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Tesla’s New Roadster May Become The Fastest Production Car Ever. Period.

Tesla’s big announcement yesterday was the reveal of their electric semi-truck boasting a mile-range in the neighborhood of 500 miles per charge, and including some self-driving capabilities. That’s all well and good (actually it may be industry-changing), but this is OhGizmo, we need something more exciting than an electric truck.

Enter the new Tesla Roadster. Tesla’s first production car is back with a vengeance, and it’s taking on all other super cars, like all of them. Elon Musk claims the new Roadster can do 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, that’s the base model, and it’s also the first time a production car would crack 2-seconds. He even hinted that the car’s top speed will be over 250mph.

And as for the range, Tesla claims that the Roadster’s 200kwh battery pack can run the car for 620 miles, or over 1,000 kilometers. The thing’s even got 3 motors, one in the front and two in the rear.

The only thing that’s not to love is the price, as all that record-shattering performance will start at $200,000.

I’ll start saving every dollar I make starting today. Tesla, hold the 2085 model for me please.

Hit the jump to see more shots to fuel your lottery-winning-dreams.

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Muse is An Echo Dot Designed For Your Car

Want to bring Alexa into your car, of course you do. You could buy that Garmin Speak for $150 that we wrote about last month, but honestly it would just be cheaper to slap a Amazon Dot in your car. Well, apparently another company figured this out as Speak Music, a San Jose based company, have just announced the Muse, a $49 Dot for your car. Genius.

It works like a regular Dot, though it’s ergonomically designed for use in the car, and ships with a car charging cable. And like its land-based sibling, Alexa can either be activated though a tap of the button or saying ‘Alexa’. Though, do they really expect Alexa to pick up my voice when I’m blasting the Spice Girls at full volume?

The Muse seems like a no-brainer for anyone who enjoys the Alexa Assistant, as it brings the full power of the service right to your car with no compromises. Those interested can pre-order the Muse now for pre-holiday delivery at $49.

Seems like a winner, but, and I’m dead serious here, hit the jump to watch the worst acted video of all-time.

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Useful Little Items That You Can Gift Your Car With

TomTom GPS Navigator

Do away with your smartphone when navigating on the road while driving. Get this TomTom GPS Navigator instead. It’s loaded with over 1 million miles of mapped roads in the US and keeps you away from traffic with free updates.

iXCC 5-port Car Charger

Need more than 2 USB ports for your devices? The iXCC 5-port Car Charger will solve your woes. Get all those devices juiced up and avoid family arguments on who’s going to charge first. It’s also perfectly designed to fit your cup holder for a secure fix.

InnoGear USB Car Essential Oil Diffuser

Keep your car smelling fresh with the InnoGear USB Car Essential Oil Diffuser. It has two mist modes that you can choose from. It also adds a relaxing mood in your auto with its 7 color changing LED light.

Get This Heads Up Display For Your Car and Eliminate Distractions

Did you know that distracted driving is one of the top causes of road accidents?

One way to eliminate road distractions is by switching to heads up displays for your car. A heads up display is a device that projects important car information on your windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. The Ideapro X5 HUD is one of these. Here are what it can do.

Displays all important driving information

The comprehensive display projects information like battery voltage, water temperature, low voltage alarm, high temperature alarm, speed alarm, car speed (which you can freely switch from kph to mph). The display is in multi-color, making it easier to read.

No reflections and glare

Thanks to its nano-technology, unwanted reflections and glares are not present. No eye squinting in the middle of the road. You can also adjust the brightness according to your preference.

Readily works with a lot of car models

The display works with Honda, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Peugeot, BMW, Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Infiniti, and more. If your car has onboard automatic diagnostic system, chances are, it is highly compatible.

You can get the Ideapro X5 HUD for only $30.99 instead of $31.99 here. It’s the lowest price anywhere!

 

So You Want to Build a Smart Garage? Start With These Gadgets.

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Not all people who want to start making their houses smart remember to include their garage. But you, you’re smart to know that your garage is one of the weakest spots in your home. Your garage door is probably the most-used door to your house. It’s just fitting to secure it too, along with your front door.

So, let’s start? Here are the recommended gadgets that you should have when making your garage smart.

Garage Door Controllers

This is the obvious must-have. Garage door controllers like the Chamberlain MyQ System let you control and monitor your garage door from your smartphone. It’s pretty nifty, especially if you’re the type who always seem to forget whether you have left your garage door open or not. You don’t need to drive all the way back home, just take your phone out and check.

Automated Lighting Systems

Your garage door may automatically open up and let you in when you arrive, but how can you park safely when it’s dark in there? Make sure you follow up by installing smart lighting fixtures in your garage. The popular choice is always Philips Hue bulbs; they’re super powerful too. But, there are cheaper alternatives which function just fine like the Ashia Light which is equipped with motion sensors.

