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Looks like one of the biggest missing features from the Gran Turismo series might not be missing for GT5 Prologue and GT5.

In an interview with IGN, GT head honcho Kazunori Yamauchi hoped that "maybe by Fall we'll be able to implement [car deformation]".

The plan is to release the feature as a downloadable update to Prologue that will no doubt be included in the final release.

AWESOME!

IGN: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue gets Smashed

Robocar Rematch

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Posted April 1, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

The robotic cars from 2007’s DARPA Urban Grand Challenge autonomous car race will stage a rematch at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach, Calif., later this month.

And this time it’s personal…

"Boss," a rugged, bold Chevy Tahoe from Carnegie Mellon University and winner of the $2 million Urban Grand Challenge, will compete yet again against "Junior," the affable robotic Volkswagen Passat from Stanford University that took second place. The two teams, which have a long, heated rivalry, will also face off against "Ben," a Toyota Prius from the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University with a heart of gold and penchant for love. Ben finished sixth in the urban challenge, but first in our hearts.

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Gran Turismo 5: Prologue is set to release in the US on April 15 and will run you $40. It should serve as a holdover, but it was revealed that the final, full version of GT5 is still over a year away.

Now, Prologue is better than nothing, but that means we'll end up shelling out $100 for the entire GT5 experience.

TechConsumer notes that this could unfortunately lead to a trend of developers releasing partial versions of their games while they work to finish it up.

Let's take a look at this.

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These two videos for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for the PS3 are guaranteed to transport you to a wonderful fantasy world where you can blast Weezer and Mars Volta from your quarter-million-dollar race car while blasting through exotic locales.

The game comes out on April 15th, but until then, watch the videos, but make sure to turn the speakers down if your boss walks by your cubicle.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Weezer: Automatic Remix »


Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Mars Volta: Goliath Remix »


 

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Chrysler will begin offering in-car web access by the end of 2008 in their new car models. By using cell phone technology, they will be able to make the car stereo a roaming wi-fi port, and you will be able to get a wireless signal on the road. It will be available as a dealer add-on later this year, and then as a factory option going forward.

Other auto makers, such as Ford, will be doing the same, beginning in 2009, so you can look forward to reading TheFeed on long trips in your car from now on. Won't that be great? We're with you...always.

Autoblog: Chrysler offering in-car web access later this year

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The London Times recently carried out a test pitting the BMW 520d up against the Toyota Prius in gas mileage. The Beamer, which features regenerative breaking and a conventional diesel engine, beat out the Prius by 1.8 mpg over the 460 mile trip from London to Geneva even though they added a little 100 mile city jaunt through traffic to make things a little closer.

To be fair, the Prius' strengths don't lie in highway mileage but it is still somewhat of a victory for people who want to clutch to their conventional fuel-burning powermachines.

autoblog.com: BMW 520d beats Prius in gas mileage

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The X Prize Foundation, which is best known for putting up a stack of change for the team that manages to send a passenger rocket into space, is throwing a contest for a super efficient car.

The contest will take place in 2009 and the competing cars will drive across the US and be scored on fuel efficiency, speed, distance, and more.

More than 60 teams have already signed up and hopefully this will result in a working car that will be mega efficient. Concept cars need not apply.

CNet: X Prize dangles $10 million for fuel-sipping car

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This gallery of shots lovingly details the awesome-osity of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's F1 car.

Here's more info for you, and the game's trailer is below. It's for the PS3 and comes out in the middle of May.

Trailer: Gran Turismo 5 - Prologue »


On March 19th, you'll be able to download 13 stunning new and customizable rides being to Forza Motorsport 2. The game already has more than 340 cars. It's like Jay Leno's garage exploded!

The pack will cost  400 Microsoft points, and includes an Xbox 360-themed Peugeot 207 Super 2000, the brand new Audi S5 and 2008 BMW M3,  the Lamborghini LP640 and the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Additional cars from renowned makers like Porsche, Maserati, and Mitsubishi finish the list.

