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Best of the Web: Farting Tesla’s? You betcha!

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This is kind of news you need to get hot-off-the-presses, and we couldn’t hold it back.

Elon has been tweeting again and this time it’s not just hot air. Government regulations require EVs to emit some noise at speeds under 20 mph. On the serious side this is a safety need for people with disabilities to prevent accidents because they couldn’t hear the silent cars.

However, there is no direction as to the exact sound and in a twist of whimsy, that the writers at the kicker blog truly applaud, Tesla will offer a few options that are truly inspired. Fart sounds for example.

 

Another option could be the sound of coconuts clopping, or more cowbell.

No this isn’t April fool’s. Just a car company with the guts to not take life too seriously.

Proof we didn’t just make this up.via GIPHY

The Secret Parts of Cars (part 1)

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From the UK desk…Paul Wimsett

Leaving the controversial secret car parts for later, let’s start with the fun ones. Let’s begin, instead with the “not exactly hidden” feature. For instance, the “Curry hook” in a Nissan. This hook, about the height of your seat, allows you hang a bag containing your curry. This will make more sense when if you know that the British “pop out for a curry” the way Americans order in Chinese when they’re going to binge-watch their favourite show on the telly.

Then there is a gear stalk for the Volkswagen Golf in the shape of a golf ball. Again, these are maybe not exactly secret but just hard to spot.

brake-2026820_1280Now for some that are truly not visible. The Murano has a technique which is ideal for the driver either of less than average height or of greater than average height. It’s the ability to move the pedals both nearer to you and further away than you. It’s certainly a plus if you’ve ever got into a car and thought “These pedals are not designed for me.”

The secret vase in a Volkswagen Beetle is quite an attractive addition. Who doesn’t want flowers in their car? Quite a few people, now I think of it…

You might not expect to find sand in a car door but it can be discovered in early Lexus cars. This is used to deaden the sound of the radio, though it is debatable how much sand in a car door would fix this problem. An innovation which seems more complex than the problem, in my mind.

bmw-m3-e30-2995003_1920.jpgIf your hood gets stuck there’s an addition in the E30 which allows you to enter a screwdriver and make sure that the hood is released. This one seems so simple; you should be able to adjust things easily after all.

Not all secret parts are hidden or practical. The Spatz cars have additions which might cause a bit of confusion. Designers found they had room for a number of clocks on the dashboard. But instead of just having clocks they decided to paint on several analogue faces, just for design’s sake I suppose.

All this goes to show that the secret parts might help to sell a car, or alternately, confuse a potential buyer.

Keep a sharp eye out for the part two in this series, because there is a car out there with a secret feature that’s not strictly legal…

Standing Up in Cars

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If you’re riding in a car you’re probably sitting down. But if you have ridden in a bus a number of times it’s likely you’ve stood up. And if you drove a Segway or an e-scooter you definitely stood up to operate it, there’s no other way to make it work.

So why is there no standing up in cars? It’s such a simple idea, yet you’ve probably never thought about it before. Cars are full of people sitting down, that’s just how it is.

There is some logic in the sitting down car, evidently. Cars came from horse drawn carriages and when passengers rode in them, they sat. Having said that, one style of coach used as a taxi, called a hack, did require the coachman to stand while holding the reigns and looking over the roof of the passenger apartment, but most styles of coach did have a place for the driver to sit.

The Toyota FV2 is one vehicle which hoped to fix this discrepancy. It’s described as a Segway on steroids and surprisingly it’s supposed to have the power to read minds. It slightly resembles a land-yacht, except it works by motor, not sail.

The problem here is that was introduced in 2015 and many people still haven’t heard of it. The marketing theme is making cars “fun to drive” but seems more likely to make cars far too exhausting to drive. The inventors did say they were looking at tech that will be discovered in 5 to 10 years’ time, which is the way of concept cars, but it still seems the need for this type of vehicle has yet to arrive, and maybe will never fully arrive.

The other revolutionary principle of the Toyota FV2 is that it removes the driver from having to use a steering wheel, clutch or brake. Everything is done by body movements itself. But as said before, we don’t really like to drive this way, or so it seems.

Then there is the Honda Wander Stand, which resembles a saltshaker which you have to drive around. Was Hando just trying to reinvent the mobility scooter, no, they did that with the Honda Wander Walker already. Where the Wander walker would allow a person with limited mobility to navigate among pedestrians, the Wander Stand allows for safety among other cars…in theory.

The futuristic Sole is for short distance commuting. Its selling point is that driving in a car is sedentary; why not raise the passenger up so they travel more “normally?” It’s also ideal when there is a lack of parking space and areas for turning, though it does give off the appearance of being top-heavy.

Although there are some suggestions that using such vehicles solve congestion, the main effect would seem to be that no one goes out because they get exhausted standing up in a vehicle for long periods of time. It’s all right for short periods of time, spending hours there might prove trickily for the average driver. Imagine getting stuck in traffic in one of these.

If you have a back injury, then sitting for a long period might be an issue. If you have genuine interest in a vehicle that lets you stand up, you might investigate acquiring one of these concept vehicles. But be warned, concept cars serve as a platform to test out radical ideas. Most of the ideas don’t make it to market and rarely does the concept car get adopted as a whole. The difficulty with concepts is that they never seem to spread across the whole market.

Cars and Astrology?

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If you believe in Astrology—which you probably don’t–you might be interested in what sort of car best matches your sign. Note that these ideas should be taken with a pinch of salt, they may just be there to sell cars! Having said that, cars do sort of reflect people’s personalities, so why not? This should be fun.

Aries should drive a strong car which makes an impression on the passenger. It should be quite apparent that the “passenger” is of a different sex. This might be the Hummer, which is certainly a car with personality.

zodiac-sign-4374405_1920Taurus wants solid performance in their cars rather than something less stable which looks nice. A Ford Fusion has the correct style of interior for them, almost a home from home.

Gemini does not plan anything, so their cars tend to be impulse buys. This might be worrying as they are more likely to lose money. A Corvette will keep their mind racing but it may cause problems in the long run.

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Cancer wants a secure environment for their family and friends. Their car shouldn’t neglect excitement altogether though. The Audi A4 can seat five so it’s one idea.

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Leo looks to the grand stage and their choice of cars reflects this. They want a Lamborghini, especially a fiery yellow one. All eyes need to be on them.

Virgo wants the perfect car to reflect what they think of a perfecting personality. It might be stuffy at times though. Lexus is the sophisticated car for them.

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Libra want balance in all things, which presumably is one which can take the corners? More especially they require something beautiful in their life. The Chrysler will suit them no end.

zodiac-sign-4374412_1920Scorpio is all about passion and mystery. This does make them sound like psychopaths, but apparently it means they hide their true feelings under a cloak of silence. A Mazda is a powerful engine for them to get whatever they want to be.

 

Sagittarius is all about hopeless optimism, traveling only for the journey, never seeming to get there. The Saturn Sky might be the sports model for them.

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Aquarius don’t want the tried and tested route. Why should they shy away from adventure? Then look at the compact “Smart ForTwo” for the best way to go.

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Pisces is all about dreams of the soul. They are a bit of a procrastinator and need a push every so often. A battery powered Chevrolet may be right for them.

Capricorn want to achieve their goals even if it means burning the midnight oil. A Toyota SUV is one example of a good car for them to allow them to reach for new horizons.

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Naturally that’s not the end of the advice Astrologist can provide you. So if you really can’t figure out what day you’ll find the perfect car to buy, or when to sell your car, well I guess you’ve got another avenue besides juts tossing a coin. It can also tell you the best time to go on a journey.