*In fact, the position is supine — not prone. Wrote Jonathon Ramsey on autoblog, "The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team has been using its drivers to open up the dark world of F1, and in this video Nico Rosberg demonstrates what we've long suspected: the driving position in a Formula 1 car is outrageous, with drivers reclined on a carbon-fiber gynecologist's table pretending to be a seat." "Watch Nico explain finding a balance between comfort and weight. And how it's kind of hard to see above the wheel."
Dutch company PAL-V announced the first flights of its prototype "flying car". This unique vehicle is called the PAL-V One, or the 'Personal Air and Land Vehicle', and It marks the start of a new era. On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes its rotor is unfolded and its tail is extended: then it is ready to take off thanks to the advanced gyrocopter technology.
Based on the VW Transporter T5, The DoubleBack VW is a customized camping van with the extendable passenger compartment that comes with a fold-out double bed in the pod, an elevating roof and a kitchenette long with other home amenities.
Mobile espresso maker by Handpresso Auto. "It can be placed in the cup holder. Just plug the espresso machine into the 12V cigarette lighter, add water and a E.S.E. coffee pod of your choice. Then press the button, wait for the 3 beeps and the espresso is ready!"
Watercar Phyton is the fastest amphibious vehicle. It can jet along at 60 mph on water, and on land, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The price is $170,000. The Python is a custom-built amphibious vehicle, uses an aluminum Corvette LS engine on land. Check out the video. It is awesome!
Zany Swiss man installs wood-burning stove in car "It's hard to imagine what led Pascal Prokop to install a wood-burning stove in his 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon. Though we're safe to say that the trend won't catch like wildfire. Prokob built and installed the wood-fired stove himself and got an operating permit from the Swiss technical inspection authority. "
BMW announced their ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) semi-autonomous driving system, and has just released a new video of it in action. It uses four types of sensors, radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasound distance sensors, to stay aware of the car's surroundings. Check out the video. "However, when the car senses it is behind a slowpoke, it looks for an open lane where it can safely merge at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). If an opening is found, the system will steer the vehicle into that lane, pass the slower vehicle and return to its original lane. As Dr. Nico Kaempchen explains, "Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principal, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy." He goes on to say CDC ensures the car "adheres to all traffic laws" and sticks to the speed limit."
The Toyota Fun Vii is a spectacular design concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week. The 'Vii' stands for Vehicle, Interactive, Internet. It's a car, a gaming machine and a smartphone all in one. Almost every part of the car can interact with the internet. Almost every surface of the car is a touchscreen that can be adjusted by the driver, including color changes. Oh, and the car can drive itself.
Berlin-based artist Nik Nowak likes to rock his audience with strange-looking mobile sound systems - sound tank that emit bass-driven electronic music. His creations bear names like Baron Bass, Sackkarre (sack barrow), Mobile Booster. They are a mixture between extravagant vehicles and big speakers. Watch it in action after more.
Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts - two modern interpretations of the iconic Land Rover made their debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. "Both concepts are based on the same shared 100-inch wheelbase. They feature sustainable hi-tech materials and the latest technology to optimise fuel and operational efficiency at all times, in all modes and in all driving conditions. DC100 and DC100 Sport include a variety of capability technologies including a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment"
Horacio Pagani's Ignition Key is a miniature model of the vehicle. The key splits into two halves, one of which is used in the ignition while the other has a USB stick to hold music for the audio system. Check out the video after more.