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These Smart Panels Will Tell You When Your Car Gets Dinged

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Parallel parking is a perilous business. It’s no surprise when our cars are bruised and scratched up after they’ve been put to rest on the street.

That’s why German company Hella is developing a panel of foil-like pressure sensitive electronic sensors to detect when someone dents your vehicle. The technology ties onboard camera and GPS to record where the car was and take video evidence, according to Engadget. So when you file an insurance claim, your evidence is more bulletproof than the steel on your car. Long term, the hope is to make reckless drivers more careful.

BMW and others are interested in putting Hella’s technology on their cars, but Hella says cars won’t start shipping with its sensors until 2018.

See the Evolution of the Ferrari in 10 Photos

Ferrari Formula One driver Raikkonen of Finland and team mate Massa of Brazil during the celebration of Ferrari's 60th anniversary
1947: After two decades of manufacturing only race cars, Ferrari debuted its first road car, the 125 S.Giampiero Sposito—Reuters
Mille Miglia 1998
1953: The 375 Mille Miglia Spyder - Chassis was first introduced at the Paris Auto Salon.Rainer W. Schlegelmilch—Getty Images
Klemantaski Collection
1957: The 250 GT California was an open top model with versions made for both racing and road driving. Klemantaski Collection—Getty Images
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1962-64: The 250 GTO was the only front-engine model on display at the 1962 pre-season Ferrari press conference.Mario Suriani—AP
Klemantaski Collection
1968: The 365 GTB "Daytona" was first introduced at the Paris Auto Salon.Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images
Zippy car for Günter Netzer
1976: The 512 Berlinetta Boxer was a mid-engined road car that Enzo Ferrari initially worried would be too difficult for his customers to handle. dpa/AP
1986 Red Ferrari 288 GTO in speed on road, side view
1988: The 288 GTO was named for the car's 2.8 liter V8 engine. Ron Perry—Transtock/Corbis
USA - 2009 Concorso Italiano - 1999 Ferrari 355
1998: The F355 was designed to perform at a high level in various kinds of driving environments. Car Culture/Corbis
Ferrari Enzo, 2002
2002: The Enzo, named for Ferrari's founder, was built using formula-one technology. Rainer W. Schlegelmilch—Getty Images
2015: The 488 GTB can accelerate from 0 to 124 miles per hour in 8.3 seconds.Ferrari

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