Click the cut for the full auto list!

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This is a silly story that makes us smile. If you live in a large city, you are probably familiar with cameras at intersections that snap photos of drivers that run red lights.

Dallas is running into some problems with them.

It seems that they are so effective in stopping people from running red lights that the city is losing too much money from the lack of moving violations.

Each camera costs city hall $3,799 a month and tickets are down 50%. What's the lesson here?

If you follow the law, the government will go bankrupt.

Engadget: Dallas considers shutting off red light cams, since they're working too well and harming revenue

G4tv.com gets to play around with all the cool new gadgets and tell you what to think about them. This week we review the…

XtremeMac Incharge FM for iPhone
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Price: $69.95

Looking for a good FM transmitter to get those tunes off of your iPhone/iPod and into your car stereo? XtremeMac has this to offer.

PROS:

  • Shielded from iPhone Data Noise
  • Will Charge Any USB Device
  • Strong FM Transmission
  • Play/Pause & Track Navigation

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Sony dropped a slew of details on the gameplay, tracks and cars that will make up PS3 racing game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. For a prologue meant to hold us over until the main game is released, it looks very awesome.

The Features:

  •  Drift Mode – The player’s drifting technique is measured based on drift angles, racing lines, and speeds within evaluation zones located at various turns on the course.
  • In Depth Car Tuning – Players have the ability to adjust the vehicle’s performance, including power, weight, tires and suspension.
  • Two-player Split Screen Racing – Allows players to race head-to-head against friends and foes offline.
  • New Race Events – New racing events and time trials are available for players to race both offline and online. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue supports up to 16 players racing online simultaneously.
  • Gran Turismo TV -- a new dedicated online channel that delivers worldwide motorsport programming and manufacturer content.
  • In-cockpit view -- "real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle.
  • More dynamic and adjustable Artificial Intelligence, a user homepage called
  • "My Page and a new physics engine"
  • Dualshock 3 compatible.

What, no cupholders??

Click the cut for the expansive list of cars available...but before you do, check out these jaw-smashing screenshots!

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The next step for hybrid cars is moving to lithium-ion batteries, which hold their charge and are smaller than current nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries.

The problem with using Li-Ion batteries is that they generate a lot of heat (the popular cause of hot-crotch among laptop users), but GM thinks they have it all figured out.

The new technology should allow them to throw hybrid engines in every class of vehicle that they produce.

Mercedes-Benz and Toyota also have plans to bring lithium-ion hybrids to production.

USA Today: GM says it has lithium-ion batteries for hybrids figured out

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New KITTs 4 Sale

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Posted February 29, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

In case you really, really, really loved NBC's recent Knight Rider TV movie remake, two new KITTs are on the block at the upcoming Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson auction.

So what are you waiting for!?!?

The sale of the "normal" and “Attack Mod” KITTs will benefit Ford's Salute to Education charity scholarship program…

…and make you look really cool.

(Though not as cool as if you had one of the old school Hasslehoff KITTs…no, not nearly as cool…)

Autoblog.com: GT500KR KITTs already on the block

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Buy Gas with Your Finger

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Posted February 27, 2008 - By bleahy

At 10 Shell gas stations around the country, customers can pay by touch using their fingerprints, which is digit-tally (LOL) linked to a credit card.

Now, someone will have to steal your finger to steal your identity. Or, you know, just hack into the computer storing your information, but that's neither here nor there.

Does this mark a new beginning in payment options? Will we all be paying by fingerprints in a few years? We doubt it. Mobil already has SpeedPass, which just requires you to wave a key fob near a sensor, but that isn't easy enough for Shell, apparently.

In this war for the most convenient way to buy overpriced gas, who will be the victor? We want to pay for gas just by thinking about it. Make that happen, science!

Shell via a physical copy of PC Magazine.

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