Nissan's smartwatch – the Nissan Nismo Concept watch. A great idea!

Now this is rather cool. Not wanting to miss out on a tech bandwagon car makers are jumping in with their own smart watches. Nissan has this little beauty, the Nissan Nismo Concept Watch, which it is offering buyers of its high-end cars. It links with a smartphone via Bluetooth to offer a mix of…

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Ashley NorrisNissan's smartwatch – the Nissan Nismo Concept watch. A great idea!

IFA 2013 – Ford adds Spotify, Tom Tom and others to its in-car AppLink system

Ford has one upped the ante in the way cars are integrating consumer technology by revealing a host of new apps for its AppLink system at IFA. AppLink (which essentially connects a smartphone to Ford's SYNC connected dashboard system) now works some really interesting content company and service providers including Spotify, Tom Tom and Hotels.com.…

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Ashley NorrisIFA 2013 – Ford adds Spotify, Tom Tom and others to its in-car AppLink system

Nissan developing self-healing, Scratch Shield iPhone case

Although even the toughest cases may keep your phone scratch-free, they're certainly not invincible, and if you're as clumsy as us you end up working your way through them at a rather fast pace. Well now Nissan aims to bring the clever paint technology it uses on some of its cars to a phone case…

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Becca CaddyNissan developing self-healing, Scratch Shield iPhone case

Electric cars to take over London

A number of car manufacturers have made electric, hybrid and low-CO2 emitting vehicles over the past few years, including the likes of Fiat, Honda and Citroen, as well as more niche brands like Tesla Motors. Most people see these cars as brilliant ideas, but they're often considered a bit too pricey or high maintenance, so…

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Becca CaddyElectric cars to take over London

IFA 2011 – Ford adds MyKey restriction technology to its cars

Car manufacturer Ford will be revealing a new kind of technology for its European vehicles called MyKey at IFA in Berlin today. MyKey will allow car owners to program a special key for their vehicles, which then enables them to activate a number of restrictions, such as top speeds and audio volume. The technology has…

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Becca CaddyIFA 2011 – Ford adds MyKey restriction technology to its cars

PICTURES: Small eco-car EN-V, stands up, looks like a shoe

Those tiny eco cars always look like shoes. And here's another one: the EN-V concept car. Though given how weird this one is, we're not sure it counts as a car in the first place, resembling a covered Segway more than the average hatchback. The EN V (short for Electric networked vehicle) only has two…

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Anna LeachPICTURES: Small eco-car EN-V, stands up, looks like a shoe

Turn left at the Temple: How SatNavs work in places without street names

Interesting point from an employee of NavTeq, the satnav makers, at mobile location conference MoMoLo last night. He was explaining how navigation companies make maps and directions in countries where streets don't have names. The answer? They do just what humans do - use landmarks. Of course this is an early science, but it's something…

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Anna LeachTurn left at the Temple: How SatNavs work in places without street names

Geneva Motor Show: Ford unveil an all-electric Focus – their first zero-emissions car

Ford have reinvented their classic Focus car this year for the Geneva Motor Fest by whipping out the internal combustion engine and replacing it with a battery. Their new Focus Electric is run completely on electricity and has no carbon emissions. It's not just a model for the show either - it's going into production…

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Anna LeachGeneva Motor Show: Ford unveil an all-electric Focus – their first zero-emissions car

Is it a handbag..? no – it's a car! Citroen DS3 gets an Orla Kiely makeover

You may be more used to seeing those little acorn and stem designs from Orla Kiely on pencils and laptop bags, but Citroen have just gone and pasted them all over a car. A car which you, dear reader, can go and buy. Though they mocked-up a wrap-over patterned car for the concept model, what…

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Anna LeachIs it a handbag..? no – it's a car! Citroen DS3 gets an Orla Kiely makeover

#CES: Yes, the car is now on the internet – HARMAN announcement

Your trusty family car could soon be just as wired up to the internet as your laptop or mobile as manufacturers seek to get internet connections into cars. It's a hotly tipped area in tech this year. I'm expecting Apple to bust out an iCar any week now... just think of these new cars as…

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Anna Leach#CES: Yes, the car is now on the internet – HARMAN announcement

