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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mobile Tech For You And Your Car.

In March of this year Apple announced its new car-infotainment system - the CarPlay. This technology will be totally integrated within certain car brands and models for a totally seamless driving experience.

CarPlay will let iPhone users make calls, read and send messages, listen to music & use maps all using Siri-based voice control, touch controls and your standard knobs, dials and buttons in the car. Your 3rd party apps, like Spotify, will be able to run through this system.

Currently Jeep, Mazda, Ram, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissa, Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota are listed on Apples CarPlay website as being affiliated brands.

Is this integrated technology the way of the future? Do consumers want to be relying on more Apple products?

Regardless of what people think about this system, it is great to see large brands investing in safer ways to drive and communicate.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gran Turismo - From Concept to Reality

"In game"
Earlier this year Toyota brought a game inspired concept from the screen to reality. Many car fans will know of the hugely popular Gran Turismo franchise. This game has for a number of years invited top automotive manufactures to design concept cars for their latest editions of the game.
"In real life"

This popular concept has now begun to turn from concept to reality with the Toyota FT-1 being brought to life. Toyota's vice-president of product communications, Mike Michaels, said "It (the FT-1) was originally designed and conceived for Gran Turismo 6". After taking the game concept to the Toyota global president, Akio Toyoda, he was so impressed he told his staff "you have to make this a real car". The rest is history.

At present, there are no plans to put the FT-1 concept into production. Mike Michaels however did say there is a "50-50" chance you could get behind the wheel yourself... one day. We can only hope.

The FT-1 at the New York auto show in April


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top 5 for Driverless

Google's take on the driverless environment.



Whilst it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing product from Google. Its concept is undoubtedly the way of the future. The idea of driverless technology has been round for as long as cars have been. In the 50s futurists predicted we would be in cars lead by electronic pathways.

Driverless technology is inevitable and could be just the fix we need to kerb dangerous driving and ultimately lower automotive related deaths. Here is our top 5 reasons this technology will change our lives - for better or worse.

Driverless technology circa 1957 - Electronically guided highways.
Safety
With thousands of deaths on our roads each year its clear humans are not as good at driving as we think we are. Driverless cars will not speed, they will not drink and drive and they won't be racing their friends. Driverless 1 - Humans 0

Congestion
With more cars and people then ever before the inevitable traffic jams are predicted to get worse. With driverless technology, cars will be able to travel centimetres behind each other in convoy without the sporadic breaking and pointless hold ups incurred through human intervention. Driverless 2 - Humans 0 

Free time
We spend thousands of hours in our cars over our lifetime. Imagine if this time could be productive. We could be working from our cars or even, as predicted in 1957, playing boardgames with our children...
Driverless 3 - Humans 0 

Parking
We will be able to have our own personal valet. No longer will we have to find our own parking spots, our cars can drop us at our location then skulk away to find that space kilometres away. Ready to go? Just use your smart phone to summon your ride back to the front door.
Driverless 4 - Humans 0 

Enjoyment
Now for many of us driving can be more a pleasure then a pain. The feel of a nice motor under your foot as you motor around that windy coastal road is a pleasure we will ultimately loose. Not to mention the small bubble Google expects us to sit in... Driverless 4 - Humans 1

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

BRANDED FOR LIFE: PART TWO



Whatever brand you drive, there’s a story behind each and every name. Curious about how some came about?  Here are a few origins from M - V that may give you the edge next time you enter a trivia game.

Mazda – supposedly after Ahura Mazda, chief deity of the Zoroastrians, though some believe it’s a poor anglicised version of the founder’s name, Jujiro Matsuda.

Mitsubishi  – mitsu means three and hishi means diamond (the logo shape).

Nissan – the company was earlier known as Nippon Sangyo, which means "Japan Industries", but was shortened to Nissan

Peugeot – named after founder Emile Peugeot.

SAAB – derived from Swedish Aeroplane Company, with the AB coming from the word automobile.

SUBARU – from the Japanese name for the constellation known as Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, as in their logo.

Toyota – named after founder, Sakichi Toyoda, though the initially brand name was Toyeda.

Volkswagen –German for people's car.

Volvo – from the Latin word volvo, which means, "I roll", which was originally earmarked for a ball bearing being developed by SKF.

Whatever name you drive, you’ll find pretty much every brand of car on Carzoos, and maybe even some you never heard of.

Friday, June 13, 2014

World Cup stars ... If they were cars

World Cup fever has hit so we thought we'd put a different spin on it. Here is Carzoos' breakdown on the stars of this tournament and what we think these sports machines would be if they were in fact four-wheeled machines. 
What do you think? Did we miss anyone?


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mr Ricciardo Cements Himself In Australian Racing History.

Daniel Ricciardo -Montreal Grand Prix winner (2014). 

“I’m a Grand Prix winner! I think it still seems a bit surreal to be honest, just because it all happened so quickly at the end. I was third for a while and then it all happened in a really exciting fashion" Daniel reported to the media following his 1st win in the top flight competition. 

For those of you that may live under a rock, our own Daniel Ricciardo won his first F1 race this weekend in Montreal, Canada. 

Daniel has now become only the 4th Australian to grace the top step of a Formula 1 Grand Prix and subsequently has now cemented his place in Australian motor racing history. Fellow Australians Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Mark Webber are Dan's compatriots upon the top tier of the podium

From all of us at Carzoos - Congratulations Dan and we look forward to continuing to watch you for the remainder of the season!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Speed, Style & Police Enforcement


With Ford and Holden phasing out production of their high end Falcons and Commodores there will inevitably be disappointed rev-heads out there. However the gentlemen of the Australian Highway Police may be the beneficiary of this latest development.

There is word in the media that Australian Police could potentially get the iconic Ford Mustang as a replacement. Think Mad Max with Police decals!

This got us thinking at Carzoos... What are the most extravagant vehicles used for Police enforcement across the globe?

Here's our top 5!

1) Abu Dhabi - The law enforcement here get a relatively cheap ride (compared to our others) with only 100K dropped for their power packed Nissan GT-R.


2) Germany - This Mercedes-Benz Brabus Rocket CLS costs (without Police upgrades) well North of $500K! 


3) Italy - The modest Italians opted for a home grown, locally produced vehicle. This vehicle just happens to be a Lamborghini Gallardo. 


4) UK - The English must have liked what the Italians were thinking. The local constabulary roll around in a Lamborghini Murcielago worth a cool $380K. 


5) Dubai - We just could not go past this absolutely ridiculous Bugatti Veyron. Worth around $4million - this is one car you probably do wanna get pulled over by. 


If you ever happen to find your self in cuffs in the back of a Police car - lets hope your in Dubai!