Car crash given a shiny, golden makeover and no one knows why

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They say you can't polish a turd, but you sure can paint a car crash. A vehicular bungle, wherein a Toyota Camry met it's crumpled end at the trunk of a tree on a pedestrian island, has been given a golden new lease on life by an as-yet-unidentified street artist. SEE ALSO: Artist's animated "Illusions" will mesmerize you The vehicle crashed into a North Fitzroy tree in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 16 and was promptly abandoned with the keys still in the ignition. That's when the mysterious artist literally struck gold, creating a work described by many online as "peak Melbourne." So @VictoriaPolice if a stolen car is left with no attempt to clear for a week the Fitzroy North artists will do what they do.


Traffic lights built into pavement for smartphone-using pedestrians in Netherlands

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A town in the Netherlands is trialling special pavement lights designed to help smartphone users cross the road safely. The LED strips have been embedded into the ground at a pedestrian crossing in Bodegraven, close to three schools. The hope is that they'll catch the eye of pedestrians who are too distracted by their smartphones to bother looking at the road, telling them when to cross and when not to cross by either glowing green or red, depending on the traffic light signals. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


Toyota recalls over 300,000 Prius cars due to brake problem

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If you purchased a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Prius, you'll probably want to heed the company's latest announcement. Toyota has issued a recall for over 300,000 Prius vehicles due to faulty brakes. In total, 212,000 of the vehicles are in Japan, while 94,000 are in the United States. Thousands of the cars in Europe and Australia have already been recalled, according to the Los Angeles Times. On the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative.


Majority of Australians ready for a driverless future: ADVI

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Seven in 10 Australians trust autonomous vehicles to take over when they feel tired, bored, or physically and mentally incapable of driving manually, according to a study by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). More than 5,000 Australians aged 18 and over were surveyed by ADVI and its academic partners, including the University of New South Wales, through an 80-question survey designed to help guide research, marketing, and vehicle design efforts. According to ADVI's preliminary findings, 69 percent of survey respondents said they would rather a driverless car take the lead when driving was "boring or monotonous", and 60 percent said they would prefer an autonomous vehicle during traffic congestion. Participants said the most likely activity they would spend their time doing in driverless cars was observing scenery at 78 percent, followed by interacting with passengers on 76 percent, resting came in at 52 percent, and doing work-related activities polled at 36 percent. Almost half, 47 percent, of Australians surveyed felt self-driving vehicles would be safer than human drivers.


Google expands self-driving car testing to Phoenix

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Capitalizing on the area's opportunities for extreme temperature testing, Google announced Thursday that it is expanding its self-driving car testing program to Phoenix, Arizona. "The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will help us better understand how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air," said Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project. "Driving in new cities enables our engineers to further refine our software and adapt to these different environments." Google has four Lexus RX450h crossovers driving around Phoenix digitally mapping lane markers, traffic signals, curb heights, "keep clear" zones and more. Phoenix is the expansion city in the U.S. for Google's self-driving car testing.