Some cars are beautiful. Others are fast. Some others are incredibly practical. Some other cars are none of these things, but their importance isn't in their looks, speed or usability but the technological advancements they'll offer to the car industry as a whole. The RoboCar MEV-C is one of these cars. Built by Japanese robotics company ZMP it's the antithesis of everything gearheads love about cars. Under that sub-golf cart shiny plastic exterior, cyclops-like single headlight and highly suspect $35,000 price tag lurks some serious autonomous vehicle technology. We've looked at ZMP's...
Video: Look Ma, No Driver! ZMP RoboCar Memorizes Route Map
Feeling lazy? Don't feel like driving home from work tonight? Sounds like an autonomous car would be right up your street... ZMP's RoboCar doesn't quite have the aesthetics or practicality (and especially not the performance) of Google's automated Toyota Prius, but the technology it demonstrates is...Antony Ingram
Don't Like Your Fellow Bus Passengers? Crawl Into A Cocoon!
If you regularly use public transport, you should start writing to your local transit authority, because the Japanese have an idea that could make things a lot more pleasant! Passengers travelling on the Willer Express between the sprawling cities of Osaka and Tokyo in Japan get to enjoy a first...Antony Ingram
Infiniti Essence Concept to tackle Goodwood Festival hillclimb
Four months ago in Geneva, Infiniti's stunning Essence Concept laid the foundation for the future of design at the Japanese luxury brand. Soon, it will hit the pavement at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will take on the traditional hillclimb. The Essence is a rear-wheel drive luxury...Kenneth Hall
Nissan sends Infiniti EX to Japan as Skyline Crossover
Re-badging has stereotypically been the domain of U.S. carmakers, especially when crossing national borders, but Nissan/Infiniti are engaging in a bit of their own shell game with the Infiniti EX. Sending the vehicle to Japan as the Skyline Crossover, the car receives almost nothing in the way of...Ralph Hanson
Report: Production Lexus LF-A and Toyota-Subaru coupe to debut at Tokyo Motor Show
The supercar that almost wasnt, and still might not be - the Lexus LF-A, or LFA as it's known to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recently underwent a special kind of exhibition in Milan during Fashion Week, and now it could be shown off in final form come October's Tokyo Motor Show. A report...Alex Kaufmann
With more power and even more aggressive aerodynamics than the factory-built 430 Scuderia, IDING Power's new F460GT offers a new take on a super-performing F430 variant. Boring out the engine and replacing stock parts with carbon fiber are the primary modes of improvement. As the name suggests, the F460GT increases upon the standard 4.3L displacement of the F430's V8 engine by 0.3L bringing it to 4.6L. That increase in size along with the inclusion of some bolt-on parts brings power up to 508hp (379kW) and 353lb-ft (479Nm) of torque. The power upgrade is enough to send the F460GT to 62mph...