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The new car smell is ubiquitous. That certain mix of chemicals from the fabrics, foams and adhesives in your car is so well-known that there are even air fresheners designed to add the smell back to your car after it goes away. However, a new study provides some good reasons as to why you might not want to take a whiff of that famous scent.

For some background, what we know as “new car smell” is actually the result of something called off-gassing. Over time, chemicals used in pieces of the car’s interior slowly make their way into the air via this process, and that combined odor is what we smell in new vehicles.

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The study, conducted by Aalekhya Reddam and David C. Volz from the University of California Riverside, aimed to estimate at what point a person’s exposure to known carcinogens would go beyond safe levels. They based it on time spent on commuters’ trips, as well as the levels of certain chemicals detected in cars in previous studies, and found that exposure to these chemicals, mainly benzene and formaldehyde, would likely exceed what Californian health authorities consider a safe level after just 20 minutes – and that likelihood only rose with more time spent in the vehicle.

Both chemicals are on California’s Proposition 65 list of recognized carcinogens, and coincidentally, more people from San Francisco and Los Angeles had a chance of above 10% of going beyond benzene and formaldehyde cancer risk thresholds than any other location studied.

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It’s worth noting that even though something may be classified as a carcinogen, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will have adverse on your health, as it depends on the dose, as well as how frequently, one is subjected to it. The question, though, remains: what can be done to mitigate the dangers of exposure to carcinogens? Since not driving practically negates the point of buying a car, it’s up to the industry which, the study suggests, could substitute those chemicals with less harmful materials.


BMW is kind of on the back foot when it comes to electrification, but if the latest spy pictures are anything to go off, it’s working hard on its EVs.

The automaker was caught testing three new entries into its flagship sedan range: the 7-Series, the 7-Series hybrid, and the i7 EV.

Spy pictures of the i7 have surfaced before, showing a shape that’s remarkably similar to the 7-Series. You can spot the i7 here thanks to a handy sticker on the side of the car identifying it as an electric vehicle. These are the first pictures, though, that we’ve seen with an extra sensor over the right kidney. We can only guess as to its purpose, but the smart money’s on autonomous or, more likely, semi-autonomous technology.

The tech has become a real point of pride for a lot of manufacturers, and Audi already claim to have level 3 capability in the A8. Expected to be revealed in 2022 as a 2023 model year, maybe BMW will have some autonomous technology ready in time for its executive sedan’s launch.

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If German reports from earlier this month are anything to go by, the i7 should be an impressive car. Apparently able to go 435 miles (700 km) on a single charge and packing a 650 hp punch, thanks to a 120 kWh battery pack, the big sedan should have the numbers to be competitive in its segment.

We actually know less about the internal combustion 7-Series or the hybrid version. Given that BMW currently offers a plug-in hybrid version of the current model, we would expect it to be a member of the new one’s range as well. You can spot in these pictures thanks to a lack of visible tailpipes.

Expected to come along on around the same timeline, there are as of now fewer rumors to go on. The spy pictures do seem to suggest, though, that it will still sport a large grille, while the overall shape of the vehicle doesn’t seem to be a radical departure from the current model.

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Video has surfaced online showing the moment the driver of a large semi-truck in Brazil runs a car off the road.

The video was filmed by the passenger of the car and starts out by showing the driver of the Volvo semi tailgating the car. Moments later, the truck pulls out from behind as if it is going to overtake, only to hit the car and run it off the road. The passenger continues to film the incident until the car comes to a rest down an embankment on the side of the road.

Local media outlet Globo has confirmed that neither the driver nor passenger of the car were injured, while also providing additional details about the incident.

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The publication asserts the driver of the truck fled the scene but was stopped by the military police roughly 30 km away in the city of Cipó. Police tested the man and found that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The unnamed 55-year-old was arrested and sent to a local station where he was hit with a fine and had his license revoked for a period of 12 months. Curiously, local media hasn’t made any mention of possible charges the truck driver was hit with in relation to this incident.

Either way, it’s fortunate that the driver and passenger of the car were not injured.

Attempted murder. from r/IdiotsInCars