15 Minutes Into the Future

Old-School Car Dealers Whining That Tesla Dealerships are Illegal

Elon Musk (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

Elon Musk‘s aerospace venture is off to a good start with the recent launch of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship, but his Tesla stores selling expensive electric Model S sedans are running into problems with fossil-fueled competitors.

Several state associations of auto dealers are invoking older laws protecting conventional methods of selling cars by claiming the way Tesla sells cars is unfair to other dealers and possibly even illegal. Here’s one example out of several cited by Automotive News: Read More

Rise of the Machines

Near-Field Communication Means Pretty Soon Our Cars Can Argue With Each Other

Your future ride (Wikipedia)

A report from WNYC’s New Tech City indicates that in addition to driving themselves, our cars may one day be able to have conversations, as well. New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi questioned Transportation Nation‘s Alex Goldmark in the clip below and Mr. Goldmark said the future is in machines using Near-Field Communication (NFC) to communicate via shortwave.

Mr. Goldmark’s description of life with machines chattering around us sounds great, on the surface: Read More

Going Mobile

Google’s New Mobile Site Builder Gives Three New York Businesses Mobile Makeovers

NY Dog Nanny's Mobile Makeover

With mobile web usage on the rise, companies of all sizes are clamoring to hammer out their mobile strategies, but some smaller companies aren’t properly equipped to execute them. Google, friendly giant that it is, wants to help fix that. Today, they announced that they’re offering a tool aimed at local businesses to help make their sites more mobile-friendly. Read More