Car Tech

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On Saturday afternoon, Tesla will hand over the first 30 of its brand new, (comparatively) affordable Model 3 all-electric sedans to the first of hundreds of thousands of pre-order holders. Here's how you can tune in and watch along, whether it's either to see just what the new car is like or to see whether it's worth putting your money down for.

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What the fuck is going on in the front seat of this car? It may be something else or it may be exactly what it looks like. Aner Manuel, a stylist in Boston, claims he captured the video of his Uber driver being "intimate" with a woman while driving him in mid-July. Of course, this would be unsafe (yes, drivers have killed people while getting road head before), but it would also be an inexcusable violation of Uber's rules for drivers.

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On a snowy day in New York City, 1902, Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper.

The path between light-bulb moment and everyday driving essential was a rocky one however - that saw Anderson wait 109 years to be awarded any credit for her idea.

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Between 2011 and 2016, around 70,000 Ford Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles sold in Australia were fitted with the company's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Dual-cluch 'boxes are meant to provide faster, smoother shifts than traditional automatics, but the ACCC says that nearly half of all Aussie cars have needed at least one significant transmission repair — and it's taking Ford to court for it.

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20 years after the first Prius was sold internationally, Toyota's just about to crack the milestone of selling 80,000 hybrids in Australia after 16 years. According to the company, that's 232 million litres of petrol saved and 560 million kilograms of CO2 not spewed into the atmosphere. And those are both good things.

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A slew of recent news related to airline and rideshare companies tapping into biometric identification — like fingerprints, faces, other unique body parts — seems like it just means an easier way to board your flight. But beyond the surface, giving corporations and the government this much access to sensitive data poses a major privacy threat.

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More than 2.3 million vehicles in Australia have been included in a recall of airbags made by Japanese manufacturer Takata in the last eight years. The airbags are in 60 makes of cars sold in Australia, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Jeep, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge.

Here's how to check if your car's airbag has been recalled.

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Elon Musk awoke today with the intention of sending Twitter into a frenzy by declaring that he received "verbal govt approval" to build a Hyperloop in the densest part of the United States, between New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

This is dumb, it's not how things work, and requires, uh, actual government approval. We reached out to the, uh, actual government to see if this is legit.

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It took more than 50 years for Steven Weber's father to tell his son he loved him. By the time he said the words, Steven's father was overcome with dementia, living out his final days wheelchair-bound. Yet Steven's father is the reason he bought the '68 Camaro back in 1973. It's the reason he's held onto it all these years. And it's one of the reasons it will be such a momentous occasion when he passes it on to his son, which will be soon — perhaps sooner than Steven had expected.