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Today’s Newest Safety Tech Is Expensive As Hell

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. Consider them your “desert island” stories, should society collapse in the imminent future.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Delightful Nerds Turn A Car Into A Functional Computer Mouse

Artist and maker of gloriously shitty robots Simone Giertz owns a 1980s Sebring-Vanguard Citicar—a wonderful, slow, little wedge-shaped automotive footnote. Keeping true to her ideals, Giertz’ car is no longer just a little electric commuter vehicle—it’s also the world’s largest and perhaps least-useful computer mouse.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Is What Cars Would Be Like If Humans Never Evolved Sight

There’s a reason why you never see bats or earthworms or naked mole rats driving, other than because they (generally) have terrible credit ratings and can’t afford cars: their lack of vision. Driving is a very sight-oriented activity, and humans are, of course, very vision-oriented creatures. But what if evolution had…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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There’s A Fix For The Chrysler UConnect Rebooting Problem But It’s Just A Band-Aid

Yesterday we reported on a still-unsolved issue with the UConnect infotainment system found in most recent Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The issue causes the system to reboot every minute or so, which is incredibly annoying, to say the least. This temporary work-around will at least keep the system from rebooting, if…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Fiat Chrysler Pushed A UConnect Update That Causes Constant Reboots With No Announced Fix

If you’re bored and, inexplicably, decide to do a search on Twitter for car infotainment systems, when you get to checking out Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect system, things will start to get exciting. Not in a good way, though—exciting in the sense of many, many angry Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep owners complaining about how…Read more… Continue […]

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Your Crappy, Weird ’70s Electric Car Of The Day: The Electraction Rickshaw

I think one of the most under-appreciated eras of automotive manufacture has to be the electric car market from the 1960s to the 1980s. I love this era because it was one of rampant ingenuity and creativity, dominated by small, independent manufacturers, and all they had in common was that every single car they made…Read […]

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Light-Colored Cars May Be Safer In Our Autonomous Future But Dark Cars Aren’t Going Away

You know how when you transform yourself into a cat and go hunting at night, it’s easier to catch a light-colored pigeon than it is, say, a crow? Of course you do. Unsurprisingly, autonomous cars have similar issues spotting dark-colored vehicles, which could make dark-colored cars more challenging for a future with…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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These Are The Most Useless Possible Dashboard Gauges

Your car’s dashboard is like your car’s press conference: it’s how the car communicates with you, officially. Sure, you get rumors in the form of noises, smells, and shimmies, but those gauges sitting in front of your face represent the information the Carmaker has decided to share with you. What if that information…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s The Confusing Difference Between Braking In 2WD And 4WD Modes

Normally, we think of four-wheel drive as something that helps you move, not stop. When you’re trying to make the car stop, whether or not you’re in 2WD or 4WD shouldn’t really matter much, right? I mean, that’s what I’d guess, but I can’t say I know for certain. That’s why this video from Team […]

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Sun Visors Suck But I Know How To Make Them Better

Pretty much everything you touch or interact with on a modern car has been rethought, re-engineered, re-designed, re-focus grouped, re-everything’d, over and over. With one notable exception: the sun visors. There hasn’t been any substantial upgrade to these surprisingly important bits of equipment since we started…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Holy Crap You Have To See This Ridiculous Commercial For The Fuel Shark

Everyone remembers the Fuel Shark, right? A ridiculous blue glowing buttplug that you’re supposed to stick in your car’s 12V socket to get better gas mileage but in reality does nothing? We exposed these jackasses a while ago, more than once. Somehow, though, I missed this YouTube video advertising them, and, once you…Read more… Continue […]

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Stop Doing This Shit With Semi-Autonomous Cars

There are many issues with putting semi-autonomous cars on the market, not the least of which being customers not understanding what “semi” means and car companies outright adding to that confusion. But the worst part might not be the people who misunderstand it—it might be the people who do.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The 2018 Mazda 3 May Have The Best No-Bullshit Instrument Cluster Right Now

We’re in a strange era for instrument clusters and dashboards right now. It’s a transitional period, thanks to the very rapidly-growing adoption of full-color LCD matrix displays into and, in some cases, replacing the traditional instrument cluster. Sometimes, though, new tech isn’t always better, as this Mazda 3 dash…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Subject Of Whether Or Not To Warm Up Your Car Sure Makes People Mad

We live in a pretty polarized era. The internet has turned the world into a gigantic family Thanksgiving table, and everyone’s fighting about pretty much everything, always, forever. I know this. And yet I still have to admit I’m surprised by the level of anger and vitriol I’ve seen regarding something that you’d…Read more… Continue […]

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