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With modern cars becoming more connected, with smarter features, hacking is a real danger. It's rare, but it's already happening. We're not in the "stop your engine" world yet, but it's easy to break into a car with keyless entry and steal everything inside without the owner ever knowing the car was unlocked.

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Western Australia police are on the hunt for a group of men seen driving a motorised picnic table around the Scarborough Beach area in Perth on Sunday, while the general public seem to be more impressed by the technical skills required to actually make the table roadworthy. A video has surfaced of the two tables cruising down a busy highway, turning right at a set of traffic lights in order to refuel their unusual vehicles.

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I grew up with James Bond. That's not really an exaggeration. I remember proudly telling my babysitter I'd been watching the films for years. My favourite parts: the chase scenes. So when I went to London last month and discovered Bond in Motion, a museum exhibit filled with actual Bond vehicles, I drooled a bit. And then I started snapping pictures. 56k warning: images ahead!

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Driving off-road doesn't have to be scary. Yet most people that spend serious cash on 4WDs never even put them in low range, much less take them off the pavement. Let's try to fix that with a few basic skills everyone can master.

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Video: Cars, motorcycles, trucks, aeroplanes, mopeds, tanks, fighter jets, ships, trains, big rigs and so on. We've figured out that those are the vehicles that work out best for our purposes and our world and our needs. But we had a lot of missteps and weird arse experimental vehicles along the way. Here are eight crazy vehicles that once existed but have disappeared because they were, well, crazy.

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Australia is filled with poisonous shit that's constantly trying to kill you. But it's also filled with the world's best four-wheel-drive vehicles. Yeah, basically everything the little off-road enthusiast inside of you has ever wanted is here. And I just moved here in order to drive it.

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The new Mad Max movie is going to be filled with such crazy explosions and gnarly stunts that your eyes will pop, but that's just the beauty of being able to sprinkle special effects onto a movie blockbuster. Not all of that badassery will be real. What is real is this awesome Mad Max Peacemaker car, this thing just rips the Earth up.

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Briefly: This week, engineers working on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car installed its EJ200 jet engine into the chassis for the first time. Good news: It fits. Bad news: They now have to install kilometres of cabling into the small gaps that are left.

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Before autonomous smart cars hit the roads, we're going to be seeing regular cars upgraded with the smarter technologies that will eventually make self-driving vehicles possible. In the UK Ford is introducing what it calls Intelligent Speed Limiter technology on its new S-MAX that enhances the vehicle's cruise control capabilities with cameras that are able to recognise posted speed limits.