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Do we really need cars expressly designed for women?

After all, isn’t that why we have certain makes and models that only females seem to buy? You know who you are!

But Honda thinks it’s a good enough of an idea to launch the Honda Fit She’s in Japan. It features a “Plasmacluster” climate control system to supposedly improve your skin quality and it has UV-blocking window glass to protect against those harmful, age-accelerating rays.

Uh yeah, we don’t know about that, but hey, we’re all for anything that helps our ladies looking beautiful.

Check out more full coverage and some video on “The Car Made Just for Women” from the Today show here:

Honda Introduces Car Designed Just for Women

If that’s too much estrogen for you, then follow the story of Honda’s newest compact sports car, designed to compete against Subaru’s BRZ and Scion’s FR-S, here:

Honda Confirms Production of New-Generation Beat

The Dodge Avenger
Credit: Wikipedia.

Here’s a story for those of you that are superstitious.

But then again, if you are, this may be exactly the type of story you want to avoid reading. Scared? Well maybe you should be: “Bad luck” on the road sure isn’t anything that we want to contemplate.

CNBC actually compiled a list of “bad luck” cars based on info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You can read their report here: http://www.iihs.org/.

Smaller vehicles tend to dominate the list as you might expect but there are some solid reasons for that other than size.

We were surprised that the Dodge Avenger was there in 8th place. Perhaps that’s because of its class-leading 283 horsepower V6 engine.

Apparently a lot of drivers can’t handle a little power!

Check out full coverage of this “bad luck” story from CNBC.com and Yahoo here:

10 Bad Luck Cars

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

All right, apparently these robotic, self-driven cars are already a guarantee — so when’s it gonna be already?

On the roads next to you in half a decade?

According to the automaker Ford, driverless cars will be sharing the U.S. roadways with human drivers by 2017, reports ExtremeTech.

Think that U.S. culture can adjust to the robot-driven way of life that quickly?

Japan by 2020?

Not to be outdone, the Land of the Rising Sun is also promising driverless cars by 2020, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, transport and Tourism (MLIT).

Now hold on, this is also no joke.

This statement by the Japanese government represents the FIRST time that any government in the world has expressed a commitment to pursue the future of driverless cars.

The industry’s heavy hitters that are joining in are also nothing to scoff at.

We’re talking Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Fuiji, and Mazda. Yeah, those are the big boys.

The Japanese government promises a report on the status of their program some time around March 2013.

Sunshine State Closer Than Ever?

[Quick hit here: We have to give a shout out to this comment thread from Digg that suggests driverless cars could bankrupt California.]

With a unanimous vote, California’s Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation that would allow testing and the regulation of driverless vehicles.

The vote is still just preliminary, advancing the legislation along.

According to an article from ComputerWorld, it passed on the condition that debate would continue on the language to limit the liability of automakers.

Still mired in squabbling, but it’s coming — are we ready for this?

Screech, screech, screech!!!

Wake up, Staten Island!

Oh … those wacky pranksters. In the greatest symphony that nobody ever wanted, notorious attention-grabbing spoof troupe “Improv Everywhere” set off 100 car alarms at once in Staten Island, N.Y.

The car alarms were all flipped on at the same time using the hidden punkers’ keyless remotes. Aaaaand … things got extremely loud very fast!

Were the folks at Improv Everywhere aware that the prank would come off as extremely annoying to most of the everyday people in their immediate vicinity?

YES!

“Obviously car horns are not a pleasant thing, but we hoped that the sheer volume and absurdity of it all would make it a unique experience for the people who witnessed it,” the pranksters later put up on their website. “Some enjoyed it more than others, and there were quite a few laughs.”

Check out all of the hilarity below!

(For serious Viper fans, be sure to check out the Sidewinder car alarm as part of the mix. Can you spot it?)