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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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HYUNDAI HTRAC: Control the Light

The following article is brought to you by Hyundai. -Ed.

Welcome to the next generation of AWD technology: HTRAC from Hyundai. Witness the changes in power distribution through LED lights as HTRAC adapts to wet, uneven and winding roads in the blink of an eye.

This Hippie Van Holds Your Drinks, Keeps Them Cool

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Back in the days when Volkswagen wasn’t embroiled in an emissions scandal, they made cars everyone wanted to own. The Westfalia became an iconic representation of the 1960’s hippy culture, and it lives on in many people’s hearts as a throwback to a simpler time when music sounded better and Kim Kardashian didn’t exist. Even though the company doesn’t make them anymore, you can still get one in the form of the Volkswagen Panel Van Cooler, a large, wheeled cooler for drinks.

It faithfully reproduces the same trim details of an early Samba model that became an iconic symbol of the free-spirited 1960s, including the original’s eight panoramic roof windows, fabric sunroof, and two-colored paint scheme. An overhanging “hat” (that previously shielded a driver’s eyes from the sun) runs around the cooler’s entire top, providing an easy grip for retrieving one’s preferred beverage from a spacious interior with 3/4″ of insulation that holds up to 24 16-oz. bottles and ice. Made from pressed steel, the cooler has a telescoping 24″-long handle pulls the cooler along on its 8″-diameter rubber tires, allowing you to steer the cooler’s front wheels into just the right spot next to a lawn blanket. Integrated drain hole in the rear.

This cooler is as much of a statement as it is a practical way to keep your beverages cold. But all the attention to detail, and quality craftsmanship means it’s not cheap: $500.

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The Jammock Hammock Means You Can Nap Anywhere

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Did you know you could take a nap on top of your Jeep? Well, if you get the Jammock Hammock, you can. It fits Jeep Wranglers 1987 to present in the YJ, TJ, JK, and JKU models. It also will fit the bed of just about any pickup truck, where it’ll provide a bit of protection to your valuables, on top of giving you a soft area on which to lay down and sleep. It’s made from 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon and will easily withstand more than 350lbs, but the company won’t commit to a higher number for fear of lawsuits. Still, it’s a cool item to own, and at $138, won’t break the bank.

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Deal Of The Day: 77% Off On Car Plug-In Air Purifier

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There’s all kinds of things that you can plug into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. But it’s the first time we come across the Car Plug-In Air Purifier. It turns out that instead of charging your devices, you could be purifying the air you breathe.

Leave your car smelling fresh and clean with this Car Plug-In Air Purifier. Its built-in ionizer will boost your vehicle’s air quality, zapping foul odors and filtering out irritating allergens like dust and pollen. With this purifier eliminating unhealthy pollutants, you’ll breathe much easier while cruising down the highway.

– Quickly improves air quality w/ the built in ionizer
– Removes odors left behind by pets, sweat, food, exhaust, etc.
– Scrubs allergens from the air, like dust, dander, bacteria, pollen, etc.
– Eliminates cigarette & cigar smoke within seconds
– Plugs into your car’s outlet
– Produces no fragrances while cleaning the air

Considering how foul-smelling some cars get get in a hurry, it might be a worthwhile investment. The best part is that it’s super cheap at $19.99, down from $89 that it was at some point.

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The Gazebox Is A Gazebo and Garage In One

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Garages are overrated. What you need is the Gazebox. It’s a combination garage and gazebo, which opens up at the touch of a button. It’ll protect your car when you want to, and offer you a fun little gathering space when you need it. Here are the standard features:

• Multipurpose Carport, Garage, Gazebo.
• Easy to use.
• Automatic opening.
• Protects from the sun.
• Efficient air flow. Does not retain heat
• Protects from bad weather
• Snow and wind resistant
• Protects from birds and animals.
• Esclusive design made in italy.
• Customizable colors, graphics and more
• Durable framework.
• Excellent value.
• Requires minimal space.
• Further theft protection.
• Makes no water buildups.
• Removable structure.
• Quick anchorage to the ground.
• Independent fan regulation.

That’s for the base model. Upgrades include an air conditioner, solar panels, and even a vacuum cleaner. It’s great for people who have a driveway but no garage. Sadly, the price is nowhere to be found, but it does seem like a real product that you can buy.

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SmartRim Protects Your Pricey Mags From Curb Damage

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Many modern cars come with parking sensors that help you avoid hitting the car parked behind you. That’s great, but they do very little to help you avoid getting too close to the curb and scratching your precious mags. SmartRim changes all that. It’s an ultrasound-powered proximity sensor that attaches to the inside of each wheel well, and connects to a smartphone app. As you park, the sensors will indicate how close to the curb you are and help you avoid hitting it. There are no wires, so installation is a breeze.

Additional features include accelerometers that can tell you if the valet took your ride for an unhealthy spin, and the ability to use regular AA batteries for power; a single AA battery will last up to 1,000 parking cycles.

It’s currently being funded on Indiegogo, and a set of 4 SmartRim sensors will cost you $345. That’s a lot, but if you really think about it, you only need two for the back wheels, which is a very reasonable $179 pledge at the moment.

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Ultima Evolution Supercar Breaks All Kinds Of Records

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When you enter the dreamlike realm of the supercar, you’re not only paying for rubbernecking good looks and unrivalled exclusivity and status: you’re also paying for performance. British carmaker Ultima may just have put the world’s fastest accelerating car on the road with the Evolution. This thing is stupid fast. Just as a reference, know that the world’s current champion, the Ferrari LaFerrari does the 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, and completes the 1/4 mile race in 9.7 seconds at 149.1mph. Most supercars hover around the 2.7s-2.9s range in their 0-60 times. But the Evolution? It gets to 60 mph (97 km/h) [in] 2.3 seconds, [and does] 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, and 0-150 mph (241 km/h) in 8.9 seconds. The standing quarter mile (0.4 km) is reportedly achievable in 9.2 seconds, with the car hitting 156 mph (251 km/h)! That’s 0.5 seconds faster than the LaFerrari, which is huge!

Think about it: the Ultima Evolution reaches 150mph faster than some cars take to get to 60mph! It does this through a combination of a fuel-injected LS Chevrolet V8 engine, and a ridiculously low weight of just 950 kg (2,094 lb). Power options range from 350bph, to a blistering 1,020bph, which although lower than some competitors, is clearly more than enough given the car’s overall low weight.

There are lots of other things to say about this car, but you can read more on Gizmag’s article, linked below. And if you were hoping to get your hands on one, you’ll obviously have to pay, although not as much as you might imagine. Options start at £65,995 (about US$100,000), and we imagine go much, much higher than that for the top of the line models.

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