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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC Coupe

We're searching for superlatives.<p>As the technological leader of the Mercedes-Benz brand, the big coupes have sent us searching for superlatives for decades. The new S-class coupe is awesomer than ever. See? We’re still searching.<p>Built on a shortened version of the all-singing, self-driving S550’s …

Blocks Wearables is building a modular smartwatch that you can customize any way you want

Earlier this year, a company called Blocks Wearables announced intentions to build its own modular smartwatch called Blocks. Here at CES, the company is showing off some <i>very</i> early prototypes and mock-ups of what Blocks might eventually look like and how it could work.<p>Blocks Wearables was exhibiting …

Disney's Beachbot is an artistic robot turtle that can draw in the sand

The robotic turtle above can't wield katanas, eat pizza or shout cowabunga, but it can still do something awesome: draw big sand sketches on the beach. It's named "Beachbot" and was developed by a team from ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, a network of labs responsible for …

Robotics

Audi's A7 Sportback is driving itself more than 550 miles to CES this year

The stunt is designed to show off Audi's new Piloted Driving tech<p>Of all the ways of getting to CES this year, taking a self-driving car is by far the most on-theme. At least, this seems to be the reasoning behind Audi’s decision to let an A7 Sportback drive itself across more than 550 miles of …

Sony's Apology for the PSN Outage Is a 10% Discount Coupon

Sony wants to make things right after the DDoS attack that left its PlayStation Network (PSN) crippled and its users unable to play or watch content online.<p>Anyone who plays on PSN will recieve a 10-percent discount code for whatever they want to buy from the PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Plus …

PlayStation Plus

Lawsuit accuses Apple of storage sleight of hand

The suit filed early this week in US District Court in Northern California argues that while Apple touts 16 gigabytes of digital storage on lower price models of gadgets such as hot-selling iPhones, about a fifth of that is eaten up by the latest operating software.<p>The percentage of advertised …

Galaxy S6 Rumored to Feature Curved Display, new Designs

According to a recent post on Reddit by a confirmed Samsung employee, the Galaxy S6 may be a surprise to us all.Whereas Samsung has been making …

Ford Climate Tests The 2015 Mustang: Video

Sure, a great number of Ford Mustangs will wind up as rental vehicles in locations like Hawaii, California, Arizona, and Florida. The convertible V-6 …

The most anticipated tech of 2015

DIY McFly: Make a working hoverboard from common yard gear

Yes, Virginia, there is a hoverboard. You can make it yourself and you don't need a special surface to ride on. Austin, Texas, tinkerer Ryan Craven has created a functioning hoverboard prototype. It's big and it's loud, but most importantly, it works.<p>Craven first got the idea to create a DIY …

Hoverboards

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic

The NISMO-matic Z trades some joy for some tenths.<p>We have a campaign here at <i>Car and Driver</i> called “Save the Manuals.” Among other things, it involves T-shirts and other festive tchotchkes (get yours today!), fastidious coverage of manual-equipped models whenever they’re offered, and a weekly Name …

2014 Jaguar F-type V-8 S Roadster

Loud pipes save lives. In this case, Jaguar's.<p>From the August 2015 issue<p>Sales are not always the ultimate arbiter of a brand’s outlook, at least not in the same way that failure is a ­certainty in their absence. Jaguar’s numbers, in free fall when Ford dumped the brand in early 2008 on India’s Tata …

A new angle on desktops with curved-screen Samsung Ativ One 7

This all-in-one adopts the same curved display as Samsung's big-screen 4K TVs.<p>If you're looking for something a little different in an all-in-one desktop, the new Ativ One 7 Curved desktop is the first all-in-one we've seen with a curved screen.<p>Giving a display a concave shape is an idea starting …

The US Military Now Has A Direction Changing, Remote-Controlled Bullet

Well folks, if it wasn’t confirmed before, it definitely is now – we’re officially living in a video game. Why? Because the US Department of Defense has successfully tested a bullet that can change its course after being fired. Even better, that course can actually be directed via remote …

Filmmakers: Finally, There's 4K on Your Phone

The ultimate goal for most filmmakers is a multi-million dollar budget, a sizable crew and plenty of cool toys -- including a high-end camera. The reality is that most of us want to film quality content more frequently than we're able to Kickstart a new budget. But last Tuesday the Ultrakam 4K app …

Here's What the 1,000-Mph Car Looks Like in Pieces

The British land-rocket designed to top 1,000 mph is coming together.<p>This is the Bloodhound SSC. Or, at least, this <i>will be</i> the Bloodhound SSC, which will attempt to achieve the land speed world record and drive more than 1,000 mph, across the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.<p>The array of parts you …

The Future of HealthTech - Ambulance Drones

In December 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos caused quite a stir with the announcement of his company’s plans to offer 30-minute product deliveries via unmanned aerial vehicles (more commonly referred to as “drones”). Drones have been deployed by the U.S. military since the 1970s, for purposes ranging …

Spied! 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Completely Undisguised

All we can say is that we can’t wait to hear it scream all the way to redline from the driver’s seat.

5 smartphone innovations coming in 2015

Think that brand-new smartphone in your pocket is pretty cool? In just a few short months it’ll be officially obsolete. In early 2015, the first …

We now know the car, the poster, and the full cast for the next James Bond film

The 24th James Bond film now has a name: <i>Spectre</i>, which is set for release in late 2015. Bond fans know Spectre as the global terrorist organization from classic Bond films (the name is an acronym for all things obviously evil: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and …

Lexus Confirms Production Version of Stunning LF-LC Sports Coupe

Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit show, the Lexus LF-LC concept’s unflinching styling has polarized observers. (We think it looks grand.) Whether it’s for the sake of seeing whether Lexus would follow through with a production version, or genuine excitement to see it on the road, what <i>has</i> been …

2015 10Best Cars

Dozens of contenders, just 10 winners—these cars are guaranteed to entertain and delight any driver.<p>From the January 2015 issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>There are roughly 150 new car models on the market today, many of them only narrowly distinguishable from each other. The sedans are flame-surfaced affairs …

Chevy Chaparral Concept Has Laser-Based Propulsion

A whole passel of manufacturers are creating in-game concept cars for Gran Turismo 6 as part of the Vision Gran Turismo project. Subaru’s car for the game looked to a dried fish for inspiration. The Chevrolet team looked to theoretical space-propulsion technology and then built a physical …

Grande Ballroom: Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Bows at L.A. Show

As opulent as its name is bland.<p>Since the last of the Rolls-Royce/Bentley–based convertibles, the mighty Azure, rolled off into the Cannes sunset, Crewe has been without a luxuriant behemoth of a droptop. Sure, you can buy a Continental GT convertible, but anybody worth his Centurion card knows …

Jaguar Will Still Sell RWD F-type R Outside of U.S.

For 2016, the weapons-grade Jaguar F-type R will be required to pass a good-behavior course and carefully route its 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels instead of two. Ironically, it’s in Britain—where antisocial-behavior orders are an actual civil offense—where the …

5 Cool Things About the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350's Flat-Crank V-8

Ford finally unveiled its new Mustang Shelby GT350 track scalpel this week, and the car is packed with tons of interesting details—but none as tantalizing as the Blue Oval’s first-ever flat-plane-crankshaft engine, a 5.2-liter screamer of a V-8.<p>We still don’t know some of the most important …