New Hyundai Equus car comes with a free iPad… as a user manual

We'd like to call this a free iPad, but you need to purchase a £30,000 car to get the benefit of the deal. Hyundai are giving away a free iPad with their new Equus 2011 which debuted at the Los Angeles SEMA car show. It's pretty swish though, check on it below... The iPad contains…

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Anna LeachNew Hyundai Equus car comes with a free iPad… as a user manual

Pictures & Video of Mini's first scooter: E Concept is a zippy all-electric treat

Mini has made its scooter debut at the Paris Motor Show 2010. with the e-concept range. Clearly aimed at young urbanites, the new range of electric scooters even boasts space on the handlebars to accommodate a smartphone, such as an iPhone. The iPhone bit is waterproof in case you're wondering. Various colours are available including…

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Anna LeachPictures & Video of Mini's first scooter: E Concept is a zippy all-electric treat

It's a Fashion Buggy! Pictures of the Lacoste Citroen concept car

Fashion brand Lacoste - known for minimalist preppy sports-inspired fashion and their alligator logo - have collaborated with Citroen to make a car. It's a real fashion buggy. What with it being a concept car, it doesn't actually exist as a commercial product, but if it did, I fear it would be out of my…

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Anna LeachIt's a Fashion Buggy! Pictures of the Lacoste Citroen concept car

Breathalyzer Gadget that disables cars goes mandatory in New York

Drivers convicted of Drinking Under the influence in New York will now be forcibly fitted with a new gadget. The Ignition Interlock is like the opposite of pimping your car: it's a car lock combined with a breathalyzer. Clamping over the ignition switch it requires the driver to blow into the mouthpiece anytime they want…

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Anna LeachBreathalyzer Gadget that disables cars goes mandatory in New York

Test Drive: Nissan Leaf electric car

If you thought that electric cars were just teeny, tiny little things like the G-Whiz which look like they'd turn over if you blow on them, then think again. The latest crop of electric vehicles (and we're not talking hybrids here) are proper cars that look - but don't sound - like the real thing.…

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Chris PriceTest Drive: Nissan Leaf electric car

The danger of using mobile maps abroad: why GPS is free but downloading maps isn't

While the electronic maps function on mobile phones is one of their big selling points, they can be expensive beasts to run abroad. Some testing by Garmin on an HTC phone on an O2 pay as you go contract showed that using mobile navigation on the 185 mile Calais to Paris trip cost £24 to…

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Anna LeachThe danger of using mobile maps abroad: why GPS is free but downloading maps isn't

Q&A on WhipCar: the site that lets you rent a car from your neighbours

Yes WhipCar is another online car rental service, but with a slight twist. This time you're not just renting a car from a company with a car pool - you're renting it from your neighbours. Yes, that's right. From John down the road or Maureen next door. So who can rent out cars? Anyone with…

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Anna LeachQ&A on WhipCar: the site that lets you rent a car from your neighbours

Econav: the satnav from Vexia that tells you how to drive green

Satnavs tell you where to drive, so it was only a matter of time before they started telling you how to drive too. And someone's just gone and launched one in the UK. With a twist though. Econav fixes on your car's dashboard like a TomTom or other standard satnav and tells you how to…

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Anna LeachEconav: the satnav from Vexia that tells you how to drive green

Shiny Video: launch of Peugeot's BB1, the cutest electric car ever

The Cheeky girls were there, and so was ShinyShiny. We managed to push celebs aside and get a look at Peugeot's new electric car the BB1: branded as half scooter, half car, it fits four people, has handlebars instead of a steering wheel, and the cutest squished windscreen you ever saw. http://www.bb1-peugeot.com

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Anna LeachShiny Video: launch of Peugeot's BB1, the cutest electric car ever

TomTom GO I-90 now with voice-activated radio

Having cornered the market in car navigation, TomTom have made their new GO I-90 device more multi-purpose by moving into in-car entertainment or infotainment as they like to call it. The word 'infotainment' makes me think of the dreary educational computer games my parents used to foist upon me, but, TomTom's infotainment features are altogether…

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Anna LeachTomTom GO I-90 now with voice-activated radio