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— Urban Transport

Testing Honda's "mind-controlled" UNI-CUB β

By - December 7, 2013 110 Pictures
“It has a top speed of 6 km/h, it balances itself, and you couldn’t crash it if you tried. How can you possibly see that as one of the biggest thrills of your life?” That was the response from an automotive journalist colleague at the Tokyo Motor Show after I eulogized riding Honda’s UNI-CUB β personal mobility device. After a lifetime of journalism covering every form of technology, cars, motorcycles and "boys toys,” from driving and riding exotica worth a decade's wages, this was one the greatest thrills I had experienced – being one of the first to ride a landmark personal transportation device as important as Henry Ford’s Model T. Read More
— Automotive

In pictures: The 30th Thailand International Motor Expo

By - December 5, 2013 107 Pictures
Thailand has two major auto shows on its calender – the Bangkok Auto Show in March and the Thailand International Auto Expo in early December – and as Thailand continues its rise as a consumer and producer of automobiles, these shows grow in importance. The 30th Thailand International Motor Expo opened this week and Gizmag was on the show floor to capture the highlights. Read More
— Automotive

Top 10 concept cars and special editions of the 2013 LA Auto Show

By - November 27, 2013 50 Pictures
Whereas the concepts of the Frankfurt Motor Show were largely about flash styling and new packaging, the concepts and cars of this month's Los Angeles Auto Show were more focused on forward-thinking technology and green design. Fuel cells, hybrid powertrains and self-driving systems were themes across several models. Of course, there was still plenty of flash and hot styling, too. Read More
— Robotics

Toyota graces IREX 2013 with helper robots and more

By - November 15, 2013 25 Pictures
In the first decade of the new millennium, Toyota's Partner Robot program was known for its truly incredible humanoid robot band that could play the trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums, and even the violin. Gradually these projects, which were designed to entertain while demonstrating the deftness with which Toyota's robot hands could manipulate objects, gave way to more practical applications. The automotive giant was on hand at the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) 2013 to showcase its latest robotic innovations, including the Winglet, the Human Support Robot, and a new compliant robot arm. Read More
— Automotive

Japanese PM climbs aboard autonomous Nissan Leaf

By - November 11, 2013 3 Pictures
Autonomous cars took to the roads of Tokyo for the first time on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a passenger. The Prime Minister rode on the public roads in the National Diet Front Garden in a Nissan Leaf and autonomous cars built by Honda and Toyota. According to Nissan, Saturday’s drive was meant to show the Japanese government’s support for the development of autonomous cars, as was symbolized by the venue located between Japan's parliament and the Imperial Palace. Read More
— Automotive

Supercross Tundra beats out ski, rally and BMX teams in Toyota's SEMA challenge

By - November 7, 2013 15 Pictures
Instead of limiting its SEMA fleet to specialty vehicles it built itself, Toyota opened up the garage to professional Toyota Team athletes. The athletes worked with sponsors and aftermarket specialists to develop dream vehicles for their sports, with Toyota picking the winner this week. The tailgate-ready, portable bike repair center known as the Let's Go Moto Tundra proved victorious. Read More
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