Why speed bumps made from Silly Putty are a good idea

Silly Putty has an interesting property. It's soft when you squeeze it slowly, but rock hard if you hit it with a hammer. Someone came up with the good idea of making speed bumps (or "sleeping policemen," as they cleverly call them in the UK) out of a Silly Putty like substance. That way, slow drivers get a smooth ride, but the faster you go, the more the bump punishes you. It would be fun to design the speed bump in such a way that it rips the undercarriage out of any car going twice the speed limit.

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Ferrari driver ignores "no parking" signs and finds his car in inconvenient spot

A Ferrari driver in southeast England ignored warnings not to leave cars overnight on the ninth floor of the Brighton Marina parking garage. The fellow returned on Sunday morning to find his fancy ride in the middle of a bustling flea market.

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Presence of bodybuilders convinces illegally-parked motorists to comply gracefully

The fine folks at Stop a Douchebag typically catch a lot of heat from the Muscovite scofflaws they bust driving on paths and sidewalks, but when behemoths from BodyMania go out on the street, compliance goes to 100% without a peep. Read the rest

Tiny flush-fit dual USB adapter for cars

I've been using Aukey's Flush Fit Dual Port USB adapter since early 2016. Once you push it into the car's "cigarette lighter" hole, it's close to a flush fit. It could be a chore to pull it out, but I've never had a reason to. It's regularly $9 but if you use the Amazon code AUKECAR7 it costs $7. Read the rest

Magnetic air vent cell phone car mount, 2 for $6

After trying lots of different phone mounts for cars, the type I've settled on attaches to an air vent and has a magnet on it. You have to stick a thin metal plate on the back of your phone, but it's unobtrusive. Your phone won't slide off. This mount is by far the most convenient kind. Amazon has a sale on air vent magnetic phone mounts. This 2-pack costs $6.39 with free one-day shipping. Read the rest

Goldfish-driven vehicles reach new heights

Goldfish-driven vehicles continue to make great strides since our previous coverage. Now they are higher up and on a sturdier wheelbase, allowing free movement around any gallery where this iteration resides.

Quentin Destieu and Sylvain Huguet say:

Machine 2 Fish is an artistic installation using a robotic experimental system that translates the movements of a living goldfish into the physical locomotion of a robot. It is a question of allowing a goldfish to move in a terrestrial universe thanks to this prosthesis. The aim is to create a pseudo-intelligent system linking the fish and the machine to a stand-alone device that refers to cyborgs and science fiction. This project was born in 2010 as part of a residency with the support of M2F Créations / Lab GAMERZ, the 2016 version embeds a new system of sensors and computer programming able to respond as closely as possible to the requirements of fish.

When will the BattleBots-style series FishBots start? We're waiting with bated* breath.

Machine 2 Fish (Vimso / Gamerz)

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Dashcam vid of a driver hitting 240 consecutive green lights

What's a driver to do to kill time between rideshare gigs? For Noah Forman, the answer was trying to set a record for most consecutive green lights. He hits about 240 green lights in a row in this video.

This seems much safer and more fun than the knucklehead who set the fastest lap around Manhattan, an honor that landed him in jail:

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Autonomous driving simulators may help reduce driverless anxiety

Visteon makes high-definition dashboard displays for instrument clusters, navigation panels, and entertainment systems. They also know the future is autonomous driving, and to help anxious customers get a sense of the technological possibilities, they are developing driving simulators that demonstrate manual vs. autonomous driving conditions. Read the rest

Cars slowly sliding and colliding on a Montreal hill

City buses, utility trucks, snowplows, and police cars get in on the action on this icy street in Montreal. Read the rest

The windshield barnacle is a replacement for the boot

The Barnacle is a replacement for the Denver Boot (that wheel-hugging device used to immobilize a car that's racked up too many parking tickets). The Barnacle attaches to the car's windshield by suction, creating an opaque barrier. It automatically releases when the driver pays the fine on the phone or online. It's safer for parking enforcement officers, because they don't have to squat down in traffic to attach it.

Some people will stick the head out of the driver's side window and drive away. They can do that, but an alarm will go off and a built-in GPS tracker will know where they are.

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How to get out your driveway when another car is blocking it

We've all experienced the frustration and delay caused by thoughtless motorists who block driveways and parking spots with their vehicles. The key thing is to remain calm, take a deep breath, and don't lose your temper. In this video, a driver shows how easy it is to deal with a blocked driveway if you just stop to think a moment about the problem. Read the rest

Demo shows why weight distribution on a trailer is important

Here's U-Haul's video of a model car towing a trailer, and how too much weight in the back of the trailer can cause out-of-control wobbling.

Here's a full-size trailer crash:

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See the driver's licenses belonging to Hitchcock, Johnny Cash, De Niro, and others

Over at Dangerous Minds, a fine gallery of vintage celebrity driver's licenses!

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One minute of dashcam footage in Mumbai

Drivers in Mumbia must pay attention on crowded streets filled with scooters, taxis, and pedestrians. Read the rest

Brilliant billboard for faux funeral home is anti-texting and driving PSA

This brilliant billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Canada is actually a PSA to discourage texting and driving. After this, if Wathan Funeral Home were real, people would be dying to get in. (Sorry.)

Excellent work from the john st. advertising agency and Cieslok Media.

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India trying out optical illusion speed bumps

In India, 11,000 people die each year in automobile accidents tied to potholes or speed bumps, presumably because drivers fly over them, often on purpose. India's minister of road transport, Nitin Gadkari, hopes faux speed bumps will help by encouraging drivers to slow down while reducing the risk when they don't. "We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers," Gadkari tweeted along with the image above.

The optical illusions have been tried in other countries, including the US, as I posted back in 2008.

"Initially they were great," Phoenix, Arizona police traffic coordinator officer Terry Sills said at the time. "Until people found out what they were."

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Waze is an awesome driving app that also lets hackers stalk you

I use and love Waze every day to make driving in Los Angeles manageable for me. I still use it despite periodic bursts of tech news reports that the app leaves me vulnerable to security attacks and surveillance.

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