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(WFTV Orlando)   Nissan develops giant electric egg on wheels that eliminates reverse (with pic)   (wftv.com) divider line 168
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2005-09-30 06:13:36 PM  
is anyone farking because they dont want to do anything other than fark at work right now?
 
2005-09-30 06:14:12 PM  
Such moves are possible because Pivo's steering, wheels and other parts are controlled electronically by wireless signals

I don't forsee any problems with this.
 
2005-09-30 06:15:03 PM  
Big on theory, short on practical application...
 
2005-09-30 06:15:31 PM  


What a dope ride for Burning Man!
 
2005-09-30 06:15:43 PM  
News item title should read "Nissan lays an egg"
 
2005-09-30 06:18:06 PM  
They've been controlling planes with the same 'fly-by-wire' technology for over a decade, and it's proven to be FAR more reliable than mechanical systems.

/just saying


What part of 'fly-by-WIRE' makes you think those systems are wireless?
 
2005-09-30 06:18:15 PM  
Immaculate_Misconception
They've been controlling planes with the same 'fly-by-wire' technology for over a decade, and it's proven to be FAR more reliable than mechanical systems.


Fly by WIRE, not WIRELESS. This is where the problem will be. Some of the new BMWs already have drive by wire systems and they work great.
 
2005-09-30 06:19:07 PM  
So what, when you turn the cabin 180, do the rear (new front) wheels become the turning wheels, or is the turning done with the back(old front) wheels. This doesn't seem like it would make parking or reversing that much easier.

I allways wanted to drive a car with rear steering, like a boat.
 
2005-09-30 06:19:22 PM  
"Rotate the pod, HAL."
 
2005-09-30 06:19:41 PM  
Yah, I can just see you trying to pass a 68 Chev truckload of drunk hillybillys who just left the bars from 4 hrs of drinking buds & suds with a shotgun rack on the back window..
 
2005-09-30 06:20:43 PM  
hmmm imagine your ability to steer is depending on an wireless signal. now imagine the street is full of cars wich use exactly the same frequency to steer o_O....
 
2005-09-30 06:22:03 PM  
wierds

all damn week. and last too.
 
2005-09-30 06:23:06 PM  
So now bad drivers can drive bad in two directions twice as easily...
 
2005-09-30 06:23:21 PM  
NEVER drive one of those! You could be arrested for multiple homicide after people laugh themselves to death seeing you drive that thing.
 
2005-09-30 06:23:22 PM  
Immaculate_Misconception: They've been controlling planes with the same 'fly-by-wire' technology for over a decade, and it's proven to be FAR more reliable than mechanical systems.

Fly-by-wire is a physically wired connection to the controls. Wireless is, you guessed it (actually you didn't) without wires. Like a cell phone, or WiFi network connection (you know, the kind even more prone to hacking than a non-wireless connection.)
 
2005-09-30 06:23:27 PM  

PUKPUKPUKPUK
 
2005-09-30 06:24:49 PM  
How much storage space is in the trunk, do you suppose?
 
2005-09-30 06:26:18 PM  
This is weird. The more I think about this, the more I actually want to physically beat-up the designers of this car. I'm a pretty non-violent person too.
 
2005-09-30 06:27:37 PM  
I kind of hate to admit it but, on the new car front, I'm of interested in driving the Saturn (!?) Sky:

 
2005-09-30 06:28:34 PM  
I suspect it'd be like NICs, each car would have a unique identifier and would only respond to signals from a matching sender. The range wouldn't need to be very big either so passing cars or even hack0rs in floors above wouldn't be able to touch it without extremely difficult effort. And this thing would be mostly pointless in parallel parking but for straight-on parking in Tokyo, man, this would be a blessing for some of the places i've seen there.
 
2005-09-30 06:29:04 PM  
I'm with you, impaler. I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars they spent trying to solve the horrible, perplexing problem of... having to back up your car??
 
2005-09-30 06:31:21 PM  
quote: "As_Much
Woo! Pivo is "beer" in Czech. Great name for a car. Kind of like Nova."


Yup.. and a friend of mine is called 'Mivo'. He owns a TiVo and a Mivo...

/welcomes all subsequent related jokes, thank you
 
2005-09-30 06:32:31 PM  
Da... da.... da-ha-ha...

...Pivo.

/uh-oh
//uh-oh!
///Chopper Dave, we have uh-oh, over



////I HAVEN'T EATEN SLICEDBREAD SINCE I WAS TWELVE
 
2005-09-30 06:34:11 PM  
Cops will start hacking to make their lives more interesting.
 
2005-09-30 06:34:22 PM  
Just scanning, I've seen a few people talking about "wireless" controls. Drive by WIRE, not drive by wireless.

