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Designer goes viral for unnecessary in-car roof fan invention

Published: 4/Aug/2020 17:04

by Kieran Bicknell

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Driving in the summer months can be an excruciating task, with the heat making driving more of a chore than it has to be — but one genius seems to have found the solution.

Car modifications can be a costly venture, depending on what you’re wanting to do, but it definitely helps if you know what you’re doing and can keep costs low, as well as give your car the additions it needs.

With the summer heat only going up, one savvy driver decided to give his car a rather unique new mod — and you’re unlikely to ever see it in another vehicle.

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Posting to Reddit, rightcoastguy posted the video of his latest creation — a ceiling fan for his car — and implied that it’s somewhat of a habit of his to “design unnecessary products.”

It’s not exactly the easiest on the eye, and isn’t likely to become a popular feature in vehicles, but, at the very least, it appears functional — to a degree.

The fan, as you can see, seems to move incredibly slow, so whether it’s even cooling the car is a big question.

I design unnecessary products so today I built a ceiling fan for my car. from funny

There’s a few safety concerns

The video of him driving around with the fan operating behind him looks somewhat uncomfortable at best, so it’s doubtful that this invention will go mainstream any time soon. The spinning blades are only inches from grazing his head, begging the question of what would happen in an accident.

While it looks uncomfortable for those in the front during ‘normal’ use, for those in the back it’s dangerous from the moment they set foot in the vehicle. If the passengers are on the taller side, they’re likely going to be hit in the head every few seconds. This isn’t something rightcoastguy hasn’t thought of, though.

reddit commentsAs always, the comment section is a gold mine

As expected, the comments on the post exploded with a mixture of genuine suggestions, witty taglines, and strange responses.

Safety concerns aside, it appears that rightcoastguy has actually done a really good job of building this wacky invention; a perfect example of a terrible idea, with great execution.

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Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.