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Best April Fools gags from the car industry

It’s the start of April and that can only mean one thing – it’s time for another barrage of made-up, nonsensical stories designed to trick people who’ve forgotten to look at a calendar. Recombu got in on the action with its Nokia Seidhr video, which depicted a head-mounted augmented reality device that could be used as a next-generation car infotainment system, and we weren’t alone. Several industry types got in on the act, so here without further ado, are a few of the best car-related April fools stories the Web had to offer.

Hondavac with HondaHair

It’s true that the 2014 Honda Odyssey features a special HondaVac vacuum cleaner that allows you to ‘hoover’ up dirt and crumbs discarded by your offspring. But it’s not true, despite what this video shows, that Honda has developed a hair cutting upgrade that sucks hair into an attachment containing special blades. It’s a cool idea, though — if you don’t mind bad haircuts.

Chevrolet Corvette Callaway AeroWagonette

Last month, Callaway unveiled the Aerowagon, a shooting brake version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This April it’s gone a step further with the AeroWagonette — a trailer that lets you tow three small children behind your estate-ified Corvette. Again, we’d love to see something like this in the real world, but we’re sure the NSPCC would have a few things to say about it: “No,” mainly.

Mini Connect Us dating app

Mini’s Connected App can already help you find points of interest such as restaurants, petrol stations etc., and with this fictional dating upgrade, it can also help you find love. Connect Us uses proprietary technology known as the Mini Driving Excitement Analyser to study how aggressively you treat the accelerator, brakes and steering wheel. If it detects nearby drivers that show similar tendencies, it’ll put you in touch with them.

Volvo External Vehicle Protection System

Volvo is taking its external airbag protection system to new heights, if this release is to be believed. Operating much like the cars from the Demolition Man movie, this technology deploys an external baloon that encompasses the majority of the car in the event of an accident (except the grille, which has the all-important company logo on it).

BMW M6 Active Noise Control

Many of you will be aware the new BMW M5 and M6 come fitted with systems that play a fake engine noise through the stereo. This active noise control system, tested by Evo, goes a step further. It allows the driver to assign noises to accompany the car’s gear changes, can make the vehicle sound like a fighter jet, and can even cancel exterior and interior noises — even the sound of the driver.


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