Link About It: This Week’s Picks

BDSM headphones, bathroom walls made for women, cute UPS trucks and more

1. Frieze Week’s Brooklyn Art Fairs As with all super-powered art fairs, NYC’s Frieze stirs such excitement in the city that a range of other fairs have cropped up at the same time (including three in Brooklyn) ultimately yielding what is referred to as “Frieze Week.” Hyperallergic ventured to Red Hook’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and Greenpoint’s Moniker and Other Art Fair. Their findings—visible …

Test Drive: 2018 Honda Civic Type R

Though there's a visually noisy facade, that's not the point of this affordable ride

by Michael Frank Trying to photograph the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is a bit like trying to snap shots of the recent eclipse: after a while, your eye gets exhausted. Full disclosure: this is a face only a mother could love. Or, probably, 6,000+ American car fans who know an astounding bargain when they see one, and will weight the astonishingly complex ground effects, …

Toyota’s Setsuna Concept Car is a Drivable Heirloom

Ahead of Milan Design Week, Toyota has built a stunning open-top, two-seater car from wood, rebuking the notion that innovative design must come from the latest technology. Called the Setsuna Concept, the drivable wooden vehicle highlights the heirloom qualities of natural materials and how products can be designed to age with grace rather than becoming obsolete. “Wood changes in color and feel in direct response …

Test Drive: 2016 Audi Q7

Rolling through Aspen in Audi’s most high-tech crossover

by Michael Frank Audi‘s latest Q7, its seven-passenger crossover, is a much-improved driver’s car. This is chiefly due to weight—while the outgoing seven-passenger Q7 could weigh up to 5,412 pounds, the new one is down to 4,938 pounds. A future-promised turbocharged four-cylinder (vs the 3.0-liter, 333hp V-6 with that we tested in Aspen recently) should reduce weight even more. The improved driver experience, though, is …

Watch Tesla’s Nearly-Autonomous Cars Navigate NYC Roads

An overnight software update to Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles enabled owners to drive (almost) hands-free to work this morning. The new push has upgraded the cars’ road-sensing capabilities to handle stop lights, curving freeways and even lane changes—basically everything except navigational turns (think of it as cruise-control perfected). Jalopnik took one of the refreshed Teslas onto the hectic roads of New York …