PC Magazines First Digital Drive Awards

By Bill Howard  |  Posted 2006-04-05 Print this article Print

eWEEKend: PC Magazine editors picked ten of the most technologically advanced cars on the market and rated them on their digital smarts.

The average american spends weeks each year in a car. Its no wonder were demanding smarter, safer, and more entertaining automobiles. Yet for all the billions spent on development, the fusion-powered flying cars of science-fiction movies have stubbornly failed to appear. Cars still run on rubber tires powered by the same gas-powered, environment-unfriendly engines.
But are cars really as primitive as all that? A look at the higher-end machines now reaching the street shows that, in fact, Detroit, Munich, and Tokyo are embracing technology to improve the driving experience and the cars underlying mechanical functions.

Weve picked the ten most technologically compelling cars from this years models as finalists for our Digital Drive awards. They range from the fantastically expensive Mercedes S550, which costs more than $100,000 in our recommended configuration and includes just about every gadget on the market, to the more modest but still technically impressive hybrid Honda Civic, attractively priced for soccer moms everywhere. We rated each of the cars based on a mixture of the built-in technology, the relative merits of the entertainment system and GPS, and how much fun the overall experience was. We also gave a special nod to the best uses of environmentally friendly tech.

Not ready to buy a new vehicle? Give your cars tech level a boost with our favorite accessories. We also look down the road, to show you what a high-tech car (and dashboard) of the future might look like. Want even more? Continue to the awards >

Read the full story on PCMag.com: Our First Digital Drive Awards
Bill Howard

Bill Howard is the editor of TechnoRide.com, the car site for tech fans, and writes a column on car technology for PC Magazine each issue. He is also a contributing editor of PC Magazine.

Bill's articles on PCs, notebooks, and printers have been cited five times in the annual Computer Press Association Awards. He was named as one of the industry's ten most influential journalists from 1997 to 2000 by Marketing Computers and is a frequent commentator on TV news and business shows as well as at industry conventions. He also wrote the PC Magazine Guide to Notebook & Laptop Computers. He was an executive editor and senior editor of PC Magazine from 1985-2001 and wrote PC Magazine's On Technology column through 2005

Previously, Howard spent a decade as a newspaper editor and writer with the Newhouse and Gannett newspapers in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York. He also writes a monthly column for Roundel, a car magazine for BMW enthusiasts.


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