Well, this presents an interesting dilemma. What happens when police pull over a car driven by a computer, as the case may be in Washington, D.C.? I can’t really find any news stories about this incident, but I would love to hear what the hell the cops had to say and what the human passenger had to say and if the Google car ended up going all HAL 9000 on the police and refused to pull over. So many questions! [via marginalrevolution]
Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.
Steven McQueen just pooped himself. But only a little bit. [via superpunch]
When you think of F1 race cars you don’t often think of the intricacies that go into their design and creation. How millions of tiny parts are expertly arranged into a ballet of mechanics for the sole purpose of going fast. Because, when you think about F1 cars, you think about the powerful engines — F1 cars are, after all, basically seats on top of rockets with four wheels jutting out from them.
Hyundai must have signed a sponsorship deal with The Walking Dead, because the car company has produced a zombie-fighting car, based on drawings by Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman.
Hopefully, Hyundai gets its act together and produces a few of these and kicks in the money to make Detroit’s zombie amusement park happen. It makes me realize, too, that Rick and company need to get their act together and build a post-apocalyptic zombie-killing machine. What’s wrong with those people? If the show was real, it’s pretty clear they would have all died by the end of the first episode. Idiots. [via EW]
Former rally driver Jean Ragnotti drives the Renault Alpine A110-50, a new concept car to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Renault Alpine A110, through the Alps. This would be a great video if it were just the new concept car navigating mountain passes at high speeds, however, the new Renault also happens to be racing the old Renault.
There’s too much sexy, speedy, awesomeness in this video. [via ommalik]
The driver side mirror of automobiles isn’t all that bad, but let’s face it: most of us have had a blind side scare when switching lanes on the highway at some point in our lives. The blind spot is a product of faulty mirror placement, not necessarily the mirrors themselves. However, the mirror hasn’t changed at all since its introduction.
Now, a no-blindspot driver side mirror has been created by R. Andrew Hick, a mathematics professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, rather than an automotive R&D team. The new mirror offers a larger field of vision as seen above.
Hicks’s driver’s side mirror has a field of view of about 45 degrees, compared to 15 to 17 degrees of view in a flat driver’s side mirror. Unlike in simple curved mirrors that can squash the perceived shape of objects and make straight lines appear curved, in Hicks’s mirror the visual distortions of shapes and straight lines are barely detectable. […]
“Imagine that the mirror’s surface is made of many smaller mirrors turned to different angles, like a disco ball,” Hicks said. “The algorithm is a set of calculations to manipulate the direction of each face of the metaphorical disco ball so that each ray of light bouncing off the mirror shows the driver a wide, but not-too-distorted, picture of the scene behind him.”
Hicks noted that, in reality, the mirror does not look like a disco ball up close. There are tens of thousands of such calculations to produce a mirror that has a smooth, nonuniform curve.
During a two year process, the Sauber F1 Team managed to cut one of their cars in half. Why would they do this? The result allows for a detailed look inside the technical workings of a modern F1 car, which can then be studied to improve performance.
It’s amazing how lean the F1 race car is. There is nothing extraneous about that car. The melding of machine, man and design into one efficient unit — the engineering aspect of racing — is what makes F1 and NASCAR the most fascinating of sports. [via metafilter]
It’s kind of sexy, if you’re into double deckers. Stop looking at me like that, you perv. You know what I mean.
The gang at Cool Hunting took a trip to Crewe, England, home of a Bentley factory to see how “a mix of old and new technologies comes together,” as Herman puts it, to create one of the finest crafted cars on the road. This is a nice companion to the piece about how Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar is built.
Pretty much all the current problems with electric cars can be summed up with this glorified puff piece on the new Ford all-electric Focus. Sure, it’s technologically advanced and looks just like the gasoline-powered Focus, but who the hell is going to plunk down nearly $40,000 for a car that can only drive 76-miles before having to recharge the engine for three hours?
Until motor companies can sell an electric vehicle that costs between $15-$20,000 and gets closer to 500 miles per charge I just can’t fathom them becoming a viable option.
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