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Mood Cars? This Nissan Changes Color, Depending on the Temperature

Mood Car

Remember those mood rings that were so popular back in the day? The ones that came with a fancy stone in the middle that apparently changed color, depending on your mood? You probably already know by now that those rings didn’t really change in color based on your mood; rather, they turned from one shade to another because of the temperature.

Following the same concept is UK body shop Auto Kandy who coated this Nissan with temperature-sensitive paint, effectively turning it into a “mood car” of sorts.

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Attention-Powered Car Slows Down If You’re Not Concentrating

Attention Powered Car

Driving isn’t rocket science, but it still requires a good dose of concentration so you can react quickly to unexpected situations (like another car suddenly swerving into your lane) and avoid accidents. A lot of people like to text or use their phones while they’re driving, and this is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Not only does this put the driver’s life at risk, but it also endangers pedestrians and other drivers and their passengers as well.

With this in mind, Emotiv and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia have teamed up to develop the Attention Powered Car. It comes with an EPOC neuroheadset by Emotiv that the driver is supposed to put on. The headset measures electrical activity in the brain that can determine the driver’s focus while he or she is driving.

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Armadillo-T Car Folds Into Itself to Save Space When Parked

Armadillo-T

Late again because you had trouble finding a parking spot? Yeah, we feel you. It seems like the world is becoming more and more congested with humans and their cars these days, and it’s our fellow humans who end up getting inconvenienced due to the lack of available parking spaces. The Armadillo-T wasn’t created because of that quandary, but it might as well be, because this unusual car literally folds into itself when it’s parked. The name of the vehicle was inspired by the animal that it was named after, the armadillo, which can roll itself into its own body in order to hide in its shell as a defense mechanism.

Developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Armadillo-T is an electric vehicle that can travel up to 37 miles per hour with an approximate 60-mile range in a single charge. Instead of typical fold-out rear view mirrors, the car is equipped with surround-view cameras instead in order to accommodate the folding feature.

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Is NEVS Going Electric With the Next-Generation Saab 9-3?

Next Saab

So it’s been almost two years since Saab went bankrupt. It’s a huge shame, but the silver lining is that National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) will be releasing a new model under the Saab name in 2014. At least, that’s the plan anyway. A bunch of sketches of purported Saab car designs hit the web recently, and speculations are rife that NEVS might be working to make the next model an electric car.

The image was posted on design firm Yovinn’s website. The featured designs are sleek and classy–typical Saab–and appear to be the same size as the 9-3. It’s crazy how these images have created so much buzz over the auto-blogosphere.

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Five Outrageous Mods That Every Car Owner Should Never Do

Cars Blast Off

Dudes do the darndest things to their cars. There are some who are so obsessed with modding that they constantly work on their cars until they no longer look like cars that can be safely driven on the road with children on board. Others aren’t as extreme, although their vehicles look more like scrap junk instead of cars when they’re done with their custom mods.

It’s time to draw the line between a good car mod and a really bad mod, starting with the first one above. One exhaust is normal, two might look cool, three might still be acceptable, but more than that is just overkill.

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Cup Holder Mount Lets You Browse While Your Drive — Unfortunately

By David Ponce

This is an accident waiting to happen. Which is entertaining when the accident involves the idiot and a tree. It’s less fun however when an innocent, non texting-while-driving person gets hit by one of the types of people who will want to buy the above product. Sure, there may be those who will get the Satechi SCH-121 Cup Holder Mount (which accommodates tablets and phones alike) in order to use the devices while the car is stationary. Like waiting for the missus while she shops. But let’s be honest, a bunch of others will get this with every intention of driving while playing Angry Birds. You know who you are.

At $30, it’s easy to be tempted. But like drinking and driving, it’s not because it’s easy that it’s right…

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