Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More


CarDomain Network sold to Source Interlink Media

[Correction: This post has been updated to correct the identity of the sellers.] CarDomain Network Inc. has been sold to Source Interlink Media, a Southern California media company with dozens of niche publications, websites and other products geared toward car fanatics, action sport junkies, home technology geeks and other enthusiast communities. Launched in 1998 by… Read More

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Microsoft allies Ford and Toyota to collaborate on technology standards

A new partnership announced between Ford and Toyota this morning is attracting lots of attention, primarily focused on the companies’ plans to collaborate on a new hybrid-electric system for light trucks and SUVs. But also notable is the news that they plan to “collaborate on development of next-generation standards for in-car telematics and Internet-based services.” That’s… Read More


Airbiquity lands $4M as company sees growth in ‘connected car’ services

Another Seattle area company that’s building some of the underlying technologies for the “connected car” has scored a new round of cash. Airbiquity, whose customers include OnStar, BMW and Ford, just landed $4 million in fresh capital from existing investors, including  Acorn Ventures, Ignition Partners, Kirnaf Ltd, Shell Internet Ventures. Total funding in the company… Read More


Microsoft + Toyota: Cars or the cloud … or both?

Microsoft and Toyota will be announcing a “new collaboration between the companies” on Wednesday afternoon, and the involvement of CEOs Steve Ballmer and Akio Toyoda means it’s probably something noteworthy. The scheduling of the news conference is generating speculation that Toyota will be adopting Microsoft’s automotive technology platform. Microsoft already powers the in-car information and… Read More