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Toyota Unveils Futuristic Smartphone Concept Car

Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The brand new Toyota Fun-Vii is designed to look and feel like a “smartphone on wheels.” The freshly revealed model, which stands for Vehicle interactive Internet, has a number of features allowing users to customize the car’s appearance and connect to the web while driving.

“A car must appeal to our emotions. If it’s not fun, it’s not a car,” Toyota president Akio Yoyoda said.

At just over 13 feet long and almost six feet wide, the model is slim, and its sleek body panels can change to display the user’s favorite photos, text messages, or other media.

In Toyota’s presentation, which took place at a Toyota amusement-park facility, the futuristic car recognized and greeted its driver. And once inside, the driver operated the car without lifting a finger -- relying on speech-controlled directions instead.

The Fun-Vii was revealed just ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show, scheduled for this weekend. But Toyota doesn’t plan to put the model on road any time soon; the company said the Fun-Vii will remain a futuristic concept car for now.

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German Motorist Caught Speeding Three Times in 23 Minutes

Comstock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- Many sections of Germany’s Autobahn have no speed limit, but there are strict limits on roads in residential areas, which a driver discovered when he was caught speeding three separate times in 23 minutes Tuesday.

AFP reports the driver was first caught at 12:24 p.m. for doing 54 mph in a 30 mph zone.  German authorities say the motorist was given a warning, but was clocked by a measuring device six minutes later doing 41 mph in the same zone.

Then at 12:47 p.m., police say the driver cruised past a speed trap doing 43 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone, and waved at the police officer for good measure.

Authorities say the motorist's license had already been suspended for a month earlier this year for speeding.  His latest speeding incidents carry total fines of $257 dollars and three points on his license.

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