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The Wheels On Your Car Could One Day Recharge It As They Roll

Regenerative braking systems are already used in electric cars to help recapture energy that’s wasted while the vehicle is stopping. But researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have also found a way to generate power while a vehicle is actually driving.


I Would Ride This Emergency Vacuum Brake At An Amusement Park

Smart cars are already at the point where they can detect danger and react faster than a driver can. And to help ensure that a vehicle can actually stop in time to avoid an accident, a Swedish company has designed an emergency brake that grabs onto the road using extreme suction.


Hands On: Save 20% Off Your Fuel Bill With An Invention From An Aussie Startup

GoFar has launched an F1 inspired device that works like a fitness band for your car. Not only does it help you drive more efficiently to save fuel, it can track data such as fuel use and sync it to your phone.


This Gang Of Flat Robots Can Autonomously Steal (Or Park) Your Car

Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and manoeuvre it around obstacles.


Plastic Gears Reinforced With Carbon Fibre Could Replace Metal In Cars

Given the sheer amount of torque and power needed to propel a car that weighs thousands of kilos, you’d think that parts made from plastic would disintegrate in minutes. But researchers have developed a plastic gear reinforced with carbon fibre that’s strong enough to actually be used as a replacement for metal parts in a vehicle.


GM Is Developing Smarter Headlights That Will Follow A Driver's Gaze

There are already cars on the road with intelligent headlights that can sweep left or right to improve visibility as a vehicle steers into a turn. But Opel/Vauxhall, a European subsidiary of GM, are developing next-generation headlight systems that can keep track of where a driver’s looking, and automatically re-direct the lights in that direction.


A VW Beetle Toiletries Case For Hippies Who Prefer Staying Clean

The Volkswagen Beetle isn’t quite the same symbol of freedom today that it was back in the ’60s, but that doesn’t mean its iconic design — and the ideals it symbolised — has been forgotten. So the next time you’re restless and feeling the need to just get up and travel, bring this VW Beetle toiletries case along because you don’t have to smell like a hippy to embrace their ideals.


A Pumping Piston Tells Time On This Engine-Inspired Watch

Breitling’s watches have always been the perfect accessory for pilots wanting a timepiece to match their passion. But when it comes to cars and motorcycles — the most popular transportation choice of the masses — Miki Eleta’s new Timeburner is a more appropriate choice. Because instead of rotating hands, it uses a pumping piston to display the time.


That Magical Spill-Proof Cup Holder Now Works In Any Vehicle

Remember that revolutionary car cup holder from a while ago that let you drive like a maniac with no risk of ever spilling your drink? You can finally pre-order a version that’s designed to work with almost every vehicle on earth, as long as it already has cup holders installed.


A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions In Fog

It’s one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can’t see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 5m behind your vehicle, giving other drivers advance warning that you’re ahead of them.


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