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Few will question that the future of motoring is autonomous. The Government is currently investing millions into trialling and developing driverless tech while carmakers are busy building cars that gradually take over the task of driving. Much like the space race in the 1950's, the race for an autonomous future is well and truly on. 

But while the idea has been widely accepted, there are still many questions to answer, from both a technical and a legal viewpoint. Will we ever be able to sit back and relax while our vehicle autonomously drives us to our destination, and who’d foot the bill if something were to go wrong? As always, experts have different views on each topic. 

Auto Express has compiled this guide to driverless cars to give you all the information you need about the vehicles you could be driving well into the next decade. 

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Cars that can do more than just run on pavement were once considered as something that only existed in the movies, but nowadays we have cars that can travel in the air and on water, besides being functional on land. Flying cars are still away from being available to the average consumer, but there are companies that provide amphi-cars to anyone willing to pay the price on the tag. Amphibious cars are also safer and require far simpler and relatively more dependable technology than their aerial counterparts. Here are 7 examples of some of the world’s most amazing amphibious cars.

SeaRoader’s Mike Ryan is the man responsible for converting this amazing car into a sea-faring vehicle. Ryan has converted jeeps, motorcycles, an ice-cream truck and London taxi cab into water-going cars. The project was expensive as anyone would expect, with the glass alone costing $3,007. The car has amphibious controls which have been beautifully incorporated into the dashboard. Hydraulic activators compress the advanced suspension system and a hydrofoil at the front lifts the lifts the car’s nose.

This somewhat incomplete vehicle sold for $130,000 on eBay despite creator, Rick Dobbertin, saying, “Still needs some additional water testing and ‘dialing-in’ to achieve its full potential.” The car actually transform into a boat with fenders shifting positions and the car is powered by a tuned Chevrolet engine that produces 762 horsepower. The main body of the car is made using type 304 stainless steel, so there are no worries about rusting for this sporty boat-car.

Few will question that the future of motoring is autonomous. The Government is currently investing millions into trialling and developing driverless tech while carmakers are busy building cars that gradually take over the task of driving. Much like the space race in the 1950's, the race for an autonomous future is well and truly on. 

But while the idea has been widely accepted, there are still many questions to answer, from both a technical and a legal viewpoint. Will we ever be able to sit back and relax while our vehicle autonomously drives us to our destination, and who’d foot the bill if something were to go wrong? As always, experts have different views on each topic. 

Auto Express has compiled this guide to driverless cars to give you all the information you need about the vehicles you could be driving well into the next decade. 

Healthy green lawns take a lot of work.  Taking care of your yard – from planting your greens, to mowing your grass, to watering – just takes a significant amount of time.  Especially watering your lawn.  Sure, traditional sprinkler systems can help you keep the grass alive and beautiful, but it also wastes too much water.

Water is a valuable resource now that the United States is experiencing more frequent droughts.  In fact, California started handing out stiff penalties to people who waste water and have even paid people to convert their lawns into something else.

If you do not want to give up your lawn and you also do not want to pay penalties or be seen as a water waster, then you should get the Hydrawise Smart Irrigation Controller .  The reason why traditional automated water sprinkling systems waste so much water is because they do not take into consideration the weather.  Nor can you monitor your usage or control it via a mobile app or through a Web interface.