Notable new car features and mods discovered in 2022

In 2022 we saw some strange experimental features and strange mods on cars. Here are the most interesting ones:

The designers at Genesis created this new shifter interface design called Crystal Sphere (no joke) for their GV60:

BMW came up with a color-changing car covered in E-ink panels:

Abarth’s new 500e EV plays an electric guitar riff when you accelerate:

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On the more functional front, Chevy’s new electric pickup has a “midgate” that essentially gives you a 10-inch bed:

Another functional improvement is this EasyTurn suspension mod from German automotive supplier ZF, which gives your car an insanely tight turning radius:

Nissan developed this clever e-4ORCE braking technology that brings the car to a stop without that wobble at the end:

Also designed to bring cars to a halt, but far less comfortably, is this wacky deployable Grappler Bumper that police vehicles can use to force other vehicles:

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We’ve reached a point where autonomous vehicles have developed capabilities that are even more surprising than, well, the autonomous part. The delivery vehicle manufacturer Nuro’s model now has external airbags, to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision.

A new tech feature for the luxury market: Audi says it will offer these in-car VR glasses with “elastic content” to prevent motion sickness for pampered passengers.

Audi competitor BMW is also doing something with glasses — but in this case for driver. Their Mixed Reality Experience turns real-life driving into a video game, where “the vehicle itself becomes the controller”.

Of course, luxury is no guarantee of taste. This year we saw the tackiest hypercar interior you’ve ever seen.

This is a bug, not a feature. A strange thing happens with certain Hyundai models in cold weather: the digital dashboard both rotates and flips the screen.

These here are not new car features, but fun to look at. Here are some collections of self-cleaning headlights and pop-up headlights like the ones below.

We also learned that in the early days of cars there were some bad features, like these onboard dog carriers:

And in the world of aftermarket mods, this Japanese refinishing expert developed an engraving technique for metal paint that is essentially car tattoos.

Sometimes before you can modify a car, there is paint and rust that needs to be removed. We came across this process of dipping car bodies in giant baths to remove all the paint and rust, which looks very satisfying.

Mike Vetter, who wanted supercars but couldn’t afford them, taught himself to design and build his own incredible cars.

Car safety modification company Inkas showed us this insane footage of what a heavily armored Toyota Land Cruiser can withstand:

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If you’ve modified your car, it probably no longer matches the Hot Wheels factory versions. So this custom manufacturer creates Hot-Wheels-esque replicas of your exact car.

Speaking of miniature versions of your car, here’s a fun backup camera hack for precision parking in your garage:

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And for parking in public garages, a company called Trevipark developed this impressive underground automatic parking system.

Finally, we must remember that no car feature or modification is forever. What happens, or should happen, to a car at the end of its life? Well, here’s what separating and recycling an entire car looks like.

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