Honda expands their Asimo line of robots
with a stunning 44 ft. unit developed specifically for Carmax
From the press release:
Based on Honda's Asimo robot, Carmax and Honda have developed a new version specifically for use in Carmax showrooms. The new version is much larger however - standing at roughly 44 feet tall. Because of its size, it is far less mobile but much more imposing. According to Thomas Folliard, V.P. of store operations; "We're already seeing an effect from the new Asimo sales force -- many potential shoppers are almost, to borrow a phrase, shocked and awed into buying a car.
I hate to be the voice of doom and gloom, but this sounds kinda dangerous.
posted by mecran01
on Apr 1, 2003 -
Area residents speak of hearing their cries
late in the night, a hellish screeching and squealing. Some even have seen them personally, appearing from nowhere in the dark hours... then scattering...
Police came through, but now they're gone /
In other words, the sideshow's on
. A peek into the infamous Oakland sideshow.
(Quicktime videos 1
posted by eddydamascene
on Mar 15, 2003 -
'Vice or Price'? Don Johnson
as Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice
drove a fancy car while fighting the drug world.
Now Don is suspected of trying laundering $8 billion in bonds, stocks and credit notes in Germany.
He said he was there to buy a car. Some car!
posted by hockeyman
on Mar 13, 2003 -
Ford will sell hybrid Escape at a loss.
In order to get technology out to the public, and get feedback from customers, Ford is going to release it's hybrid version of the Escape SUV, and take a loss with it.
With today's economy, who knows what that will mean in the end for an already struggling Ford.
posted by wondergirl
on Mar 6, 2003 -
Admired from a distance, the almost mythical Audi A3 may come stateside
Toyota and Hyundai have had great success as of late with the much maligned hatchback auto design here in the United States. Even Volkswagen's international best-selling Golf saw a double-digit sales spurt in 2002 in a country that looks down on hatchbacks. Now it appears that Audi North America is looking to bring over the wonderful next generation A3 to our side of the pond. Why has the hatch been so scorned (Chevette?) and would you be interested in one - or, why not?
posted by tgrundke
on Feb 4, 2003 -
has been documented in a study of drivers using cell phones. Back when the driving-while-yakking phenomenon first started growing, I told friends I could always tell if the driver of the car ahead of me was on a cell phone: They had a certain style of stupid driving that I couldn't quite describe but I always knew it when I saw it. Now a team of researchers has pinpointed it; they also effectively debunk
"you're just as distracted talking to someone in the car"-type analogies. The question remains, now that we know what's wrong with this practice, what do we do about it?
posted by soyjoy
on Jan 28, 2003 -
GM announces plans to roll out gas/electric hybrid cars
for consumers in the next four years -- including pickup trucks and SUVs. Plus a brief discussion of ways to get the general populace to buy hybrid... apparently tax breaks are being mooted? Interesting. The cost increase / gas savings breakdown still isn't as impressive as one might like it to be, though... would you give one a try?
posted by logovisual
on Jan 6, 2003 -
Zap those road burners!!
Following up yesterday's banal car-talk thread, the Guardian reports that Dubya's Son of Star Wars is already taking out, inadvertantly , its first targets. In this instance hapless BMWs and Jeeps. Excellent I say- go for anything over two tons, 4WD, and moving on on a public thoroughfare.
posted by marvin
on Dec 19, 2002 -
"This car isn't meant to be an SUV, a mini-van, or a sedan"
... becuase, of course, it's a station wagon (the body type that dare not speak its name), albeit a sleek new Chrysler Pacifica, now starring in double-page spreads in your finer magazines. The Europeans have never stopped making great wagons, but its been a while since anything less apalling than the Taurus Wagon came out of Detroit or Tokyo.
posted by MattD
on Dec 18, 2002 -
- the title I've given this sculpture, is the culmination of an untold number of hours work. The sculpture depicts a modern Formula One car at speed, mid-turn, and indeed in the wet
posted by snez
on Dec 18, 2002 -
To lessen the clutter on their dashboard, a German auto manufacturer has put in a data screen and command input device
that allows the driver to control 700 different aspects of their driving experience (including Navigation, Communication, Car Data, and Settings). More interestingly, there's an undocumented feature
in the high-tech control system -- Press the right buttons in the right order and the car will launch you from a stop after revving the engine to 5,000 rpm... at least it will if you're in Europe, where performing the trick more than 15 times voids the car's warranty. Cars sold here in the US will only rev to 1,500 rpm. Supposedly, this is the first example of an Automotive Easter Egg
posted by crunchland
on Nov 1, 2002 -
Formula One tweaked!
