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How to Hack Your Car With a Nicer Horn That Won’t Instigate Road Rage

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? Read More >>

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Your Car’s Tires Could Soon Know When Roads Are Wet and Slippery Before You Do

Some road hazards are easy for drivers to spot and avoid, like a cavernous pothole, but others aren’t so easy to see. A wet road, or one covered in ice, can often be invisible to drivers, who don’t realise they need to slow down. But it turns out a car’s rubber tires provide all the clues necessary for a vehicle to automatically know when conditions get slippery. Read More >>

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Sphero’s New Lightning McQueen Makes Me Excited For the Future of Robotic Toys

I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero’s new Cars toy. My colleagues 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. Read More >>

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Every Office Should Have Slot Cars Racing Across All the Desks

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?) Read More >>

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How Will Companies Convince Us That Self-Driving Cars Aren’t Death Traps?

Since we’re all friends here on the internet, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate driving. I drive too slowly, lurch violently when I change lanes, and the thought of having to merge onto a speeding California highway makes my heart speed up a little even as I write this. I’m no good at driving and never have been. Read More >>

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Nissan Turns To Faraday Cages To Stop Fools Texting While Driving

Nissan has designed a prototype smartphone vault for the armrest of its Juke crossover car, which uses a Faraday cage to block all signals to the phone (yep, even Bluetooth and WiFi). Read More >>

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The Greatest Hot Wheels Track Ever Built Ends With an Explosive Finale

Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions. Read More >>

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This Obscene £2,338 Pram Will Teach Your Kid To Drive Before They Can Walk

If there are two things every pram lacks, it’s a $3,000 (£2,338) 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. Read More >>

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Melt Your Brain With a Ride Through This Psychedelic Hot Wheels Track Setup

Maybe last thing on a Wednesday isn’t the best time to melt your brain. But then again, since the week is only half over, taking a ride on a psychedelic Hot Wheels track might actually be the perfect distraction to all the work you’d rather not be doing. Read More >>

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Volkswagen Put an Invisible Layer of Silver in Its New Windshields to Melt Away Snow

It’s impossible not to look at a new feature from Volkswagen with a skeptical eye after Dieselgate, but we’re hoping the company’s new climate windshield, that can melt snow and ice without the need for distracting wires, delivers as promised — because the winter sucks if you own a car. Read More >>

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A Hammock for Your Car Gives You a Cheap Home If the Apocalypse Ever Comes

If society collapses at some point in the next four years—or even if you’re planning a low-budget road trip—this nifty Car Hammock turns your ride into a comfy place to sleep so you don’t have to resort to a night spent in an uninsulated tent, or apocalyptic abandoned factory. Read More >>

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Nerf’s New Blasters Shoot Tiny Foam Cars Instead of Darts

Every kid knows that if you want your die-cast toy cars to make an impressive jump off a ramp, you need a lot of steep track to build up speed. But Nerf wants to change all that with a new line of blasters that simply fire tiny toy cars directly at a ramp, so you don’t need any track at all. Read More >>

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This Motorcycle With Snowmobile Tracks is the Most Overkill Way to Crush Your Winter Commute

Forget about trying to cram your way onto an already packed underground carriage when it’s snowy and you need to get to work. Motorcycle maker Christini has applied its expertise in building two-wheel drive bikes to a new snow-thrashing machine called the II-Track Snow Bike system that promises to make wintery commutes actually enjoyable. Read More >>

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An RC Toy Looks Like a Hollywood Stunt Car in Super Slow Motion

It’s one of the oldest tricks in Hollywood: if you want a tiny model to look like a full-size vehicle, you just need to film it with a high speed camera. As The Slow Mo Guys demonstrate in their latest round of experiments, a couple of Traxxas XO-1 RC cars suddenly look like there’s a Hollywood stuntperson behind the wheel when filmed doing stunts at 1,000 frames per second. [YouTube] Read More >>