Jalopnik posted spy photos of a Tesla Model 3 that that is likely "damn near production-spec." It makes me miss my 1986 Honda Accord hatchback.
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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.
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Next week, Bonhams is auctioning Sammy Davis Jr.'s 1977 Rolls Royce Camargue. The sticker price was $148,000, approximately $600,000 in today's dollars. It's expected to sell for US$38,000-$46,000. From Bonhams:
Not too surprisingly, these cars appealed to the Stars of their day, and according to folklore, this was one of a brace of Camargues bought new by passionate car guys and Rat Pack celebs, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, the latter receiving car JRF 30905. Both were ordered through Bill Harrah's Modern Classic Motors dealership in Reno, Nevada in January 1977, it is said that they were gifts to each other...
It is understood that Davis kept the car for several years, after which it migrated to the East Coast, where it has been suggested it was owned by a Mafia boss in the New York area and it is said that this accounts for its revision to a full Mason's black livery with blacked out windows that it still wears.
This is dekotora (デコトラ), the Japanese maker culture that started in the 1970s of tricking out large trucks with garish lights, Gundam-inspired chrome mods, and eyeball-spanking paint jobs.
In 1945, police initiated a campaign to stop people from beeping their car horns in Morse Code to "signal out 'vile and filthy language,'" according to the Ottawa Journal on January 18.
Amazing that back then enough people recognized the encoded vulgarities to convince the police to take action, and the media to cover it. (Weird Universe)
This summer, BB pal Adam Savage of MythBusters and Tested modified a pick-up truck into a mobile movie theater!
China's Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), a trippy transport that straddles the traffic below it, had its first test run yesterday in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. It was a very short trip, just 300 meters. According to Shanghaiist, an engineer on the project says that eventually the TEB "will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers and travel at 60 kilometers per hour." It's expected to take one year to build out a practical version.
"Extremists near Aleppo," tweeted the Russian Embassy in London, "received several truckloads of chemical ammo."
And just to make sure the news was sufficiently clear, they attached an image of three trucks loaded with weapons: that is, from the cartoon video game world of Command & Conquer.Read the rest
This killer 1977 "Smokey and the Bandit" Pontiac Trans Am, customized by Universal Studios to promote the classic Burt Reynolds/Jackie Gleason film at car shows and other public events, will be sold at auction on January 30! Original Smokey and the Bandit trailer below. From the auction listing at Barrett-Jackson:
Burt Reynolds and McLaughlin Museum present the 1977 Universal Studios Promo Bandit Trans Am from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit." It has been frame-off restored and matching-numbers PHS-documented. Own a piece of history related to one of the most recognized movies of all time. We all loved watching Smokey chase the Bandit in that black Trans Am. Includes Universal Studios certificate listing the VIN of this car, a plaque from General Motors showing the car was used to promote the movie and Universal Studios maps showing scene locations. Title states Universal Studios Promo. Promoted and autographed by Burt Reynolds.
How do you hope it ends? Be honest...
Note that he holds his nose before splashing into the water. Read the rest
This occurred yesterday in Saudi Arabia, according to YouTube poster Mohamed Quetteineh. Read the rest
Darth Vader's car as imagined and built (life-size) by Hot Wheels. Read the rest