Hit those coins! Real-life Mario Kart ride set for Japan theme park debut

Get in line now

If you’ve ever wanted to actually hop into one of those crazy cars in Mario Cart, it looks like you’ll finally get your chance. That’s right, you’ll be able to take the wheel at the Mario Kart Experience at Super Nintendo World in Japan… when it gets built. They’re at the groundbreaking stages right now but the theme park is expected to open in Osaka in 2020, just a few years from now.

Three lucky guys with great hats and size triple XL white gloves got to break the big news and said that the Mario Kart attraction will be the “most immersive and cutting-edge technological attraction that we could have possibly have imagined.” Another official said their aim is to give fans an immersive experience that feels like they’re really inside a video game. Sounds just about perfect to us, 2020 can’t get here fast enough.

Robot, take the wheel

Speaking of driving, Honda says they’re aiming for 2025 as the year they roll out Level-4 self-driving production cars. No word yet on if they’ll be at Mario Kart, but Honda has been fairly conservative in its outlook for autonomous cars, and the new deadline is a full 5 years later than many other automakers have said they want to have self-driving cars on the road.

Quick refresher on autonomous car levels: Level 3 cars require a driver in the driver’s seat to take over at a moment’s notice, sort of like what Tesla is doing now, while a Level 4 car can pretty much do all the driving – but still requires someone in the driver’s seat. Level 5 cars, like the cute Google/Waymo research car, can actually cover any driving situation and may not include any driver controls whatsoever. Those cars are still a ways off from a public debut.

However, Honda’s president says that beginning this fall, all Honda cars sold in Japan will come with a suite of driver-assist features called Honda Sensing. Will 2025 be too late to market for Honda as self-driving car tech matures? Considering how many carmakers are looking to have autonomous cars on the road just three years from now, it might be… or they could be right on time.

Just don’t hack our Mario Karts

Data security remains a hot topic, with computer and software makers constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Microsoft is trying to lead the fight and has scooped up Israeli cybersecurity firm Hexadite in a $100 million deal. Hexadite uses AI and machine learning tech to prevent against hacker attacks, and Microsoft says they’ll eventually include the tech in their commercial versions of Windows 10, which feature a suite of protection tools.

AI-based computer and data protection services are a growing niche in the industry, and Microsoft isn’t alone in their quest for effective startups like Hexadite: Amazon reeled in Harvest AI last year in a bid to shore up their defenses as well. Here’s hoping it makes a difference.

We’ve got more news on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, and be sure to tune in to this week’s DT podcasts: Close to the Metal (computers and such) on Tuesday, Trends with Benefits (general tech shenanigans)  on Thursdays, and Between the Streams (movie and TV topics) every Friday.

Product Review

The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a do-it-all Swedish army knife

Volvo laced up its smallest station wagon in hiking clothes to create the V60 Cross Country. It's a lifted, all-wheel drive wagon that laughs at icy roads while coddling its occupants. We travel to Sweden to try it out.
Computing

Here's our guide to how to charge your laptop using a USB-C cable

Charging via USB-C is a great way to power up your laptop. It only takes one cable and you can use the same one for data as well as power -- perfect for new devices with limited port options.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Outdoors

General Motors cycles into a new market with its first-ever ebikes

When General Motors launched a public campaign last year to name its new ebike brand, many wondered if Bikey McBikeface might win out. But it didn't. Instead, it's called Arīv, and the two bikes are up for pre-order this week.
Digital Trends Live

Original ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin Harrington on what he loves about CES

Broadcasting from CES, the hosts of Digital Trends Live had a chance to talk to entrepreneur and original Shark Tank star Kevin Harrington about his love of trade shows and how he invests.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Highlights from day 2 of CES 2019 outline future of tech

In our second day of coverage for the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett welcomed guests from industry leaders like Verizon, Intel, and Microsoft and we went out on the floor to discover new tech.
Digital Trends Live

TEST

  dsfsadfas
Digital Trends Live

On the last day of CES, Digital Trends Live hands out awards and more

On the third and final day of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, the Digital Trends Live team interviewed guests, dissected all the trends on display at the show, and gave awards to the very best tech.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Motorola flip phone, ads in space, smart umbrella

On this episode of Digital Trends Live we discussed trending headlines like foldable smartphones and advertising in space. We also sat down with Caleb Denison and Ronan Glon to talk about the world of tech post CES 2019.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix price hike, Starsona’s celeb connections, and more

On episode 48 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler, Adrien Warner, and Drew Prindle explored the tech news of the day, including Netflix’s controversial price hike, and an interview with Digital Domain’s Darren Hendler.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The dark age of streaming, booze delivery, and more

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT's daily morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney explored the biggest news from the tech world. On this week's episode: A massive data breach, the dark age of streaming, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.