GENEVA--Despite a slump in the European automotive market, this year's Geneva auto show was the most impressive in recent history, and also showcased some of the most exotic cars in the world. We saw new limited-edition models from Ferrari and Lamborghini. McLaren came out with a hybrid supercar, and Volkswagen showed a hybrid hypermiler. Chevrolet took the top off its Corvette Stingray, and Toyota did the same with its GT-86, the equivalent of the Scion FR-S in the U.S. Here are just a few of the cars we saw.
We've rounded up eight of the hottest cars seen at this year's Geneva auto show for your viewing pleasure:
1. Lamborghini Veneno
Lamborghini celebrates 50 years by unveiling the Lamborghini Veneno, a production car that the Italian automaker sells for $4 million dollars and is already sold out of the four models built. Exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag.
The United States' top arms control official thinks the public can play a vital role in helping to combat international arms control violations and threats.
At South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, this Friday, Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will take part in a session, to be moderated by CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman, in which she will talk about the U.S. State Department's plans to develop initiatives that utilize technology and public participation in tackling some of the thorniest security problems the United States and its allies face today.
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HANNOVER, Germany--Some vehicles don't fit easily into one category or another.
Organic Transit's Elf -- a battery-boosted, solar-powered, covered tricycle -- is definitely one such device.
The North Carolina startup has begun selling the vehicles through Kickstarter and now directly on its Web site. It's now built 12, and it's showing off the $4,000 machines at the CeBit trade show here.
"This is targeting commuters," said Alix Bowman, director of strategy for the 15-person company. One possibility: People can go to work on battery power so they don't arrive sweaty, then can … Read more
HANOVER, Germany--For those who want to take their music with them, a more convenient option than lugging loudspeakers is now available: fist-sized, battery-powered devices called vibration speakers.
These chunky widgets transform a table, floor, car roof, or even window into a large speaker. One one end is a tweeter for playing higher-frequency pitches, and on the other a driver that moves the surface to which it's attached, converting it into a giant woofer.
The devices were thumping loudly on the CeBIT tech show floor here as manufacturers tried to drum up customers, distributors, retailers, and business partners. … Read more
Office 2013 users can now legally transfer their license if they buy a new computer or their current one breaks down.
In the face of user concerns over its previous policy, Microsoft today amended its Office 2013 license agreement. Now Office 2013 customers can move the software and license to another PC once every 90 days.
Effective immediately, the agreement covers Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, and all of the standalone Office 2013 applications.
Microsoft's previous policy for Office 2013 limited users to a perpetual license good for only one PC. … Read more
Can't make it to this year's South by Southwest (aka SXSW) conference in Austin? At least you don't have to miss out on the music.
As part of its SXSW: Live from Austin series, NPR is offering The Austin 100 -- a collection of 100 songs by 100 artists, all in MP3 format, all absolutely free.
And I mean really and truly free: There's nothing to register for, no form to complete, and not a single Facebook or Twitter sharing requirement.
Just scroll down a bit until you see the Download the Music box on the … Read more
GENEVA--We've seen air-powered prototype cars on a small scale before, but now Peugeot unveils the first-ever air-powered full-size production model at the 2013 Geneva auto show. The new 2008 HybridAir uses an innovative hybrid system storing kinetic energy as compressed air.
The Peugeot 2008 is a new compact crossover slated for sale in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, with a variety of diesel and gasoline engines. But Peugeot calls its most interesting drivetrain option the HybridAir.
This hybrid system uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and a hydraulic motor to drive the front wheels. Similar to gasoline-electric hybrids, … Read more
How cool that you're going to be coming to South by Southwest (SXSW) for the first time. You're going to have so much fun, meet a lot of terrific people, and see a lot of cool technology. Sleep? Probably not so much.
I'm glad you asked me for some suggestions on how to get by while you're in Austin. I feel that -- as a seven-time attendee -- I've learned a lot about how to survive. I think I can even help you win SXSW.
So where to begin? A lot of people … Read more
HANOVER, Germany--Enough with the cutesy little quadcopter drones.
Instead of pint-sized four-rotor aircraft good enough to experiment with swarm dynamics or to carry small cameras, German startup E-volo is building an 18-rotor model that can carry a human passenger. It's the latest attempt to realize the dream of the flying car.
The Karlsruhe-based company plans to begin selling its VC200 in 2015, said Jeromin Schwenk, a student with the Karlsruhe University of Applied Science who's one of about 60 people working on the project.
"It's going to be the personal aircraft for everyone," Schwenk said, … Read more