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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


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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Volkswagen Gamifies Your Trip with SmileDrive

Volkswagen Android Game

Road trips are all fun and games unless you draw the shortest straw and are the unfortunate designated driver. Making driving more fun and less of a chore though is SmileDrive, an app by Volkswagen that’s compatible with dashboards that run on Android. The neat part is that you don’t have to drive a VW to join in on the fun; it’s playable on any car of any make or model, as long as you’re able to connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth.

Once your phone’s connected, the app runs in the background and you’ll be able to earn achievements, stickers, and “punches” depending on the cars you spotted during your commute. You’ll get a “punch” whenever you pass a VW Beetle on the road and a “twinsies” medal if you pass a car that looks exactly like yours.

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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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This Guy is 3D-Printing His Dream Car…One Part at a Time!

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Everyone has a dream car. Be it the DeLorean from Back to the Future or the Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond, almost everyone’s got one. Unfortunately, these cars either don’t exist in real life or are just too expensive to even consider buying.

Those are problems that Ivan Sentch doesn’t even have to deal with, though, because even though he has his sights set on the Aston Martin DB4 (almost like Bond’s vehicle of choice, but not quite), he doesn’t have to pay close to the cost of its market value. That’s because he’s building the car himself–by 3D-printing it!Continue Reading

Street-Legal Bumper Car: Be the Oldest Kid on the Road

Street Legal Bumper Car

Think you’re too old for bumper cars? Think again. I’m not talking about the small ones that you’ll probably have a difficult time getting into at the local arcade. I’m talking about this 1984 Dodge Colt that was modded to look like a giant bumper car. It isn’t called street-legal for nothing.

The one-of-a-kind vehicle was up for sale on eBay up until a couple of hours ago by aptly-named seller bumpercarguy. At the end of the listing, the highest bidder was willing to shell out $2,938 for the car, but the sale isn’t going to be completed because that amount doesn’t meet the seller’s reserve price.

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It’s About Time: Holder for French Fries That Fits Your Car’s Cup Holder

Fries Cup Holder

One rule prevails when it comes to French fries: Eat it while it’s hot. It gets soggy fairly quickly, especially if you keep it inside the take-out bag. Unfortunately, you can’t eat while driving, because you’d have to hold the fries in one hand and drive with the other–and that’s just a very unsafe thing to do.

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Double Front-Ender Car Lets You Drive It Either Way–Although Not At the Same Time

Double Front Ender Car

I have never seen a car like this double front-ended Ford until today. Have you?

This unique but not-very-practical vehicle was recently put on sale on Craigslist. It’s located near the California-Oregon border, in case you’re interested and want to check it out in person. Dubbed as the ‘clown car’, this custom Ford can be driven either way, although I don’t think you can do so at the same time.

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Man Shields His Car from Hail With His Body, Looks Ridiculously Stupid In the Process

Hail Car

When the hail starts falling, you know what to do: run into the house or seek shelter elsewhere because those hails of hail are painful when they hit. Apparently, this man from Argentina missed the circular and values his car more than his well-being. Because when the pellets of frozen rain began to fall, he jumped right on the roof of a car (that’s presumably his) in order to protect it from the unforgiving hail.

He also makes a complete fool of himself in the process. Hit the break to check out the video and see for yourself.

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