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December 13, 2011 7:34 PM   Subscribe

The Single Lane Superhighway is a simple website that lets you draw a car and join the parade of other drawn cars already on the road. Simple, yet sweetly engaging. Another interesting art project from Aaron Koblin, who has done several other notable social/data art projects (some of this, some of that, and some other things). Via waxy.
posted by lubujackson (37 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
"exhaust" is awaiting approval! How fun, thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:40 PM on December 13, 2011


Eagerly awaiting approval of Penismobile.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:41 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's cute and all but..."awaiting approval"? So maybe my car will be approved...when? I'll just need to check back tomorrow? Next week? And my car will be there among how many others?
posted by zardoz at 7:44 PM on December 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I don't know if the approval lag is due to the website's owner being elsewhere or because the site is being slammed with requests, but either way it renders this unusable. Flagged. If this FPP is deleted, maybe repost in a week or two when the website isn't simultaneously being hit by everybody who reads Waxy. It seems like a neat idea.
posted by red clover at 7:46 PM on December 13, 2011


in the span of about 20 seconds I saw both the 4chan Party Van and an Imperial Star Destroyer. That pretty much sums up the internet, I guess.
posted by xbonesgt at 7:49 PM on December 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


... Red Clover, just because you can't see your picture on the website doesn't mean it's a terrible post. See also: All the other fricking posts about artists, community art, etc, where (get this) you also can't see your artwork
posted by rebent at 7:57 PM on December 13, 2011


Yeah, I don't know if the approval lag is due to the website's owner being elsewhere or because the site is being slammed with requests, but either way it renders this unusable. Flagged.

Why? I just assumed you don't get to see your own car on the road unless you're very lucky, but you do get see what others have contributed and others will get to see yours, so long as there's nothing offensive/nsf kids. Which I found perfectly charming, and I quite enjoyed watching the parade for awhile.
posted by treepour at 7:59 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


There were some very nice vehicles there. I spoiled that by contributing.
posted by unliteral at 8:03 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh hey if you click on a car it will draw it for you :)
posted by rebent at 8:13 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am shamed by the many, many well-drawn, interesting cars. Mine all look like lumps of gravy.
posted by Fnarf at 8:27 PM on December 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I drew Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner.
posted by MegoSteve at 8:28 PM on December 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I saw a person on a segway.
posted by delmoi at 8:41 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Apparently I draw a car the same way many people learned how to draw a car. We're the box people.
Mine is called "O hai" and it's the one without wheels because I didn't realize you were supposed to draw wheels lol.
posted by bleep at 8:41 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]




My favorite ones so far are the creeping dinosaur skeleton and the two people chasing each other.
posted by bleep at 8:42 PM on December 13, 2011


this one gets to the point. I like that, when you actually view it the designer tried something else, erased it, and then drew what you finally see.
posted by delmoi at 8:44 PM on December 13, 2011


Also, this was pretty brilliant.
posted by delmoi at 8:46 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


ok i made one
posted by Mikey-San at 9:02 PM on December 13, 2011


yay, my banana-car was approved! but I'm totally jealous of whoever did lowly. A much better Richard Scary-mobile than mine.
posted by vespabelle at 9:24 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lowly is my girlfriend's creation, we've been giving her Wacom tablet a workout on this site. Way too much fun.
posted by lekvar at 9:37 PM on December 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


I drew mine driving backwards. D'oh.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:41 PM on December 13, 2011


Wow! over 500 vehicles added since this thread was posted.
posted by unliteral at 9:52 PM on December 13, 2011


We've done quite a few so far, but only a few have been accepted to the Great Commute. We both drew face cars that didn't make the cut, and I suggested that there is probably an algorrithm filtering for potentially naughty submissions. So, in the interests of science, my girlfriend is submitting as many Boobiemobiles as she can.
posted by lekvar at 10:38 PM on December 13, 2011


It's cute and all but..."awaiting approval"? So maybe my car will be approved...when? I'll just need to check back tomorrow? Next week? And my car will be there among how many others?

Dude, Where's My Car?
posted by mazola at 11:02 PM on December 13, 2011


FWIW I just drew one and saw it adorably driving along the first time I reloaded the page.
posted by bubukaba at 11:40 PM on December 13, 2011


this one is awesome!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:46 PM on December 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


This made me laugh so uncontrollably that my hubby actually had to come over and look at the screen. He walked away again, registering absolutely no response.
posted by mykescipark at 12:34 AM on December 14, 2011


Great, now all week I'll be walking around thinking "Oh! That would be a great car idea!" This could be trouble.

My favorite contributions are the non-car modes of transportation, such as the flying carpet, the rickshaw, and the two unicyclists.

For the record, I've contributed Autobot Jazz, Luke's landspeeder (although I wasn't the only one), and a space shuttle on a crawler.

One side effect is that weird post-warping effect, like with Guitar Hero.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:41 AM on December 14, 2011


heh
posted by delmoi at 3:08 AM on December 14, 2011


Huh, this is apparently all being done with SVG, rather then canvas.
posted by delmoi at 3:09 AM on December 14, 2011


this one is pretty impressive
posted by delmoi at 3:15 AM on December 14, 2011


Five seconds after I submitted, a "croc" rolled in. People just lack imagination!
posted by hat_eater at 3:38 AM on December 14, 2011


This is my cat's new favorite web site.
posted by MegoSteve at 5:11 AM on December 14, 2011


Finally, a good reason for this widescreen monitor.
posted by box at 6:47 AM on December 14, 2011


When this thread started there were 300 and something cars. There are now 7,735 vehicles.
posted by unliteral at 10:18 PM on December 15, 2011


11,383 now - that's over 1,000 vehicles a day.
posted by unliteral at 4:50 PM on December 18, 2011


This thread will close soon, so I'll just put this updated vehicle count here - "There are more than 22,000 cars on the highway right now."
posted by unliteral at 7:56 PM on January 12, 2012


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