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1950's Fifth Wheel Parking Concept

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In the 1950s in California someone invented a retractable fifth wheel to aid in parking. It looks cool.

Wind-Powered Car

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Television host Dirk Gion and engineer Stefan Simmerer recently completed a 5,000 km (3,107 mile) journey across Australia-  titled The Wind Explorer,a lightweight electric vehicle powered only by electricity-generating wind turbine and a kite, and broke three world records in the process. To keep the electric Wind Explorer running, it could be recharged overnight using a porable 20-foot wind turbine (it can also be plugged in in the absence of wind). They could also deploy a kite if the breeze was strong enough, and use it to pull the vehicle along, it worked like parasailing.
The 18-day road trip gave way to three world records for the Germans. one for crossing a continent with a wind-powered vehicle for the first time, another for traveling the farthest in a wind-powered car over a 36 hour period, and a final one for the most distance ever covered by a wind-powered land vehicle. Check out the video above!

ZMP announces new Single-Seater Robot Electric Car, the RoBoCar

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Japanese automobile manufacturer ZMP has announced a new single-seater electric robotic vehicle, the RoBoCar. The zero-emission vehicle features an array of sensors that include an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), speed sensor and laser range finders. The vehicle is equipped with a newly developed autonomous system that allows the onboard computers to move the vehicle without the need of any driver.
- A drive-by-wire model capable of adapt to speed automatically and which costs costs about 2.8 million yen.
- A steer-by-wire model with automatic steering capability that costs about 4.8 million yen.
- A brake-by-wire model with stereo camera, IMU and steer-by-Wire announced at 6.8 Million Yen.

Famicom Scion

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Giant Robot magazine publisher Eric Nakamura walks us through the non-standard options of this retro-styled Toyota. The car features a NES cart for a key, an arcade button for a starter, and the projector installed into the headlights, which allow people to play and display games with the vehicle itself. And each of the Scion's doors can play video game sound effects, like the Coin and Mushroom noises from Super Mario Bros.
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Anti Sleep Pilot

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The Anti Sleep Pilot a gadget that keeps you awake and safe while you driving using reaction times from tests.
"In addition to monitoring your driving using an accelerometer, the Anti Sleep Pilot will give you a little reaction test every once in a while. It will make a sound and turn orange, at which point you have to smack it as fast as you can. The longer it takes you to do this, the more concerned the device gets about your reaction times, and if you're too slow on four tests in a row, it will turn an angry red and demand that you pull over and rest. "
Price: $220   |   BUY

Getting Passed by Guy Going 250mph on the Freeway

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If possible, please identify the make and model on the blur that passes this guy on the freeway. 140kph is only about 87mph (160kph = 100mph).

VW Mini-Gol

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German manufacture Volkswagen has build only two such vehicles in Brazil so far and they’re used as show cars at auto events in Brazil. This VW Mini-Gol is approximately 30% of the size of the original. Its compact and for little people (5-foot or less). It’s propelled by 5.5hp engine, can reach a top speed of 27km/h and is merely 2.25 meters long. Everything else such as seats, dashboard and the instrumentation do not receive any amendment, except the scale.
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The video of Vintage Mobile Cinema

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Here is the video of the last Vintage Mobile Cinemas.
"This was one of seven units custom built for the British government in the late 1960s, used at the time to promote British industry. "

The Vintage Mobile Cinema

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In the late 60s, the UK's Ministry of Technology has built seven buses with movie theaters inside.And the only one of the original mobile cinemas to have survived. Now it is outfitted with Epson EH-TW3500 LCD projector, Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player, Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver and complete with Dolby 7:1 surround sound. It has 22 upholstered seats. The Vintage Mobile Cinema was launched in May 2010, they are based in the South West of England and are available for hire for private event.

Half scale working Mercedes 300SL replica

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This exact half scale working replica of legendary Mercedes($TBA) is what your kid would surely like. Featuring a composite chassis and composite body shell, it can be driven by anybody from the age of 6 and up! Both the seat and the pedal box are adjustable- so two kids can comfortably fit, also a parent and child. They come with ignition keys and a fitted car cover. Cool!
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Stormtrooper Hood Ornament

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Hayes Johnson installed the head of Stormtrooper from a McDonald’s Happy Meal into his Buick Park Avenue.
"The main component of my hood ornament is made from the head off of a McDonald’s toy. If you search online, it’s the one of a Stormtrooper driving a wind-up AT-AT. I removed the head from the rest of the toy, making sure to take out the spring that made the head bobble. I then filled the hollow head with resin, and drilled a hole into it that would serve as the mounting point. After I sanded the head with fine grit sand paper, making sure it was extra smooth, I painted the head metallic silver.
Next I removed the existing hood ornament from my car, which took some finesse and elbow grease. I removed the Buick emblem, but made sure to keep the base that actually mounted to the car. I then bought a nut and bolt from the local hardware store. I pushed the bolt up through the hole in the base of the old hood ornament, and screwed the nut down to hold the bolt in place. Then, finally, I screwed the Stormtrooper head down onto the bolt into the hole I had drilled earlier. Once that was done, I mounted it onto my car. Tada!
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China to build hug buses that cars can drive under

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A Chinese company is looking to build buses so big cars can drive right under them, ease congestion. Being developed by the Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment company, and the buses are currently planned for Beijing's Mentougou district, where Huashi will commence building its first 186km of track at year's end. Watch the Chinese demo video after more.
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Rocket car aims for 1,050 mph in 42 seconds

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The Bloodhound SSC is a trans-sonic rocket car aiming to smash the current land speed record and raise it to a mind-bending 1000 mph. The car has been under development for more than three years and and the design is just now moving out of the computer models, to create a car that will travel faster than a speeding bullet. A 1:1 scale model replica was recently unveiled on display this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England. Photos, here

DARPA's Flying Car

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Not too long ago DARPA put out a broad agency announcement asking for a flying car - a four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can deal with off road conditions as well as take to the skies. AVX Aircraft has come up with a proposal, releasing some mockups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft  and its concept looks pretty close.
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Crochet Smart

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We just saw the Smart Tank, today you will see a Crochet Covered Smart Car. Magda Sayeg of KnittaPlease created this Smart car's crochet cover as part of Il Lusso Essenziale, a Roman arts festival. Cool car's cover, beautiful!