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Behold The Future: Tesla Demonstrates Fully Self-Driving Capability


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.

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


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.

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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.

Retrofit A Backup Camera With The Pearl RearVision


You car didn’t come with a backup camera, but you’ve bumped into enough luxury sedans while parking that you’ve determined you should totally have gotten that option? It’s not too late to get your own, and with the Pearl RearVision Backup Camera, you can do so elegantly. Integrated into a nicely designed license plate holder, the camera will stream wirelessly to your smart device, you so can easily keep an things. The best part is the ease of installation; the RearVision is battery-powered and charged through a little solar panel integrated on the bottom bezel. That means no wiring, drilling, or modifications needed on your ride. A car adapter then plugs into your OBD port, and serves as a link between the camera and your phone. The only downside is the hefty $499 price tag. But if it stops you from damaging your bumper even once, we say it’s worth it.

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


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


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


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


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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