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SupercarBlondie amazed with Mercedes concept car that can drive sideways

Published: 15/Jan/2020 21:37

by Alan Bernal

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YouTube star Alex ‘Supercar Blondie’ Hirschi stepped into the future of motor vehicles when she came face-to-face with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR concept car inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar.

Concept cars have a long history in the auto industry, with the goal to both arouse interest in emerging trends and accelerating the development of new technologies to possibly incorporate them in the future.

It’s safe to say that Supercar Blondie was stunned with various aspects of Mercedes-Benz’s take on an Advanced Vehicle Transformation (AVTR) design that actually responds to the “driver.”

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The YouTuber was constantly surprised with AVTR concept, which is more like a “creature” than a car.

The concept even allows the driver to move the wheels in unison, to the point where they’re all facing one direction in order to actually drive sideways.

“This is the crazy bit: this car moves sideways,” she said. “All the wheels will face one direction and kind of creep along like a crab.”

This functionality, along with the “scales” on the back of the car and the bizarre wheels that leave “animal paw” treading, makes the concept feel alive.

“In every single piece of this car, in the way that it moves, the way that it feels, the way that it looks, it is a creature,” Blondie said.

Everything from the tires to the braking process were made to be in tune with the driver’s mood, similar to how the Na’vi tribes of Pandora literally connect to the wildlife around them using the “queues” in their braids.

Much like the film, there is a physical connection between the people and their mode of transportation, and it’s no different here.

“So the whole thing about you becoming ‘one with the car,’ you may think ‘Ugh, that’s just a story. Whatever.’ This is why [Mercedes-Benz] says that,” Blondie explained as she sat in a driver’s seat lacking a steering wheel. “When you put your hand here on the [car’s middle console], it starts recognizing your heartbeat, and it will actually pulsate with you.”

According to the YouTuber, the car starts to recognize who is in the pilot’s seat and eventually “knows exactly which person is sitting in the driver’s seat.”

When initiating the driving mode, the center console actually pops out to give the person a sort of control lever that moves the wheels in the direction that they pivot the station.

Just like Cameron’s 2009 film, the concept is a breathtaking feat of engineering that makes fantasy-like aspects a reality with its incredible use of emerging technologies.

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TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

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Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.