White Stripes Sell Out


Posted September 19, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

A Colorado company called Parking Stripe Advertising is staring to sell advertising on those yellow and white lines you see in parking lots.

The agency uses heavy-duty tape bearing promotional ads to cover the parking stripes and charges $40 per stripe to do so.

Hey, aren’t these stripes painted there by the city? Shouldn’t they be doing something about this? Isn’t it illegal or something to deface city property? I mean, what is stopping an enterprising young buck like myself from selling ads on, say, all the stop signs around my neighborhood? Sure, hundreds could die in car wrecks, but at least they’ll know the new Larry The Cable Guy movie is coming soon to DVD before they are jettisoned through their windshield and impaled on a picket fence, right?

Autoblog.com: Introducing Parking Stripe Ads

Tags: Cars, News

'SEGA Rally' Demo Gameplay Video


Posted September 18, 2007 - By juster

The SEGA Rally REVO demo hit Xbox Live yesterday, and TheFeed was there to capture footage under the guise of "working".  Sometimes our job is really, really awesome.

Rally REVO is much more "arcadey" than DiRT, but the AI seems to be a bit tougher (at least in the demo).  Driving the car much closer to a PGR than a Gran Turismo, but should prove fun nonetheless.  And its pretty as hell.

Check it.

SEGA Rally Revo Demo Gameplay »

The KillaCycle is the fastest electric motorcycle on Earth. Its 137 lbs. of battery generate enough speed for the bike to go 0 to 60 in a mind-numbing .97 seconds, and tops out at 158MPH. During a demo of the bike's prowess, doing a burnout, inventor Bill Dube was thrown from the bike into a close-by minivian.

The accident happened when the back wheel of the bike locked up on Dube, sending him flying through the air, and into the parked minivan. Luckily, Dube was breathing and moving all of his fingers and toes after the accident, when he was taken away by Los Angeles EMTs.

NOTE: Dube was not wearing any protective gear or a helmet at the time of the crash, which is just dumb. NEVER get on a motorcycle without this stuff.

TG Daily.com: TG Video: Electric motorcycle inventor crashes at Wired NextFest

Dust off those wireless racing wheels, people. Project Gotham Racing 4 has gone gold and will hit its release date of October 2nd!

Check out the developer post at PGRNations.com for the full car list and then hit the cut for our game preview!

PGRNations.com: Project Gotham Racing 4 Has Gone Gold!

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Halo-Themed NASCAR Paint Scheme


Posted September 13, 2007 - By juster

And the marketing machine rolls on.  That was a pun, because the above pictured Halo-3 paint scheme is featured on a race car.  And they totally roll.  *sigh*

#40 driver David Stremme will rock Halo 3 colors at Dover on Sept 23rd.  Some of you will say you don't care and that NASCAR is stupid, but odds are more of you will tune-in to watch the race.  Sorry guys, that's the truth of the TV ratings.

Nothing against Stremme, but TheFeed would have preferred that Juan Pablo Montoya (on the same team) were to rock the Halo paint.  JPM is a former Formula 1 driver who has won the Indy 500, wrecks in nearly half of his races and is a kung fu expert.  That's just awesome.

Also, his name is fun as hell to say.  JUAN PABLO MONTOYA.  SAY IT.


Pontiac is teaming up with Microsoft for some Halo 3 promotions, which could net you a brand new car! During the first 3 days of Halo 3's release Microsoft will award 144 random gamers 8,000 MS Points.

These winners will also be entered to win a Halo-themed Pontiac GXP Street Edition (worth $28,000) or a Samsung home theater system worth $3,500.

Pontiac will also be giving 1,000 people a copy Halo 3 before it releases on September 25 with their "First to Own" promotion.

GamesIndustry.biz: Microsoft announces events and promotions

There's a lot going on in the Arcade Mode in the new Project Gotham Racing 4. You can learn how to bike, race in a PVP mode, drift, and more in all kinds of weather conditions with all sorts of cars. It's pretty robust all the way through, and there are 108 medals that can be earned in this mode. Looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

The entire thing takes place over several different chapters, each chapter designed to show off a different racing discipline. The game is imminent, to be released on North America on October 2nd. It's going to be pretty fierce when it comes.

Bizarre Creations.com: Arcade Mode details revealed

Volvo is showing off a new type of hybrid concept car and it seems pretty promising. The concept is currently called "ReCharge" and will drive 62 miles only off of electricity.

Then, when the fuel cells are dry, a four cylinder flex-fuel engine starts up and drives on gas, while also recharging the fuel cells.

This is a great concept because it allows for short drives entirely on electricity, but allows drivers to take longer trips and recharge on the go with the engine.

No word yet on when this concept could become a real car, though.

Engadget: Volvo shows off ReCharge plug-in hybrid concept vehicle

Tags: Cars, News, Tech

Booze To Fuel Cars?


