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Video: Does the thrill of accelerating a dragster to speeds of almost 480km/h outweigh the tremendous risks involved with the sport? It's hard to imagine David Tremayne wanting to climb behind the steering wheel again after he lost control of this dragster at speeds few of us will ever experience on four wheels.

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Video: Aside from turn signals, a car's horn is really the only tool a driver has to communicate with other vehicles. (Besides gesticulating wildly out of the driver's side window, of course.) It's so loud and abrasive, however, that it always sounds like you're screaming at other motorists, leading to middle fingers and other unwelcome responses. But what if your car's horn was more polite?

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I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero's new Cars toy. My co-workers hate the way the robot announces it's going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They're also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up in trying to understand Pixar's Cars world to realise that they're playing with the incredible future of robotic toys.

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Video: Think your office is cool and progressive because there's a ping pong table in the corner? You'll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone's desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done. (Theoretically. Who could resist getting totally distracted?)

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If there are two things every stroller lacks, it's a $4000 price tag and the ability to make a child look like an unfortunate castoff from Downton Abbey. Luckily for all of us, however, a company called D.Throne has created an obscenely over-the-top electric car for kids that you can justify as an essential baby accessory, if you're the kind of person who expels money from every orifice.

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Video: As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that's 2m long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $US5250 ($6945), the Mammuth Works' Rewarron doesn't come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having to worry about your insurance rates going up.

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Self-heating windows have existed for decades. However, they have have always relied on near-invisible wires that can be a distraction when revealed by oncoming headlights. So instead of wires, the laminated glass used in Volkswagen's new windshields includes an ultra-thin invisible layer of silver connected to the vehicle's electrical system so that it heats up and melts away ice.

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Can't decide what colour Lexus to get? With the company's one-of-a-kind LIT IS sedan, you can choose a different colour, design and even animation every morning as you head off to work. Instead of paint, the vehicle is covered in 41,999 programmable LEDs, turning it into a giant, rolling display.

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Video: Getting in the habit of using your car's parking brake whenever you stop isn't the worst idea in the world. Yes, there's the risk of you forgetting it's on the next time you drive away, but it can also prevent accidents like this from occurring. This guy's Benny Hill impression is hilarious, but he's probably not laughing after what happens at the end of this clip.