They broke laws in 13 states and 93 counties, reaching speeds of 160 mph, on a 2,683-mile trip from New York to Los Angeles. The jaunt should realistically take over 41 hours – they did in under 29 driving an innocuous looking Mercedes that was decked out with more gear than a Oklahoma stormchaser’s rig.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) pictured above is the United States military truck set to replace the Humvee currently used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines. The Oshkosh was selected on August 25, 2015 and awarded a $6.75 billion contract for 16,901 vehicles to be delivered sometime around 2018 (although we all know they are already being tested on the battleground *somewhere*).
George Miller insisted that Colin Gibson, production designer responsible for all the cars in Mad Max: Fury Road, make all the cars in the movie not only cool, but real working functional vehicles with ultra-tuned, tweaked out engines – and Gibson delivered the goods. For the main story line, Gibson created 88 final cars, each with its own story and team of mechanics. But all told, he made 150 vehicles, many of which didn’t make it out of the desert.
For a foreigner to drive in Ethiopia, you need to get a temporary Ethiopian license, get your own license authenticated by your country's embassy in Ethiopia, complete a certificate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provide two photos. As it turns out, this is not to ensure some crazy foreigner doesn’t kill innocent Ethiopian drivers but rather – to protect the foreign driver from the insanity that occurs on Ethiopian roadways!
The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan was introduced this week and demonstrates that yes, dashboards can indeed be colorful fully-digital screens. The Huracan’s instrument panel displays virtual 3D gauges on a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440x540 pixels and driven by a Tegra 30 chip from Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Series. The processor can spin the gauge’s needles at a frenzied 60 frames per second.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for automobiles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second.
20-year-old Romanian Lego savant Raul Oaida has created a drivable car, that can travel at 12-17 MPH while carrying two people, entirely out of Legos! The car includes four radial engines with a total of 256 pistons that run off compressed air and was pieced together with 500,000 Lego blocks.
It took two and a half months at a speed of only 6.2 MPH but Russian explorers have proven that it is indeed possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole. The seven Russian explorers drove a custom-made bus in an effort to road test the automobile over ice and water. It's huge bloated tires (and enough storage capacity to carry three tons of diesel fuel) allow it to traverse the northern pole's ice and water.
The Batmobile is a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car built in Italy by the Ford Motor Company and based on the stock Lincoln Mark II automobile. It was bought in 1965 by legendary car customizer George Barris for $1. Barris spent $15,000 to upgrade the car over 15 days to turn it into the Batmobile that was used in the ABC television series, Batman. The car came from Ford with the iconic clear plastic canopy and huge black tailfins but Barris added the parachutes, car phone, and smoke machines. Barris held onto the car until he sold it at the Barrett Jackson auction on Saturday (1/19/13) to an Arizona man, Rick Champagne.
Mercedes-Benz’s North American R&D team introduced the Ener-G-Force design concept vehicle at this year’s LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Based on the classic G-Class (notice the “G” shaped LED headlights), the off-road vehicle features 20-inch rims, emergency lighting, rear spare-wheel compartment converted to a quick-access tool box, and a “terra-scan” 360-topography scanner on the roof to spot nasty boulders and vehicle-swallowing ditches. The Terra-scan scanner also uses the results to adjust suspension parameters for maximum traction on the respective surfaces. The Ener-G-Force utilizes four wheel-hub motors driven by fuel cells with a “hydro-tech converter” that would generate fuel using recycled water stored in tanks on the roof. The energy generated by this system would be stored in "drawers" accessed through the side skirts which could alternatively house hot-swappable battery packs. The zero-emissions car provides an operating range of about 500 miles.
As if racing in NASCAR was not enough of an adrenaline rush, NASCAR racer Brad Keselowski can tweet while driving his race car. Brad Keselowski recently tweeted fans in the Daytona 500 prompting NASCAR to issue a new rule – no smartphones in the cars. Brad Keselowski tweeted during a race again last Sunday and NASCAR responded with a $25,000 fine. And what was his tweet? “Fire! My view” along with this picture.
We love to see clever punishment delegated from the long arm of the law. Every day, 32-year-old Cleveland woman Shena Hardin would drive onto the sidewalk in order to detour around a stopped school bus loading and unloading children. Quick thinking Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver, Uriah Herron, shot video of the driver on his cell phone and turned it over to the Cleveland police who worked with him to catch the hurried driver. The woman was arrested and called into court where a Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered her to hold an "only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk" sign for one hour on Tuesday and Wednesday. Below is video of Hardin driving her car on the sidewalk and past the school bus along with photos of her carrying her “only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus” sign.
Technology developed by Keio University in Japan uses a system of rear-facing cameras to capture the view behind the automobile and project the life-size video image onto the backseat of the car making it appear as if the backseat of the car is transparent. The material on the backseat, called a recursive reflector, makes this all possible. The dual-cameras correct the image sizes making them appear to be their true size while the seat material gives the image depth.
Urbee 3D printed carA working prototype of a hybrid-electric two-seater car called Urbee, is the world’s first 3D printed car. Urbee, (Urban Electric with Ethanol as backup) was created to be practical, efficient, inexpensive, easy to repair, safe to drive, and built from technology that exists today. Instead of being prototyped by hand, the company used Stratasys in Minneapolis to print them a car avoiding the costs and inefficiencies of tooling, machining, and handword.