Smart Tools

Your garage is also the home of your big tools, right? If you want to multitask and avoid wasting time by looking for a misplaced tool, you can invest in smart tools like Black and Decker’s drill. You can use your phone to locate it, lock or unlock it, and operate it. It even has a port which can charge up your phone.

These are just a few of the recommended gadgets that we think are worthy to sit in your smart garage. We actually have a lot more. Check them out below.

[Things You Need to Make Your Dumb Garage “Smart”]

Behold The Future: Tesla Demonstrates Fully Self-Driving Capability

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If you’re an automotive enthusiast, enjoy the next five, maybe ten years. After that, we suspect insurance prices are going to start getting prohibitively expensive for anyone wishing to get around using meat-based drivers. Tesla, of course, is paving the way for such a future. They’ve recently announced that all Tesla cars, including the forthcoming, relatively-affordable Model 3, will come with the required hardware for full autonomous driving capability. And you just know that these cars will be considerably safer than your text-driving, drunk-driving, distracted-driving selves.

We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver. Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.

Watch the video below to see what that future might look like. The driver in the video is only there for legal purposes, since our laws haven’t quite caught up with advances in technology. But make no mistake: they will. Despite the odd incident here and there, self-driving cars have already shown to be safer than humans and will be getting even safer as the tech is refined. So go ahead and enjoy what’s left of the era in which humans actually drove themselves.

Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Teslas from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

This Is What Happens If You Try To Steal A Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament

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Look at that. The darn thing retracts like George Costanza’s peener in cold water! Apparently it’s been a thing on these fancy cars since 2004, but it’s only now being passed around the Intertubes.

So there you go. If you drop lower mid-six-figures on this car, you’ll at least know your ornament is safe from little thugs.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Video: Castrol® EDGE®, The Titanium Trials (Sponsored)

The following article is brought to you by Castrol® EDGE®. -Ed.

Long time readers of this site will know that we have a diverse focus, most often writing about technology and gadgets, but very often verring off into topics we believe will interest the very same people who have a passion for consumer electronics. One of these topics is the automotive world. We’ve had our fair share of hands-on encounters with cars from various manufacturers, and we’ve always come away impressed with what is being accomplished at the very edge of automotive mechanical engineering (in each respective segment of course).

We are particularly fascinated by the narrow field where new technology intersects with old school design and engineering, so we were pleased when Castrol got in touch and asked us to look at what they’d done with their latest line of engine oil, the Castrol® EDGE® boosted with Fluid Titanium Technology. More specifically, we were intrigued by how they’d put their new oil to the test. You should watch the above video, featuring Koenigsegg One:1 driver, Christoffer Nygaard. Yes, Nygaard is an accomplished driver, but the exciting part isn’t so much his pedigree, as the creativity displayed by Castrol in their testing.

They asked Nygaard to race through a track virtually, at first, establishing his personal best time on a simulator. They then put him on the real track and asked him to race his clone using a Koenigsegg One:1, so named because of its 1:1 power to weight ratio (that’s right, 1,360 HP for a weight of 1,360kgs!). Did you gus ever play Mario Kart and raced yourself? Yeah, it’s just like that!

The Castrol® EDGE® boosted with Fluid Titanium Technology is three times stronger against viscosity breakdown than the leading synthetic and leading conventional oils, giving the cars that use it an edge over their rivals. You can watch how Nygaard fared against himself in the two minute video we’ve embedded above.

Rolls-Royce’s Wraith Luggage Collection Costs More Than A Regular Luxury Sedan

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If you’re going to drop six digits on a Rolls-Royce vehicle, you might be tempted to think “well, might as well drop five digits on a set of luggage.” That’s at least what the folks at Rolls-Royce are thinking with their Wraith Luggage Collection, for which they’re asking you to part with $45,854. That’s right, for the price of a well equipped luxury sedan you can get yourself a set of 6 bags to complement your brand new $300,000 RR Wraith. The set consists of

Two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekend bags and a Garment Carrier. The set was designed by Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design Studio to complement the cars. This plush luggage set will be available only with Rolls-Royce dealers, emphasizing its luxury credentials. The set is exclusively designed to complement the car’s look, so there are many points of symmetry between the bags and the car. For instance the stitching on steering wheel of the Wraith and handle of the weekend bag are identical, perfected by Haute Couture clothing. Obviously, the brand didn’t miss self-righting wheels and to emblazon the double-R logo almost everywhere, from wheels to zips.

Even if we did have that kind of cash lying around, we’re not sure how we’d feel about putting $40,000 bags in the cargo hold of a commercial plane, but then again we suspect the target market is here is the ‘private plane’ kind of crowd. Oh, and if $45,854 didn’t seem expensive enough, you should know the price goes higher is you want to customize the bags to your liking.

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