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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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The SeatRack Gives You A Cargo Rack Inside Your Car

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You go to Home Depot and maybe you get a little carried away: you buy some large item and suddenly have no practical way to carry it home. Sure, you can drop some seatbacks and have it awkwardly stick out your trunk. Maybe you tie a little flag on it to warn other motorists of the danger. Or you get the SeatRack and conveniently fit your large item right inside your car. It replaces your seat’s headrests with hard horizontal bars that come with straps. So just slide that lumber, surfboard, or oversized piping right in, strap it down and go home like you’re driving a pickup. It’s $130.

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The Creator Of Android Wants To Give You A Free Dashcam, Free As In Beer

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Years ago, Andy Rubin gave the world Android. Not content with how practical and slow moving Google could be (yes, that says more about Andy Rubin than it says about Google), he eventually left and founded Playground Global, a hybrid consulting firm/incubator that focuses on developing the technologies that will drive the world of tomorrow. And one of the many projects incubating there at the moment is the plan to develop a dashcam that will be given to the end user free of charge. Yes, a dashcam like the Russians are fond of having on their windshields, yours to keep, for $0. Of course… free never means free, and although you won’t have to spend any money on it, you will have to agree to have the camera send data back to HQ. Just what that data is, and what they plan to do with it isn’t clear at the moment (talks of AI, world mapping, Street-View competition, etc.), but Rubin is no idiot, and the company he founded to the tune of $350 million in funding is aware that they’ll have to alleviate privacy concerns if and when their project launches.

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Pooping On The Side Of A 4X4’s Tire

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When you gotta go, you gotta go. If you’ve bought yourself a fancy off-road vehicle, there’s chance you’ll be off the beaten path for long periods, away from civilized sanitation. If the urge strikes you, you can do your business like a caveman, or class it up a little with this toilet seat mounted to the side of a 4X4’s front wheel. There’s very little information about it, and the source seems to be a Russian forum. Our best guess is it’s a homemade contraption, so no chance to actually buy it. But you know, once an idea is in the wild, it just takes an enterprising guy and a Kickstarter, and you have yourself a product. Just make sure your buddy doesn’t try to drive it away while you’re doing your business, you know, for giggles.

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The Trac-Grabber Sets Your Car Free

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Winter is allegedly upon us. Looking around, it sure doesn’t look that way… but we wouldn’t bet on Global Warming to deprive us of a snowy winter; we think it’s just a matter of time until you have to deal with slippery, nearly impassable roads. If you want to put all the chances on your side and never get stuck, you might want to carry a pair of Trac-Grabbers. They’re simple blocks of what looks like rubber that easily attach around your tire and give you the grip you might be lacking to extract yourself from a snow bank. There are tons of products like this on the market, but we like how simple these look and how easy to attach they appear to be. Best part is they’re only $49.

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Lexus RC F Ready-To-Run Remote Control Car

Courtesy of Barneys New York

Created exclusively for Barneys, the limited-edition Lexus RC F remote control sports car is this year’s ultimate holiday toy for kids big and small.

This miniature, high-performance vehicle is built on an all-wheel drive Apex chassis and driven by the powerful Reedy 3300k V 540 brushless motor. High-grip racing tires wrapped around 20-spoke rims put that power to the ground, and detailed brake components complete the aggressive look.

The Barneys-only edition of this performance coupe replica features fully operational LED headlights and taillights in a silver chrome and black finish, colors that aren’t available anywhere else. The vehicle is fully assembled and ready-to-run with batteries included.

The Lexus RC F remote control car is approximately 16.0″ length x 7.5″ width x 5.5″ height, and recommended for those ages 14 and up.

This specialty holiday gift item is only available in the Barneys New York holiday catalog, in the retailer’s New York and Beverly Hills stores and on Barneys.com. It’s $350.

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WiperSwiper Squeegees Your Car Window As It Rolls Back Up

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We have a rule: no lowering the car windows for at least two hours after getting a car wash. Doing otherwise means streaks that you can’t get rid of without physically getting out of the car and wiping them. For anyone obsessed about keeping their vehicle clean, this is a reality. But now with the ViperSwiper, those days may come to an end. It’s a strip of rubber that you install on the outside of your car, sandwiched between the window and its regular rubber lip. The ViperSwiper then squeegees your window clean as you roll it back up, getting rid of any streak marks that would normally be there after a wash. It does require self-installation, but it seems pretty straightforward and requires no tools other than a scissor. And it will need changing every 3 to 6 months, like regular wipers. Fortunately, it’s pretty cheap, at $20 for two 40 inch strips that you cut down to size. If the Kickstarter funds, you can expect them by February 2016.

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5 Of The Best Cars For Tech Lovers

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Written by Sophie Davidson in collaboration with Top Tests. -Ed.

It’s remarkable how much technical equipment and gadgetry cars possess now, even compared to ten years ago. Even lower level model ranges usually provide features such as ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and sockets for iPods and USB connectivity as standard.

The forecast that driverless cars are imminent is certainly believable – after all, some provide degrees of driverless technology in the form of self-parking and collision avoidance systems right now.

Here are five high tech offerings you can already enjoy…

1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Bristling with high tech advances, this huge Mercedes offers such innovations as ‘virtual’ LED instrumentation and, with parking and a unique steering assistance system, the closest yet to a car that that drives itself. There’s even a scent container in the glove compartment if you fancy a bit of aromatherapy in the cabin.

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A Road Legal Little Tikes Cosy Coupe For Not-so-Little Kids

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Back in 2013, U.K. Attitude Autos took a Daewoo Matiz and spent 16 weeks customizing it to make it look exactly like a Little Tikes Cosy Coupe. What you see above is the result of that effort, and now, after spending a couple of years appearing at charity events and raising money, the car is up for sale on eBay. It’s fully road legal, and can reach speeds of 70 miles an hour (112.6 km/h). “The eBay page has it listed at £21,500 (about $33,200 USD), down from what Attitude Autos says was the car’s initial appraisal of $46,000 USD.” Keep in mind it’s a stick shift, but that’s at least a couple notches better than having to push it with your feet.

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