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Automotive

Texting while driving messes with your "sixth sense"

News flash: texting while driving is dangerous. While this probably isn't news to anyone, a study from the University of Houston has delved deeper into why this is, and compared it to other distractions like being lost in thought, or engaging in passionate conversation with passengers. Results suggest that an innate "sixth sense" counters mental distractions, but fails while texting.Read More

Motorcycles

It’s a windscreen wiper… For your motorbike helmet

Rainpal looks like a well-thought-out invention. It fits to just about any helmet, it gives you multi-speed visor wiping, wiper delay and visor cleaning spray, and it's tested up to 100 mph (160 km/h). It charges via USB and snaps off in seconds when the sun comes out. By any objective measure, it seems like a good idea. We're just having a bit of trouble getting past the dork factor.
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Automotive

High-res adaptive headlights feature 1,000 pixels that can be flicked on and off

Headlights have come some way since the oil lamps used in the 1880s. Adaptive headlights, along with emerging systems that light up potential hazards and follow the driver's eye give some indication as to what lies ahead. Now researchers have developed a system that allows even more precise control through the ability to switch on and off any of 1,000 individual LED pixels. Read More

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