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Can a car seat recognize its owner's rear end?

Researchers in Japan have developed a new method of auto theft deterrent that verifies the driver's identity. Are you comfortable with your car seat knowing this much about you?

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  • Are you an ignition expert? Take the quiz!
    Are you an ignition expert? Take the quiz!

    Automobile ignition systems rely on perfect timing. A simple spark, when delivered at precisely the right moment, can mean the difference between a smoothly running, powerful engine that operates cleanly and an engine that runs rough, lacks power and produces unnecessary emissions. Let's get your motor running. See more »

  • Can a car seat recognize its owner's rear end?
    Can a car seat recognize its owner's rear end?

    Researchers in Japan have developed a new method of auto theft deterrent that verifies the driver's identity. Are you comfortable with your car seat knowing this much about you? See more »

  • Can your car tell you when the light's about to change?
    Can your car tell you when the light's about to change?

    Audi's Project Traffic Light Online uses the Audi connect Online system to read the signals from a city's central traffic computer. Will this be the end of waiting at tedious traffic lights? See more »

  • Do HHO systems actually work?
    Do HHO systems actually work?

    Ever since inventors have tried to get cars moving, they've tinkered with the possibility of alternative fuel systems. What does an HHO system have to do with water, and does it actually work? See more »

  • Do you need a secondary air injection system?
    Do you need a secondary air injection system?

    Your car's engine always leaves behind some portion of unburned fuel. Good thing the secondary air injection system is there to help clean up the leftovers. But is it really necessary? See more »

  • How Air Suspension Systems Work
    How Air Suspension Systems Work

    When you think of your car's suspension, you probably envision creaky metal coils, right? That's not the only type of shock absorber available to make your ride smooth -- take a look at air suspension systems. See more »

  • How Alternators Work
    How Alternators Work

    The next time your car won't start and you're cursing the battery, you might want to blame the alternator, too. This coconut-sized car part works with the battery to generate power for your vehicle. See more »

  • How an Air-cooled Engine Works
    How an Air-cooled Engine Works

    Most modern cars use a water-cooled engine with a radiator, hoses and a water pump to circulate coolant throughout the engine. Air-cooled engines want none of this. See more »

  • How an Engine Lubrication System Works
    How an Engine Lubrication System Works

    Unlike the ever-present ads for drugs on television, there are many pleasant side effects of keeping your car's engine lubricated with oil. Find out what it takes to keep things moving. See more »

  • How Apple CarPlay Works
    How Apple CarPlay Works

    CarPlay debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and unlike that rigged-up system you've got going now with your car stereo, your phone and about seven cables and cords, CarPlay completely integrates the car and the iPhone. See more »

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