Posts tagged with ‘cars

Some say he has absolutely no fear… all we know is that this is The Stig bungee jumping in an F1 race car

Holy shit, I nearly needed a change of pants just watching this.

If you can afford it, the Polaris Slingshot may be the most fun car to drive ever

The Polaris Slingshot is a three wheeled sports car that was made to be the most exciting legal driving experience possible. It appear sto have all the best things of a motorcycle and all the best things of a top end sports car all in one amazing vehicle.

Apparently lowrider fighting is a real thing and it’s ridiculously awesome

From Texas, two lowriders bounce and bounce and bounce and then pounce on top of each other. America, the land of dreams.


Just throwing it out there, but Toyota is investing in hovercar technology

While it’s not a “flying car”, Toyota did say earlier this week they’re investigating hover car technology. Oh boo hoo, not flying cars. There are already flying cars, and you want one, but you don’t want anyone to have one, because cars flying around in three dimensions is just a logistical nightmare. But a car that hovers just above the ground? Oh yeah I could get behind that. And make sweet love to it.

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If Darth Vader had a Cadillac, it would probably look something like this sexy futuristic concept by Ondrej Jirac
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If Darth Vader had a Cadillac, it would probably look something like this sexy futuristic concept by Ondrej Jirac

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"She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid."

Star Wars fan Bill Deacon transformed his 1974 Chevy Malibu into a street-legal replica of the Millennium Falcon. The road vehicle-turned-spacecraft features all sorts of great details, including HANCHWY vanity plates and a field of streaking stars around the ship’s bow on the hood and front bumper. But our favorite feature is the cockpit mounted in place of the right starboard side-view mirror that contains Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures.

[via Geekologie]

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Robot ethics: Should your driverless car kill you to save two other people?


The question of how robots would or should handle complicated ethical questions has been asked ever since the first basic robots were invented. We have built computers and robots to be impartial tools for accomplishing all sorts of tasks, but very soon, we’ll have to answer the question of robot ethics for real, especially when it comes to self-driving cars, which are just around the corner.

So the question is this: 

A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much momentum. Like a cornball stunt in a bad action movie, you are over the cliff, in free fall. Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you.

Should it? A human driver would invariably save its own life first, but when we become dependent on having robotic cars drive us around, should we build in that same kind of self-preservation instinct? Meaning the car would kill two people to save you? Or should we keep the robot brain impartial, relying on data to make its decision, even if it means you’re expendable?

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