Volkswagen's MIB II Infotainment System Builds Upon an Already Great Head Unit

Yes, you'll finally get some real USB ports in your car.

Volkswagen is rolling out the second generation of its MIB infotainment system. MIB II is nothing extreme; instead of a total re-do, VW is building upon its current strengths and adding a whole bunch of connectivity options at the same time. The result is called MIB II, and we'll pause here so you can make all the Men in Black jokes you want before we continue.

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Volkswagen Brings Its Safety Technology to the Huddled Masses for 2016

The trickle-down theory works best when applied to automobiles.

A few years after higher-end vehicles pick up on a new technology, it's then passed down to more affordable vehicles. It happened with power windows, heated seats, and now, it's happening with safety technology. As various ratings systems incorporate the existence of safety technology (e.g. automated braking) into their metrics, automakers are hustling to bring those bits to nearly every car in their lineups. That's what Volkswagen is doing right now.

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The Ford Shelby GT350 Gets a Really Neat Set of Shift Lights

As if you really needed an excuse to shift later.

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is practically a racecar in disguise - it's a hardcore naturally-aspirated beast with a desire to be driven as hard as possible. So it makes sense that it would feature some trickle-down racecar technology, right? Right. In fact, one really trick feature on the GT350 comes right from racing - dash-mounted shift lights.

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Some BMW i3 Owners Are Being Offered $1,000 to Stay Off the Grid

Apparently, EV owners are spiking the grid at the wrong time.

If you're in the Bay Area and you own a BMW i3 electric vehicle, apart from being a giant stereotype, you could have the chance to earn over $1,000 for charging smarter. The program is called iChargeForward, and it's a collaboration between BMW AG and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) that pays EV owners to give up charging when the grid gets overstressed.

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How Clean Is the Air You're Breathing? Google's Street View Cars Will Tell You

Wicked Tech: Google's cars are mapping out urban pollution.

San-Francisco-based company Aclima, Inc designs and deploys environmental sensor networks to gather data on air quality. Their network of nodes detect a whole spectrum of particulate matter and are installed in a variety of spaces, from conference rooms to crowded street corners, and now, in vehicles. Aclima recently announced their partnership with Google Earth Outreach, equipping Street View cars with their mobile sensors to map outdoor air quality.

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Lexus Has an RC F That Glows as it Makes Your Heart Race

The one-off coupe illuminates with the driver's heartbeat.

If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity to cruise around in a Lexus RC F, your heart is going to be racing. With a 5.0-liter V-8 pumping out 467 hp, the RC F is built for driving enthusiasts and commands respect with its performance - zero to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. But now, with a new RC F that glows with your heartbeat, everyone around you will also be able to see just what an adrenaline rush you're getting.

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