BMW's Group Technology Office wants to "open the car as a platform for applications." Cars are the most thoroughly computerized machines most of us will ever buy, they say, but unlike phones or laptops, they are nearly impossible to upgrade - you pay your money and then drive the thing unchanged until it's scrapped. But connect a car to the Internet and the possibilities become more interesting.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.