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This Amazing Chevy Video from 1935 Uses an Abandoned House to Explain Why Strong Car Frames Are Good

The Internet can be a terrible wasteland of a place, but every so often, you stumble on some real gems. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of neat old car videos from back in the 1930s and 40s—including a ten minute long Chevrolet video titled “No Ghosts”. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Dystopian Rearview Mirrors Will Remember You With an Iris Scan

Michigan-based automotive mirror specialist Gentex is looking to debut rearview mirrors that contain iris-scanning technology at CES in Las Vegas, according to the Detroit Free Press. We’re well on our way to a full-on Blade Runner 2049 kind of lifestyle.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Best Car Tech We Saw in 2018

In 2018, we saw the automotive industry charge headfirst into a future filled with electric and (maybe) autonomous vehicles, all while putting out the most innovative, powerful and efficient engines the world’s ever seen. Over the past 12 months, we at Jalopnik have experienced, and written about some of the best…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Ford Patents Conveyor Belts for SUV Cargo Areas So You Don’t Have to Crawl in and Possibly Expose Your Butt to Everyone

Ever since there have been station wagons and other vehicles with long, open cargo areas, people have been packing them via the somewhat undignified process of crawling inside them like how I imagine a vet attending to an elephant’s hemorrhoids must do things. Ford, it seems, has decided to address this problem…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Is What Happens When a Drag Racer’s Parachutes Fail

Just in case you’re skeptical about just how much work a drag racer’s parachutes do to slow down a speeding car, here’s an excellent demonstration. Even though they’re not making that hot caliper-on-rotor contact of the brakes, a car’s drag chutes are incredibly important, as you can see right here on Pro Mod racer… Read […]

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This Is Why Some Automatic Transmissions Shift Straight and Some Are All Zig-Zaggy

If you’ve ever looked at floor-mounted automatic transmission shift levers, with either disdain or genuine gratitude, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to fall into two main categories: the ones that have a simple, linear path through the PRNDL family, and those that use a convoluted, maze-like route through the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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It’s Time to Learn About Wonderful and Weird Opposed-Piston Engines

Horizontally-opposed engines are often referred to as “boxer” engines because the motion of the pistons sort of resembles a boxer, punching. Really, though, if any engine should be named for a boxer, it’s the other kind of opposed engine: the kind where the pistons actually “punch” right at each other. They’re called …Read more… Continue […]

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Chrysler Pacifica Commercial Appears To Show Actor Using Transmission Shift Knob To Adjust Volume

Chrysler has somehow managed to highlight the Chrysler Pacifica’s biggest flaw in this commercial featuring actor Kathryn Hahn. That biggest flaw, as we noted in our review, is a shifter dial that can easily be mistaken for a volume knob, and Chrysler appears to show Hahn doing just that in this commercial. Read more… Continue […]

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This Cassette Tape-Based Navigation System From 1971 Is Kind Of Brilliant

This clip from a 1971 episode of the BBC television show Tomorrow’s World has so many appealing details to me, most notably the featuring of a lovely UK-spec 1962 Volkswagen Beetle, but the true star of it is the remarkably forward-thinking navigation system the Beetle is fitted with. It uses some cutting-edge…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Nobody Wants $700 Electronic License Plates Because That’s Stupid

California has approved the biggest innovation in license plate technology since science figured out how to trap wild letters and numerals onto a plate of metal: the electronic license plate. The state claims they could save up to $20 million per year on postage, but there’s some pretty huge questions about that, as…Read more… Continue […]

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Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash: Report

Uber informed “about 300” workers of their termination earlier today as part of plans to shut down its self-driving car testing program in Arizona following a fatal crash in March, where one of the company’s test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, according to The Arizona Republic.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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