Feature Flick: 2012 April Fools Collection

Now that we’re covering weekends, and April 1 fell on a Sunday this year, we couldn’t help ourselves from rounding up some of the April Fools-related automotive videos online. Here are some of the highlights.

Google Self-Driving NASCAR Car

Perhaps one of the most elaborate and well-orchestrated of the April Fools videos this year, Google went all-out in trying to make a convincing video and presentation for its new racing program. Naturally, the tech titan chose to showcase its self-driving car technology. It even went so far to register the official-looking domain. Reactions to the idea of the self-driving race car are mixed from the drivers and fans alike, as you can see.

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Peugeot RCZ Mood-Changing Car

Peugeot’s British sales arm put together this video on the company’s new RCZ with mood-changing paint, which changes hues based on the driver’s mood, as determined by steering-wheel mounted sensors. See the effect different types of music, and interaction with the fairer sex have on the car’s color.

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Terii Honda Anti-Theft Negotiator

Talking car alarms are nothing new. But Honda takes the concept to a whole new level with its Terii Anti-Theft Negotiator system. In this video, Terii alternates between negotiator, counselor, and threatening menace, even suggesting the would-be thief take a break and go for some pizza.

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TomTom Darth Vader Voice Makes Babies Happy

TomTom’s spoof video this year has a distinctly austere, Apple-esque quality to it, alternating between footage from its NavLab to executives and employees discussing their findings. The company was working hard on the issue of soothing crying babies in the car. Almost every voice in the company’s library upset babies, except for one. Ironically, the voice of the dark side seemed to make babies happy.

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Source: YouTube, Google