Audio crash test.
For sure, the most dramatic element in this crash test video is the music that goes along with it. Even though it is no less than the new Smart fortwo heading into a new Mercedes S-Class, which is double the weight. The Smart’s Tridion safety cell seems to perform well but we’d prefer the collision avoidance system – and a different soundtrack.
A team of ten 5 to 6-year old kids was invited over to Rolls-Royce headquarters to build their own electric race car to compete in the Formula Goblin race by the Greenpower Education Trust. Team March got the price for “Best Bodywork” though the tiny e-racer was obviously realised with the help of grown-up engineers who left their mark (RR).
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Bulli from another world.
The Nimbus e-car has been designed by Brazilian Eduardo Galvani. His futuristic camper van looks as if it very well could go to Mars or the bottom of the ocean. For now, however, the Nimbus is only a concept complete with hybrid 4WD drive, solar cell and wifi. Who will give Galvani a call first: Tesla or Volkswagen?!
Forget about rogue states,…
…good governance has now been measured by the British government on a rather different scale as it lists outstanding traffic related fines by embassy personnel in London. North Korea owes 194,565 pounds for congestion charge even though it only has two cars. But this is no match for the USA, which owes Londoners 8 million pounds (13.7m dollars).
theguardian.com, gov.uk (list with all debtors)
Airbus resorts to Ryanair methods.
The plane manufacturer now issued a patent for seats that strongly resemble bicycle saddles but are fixed and narrowly lined up in a row. The concept is designed to save space and money but even Airbus admits it will result in “reduced comfort.” Does this construction imply passengers will have to pedal-power their plane next?!
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…is the only possible explanation for this Model S which crashed into a Tesla sign right in front of a Fremont dealership. The web (while laughing) blames the accident on an overjoyed yet unexperienced Tesla buyer why we just hope that this was not in fact a test ride gone wrong.
Bigger, better, Smart.
Because really, what’s better than a larger than life city car with its own indoor climate? At least that is what the Daimler subsidy tries to have customers believe. Tries to or succeeds – just see for yourself. And who knows, maybe it’s time to think big.
youtube.com (promo video with testers reactions)
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Hack a Tesla.
The Tesla Model S always is a brilliant marketing instrument, isn’t it? This time the organisers of next week’s SyScan conference in Beijing invite all participants to try hack the Model S. If successful, the hacker gets 10,000 dollars from the organisers – and most probably a job offer from Tesla.
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Twizy goes Jeep.
As if the Twizy is not unusual enough, Red Castle Classics has rebuild Renault’s electric quad for the Eco Travel Network. The “Toro” features two (bike) racks (again unusually arranged) as well as softer tyres to accommodate for bumpy tracks on ‘Breacon Beacons.’
The Northumberland County Council is being accused of wasting public funds, after it installed two charging stations on the car lot of the public library. An area they knew was about to be sold. The charging points now had to be removed. We agree they should have looked twice before picking a location – but isn’t it the thought that counts?
Start them off young.
Who says bike-sharing is only for grown-ups? Paris now offers kids’ bikes at five locations, as part of its Velib’ bike-sharing scheme. From bikes with training wheels to balance bikes – with ‘P’tit Velib,’ children can learn to share. A skill they will hopefully not forget as they get older.
Good things come (back) to those who wait.
It was 33 years ago that American George Talley last saw his Corvette. It had been stolen from the streets of Detroit and was now found some 1,600 kilometres away. Manufacturer GM took it upon itself to return the vehicle to its rightful owner – and almost to the exact spot from where it had been taken.
usatoday.com (plus video)
Meet Robot Ray.
If your car cannot park itself, do not worry about it any longer. At Düsseldorf Airport, Robot Ray is there to lend a helping hand to drivers tired of steering. Just leave your vehicle at the Vehicle Transfer Station (VTS) where lasers take measure before leaving it to Ray to properly park it in an otherwise too tight lot. And he will get the car out of there too.
The time from placing the order to delivery of a new car can be torturing for some, pushing them to repeatedly check positions of car vessels and call the dealership. One Chinese Tesla customer apparently couldn’t handle the tension and repeated rescheduling. The first thing he did with, well, actually to his car, was to destroy the windshield with a wrench. This will definitively add another day or two before he can take his Model S for a spin.
Automatisation is the next big thing and it will change the manufacturing industries forever. But who says a robot cannot be fun? Dan Granett, a former NASA engineer is seeking funding for his ‘BugJuggler.’ The 20-metre high machine with its giant arms will be able to juggle with up to three VW Beetles weighing 1,800-pounds each. Definitely sounds sensational!
Coffee on wheels.
Wheely’s Bicycle Café by the Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NSID) is currently looking for crowdfunding calling on all bike baristas. The idea is a coffee station integrated into a cargo bike. The café’s energy demand is satisfied by a battery fed with solar power. Our suggestion for rainy days: Power a generator through pedalling.
indiegogo.com via treehugger.com
Ladies tired of being patronised by male mechanics can now go to the “Only Girls” garage near Paris, France. There, not only a kids’ playroom is available but also massages and manicures are offered to the waiting customers. More importantly though, female staff is taking the drivers through every step of the repair process. Vive la femme!
When Facebook crashed yesterday causing something close to a panic within the social media community, a chocolate manufacturer made good use of the gap. KitKat turned to Twitter tweeting: “Looks like #Facebook is having a BREAK right now. Have a BREAK, too!” Well, we could not have put it better ourselves and wish you a wonderful weekend!
twitter.com via marketing-interactive.com
Putting luxury into train travel.
Japanese railway company J.R. East plans on building a so-called Cruise Train, or a “Penthouse on rails.” 360-degree glass ceilings and maisonette-style sleeping suites are only some of the features of the 50-million-dollar train. It will have room for 34 passengers only, so ticket prices will most probably be astronomically when it goes into service in the spring of 2017.
It´s all in the name.
The former Head of R&D at GM and now a professor at Michigan University has his own theory on why fuel cell technology has not yet taken off. It is because of its name, which he believes is too far from ordinary people’s reality and too close to combustion engines. He thus proposes to call them ‘hydrogen battery’ instead. By the way, his name is Larry Burns.
Tweet to win.
As all Formula E cars have the same specs, FIA came up with the ‘Fanboost,’ allowing the use of the full 200 kW driving power for a limited time. Which car benefits is strictly determined by popularity, as only the driver who gets the most @-mentions on twitter will literally be pushed forward by his followers.
Indian business man Rahul Thakar had got enough of his Jaguar XF being repeatedly broken. In a blunt social media post, he said that any donkey cart is more reliable than his luxury car. To prove his point, he took a picture of his Jaguar with eight donkeys harnessed to it. The viral impact his online “complaint” made, surely got Jaguar moving.
Just for kids.
Toyota presents its Camatte Sport at the Tokyo Toy Show, featuring hundreds of LEDs on car’s hood that can display different images. While some moms and dads might be a bit jealous of their kid’s electric roadster, Toyota says it hopes to inspire the next generation of carmakers.
carscoops.com, youtube.com (Video)