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Mercedes-Benz Made Uncrashable Toy Cars To Show Off Its Safety Tech

No consumer is ever too young to start fostering brand loyalty. So to help promote the anti-collision technology in its vehicles, and to seed the next-generation of owners, Mercedes-Benz created a couple of nifty toy cars that were impossible for kids to crash into each other.

You Can Drive Lexus' Laser-Cut Cardboard Car, But You Probably Shouldn't

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel-gate scandal, automakers are now making even more of an effort to design vehicles that are as eco-friendly as possible. But Lexus might have gone too far with this paper version of its IS, made from 1,700 sheets of precisely laser-cut cardboard.

Ultra-Thin Carbon Nanotube Heaters Will Warm Electric Cars Without Draining Batteries

Since all of the electronics in an electric car are reliant on the same battery as its motor, driving around in the winter with the heater blasting can greatly reduce its range. But a new type of ultra-thin, and ultra-efficient, heating panel covered in carbon nanotubes might change that.

This Accident-Recording Dash Cam Will Now Prevent Crashes Too

If the endless supply of crazy Russian dash cam videos haven’t convinced you to get one for your car, maybe Garmin’s new Dash Cam 35 will. In addition to documenting accidents, it now has Forward Collision Warnings to remind drivers when they’re following too close to another vehicle, risking a crash.

Land Rover Has Come Up With A Way To Make Trailers Invisible

Driving with a trailer in tow leaves with you a gigantic blind spot directly behind your vehicle. So to make it easier to keep an eye on traffic following you, Land Rover has come up with a way to make trailers appear to be transparent using strategically placed cameras.

Google Wants To Use Your Car's GPS To Track Potholes

Potholes are more than just a driving annoyance, they can actually damage a vehicle. So in addition to providing traffic warnings, Google now wants to use a car’s GPS navigation system to detect potholes on a road and use that info to plot a more comfortable route to a destination.

Software That Learns To Drift Could Teach Autonomous Cars To Drive Like Ken Block

Most researchers developing artificial intelligences are working towards a goal of making robots that can one day adapt to any situation. But researchers at MIT have instead created an AI that can learn to drift an RC car, which means that one day the terminators will drive even better than Ken Block can.

$32 Worth Of Electronics Can Open Almost Any Keyless Car Door Or Garage

Here’s another great reason to lock your doors, hide under some sheets, and never leave your home again. Samy Kamkar, already well known for cracking Master combination locks, has built a $US32 wireless device that can intercept and steal the wireless codes used to open keyless car doors and garages.

You Can Adjust This Car Seat Through Gestures Instead Of Awkward Levers

If it were just slightly more convenient to perfectly adjust a chair, we’d all embrace ergonomics with open arms. So that’s what researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are hoping to achieve with a newly developed car seat that trades random knobs and levers for the simple swipe gestures you already use on your phone.

BMW Drivers Will Soon Have Traffic Light Timers On Their Dashboards

Should I be slowing down in that case that upcoming green light turns yellow? How long am I going to be stopped at this red light? These are questions all drivers ask but never really expect to get answers to — unless they’re driving a BMW, now.

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