‘Mission Metris’ is go: Mercedes-Benz unveils four wild Project Vans for SEMA

It seems like the objective of Mercedes-Benz’s “Mission Metris” is pretty simple: have a good time.

The German brand is bringing four midsize project vans to the 2014 SEMA Show, including a DJ Van, Luxury Van, Mobile Golf Pro Shop, and a Fire Chief Concept Truck.

As you’ve probably guessed, these aren’t your average work vans. They may be utilitarian underneath, but you won’t find any ladders or power tools strapped inside these deluxe party cruisers.

The first member of “Mission Metris” is the Luxury Van. Instead of empty storage space in the back, the Mercedes wears padded interior materials with a TV, reclining bench seats, and an ultra-executive vibe completing the experience.

Next up is the Mobile Golf Pro Shop, which functions just as it sounds. There’s a high-tech golf simulator and infotainment system inside for those times when you get booted off the range, with a Mobile Performance Center and Merchandising Displays coming along for the ride.

For those who want to keep the festivities portable, Mercedes built a Party/DJ Van, complete with a clamshell roof that opens into a swirling digital backdrop. Of course, it has the bass-thumping stereo to match.

In case the party gets too out of hand, the last member of “Mission Metris” is a Fire Chief Concept Truck. Unfortunately, it doesn’t spray 1500 gallons of water per minute, but it does have advanced communications systems and a standout civil servant uniform.

“Mission Metris” was designed to build anticipation for new midsize commercial vans that will arrive in the U.S. and Canada next year. For the painters, carpenters, and shipping companies who aim to use the van as it was intended, production versions will be shown in 2015.

The 2014 SEMA Show kicks off November 4th.


2019 Ford F-150 RTR gets a light dose of off-road, style upgrades

Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR Vehicles is turning its attention to the 2019 Ford F-150 pickup truck. RTR gave Ford's bestseller new suspension components and tires, as well as more extroverted exterior styling.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

Skip the flowers and sunshine this spring and watch the best shows on Hulu

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (April 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models.

Electric truck maker Rivian scores $500 million investment from Ford

Alongside Amazon, Rivian can now count Ford as one of its backers. The Blue Oval will invest $500 million in Rivian, and will use the company's "skateboard" chassis as the basis for a future electric vehicle.
Emerging Tech

Japanese taxis will use facial recognition to target you with ads as you ride

A Japanese startup is trying to reinvent in-taxi advertising by using facial recognition technology to identify the key characteristics of riders and then presenting them with appropriate ads.

The best diagnostic adapters monitor your car so you don't have to

Sometimes called dongles, the best car adapters will tell you what's wrong under the hood while help you keep tabs on your family and routine maintenance.

Nvidia agrees with Tesla’s take on self-driving cars, but corrects specifics

Nvidia vice president Rob Csongor agreed with broad statements by Elon Musk at Tesla's April 22 Autonomy Investor Day. Csongor then took exception to what he termed were inaccuracies about Nvidia's self-driving car chip.

Stop backing into your neighbor's car with the best backup cameras

The right backup camera will allow you to better avoid vehicles and other obstacles without taking your eyes off the road, rendering "sorry, I hit your car!" notes a thing of the past. Here are our current favorites.

Waze vs. Google Maps: Which map app should you be using?

Waze and Google Maps are two of the most popular apps for those looking for turn-by-turn navigation, yet there are some notable differences to point out. Here, we examine both to decide which offers the best feature set.

Tesla posts $702M Q1 loss as deliveries fall sharply; Musk promises turnaround

Tesla lost $702 million during the first quarter of 2019 as deliveries fell sharply, and demand for the Model X and the Model S flattened. The company predicts it will again lose money in the second quarter.

Ambitious but not rubbish: The best Top Gear episodes

Since its relaunch in 2002, Top Gear has become required viewing for any serious gearhead. The great moments from this show may seem too numerous to count, but we've managed to pick some of the highlights from the first 26 seasons.

Qiantu K50 electric sports car was designed in China, will be built in the U.S.

The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be marketed in the United States by California-based Mullen Technologies. The carbon-fiber bodied, 402-horsepower K50 is expected to go on sale in 2020.