Car Theft Hackers

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

By on July 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you’d be well on your way.

These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car’s computer, start the car’s electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Formula 1 Racing

What Formula 1 drivers see when they’re racing at 220 MPH

By on July 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM.

What Formula 1 drivers see when they’re racing at 220 MPH

When it comes to acceleration, a tricked out Model S is admittedly hard to beat. But if you’re interested in raw speed, you might want to check out Formula 1 racing where cars can reach speeds as high as 223 MPH and routinely maintain an average speed of just under 200 MPH for the duration of any given race. Interestingly, former F1 driver Jean Lesi told Wired a few years back that “at those speeds, you feel that the car is about to lift off from the track.”

Without question, getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car on race day requires impeccable concentration and damn near-perfect reaction times. The margin for error when driving 200 MPH is slim and the potential for serious injury is always looming overhead. That being the case, one can only wonder what a driver experiences when charging through a straightaway at blistering speeds.

Well, wonder no more.

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Electric Car 0-60 MPH

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

Tesla likes to boast that it only knows how to make fast cars. And with good reason, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars by acceleration on the planet. Ranked slightly above Tesla are an assortment of cars from Porsche, Bugatti and Ferrari, with the Porsche 918 Spyder boasting the fastest 0-60 time for a production car in history with a blazing 2.2 seconds.

Well, there’s no a new record holder for the 0-60 title and it comes from an unlikely place: a motorsport student club in Switzerland.

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Volkswagen Dieselgate

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

By on May 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

VW is having some “public relations issues,” a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions. But don’t worry, because VW’s R&D department is all over fixing those pesky emissions.

According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a “multi-billion euro” factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla’s vaunted Gigafactory. The idea, presumably, is to pivot smoothly from being a company known for its low-emissions diesel vehicles, to one known for its zero-emission EVs. Unfortunately, I suspect consumers’ memories last just a little longer than VW thinks.

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Cops Texting and Driving

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

By on May 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

Texting and driving is a menace that’s up there with chugging vodka while at the wheel, and cops the world over are slowly cracking down on it.

But how do you catch errant texters? With a DSLR and some serious glass, if you’re Canada’s Mounties.

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Traffic Jams China

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we’ve seen yet.

Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it’s just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn’t new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing.

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Tesla Autopilot Video Driver Sleeping

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is awesome, and it’ll surely be a great way to “drive” your car once self-driving cars are regulated, and once Tesla deploys a more advanced version of its software. However, people driving Tesla cars should remember that Autopilot is in beta right now. That means drivers should still keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control on a whim. It almost definitely does not mean that you can fall asleep behind the wheel and let Autopilot do its thing — we’re definitely not there yet.

But that’s exactly one driver did, and someone recorded it on video. More →

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Best Fictional Cars Movies TV

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

By on May 12, 2016 at 6:36 PM.

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

Everyone has a favorite fictional character from a movie or TV show.

If you’re an action fan, it might be Indiana Jones, John McClane or Neo. Sci-fi fans likely prefer Luke Skywalker or James T. Kirk, while superhero fanatics might have trouble deciding between Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman.

But some of the most memorable characters in the history of media aren’t really characters at all, but rather the vehicles that the characters get around in.

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Optical Illusion Crosswalks India China

Optical illusion crosswalks are trippy, but they could make street crossings safer

By on April 26, 2016 at 11:28 PM.

Optical illusion crosswalks are trippy, but they could make street crossings safer

You’ve probably witnessed them too, drivers who completely ignore crosswalks and don’t even slow down as they approach them. But if these optical illusion crosswalks catch on, the chances are that crossing the street will be even safer. The smart concepts in the following images are meant to fool drivers into thinking there’s a roadblock ahead, and make them slow down when approaching a pedestrian crossing. More →

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Most Expensive Cars In the World

The 8 most expensive and insanely fast supercars in the world

By on March 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM.

The 8 most expensive and insanely fast supercars in the world

If there’s one thing we learned from endless episodes of MTV Cribs back in the day, it’s that athletes, rock stars, and A-list celebrities are all bonded by a common interest: A love and passion for fast and expensive cars.

While everyone is likely familiar with expensive cars from the likes Porsche and Rolls Royce, there exists a subset of supercars which are so expensive that they even make a regular Ferrari seem affordable by comparison. At this level, we’re not talking about cars that cost somewhere in the multi-hundred thousand dollar range. Quite the contrary, my friend. No, at this level we’re talking about cars that sell for 7 figures and can easily hit 200 mph on the speedometer.

To get you acquainted with the types of cars the wealthiest in the world keep in their garages, listed below are the 8 most expensive supercars in the world.

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Russian SHERP ATV

For just $65,000, you can buy a ridiculous Russian truck that can drive through water

By on February 11, 2016 at 2:15 PM.

For just $65,000, you can buy a ridiculous Russian truck that can drive through water

If you’re in the market for an unstoppable truck that can even drive through water, you’ll have to pack up your bags and head to Russia and plunk down $65,000 for the SHERP ATV.

Sporting self-inflated tires, the SHERP ATV won’t win any awards for speed, but where else are you going to find a vehicle that can climb over obstacles up to 2.4 feet high and not sink to the bottom when put in water. Looking like a real-life Tonka Trunk, the stout Russian truck can reach a top speed of 28 mph, and in water it manages to move forward at a respectable but plodding pace of 3.7 mph.

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Audi h-tron Quattro

Meet Audi’s new h-tron Quattro, a hydrogen-powered concept car

By on January 11, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

Meet Audi’s new h-tron Quattro, a hydrogen-powered concept car

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit may not have the Tesla Model 3 as we were initially promised, but that’s not to say that there aren’t a number of interesting new cars and out-there concepts worth highlighting.

Earlier today, for example, we brought your attention to the Buick Avista, a concept car that looks like it might otherwise come from Tesla or Porsche. Also getting in on the action was Audi, who earlier today rolled out the Audi h-tron Quattro, a stout SUV with quite a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Ford Patents Futuristic Electric Unicycle

Ford patent details how a car’s rear wheel can transform into an electric unicycle

By on January 3, 2016 at 2:46 PM.

Ford patent details how a car’s rear wheel can transform into an electric unicycle

A recently filed patent from Ford shows that Tesla isn’t the only forward-thinking car company on the planet. While the concept car detailed in Ford’s patent may never see the light of day, it’s just crazy and cool enough to warrant covering.

The patent in question describes a futuristic car with a detachable rear wheel that can quickly transform into a electric unicycle. In other words, the patent essentially describes the ultimate in quick getaways for both villains and heroes alike. In fact, the entire contraption may remind some of this famous scene from the Batman film The Dark Knight.

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