Archive for August, 2007

Firefighting Beetle

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Slightly off topic, but still related to modern transportation is this strange little bug:

Fire bug

What I really like about this little critter is that it is all robot and it serves a good purpose. The Germans have developed this tools to not only put out fires when they start, but to also send a communication back to headquarters. I am thinking with a saddle on that thing you could be in for a real ride – yehaw.

Not a Ferrari

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Roadster

For those who are searching for a Prius, but with a bit more kick, they may soon have the option from Musk who made his fortune selling PayPall to ebay. By using a stylish car and adding thousands of AA size rechargeable batteries along with some top quality motors he has a real performer – making 0-60 in as little as 4 seconds. There may be a bit of sticker shock for those accustomed to their $25k Prius since they will be selling for around $100k. Looks like a lot of fun to me, and if any of you decide to get one be sure to let me test drive it so I can add an update to my review.

Autopilot

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Honda With ADAS

Humans make the worst drivers: we get tired, we have mood swings, we blink, we get distracted.

What Honda has done is add assistance to drivers for improved safety and reduced fatigue. I have been wanting something like this since DARPA first launched their autonomous vehicle competition a few years back.

What I want to know is – how can I get one in the US since so far it has only been release in litigation reasonable Britain?