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Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

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GM’s SURUS self-driving truck chassis could be a boon to disaster relief

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

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2018 Toyota Century offers classic Japanese luxury with a hybrid twist

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

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2018 Toyota Century: Meet Japan’s new king of old school luxury

You probably don’t know this, but you’re looking at the latest scion of royalty here. This is the 2018 Toyota Century, and it’s just the third generation of an automotive icon that has transported Japan’s rich, famous — and infamous — since 1967. 

Set to be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, this latest Century limousine may have a certain neoclassical flair, but it’s technologically up to date underneath. The new Century — seen here in its trademark black paint —  is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid powertrain, making this the first time electrification has been featured in this model. 

Centuries have long been known for being quiet cars, and this new hybrid setup should help deliver what Toyota refers to as “overwhelming serenity,” even if it loses the previous generation’s trademark V12 engine. Carrying a 2UR-FSE designation, the new car’s 32-valve V8 seems to be a relative of the one we’ve seen in the outgoing Lexus LS600h.

2018 Toyota Century

This being a car that’s more about being driven than actual driving for one’s self, the back seat is suitably opulent in both dimension and execution. It features wool upholstery, power articulating and massaging rear seats, and even an integrated leg rest. Wool may seem like an unusual choice for an automotive interior to western tastes, but it’s a traditional luxury touch in Japan. Naturally, leather is optional for those with different sensibilities. 

An LCD panel located in the rear armrest permits operation of audio and HVAC, as well as allowing for remote articulation of all seats.

Modern advanced driver assist safety features like precollision auto brake, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also part of the new Century experience, as are LED headlamps.

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That’s wool upholstery and side curtains, friends.


At 200 inches long, the Century is a big car — roughly half a foot shorter than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Care has been taken to actually make the rear of the car more upright for better interior room. The rear pillar is raked less steeply than before, and combined with a longer wheelbase and lower sills, the new generation should be both easier to get in and out of, and more comfortable.

As is appropriate for something wearing a epochal name and conservative styling, the new Century is likely to be a very long-lived model. Its predecessor bowed out of production in February after a nearly 20-year run. 

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Rezvani Tank is the wildest SUV you’ve never heard of

If you’re willing to pay six figures, you could rule the roads like the evil genius or Russian oligarch that you’ve always wanted to be.

The Rezvani Tank comes from Rezvani Motors, a company known for some very wild designs. The Tank is based off the Jeep Wrangler — you can see traditional Wrangler switchgear on the center console — but you’d have a hard time telling that from a distance. This thing looks mean, and also difficult to see out of.

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If you want everyone on the road to get out of your way, the Tank is a solid choice.


Under the hood is a 6.4-liter Fiat Chrysler V8, the same one you’ll find in the Challenger and Charger Scat Pack, as well as the Durango SRT. Here, it’s tuned to produce 500 horsepower. While that should provide some hustle, the Tank looks rather heavy (it is called the Tank, after all…), so I wouldn’t expect earth-shattering performance.

With the Wrangler’s 4WD system, it’s already pretty capable off the beaten path. But Rezvani added a few bits of tech to spice it up. There’s a Flir-sourced infrared camera for seeing through the dark of night, a head-up display to bring more information to your face and “optional ballistic armor protection,” which Rezvani doesn’t elaborate on. The doors also open themselves, because why not?

It’s certainly one of the most interesting SUVs available, but you’ll have to pony up some serious dough to get one on your driveway. The Rezvani Beast starts at $178,000, or about $150,000 more than a base Jeep Wrangler. If you want to live like an oligarch, you’ll have to have the wallet of one, too.

Rezvani Tank

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This future dashboard knows if you’re talking on the phone

Believe it or not a major challenge in the development of autonomous cars is not enabling the car to figure out what’s going on around it, but finding a way for the car to figure out what’s happening inside it. Specifically, cars will need to determine whether the driver behind the wheel is alert and paying attention to the road. For the near-future of autonomy, at least, cars won’t be able to drive themselves 100 percent of the time, so the driver will need to take control should something unforeseen happen.

Many auto manufacturers are addressing this issue in many ways, including retinal scanners that can tell where you’re looking and heart-rate monitors that can tell if you’re getting a bit sleepy. At this year’s CEATEC 2017 in Japan, component manufacturer Omron was showing off an implementation of a series of sensors that take that detection to the next level.

Omron CEATEC 2017

Omron’s latest solution, an improvement over last year’s, includes the eye monitoring and sleepiness detection that we’ve seen in the past, but adds a few new flavors to the mix. For one thing, its infrared scanners can see through sunglasses, meaning even if your future is looking particularly bright the car will still be able to tell whether your eyes are open.

Additionally, the future dashboard can tell if you’re holding a phone up to your head and talking on it. This, of course, is illegal most places these days and is grounds for deeming that you’re of questionable alertness.

Should you drive the car in a non-alert state, or perhaps fall asleep while the car is in autonomous mode, the car will attempt to warn you before, eventually, pulling itself over. So, if you want to get anywhere, you’d better keep those eyes on the road. 

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