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12 Car Technologies That Are Ridiculously Awesome

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1. Heads-up displays.

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Because it's safer to keep your eyes on the road, and because we want driving to be more like a video game.

2. Cyclist and pedestrian radar.

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The car automatically tracks pedestrians and cyclists and will apply the brakes in milliseconds once it detects a collision is imminent. Smarter is safer!

3. Glow-in-the-dark rims.

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Tron can be real life. We have the technology.

4. Fully digital gauges.

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Mechanical gauges are so... steam age. We want our cars to feel like a spaceship.

5. Thermochromatic paint.

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There isn't any logical explanation for it, but that's OK.

6. LED laser headlamps.

The new lamps use blue laser technology. They look extremely cool, but more importantly, they are three times as bright and shine double the distance than current LED headlights.
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The new lamps use blue laser technology. They look extremely cool, but more importantly, they are three times as bright and shine double the distance than current LED headlights.

7. Color-adjustable headlamps.

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Speaking of headlamps: We'd like our lights to match our mood.

8. Intelligent door handles.

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That's just classy. And it reduces drag. Hooray efficiency!

9. Adaptive digital controls.

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Bring on the touch-sensitive digital control panel that scans fingerprints and recognizes handwriting. What if your dashboard was one big iPhone screen? Imagine the possibilities.

10. Assisted parallel parking.

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No need to pass on a tight squeeze. Just let the car handle the tricky stuff.

11. Automatic parking.

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On the subject of parking: how about we just don't do it anymore? Every trip to the grocery store becomes a hassle-free luxury when your car is smart enough to be its own valet.

12. And autopilot mode.

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Imagine a world in which you input your destination then relax for the duration of the trip. Driving is fun, but driving a moving lounge is even more fun. Brace yourself, world — we're getting close.