I could tell you just how quick the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL550 is by quoting a bunch of dry statistics (0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds, top speed governed at 155mph, net power 382 hp, net torque 391 lb-ft, blah, blah, blah), but I thought it might be more instructive to provide some real-world evidence courtesy of California Highway Patrol. Yes, I was just out on one of our highly scientific test drives for a CNET Car Tech review when I saw the five-o in the auto-dimming rearview mirror; they wasted no time in presenting me with a speeding ticket, … Read more
We at Crave would never advocate speeding or any other illegal activity on the road, but we do think it's only fair that motorists get a fighting chance against overzealous, quota-driven traffic cops (this is America, dammit). Besides, this windshield speed projector can actually help you keep your eyes on the road, making it easier to dial a cell phone phone or watch a DVD while behind the wheel.
GlobalTop Technology's "GPS HUD Speed Meter" projects your miles per hour on the windshield so your eyes don't need to drop down to the dashboard for … Read more
If this isn't a match made in heaven, we don't know what is: Porsche and yachting. Offering the opportunity of a "blank canvas," Florida-based Fearless Yachts approached Porsche Design Studios to seize what it calls the "aquabahn" with a state-of-the-art seacraft, a 28-foot cruiser built for high speed (surprise) featuring a 525-horsepower Viper engine.
Typical for what you'd expect from Porsche, the luxury racer has "the sleek curves and lean silhouette of a European coupe" with a seamless fiberglass hull that "does away with unsightly rivets that might slow it … Read more
To celebrate this Feb. 14, what better way to show your affection than to fire off an audio Valentine to a fellow motorist who cuts you off? Horntones has taken the concept of custom ringtones and applied it to the car horn for use on those special occasions.
The FX-550 won't actually be ready to order until the day after this Valentine's Day, but that will give you more time to look for just the right tunes to match your various bi-polar moods on the road. Uber-Review says you can store eight audio files that can be loaded … Read more
Japan's train industry may have made headlines in recent months for its hybrid fuel experiments, but its true historical claim has been the high-speed performance that made its "bullet trains" famous decades ago with speeds up to 186 mph.
The country is continuing that tradition today with the "N700 Series Shinkansen" line. A prototype of the train, which was just unveiled publicly, runs at about the same speeds as its predecessors but has one major difference: It tilts. The one-degree difference allows a 16-car train to maintain speeds of 167 mph even as it makes … Read more
It's war out there on the open highway. And we're not talking about road rage, either. The true enemy's most feared weapon of choice (to some people, we hear) is the radar gun.
Highway patrol officers still get a good laugh at those puny radar detectors people pathetically tried to use in the '80s. But there's a new toy in town, and it's called the Inforad GPS V3. Available in Europe, as reported by Shiny Shiny, this gadget starts flashing and beeping like a banshee whenever your car approaches a speed camera.
There's just … Read more
Earlier today, I wrote about the launch of EA Link, Electronic Arts' new digital distribution system for video games. The new service will allow gamers to buy and download to their PCs popular games like "The Sims 2" and "Need for Speed: Carbon."
But now word comes that in its earliest moments, the service is having some serious troubles. "EA Link thus far is a complete disaster," wrote a CNET News.com reader in an e-mail Friday. "I pre-ordered 'Need for Speed: Carbon'...The server was deader than a doornail...Since then, I … Read more
Is the future finally here? We've started to hear murmurs and rumbles about flying cars. Then there's all that research on the cloak of invisibility. And now, according to a BBC story, automatic translation machines that dub your speech, movie-style, could be next. Over on Digg they're extolling this in-the-works product as a "real Star Trek Universal Translator" (of course), but the scientists who are developing it are using the name "Tower of Babel." It looks like they're still having some accuracy issues, so I doubt you'll be seeing world leaders … Read more
A device that reads road signs. We're not sure if this is good or bad news: On one hand, it seems certain to improve safety; on the other, it means one less excuse if we get pulled over.
Siemens is developing a gadget that scans posted speed limits and matches them with your speedometer in real time. It then compares the numbers in front of your windshield and warns if you're going too fast.