In a scene during Back to the Future Part II, that plays out in 1955, Marty suggests to Doc Brown that they land the DeLorean time machine on top of a car being driven by Biff, so as to stop it. Doc Brown retorts by saying that Biff’s car, being a 1946 Ford, would rip through their more modern vehicle, as if it were tin foil.
The video is intended to show that improvements in car design over several decades have made them safer so as far as passengers are concerned, more than anything else. So Doc Brown was probably still correct in deciding that making direct contact with Biff’s car was not a good idea.
Most of us travelling by way of driverless cars, when the day arrives that is, will have to be content with looking out the window, watching the world go by, rather than reading, working, or watching movies, as motion sickness may be more pronounced in autonomous vehicles:
“Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” Sivak said. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion sickness – conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion and lack of control over the direction of motion – are elevated in self-driving vehicles.
You learn something new every day… apparently latter car engines are so quiet that manufacturers have taken to finding ways of enhancing their sound, in some cases making what are effectively recordings of roaring engines, because drivers expect motor vehicles to be noisy…
Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble – the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.
Stories of car repairs that proved to be far more expensive than originally envisioned are two a penny… maybe then it’s the illustrations that make Josh Michtom’s tale of replacing the battery of the hybrid electric car he and his partner own, one you want to read.
One place could sell me the battery for $1,900 but wanted $850 for the work, so I pressed the guy. I said, “That’s more than double what someone else quote me for labor. How can that be?” I expected him just to come down a little, but instead, he offered a long discursion on the fine art of Prius battery replacement, the careful steps involved, the inherent danger in the operation. As far as I know, he is Connecticut’s only artisanal Prius mechanic.