By TylerColfax


The Batpod was on display at The Arclight Theatre in Hollywood yesterday. Luckily, we were there to snap some photos of the pod up close. It really exists and apparently its really hard to drive. The guy standing guard told us it's a 250cc 2-stroke engine. All we know is that the fastest Mario Kart setting was 150cc and those things hauled ass so you know this pod is for real.

More pictures upon the jump.

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Sony and Evolution Studios are getting ready to drop Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, the sequel to the hit PS3 racing game, this October. Here now is some additional direct-feed gameplay footage.

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Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reports that Toyota plans to implement solar panels to its highly popular green machine, the Prius, when the company redesigns the vehicle early next year. The solar panels are to be utilized for the upcoming high-end model's air conditioning system. Toyota will be the first major automaker to use solar power for a vehicle.

Rolling in the Japanese market in 1997, the Toyota Prius has been one of the leading influences in consumers' choices when it comes to purchasing hybrid cars, not to mention saving a couple of bucks at the pump. The Prius currently occupies over a million parking spaces around the globe since its first release, and with gas prices still currently inflating, expect it to fill more.

Reuters: Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid: Nikkei

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Okay, folks, are the faceless UK people in the photo above:

A. Aliens who came down to Earth to watch Wimbledon?

B. Humans whose faces were removed in some sort of scientific experiment gone horribly awry?

C. Part of a marketing campaign for the car manufacturer Lotus.

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Cali Gov. Arnie Schwarzenegger and electric car makers Tesla Motors are holding a press conference today to announce a 4 door, 5 passenger sedan slated for release in 2010. The sedan is said to be as “green” and efficient as the Roadster, which costs about $109,000.

Tesla will manufacture the sedan in California, instead of New Mexico thanks to a $9 million incentive package, making it a partnership with the state of California.

Schwarzenegger once starred in Total Recall, where he lived on Mars and had nightmares that his head blew up (see above photo).

Techcrunch.com: Governator to Help Announce New Tesla Sedan Tomorrow

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