Midnight In The Desert — automotive

Car is found 20 years after man forgot where he parked it

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Car is found 20 years after man forgot where he parked it

At some point or another, almost everyone has has the aggravating experience of parking their car and then forgetting exactly where they parked it. But an unidentified 76-year-old man in Germany may have set a new record for foggy recall. In 1997, he parked his Volkswagen Passat in the garage of an industrial building in Frankfurt and then forgot where he had left it, according to the Augsburger Allgemeine. After searching for it for days, he eventually called police and reported it stolen. Fast-forward 20 years. The aforementioned industrial building is scheduled for the wrecking ball. But before it's demolished,...

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Wonderful Uber ad demonstrates why we have to get rid of cars

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Wonderful Uber ad demonstrates why we have to get rid of cars

Many readers were unimpressed when I wrote that Why we don't need electric cars, but need to get rid of cars , trying to make the point that whether they are are autonomous, self-driving or "shared" like Uber and Lyft, they were still congestion. My favorite comment was "cars=freedom why do you hate freedom?" Then there is this, a wonderful ad for Uber that was developed by Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors for Asian markets, to try and make the point that when one uses Uber, there is less congestion. From Adweek: If the situation in Asia’s cities continues like...

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The Surprising Reason Toyota Just Patented a 'Cloaking Device'

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The Surprising Reason Toyota Just Patented a 'Cloaking Device'

The Japanese auto maker is developing a device that would improve visibility for motorists. From cloaking devices that conceal spaceships, to Harry Potter’s hand-me-down disappearing blanket, or even the One Ring and its power to conceal its wearer, invisibility is a staple in science fiction and fiction in general. Scientists have been hard at work, however, to bring such a technology into reality. Joining the research and development of cloaking technology is Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. The company recently acquired a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for “Apparatuses and methods for making an object appear...

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Water Powered Car - It Doesn't Matter If It's From Your Tap, Bottled or a Lake

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Water Powered Car - It Doesn't Matter If It's From Your Tap, Bottled or a Lake

Everyday the world becomes aware of technologies that have the potential to halt the unnecessary damage we continue to create using fossil fuels. We’ve been talking about it for years, transitioning our way of life to be more harmonious with the planet and its natural systems. I’m not talking about solar or wind power (although great), I’m talking about clean and green technology that render fossil fuel burning technologies inferior and obsolete. One of these “new” technologies is a water fuelled car, and it has been unveiled on a number of occasions. It’s an automobile that derives its energy directly...

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway

I WAS DRIVING 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass. As I tried to cope with...

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