The Formula One Commission met earlier today at what was touted as the most important meeting
(PDF) in the last 20 years to discuss ways to rescue Formula One. The biggest outcome was to have single qualifying laps on Fridays and Saturdays, the historic Spa circuit was dropped from the calendar due to tobacco advertising restrictions. [More inside]
posted by riffola
on Oct 28, 2002 -
I had been expecting something akin to the Sinclair C5
, but these are full production models within the Ford Focus range. The article predicts that although they'll initially appear in niche markets such as public transport, in a few years we'll all be able to drive about in them, creating a cleaner, happier world.
posted by feelinglistless
on Oct 17, 2002 -
"Your car will be watching the road even if you're not"
Or so says DaimlerChrysler in their new ad campaign. Electronic eyes, infrared systems, ways to keep your eyes on the road better.... All in good time, as we all expected - but wouldn't you be worried if your car could just stop itself if it saw a squirrel in the road? (via the Wall St. Journal ad 10/9/02)
posted by djspicerack
on Oct 10, 2002 -
Another child-bakes-in-car story,
but this one is especially heartbreaking: single mother trying to keep her temp job has no child care for her developmentally disabled daughter and leaves her in the car out of desperation. Every summer there's a rash of these cases, with some
eliciting more hatred and disgust than others. What gives -- the general decline of parenting/morals/personal responsibility, or should we get serious about child care in the land of "family values"? (Thanks to Jim Romenesko.)
posted by serafinapekkala
on Oct 3, 2002 -
Thieves have stolen 6 valuable paintings, and a Mini Cooper S. Read the mysterious novella by Scottish author, Val McDermid
, and then fly to Barcelona to take part in this mystery. Mini has arranged plane tickets and hotel for you. Are you up for some sleuthing? Get briefed.
This could be one of the coolest interactive marketing campaigns I've seen in a long while. [some links contain flash]
posted by mad
on Sep 13, 2002 -
crashbonsai No passengers have been injured in CrashBonsai accidents, although some drivers have reported a brief, even euphoric loss of consciousness.
posted by ginz
on Sep 5, 2002 -
Can it get any more crude, I mean 'red', than this? (here, another brand
and lots of pics - click on mugshots). Who in their right mind would hang these under thier bumper?
posted by tomplus2
on Aug 11, 2002 -
They're all watching the wrong cards. They're watching the borax. They're watching the fuel cell and its clean tailpipe. They should be watching the hydrogen. That's the payoff card." Car and Driver
takes issue with the Hydrogen on Demand
system used in Chrysler's Natrium
concept and billed by the media
as a possible solution to the problem
of producing, storing, and transporting hydrogen.
posted by tirade
on Aug 1, 2002 -
As the biggest, burliest SUV sold in the United States -- nearly 19 feet long and weighing about 7,200 pounds -- the Excursion
was attacked by social critics who accused Ford of environmental irresponsibility. I for one, will not miss it
posted by hotdoughnutsnow
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Bikes and cars don't mix.
At least, according to the author of this column. As someone who cycles for fun and commuting, I was alternately amused by his anti-bike spewing and terrified that he's a case of road rage waiting to happen. Remind me never to bike in Pittsburgh.
posted by RakDaddy
on Jul 24, 2002 -
There are lots of toys modeled after automobiles, but no automobile has ever been modeled after a toy (?), until now. The insanely popular Choro-Q line of toy cars of Japan (ebay pics here
) have inspired a whole new line of impossibly cute real cars
, to be unveiled in November of this year. The tiny, brightly colored electric autos
look like something straight out of a Roger Rabbit cartoon, seat one, go 50 miles on a battery charge, and cost around $10,000.00 - $16,000. Must...have...one...
posted by iconomy
on Jul 16, 2002 -
A tale of two dumb-dumbs.
This car enthusiast forum story really has me wondering who the dumb one is in this situation: the guy who got his car stolen, or the guy who stole the car.
Guy befriends another guy on the forum, starts talking, gives out his VIN, information on when he drives his car to work, and his address only to have the other forum-goer steal his car. Then, the brilliant car thief posts up parts from said stolen car on the EXACT SAME forum under a new name, then makes the mistake of logging in under his old name and posting a message in his sale thread
An amusing read to say the least.
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Jul 11, 2002 -
GM are looking to the future
with plans to get a fuel cell vehicle (dubbed AUTOnomy
) on the road by 2010, unlike past attempts where fuel cell powerplants were shoe-horned into conventional cars
GM are redesigning it from the ground up with a six inch flat chassis that contains the fuel cell and powertrain allowing them to plonk a variety of different bodies on top all the while cutting costs by being far simpler to produce than conventional cars.
posted by zeoslap
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Outta my way, or under my wheels!
According to this survey from the American Iron and Steel institute, Miami has the rudest drivers in the country. I live in Miami, and it's true. If you disagree with me, you're a slack-jawed moron.
posted by groundhog
on May 23, 2002 -
Ahhhhh….road trips, a time to relax and enjoy the scenery….right?
Not for the participants of the Gumball Rally which just finished its inaugural race on U.S. soil. (More inside)
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC
on May 15, 2002 -
What's So American About American Culture? Richard Pells
launches a spirited attack on the notion that American culture dominates the world, noting how almost all its sources are European, which would explain why "American culture has never felt all that foreign to foreigners
". As a sideline and a Sunday provocation
, I suggest to you that, apart from medicine, computers and entertainment(movies; music; web sites) Europe is either as good
as America(art; literature; architecture; universities; publishing)or a damn sight better
: telecommunications; TV; cars; pharmaceutical products; food and drink; luxury goods...In fact, America and Europe complement each other quite perfectly. Though we win in the end, of course, because we're much better
at appreciating this symbiosis. If only because know and enjoy more American stuff than you Americans do European stuff. So there
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 12, 2002 -
Lane Splitting 101.
Do you ride? Do you commute on your bike? Are you insane enough to split lanes?
Do you drive? Do lane-splitting bikes piss you off? Do they give you heart attacks?
posted by badstone
on May 10, 2002 -