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Auto Themed April Fools Pranks That Gearheads Will Love

POR: Alex Perrone

In case you weren’t in on the joke, last week was April fools. That means a lot of companies and publications had some fun with some pretty clever gags and gimmicks. Some of these were fake news stories or fake products. Some companies even went the extra mile and waited till April 2nd to really pull one over on us. So without further ado, here were our favorite April Fools pranks .


Google’s Self Driving Bicycle:

The Press release reads:

“This spring, Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology. Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country.”

You almost had us Google. The tech giant was all in terms of April fool’s day pranks from the Minion “mic-drop” email feature to goofy modifications to their apps and even silly product launches like this.


LYFT Prank Mode: 

During 11am to 5 pm on April 1calle in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco you were able to call a Lyft that’ll play a joke on an unwitting friend. What exactly that entails was  random and up to the driver and there’s no shortage of videos out there for you to check out. Lyft Blog here


BMW Baby Shoes: 

Daily Mirror's BMW Baby Shoe Prank
Courtesy of Daily Mirror.

UK Publication, Mirror announced that automaker BMW was getting into the business of making baby shoes.

“The car manufacturer has created the xDrive Baby Boots designed to help children under the age of three hold their balance.

Using revolutionary technology, BMW’s unique traction controls sole features adaptive rubber which can react in a tenth of a second to varying surfaces and conditions.”

Sure we laugh now, but given BMW’s reputation for merchandising, was it really that much of a stretch?


Porsche Office Chair: 

We’ll admit that we at the Endurance offices almost fell for this one. See we spend a lot of time in an office environment and any chance to make working hard at our desks that much more fun and comfortable would be one we would leap at. The ridiculous $6,570.00 asking price was more than a red flag. Even still, the product is available for purchase on Porsche’s website…but like…really?


Lexus Velcro Seats:

Since their heart monitoring tech, we wouldn’t be surprised what other shenanigans Lexus would come up with to better strengthen the bond between driver and vehicle…but Velcro seats?

“From the carbon fiber used to create a lightweight chassis to the special alloys employed in our engines, we work tirelessly to improve our vehicles’ performance. Introducing the next advancement in man-machine interface: the Lexus V-LCRO Performance Driving Seat for the Lexus RC F and GS F.”

Yea…that’s just silly.


Esurance sells “Election Insurance”

You’ve probably heard more than once this year “if ___ wins, I’m moving out of the country!” Well Esurance decided to have a little fun at that expense with a new program that would insure your home in case of your sudden exit out of the country after an election.

Kars for Kids: 

This “charity program” would allow people to trade in their used vehicle to adopt a child. Yup totally legit, no joke to be found here /s.


All in all April Fool’s day can be annoying to some but in most cases it’s just harmless fun. These were our favorite jokes across the net, which were yours?

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