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  1. Open Source Vehicle by Local Motors - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-11-2010 at 01:28 PM

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    Sean Clark from mp3Car talks with Ariel from Local Motors, a company that is pioneering open source and community driven vehicles.

    Building these vehicles is a 4 step process. First is creation; where Local Motors will take input from the community for all of the parts that will combine to create the car. Next is the development stage where the vehicle is put through theoretical testing and different scenarios to make sure its safe. 3rd is build. Users can actually go to the micro factory in Arizona and help build their car in 6 days.

    Finally users can mod the vehicle with and "app store" of car parts. These parts are really easy to create because all the data for the car is open source.

    Updated 11-11-2010 at 03:08 PM by optikalefx

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  2. Blind Spot Detection System by AutoI - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-10-2010 at 11:45 AM

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    Sean Clark from mp3Car takes a look at the Blind Spot Detection System by AutoI. This system comes in 3 parts. The main unit, the sensors, and then alert bar. There are also optional mirror lights that can be attached to the system.

    What makes this product unique is that the sensors use ultrasound to detect cars between 15 to 20 meters away.

    Updated 11-11-2010 at 02:58 PM by optikalefx

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  3. Audi TTS Drives itself at SEMA 2010

    by , 11-05-2010 at 03:37 PM

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    On-Air Personality: Sean Clark Videographer: Mike Palotas

    Audi has come up with a really neat concept car that autonomously drives itself on intermediate road courses. The car has 5 antennas, 1 of which is for radio remote control, 2 for ground based GPS and 2 for satellite GPS. The ground GPS helps the car stay within mere centimeters of its path.

    Currently the car uses a pre-programmed path, and it needs the ground based GPS system. But they are working on a way so that the path isn't needed and it can make its own intelligent choices.

    There are 2 computers driving this thing, both core 2 duo machines. One is handling sensor data and the other is controlling the car.

    Updated 10-09-2011 at 07:04 PM by Jensen2000

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  4. 2011 Ford 'Digital' Fiesta Overview - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-05-2010 at 01:00 PM

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    Stephen Jenesen from mp3Car talks with Theresa from L&G. They have modified a 2011 Ford Fiesta to create what they call the "digial fiesta". It is an incorporation of a glossy red, circuit board-esque paint job along with some special hardware.

    This hardware happens to be an iPad, built right into the dash. In order to make room for this they have moved the HVAC up onto the ceiling.

    The goal of this car is bring the social media aspect of life into the vehicle.

    Updated 11-05-2010 at 01:44 PM by optikalefx

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  5. Ford Fiesta - iPad in dash - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-03-2010 at 10:41 AM

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    On-Air Personality: Sean Clark Videographer: Mike Palotas

    Sean Clark, from mp3Car, takes a look at the 2011 Ford Fiesta at the Ford booth at SEMA 2010 before the show starts. We find an iPad embedded in the dash, relocated HVAC controls, and relocated USB, AUX, and DC output jacks.

    This Fiesta also sports custom paint, tires, and some beautiful fabrication work, housing 12 inch subs and dual amplifiers.

    Mp3Car caught up with the car designer later to talk about some of the motivation behind the project and everything that went into the car. Stay tuned for more.

    Updated 10-09-2011 at 08:03 PM by Jensen2000

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