Posted August 31, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Hey, ever wonder if after a drunken night on the town where you discover your car has run out of gas, if you could puke into the tank and make your car run?

Well, technology has gotten us one step closer to that dream.

According to Professor Graeme Walker from the University of Abertay Dundee, leftover grains from beer and Whiskey could be turned into biofuels in a cost-effective and efficient manner. In fact, any distilling process leaves behind by-products, including the distillation of corn into ethanol.

Hell yeah…

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Tags: Cars

Mercedes is making your life easier…if you happen to be very rich.

The high end car company is introducing a feature called Search and Send that will allow send Google and Yahoo! driving directions directly to your car's navigation system.

Here’s how it works:

  • First, you get driving directions from your fave search engine.
  • Then you hit a button labeled Send to Car.
  • Then, if you have a Tele-Aid subscription, when you get in your car you can hit the "i" button and it downloads the directions.

Bing bang boom, you’re on you’re way!

Unless you drive anything but a Mercedes….you loser!

(Watch a demo here.)

Autoblog.com: New Mercedes Nav system uses Google/Yahoo Maps

Introducing The iCar?


Posted August 30, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

German publication Sueddeutsche reports that Volkswagen head Martin Winterkorn has been talking to Apple's CEO Steve Jobs about something, though exactly what isn't totally clear.

Financial Times Deutschland reports that a VW spokesperson said Winterkorn and Jobs did indeed meet, that negotiations are ongoing and that there are "lots of ideas but no specific plans."

So, two heads-of-corporations met and talked about something, which is plenty of fuel for the internets to chatter about ZOMG! possibilities of an Apple iCar.

Autoblog: Apple, Volkswagen creating the iCar?

Tags: Cars, Tech

A New Jersey teenager successfully managed to unlock his iPhone for use on all networks and what does he get out of it? A angry legal letter from AT&T? A cease & desist from Apple?

No! He got a Nissan 350Z and three new iPhones. He said on his blog, "Terry Daidone, the founder of Certicell contacted me this morning, and offered to make a trade for the iPhone. I traded it for a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones."

The Register: US teen trades hacked iPhone for Nissan 350Z

A fingerprint system that will allow only you to start your car is now available, straight out of the spy magazines of yesteryear. Yes, the ATRD M10 works by reading your fingerprint to determine that you, and only you, are the rightful driver of your car. And, we know what you're thinking...there's a switch that allows the car to be put into 'valet' mode, in case someone else wants to use it.

However, if you are running to a car to escape from ninjas or pirates, it might take a little while for you to be able to start your car, which means that you might be decapitated, raped, or pillaged.* TheFeed has determined that this is no good. Our solution? Put the fingerprint reader on a keychain, which will allow you to remotely start your car from a running start. No fuss, no muss, no pillaging.

Autoblog: Retrofit a fingerprint immobilizer in your car

*Depending, of course, if you are being chased by pirates or ninjas.

Tags: Cars, News, Tech

Daily Wrap-Up 8.23.07

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Posted August 23, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

Here's a day of TheFeed, all summed up for ya!

  • NBC is bringing back schlock-fest American Gladiators as a mid-season replacement
  • Paramount reportedly received $150 million in "incentives" to make sure their movies would be HD-DVD.
  • According to FiringSquad.com, Sony will not be attending the E for All Expo.
  • A petition is circulating to save the PT Cruiser.
  • Wu Tang Clan’s GZA has apparently asked Wu-affiliate Killah Priest to record an entire collaboration album together.
  • A British company is working on a system that will allow them to add tracking devices to school uniforms.
  • London police arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with assault for throwing a sausage at a pensioner.
  • Check out the video of the Blazing Angels demo. Schweeet!
  • According to the San Jose Mercury News, you might want to wait to pick up a 360.
  • Check out these brand new Project Gotham screenshots.
  • MySpace and MTV announced today that they have joined forces for a series of "one-on-one dialogues" with the major presidential candidates from both political parties.
  • The latest rumor on the Justice League movie front is that it may be a CG motion capture film ala The Polar Express.
  • The Chinese auto industry has copied the most American of all American autos, the Humvee.
  • Sources close to rock vets The Rolling Stones says their current tour, the Bigger Bang worldwide trek, Will be the band’s last

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Save The PT Cruiser!


Posted August 23, 2007 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Scott Kissinger is a man after my own heart. The man who developed the first PT Cruiser enthusiast website is now circulating an online petition asking Chrysler not to stop making the car, which they are tentatively planning on doing in 2009. Kissinger cites the fact that the Cruiser is still the second most popular car that Chrysler makes and that sales continue to be brisk, which is true.

No one knows why, exactly, the car company is choosing to stop production of the PT Cruiser, but it really doesn't make any sense. After all, the PT Cruiser is the perfect car for someone who is going through a mid-life crisis and can't afford to buy a Saab.

Autoblog.com: Enthusiast starts petition to save the PT Cruiser

Tags: Cars, News


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