Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Urban Transport

The LaGrange L1 is a motorized skateboard truck that can be used to retrofit existing non-...

With the current surging popularity of electric bicycles, it only makes sense that we’re seeing an increase in something else getting motorized – the skateboard. Just in the past couple of years, Gizmag has featured electric boards such as the Fiik, Gnarboard, ZBoard, LiquidRoam, and the Boosted Board. While all of those come as complete skateboards, Florida-based RedRock Boardshop is offering something a little different – the powered LaGrange L1 truck, that turns any board into an electric vehicle.  Read More

Xfire’s Bike Lane Safety Light in use

A lot of people won’t ride a bicycle on city streets because they’re scared that a vehicle will run into them. This fear certainly isn’t helped by the many drivers who unknowingly get dangerously close to cyclists while driving alongside them. Xfire’s Bike Lane Safety Light is designed to address that problem by using lasers to project a virtual bike lane on the road around the bike.  Read More

The  Zümaround comes in four colors

Kickstart Scooters has unveiled a new electric kick scooter that it calls the Zümaround. The scooter is designed to give riders a full electric boost when muscling up difficult terrain. Its large, pneumatic tires will roll you to speeds of up to 20 mph (32 km/h).  Read More

Boosted Boards markets its longboard as a “last mile” transport system

San Francisco-based startup Boosted Boards has produced an eponymous electric skateboard prototype capable of providing a push-free ride for up to 6 miles. While an electric skateboard isn't anything new in itself, this particular longboard is declared by its makers to be the world's lightest electric vehicle.  Read More

The AutoTram Extra Grand (Photo: Fraunhofer IVI)

Love them or hate them, bendy buses are impressive. You see one coming around a corner looking like an ordinary bus, then comes the articulated bit and then more bus. Now the unveiling in Dresden, Germany of the AutoTram Extra Grand raises the bar with a bendy bus that’s more like a bendy train. With three sections, measuring over 30 meters (100 ft) long and a passenger capacity of 256, it’s the world’s longest bus.  Read More

The Gnarboards Trail Rider and Corvette C5 battle it out in a 75-foot drag

When we first took a look at the Gnarboards Trail Rider electric skateboard a couple of months ago, we likened it to a “Ferrari for your feet” due to it boasting a power-to-weight ratio that would put many cars to shame. But rather than a Ferrari, Gnarboards creator Joshua Tulberg has pitted his invention against another vehicle to demonstrate its power and speed – a C5 Corvette.  Read More

The Isoteko bicycle helmet mirror is designed to be unobtrusive and good-looking

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles resulted in the deaths of 618 cyclists in 2010 ... and that’s just in the United States. Regardless of who was at fault in those accidents, one thing is certain – urban cyclists are safer when they’re better able to keep tabs on the vehicles around them. While helmet-mounted mirrors are a great help in that regard, many cyclists don’t use them. That’s why Canadian entrepreneurs Greg Maxwell and Richard Seck invented the Isoteko mirror.  Read More

The Halo comes in your choice of yellow, green, red or blue

The Halo Belt is a new way of boosting your visibility on city streets while giving yourself a unique fashion accessory. The belt makes you difficult to miss on bike or foot. Whether you spend your nights on city thoroughfares or inside dimly lit nightclubs, the Halo Belt could be the perfect accessory.  Read More

Nissan's Andy Palmer poses next to London's new NV200 black cab (Photo: Gizmag)

With London 2012 in full effect and all eyes on UK's capital, Nissan has chosen a shrewd Monday morning to announce that its NV200 is to be certified as a London black cab. Nissan claims that the taxi variant of its light commercial vehicle is 50 percent more fuel efficient than other black cabs, allowing the automaker to position the NV200 as the next generation London taxi, just as it has for New York and Tokyo where NV200 taxis are also set to appear. The fully electric model, the e-NV200, is set for London testing next year, and could see service as early as 2014.  Read More

The Faraday Porteur's batteries allow approximately 10-15 miles of full pedal-assist ridin...

The Faraday Porteur electric bicycle stole hearts when it won the Oregon Manifest bicycle competition last year for IDEO and Rock Lobster, but was never intended to be sold. However, lead IDEO designer Adam Vollmer was so enamored with the fruit of his labor that he founded Faraday Bicycles in order to bring the Porteur to market.  Read More

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