Amir Iliaifar

Amir Iliaifar

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Associate Automotive Section Editor for Digital Trends, Amir Iliaifar covers the ever increasing cross-section between tech and automobiles. When he's not out reviewing the latest car and car tech, Amir can be found waking up at ungodly hours of the morning in order to watch his beloved football clubs: Arsenal F.C. and Juventus F.C.. You can find him on Twitter (@digitalamir) and Instagram (digitalamir), or contact him directly at

Watching out when you aren’t: Infiniti’s and Mercedes’ car safety suites square off

Is Mercedes-Benz’s Intelligent Drive the smart choice or is Infiniti’s Safety Shield better equipped to guard you from harm? We compare the features and put them to use on real roadways to find which suite of tech protectors is most effective.


2013 Honda Fit EV review

The 2013 Honda Fit earns a bum rap due to its limited availability and lease-only options, but if you can overlook those pockmarks, what you’re left with is one of the most…

  • Pros: EV range is admirable , Honda EV App makes managing…
  • Cons: Limited Availability , Lease-only option , Interior quality…

Failed with Fisker but triumphed with Tesla, DoE to revive advanced vehicle loan program

Despite a self-imposed hiatus since 2011 and enduring great political scrutiny from the Republican Party, the DOE is reviving its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program and has $15 billion to spend. Can they find another company like Tesla?


Name that tail light! Motor Recall iPhone app has you guessing car models at night

Ford? Ferrari? Yugo? A new app for the iPhone called Motor Recall has self-proclaimed auto buffs testing their knowledge as they guess vehicles make and model solely on photos of front and rear lights.


Nissan pledges Autonomous Drive tech will be ready by 2020 and not just for rich people

"Nissan Motor Company's willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress – is what sets us apart," said CEO Carlos Ghosn. Not only will it be here by 2020, but Nissan is pledging that its Autonomous Drive tech will be affordable.


First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes has traditionally reserved its comprehensive driver-assistance and safety technology for upper crust models like the CL and S-Class. But for the 2014 model year, the…

  • Pros: Boatload of driver assistance tech , Responsive engines…
  • Cons: Various packages increase total price very quickly , Seating…

Chevy says Spark EV can save you a cool $9,000 in gas over a five-year period

Chevrolet knows how important money is, which is why the American automaker is appealing to people’s wallets by claiming that the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can save drivers $9,000 in fuel costs over a five year period.


2015 Ford C-MAX Energi review

Ford’s plug-in CMAX Energi alleviates range anxiety nightmares by letting drivers live the electric car dream – at least for about 20 miles at a time.

  • Pros: Cabin is roomy for both driver and passengers , Top notch…
  • Cons: High price tag compared to standard C-Max Hybrid , Battery…

Beyond the tech, autonomous driving is an issue of trust – and parking

We assume it's a lack of technology that keeps us from enjoying all the cool stuff we see in the movies, but when it comes to autonomous vehicles, it's a lack of trust and infrastructure keeping us at bay.


Hold the phone! New study says talking and driving not as dangerous as we think

Cell phones, long thought the cause of increased car crashes, may not be as bad as once perceived, according to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics.


New Zealand woman manages to text while sleeping – and driving 187 miles

Think drinking and driving is bad? A woman from New Zealand recently drove 187 miles while sleeping and texting. What happened?


Irony alert! Tennessee Tesla driver causes blackout after crashing into power pole

For most of us, owning a Model S means driving in such a way that ensures no harm befalls it. Bur for one boneheaded Tennessee Tesla owner, caution was thrown to the wayside when she decided to drink and drive straight into a pole.


Mercedes-Benz’s Google Glass app streams directions straight to your eyeballs

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to deliver to its customers a more streamlined navigation experience with its own Google Glass app and it’s looking like Benz owners should have something to play with by 2014.