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BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

BMW debuts AirTouch concept, turning car interior into contactless touchscreen

With CES 2016 rapidly approaching next week, BMW has gotten a jump on things and announced it will be showing off an advanced version of the gesture control tech demo it had last year. Dubbed AirTouch, the system basically turns the car's interior into a touchscreen, but one that doesn't need physical contact thanks to gesture-reading sensors. It's described as allowing control over many more functions than the current iteration available in BMW's 7 Series, which can only handle simple tasks like adjusting the volume.

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Bed concept swallows sleeper when earthquakes strike

Bed concept swallows sleeper when earthquakes strike

Earthquakes can be scary, and we’re guessing this new bed concept can be, too. To keep you safe during an earthquake -- assuming you're snoozing when the event strikes -- the bed splits open horizontally, causing the mattress to fall in with the sleeper on top and their pillow and blankets if they're lucky. A mere few seconds later, the bed closes again, sealing the sleeper in a cocoon.

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PumpTube inflates itself as you ride your bike

PumpTube inflates itself as you ride your bike

Avid bicyclists know that keeping tires inflated can be a chore if you have a slow leak. Ride to work in the morning and your tire might be fine and then it's flat when you are ready to ride home in the evening. An inventor called Benjamin Krempel has invented an intertube called the PumpTube that inflates itself as you ride.

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Toyota Shows off S-FR concept ready to race

Toyota Shows off S-FR concept ready to race

The first time we caught a glimpse at the Toyota S-FR was back in October when the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show along with two other concepts. The original concept that Toyota unveiled might have been too cute for the enthusiasts and performance fans, but the latest version certainly looks meaner.

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McLaren MP4-X F1 concept is brain-controlled

McLaren MP4-X F1 concept is brain-controlled

A big push is underway in all racing series where the drivers sit inside open cockpits to put a canopy over the driver to prevent debris from hitting them in the head. As such, some new concepts are turning up that have some of the traditional F1 designs with closed cockpits such as this concept from McLaren.

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Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Joby Aviation unveils 16-rotor VTOL electric aircraft

Anyone who has ever sat in traffic for hours each day has looked to the skies and dreamed of being able to just fly to their destination. Joby Aviation has a new concept design that it thinks just might be the future of VTOL communing by air. The vehicle is a personal electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that uses electricity for power.

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Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi's electrification plans include self-driving tech, with engineers developing an e-tron EV that can automatically trundle to its charger, Roomba-style. The upcoming Audi e-tron quattro - currently a concept but set to spawn a production version in 2018 - will be the German automaker's most serious all-electric vehicle so far, opening the door to a number of cutting edge charging technologies intended to make EV ownership more straightforward.

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Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.

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Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Toyota's youth courting sub-brand Scion may not be the first company you think of when outlandish cars are mentioned, but the C-HR Concept might change your mind. Revealed today at the LA Auto Show, the aggressively styled CUV is Scion's idea of a distinctive urban lifestyle vehicle, having been challenged to do anything but bland.

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Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

The Volvo Concept 26 has just debuted at the LA Auto Show, and the interior concept highlights a striking vision of what autonomous driving could look like. Not bothering with an actual exterior, the idea here is to ruminate on what one might do if you suddenly had free time.

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Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Hypersonic Skreemr Jet Concept Could Travel NYC to London in an hour

Right now, the fastest way to travel by air is inside a normal commercial jet. In the past people in a big hurry could jump on the Concorde and travel between the US and other nations at supersonic speeds, but that aircraft was retired. A new concept jet called the Skreemr promises to be fast enough that it would make the trip from New York to London in under an hour.

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Mazda’s vintage-inspired MX-5 concepts are begging to be built

Mazda’s vintage-inspired MX-5 concepts are begging to be built

Mazda's striking 2016 MX-5 Miata wasn't in short supply at SEMA 2015, but none were so compelling as the company's own customs. The Mazda stand may have been minimalistic, but that only worked in the favor of the MX-5 Speedster Concept and the MX-5 Spyder Concept; if Miata fans aren't already demanding production plans for one or both, then it's only a matter of time.

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