Let me explain to you what fly by wire means, which is where this term is from. The cabin doesn't have any mechanical connections to the plane controls. It's all electronic singaling, this allows redundancy, both in the controls and in what happens after the controls are sent. Lets say one of the physical control mechanisms for the plane flaps goes bonkers, there's a back up. It is far more reliable than having ONE mechanical connection.

Drive by wire removes all physical connections and replaces them with computers. This isn't new, cars have been doing this for years. I assume, in this case, they've taken it a bit further and have all four wheels in independant drive shafts of some sort and independant steering. If that is truely the case, I can't imagine parallel parking being any easier.

One thing to note, each time they make the car more reliable, it's gets more expensive to repair said car. I'm a big proponent of driving carburated engines with no power steering. It's better for the enviroment (the "increase" in pollutants vs a modern car is less than the envriomental cost of manufacturing a new car), costs less, strangely enough gets the same or better milage, and is easier to repair. Why pay $200 for a broken fuel pump, when mine costs me $10?
 
2005-09-30 06:34:52 PM  
Japanese concept cars always end up looking like the designers were smoking crack.
 
2005-09-30 06:35:17 PM  
scifarker: Saturn (!?) Sky:


Wow even I am impressed considering I think Saturn has never made an attractive car.
 
2005-09-30 06:35:20 PM  
scifarker- just remember, no matter how much they try to make it look like a real car, under the hood it's still a saturn.
 
2005-09-30 06:37:05 PM  
scifarker

it is related to a Lotus Elise, although the engine is in the wrong place. how bad could it posibly be?
 
2005-09-30 06:39:53 PM  
"Cars" like this are a bunch of bullshiat and I can't stand it when their existence is acknowledged as some kind of "news". Who the hell is ever going to drive such a thing? Is it somehow different from the other 3 million concept cars that have been built since the 30s and never produced?

This "car" is to reality as fashion shows are to clothing. I suppose they'll be talking about it on CNN for a week. Just like the stupid puppy that swallowed the knife. WHO GIVES A RAT'S ASS? NOBODY, THAT'S WHO!

Being that Serenity comes out today, you'd think I'd be in a better mood, but no, the rotten, oozing ass-pimples that run the Carmike theaters in this town sent it to the crappy theater that smells like my middle school locker room and gives me the runs every time I go whether or not I eat anything.

At least I'll be driving there in a real car.

/choking on my own rage here.
 
2005-09-30 06:40:09 PM  
2005-09-30 05:58:22 PM oren0

dletter: I always though that a car with wheels that could all turn 90 degrees at the same time would be much better for parallel parking in the city.

Well that would make parallel parking a lot easier and quicker.


Actually, that would make it perpendicular parking.
 
2005-09-30 06:41:06 PM  
Cool. Watch what happens wen you drive by a house where someone is using their microwave.
 
2005-09-30 06:42:55 PM  
butterick has rage issues...

Anger management classes anyone?
 
2005-09-30 06:43:19 PM  
Meh, the Toyota PM show car a couple years ago was a far cooler concept. Any car that can change it's length and driving position, now that's something. Plus it looked way better.
 
2005-09-30 06:44:13 PM  
You guys are nuts. That is the best golf cart ever.
 
2005-09-30 06:45:36 PM  
It is controlled by wireless signals, not mechanical connections. Hax0rs will put you in a ditch!
 
2005-09-30 06:46:05 PM  
Geotpf

Japanese concept cars always end up looking like the designers were smoking crack.

I couldn't disagree more! I think their concept cars look like the designers were smoking hash through a bong filled with pure liquid LSD.
 
2005-09-30 06:46:10 PM  
nine-times

The Dodge Viper was only ever supposed to be a show car. Until Dodge had so many people asking for one, they said hell with it and started producing it. Indeed part of what's killed things for car companies is that they don't turn show cars into production models. Even when they show what a particular model might look like in three years, they totally dull it down when it is introduced. And that's an odd way to do business.
 
2005-09-30 06:48:12 PM  
american cars suck.
 
2005-09-30 06:48:37 PM  
If this car is produced like the Dodge Viper was, I swear on His Noodly Appendage that I will eat one.

The car, not the appendage. Well, the appendage too.
 
2005-09-30 06:48:43 PM  
How hard is it for a car company to develope a concept car that actually is usefull?
 
2005-09-30 06:49:16 PM  
Am I the only one that read that at WTF TV?
 
2005-09-30 06:49:17 PM  
 
2005-09-30 06:50:21 PM  
You guys are missing the obvious here. It's an electric car. Rotating the egg probably takes more power than driving the farker. Friction and shiat. Bad idea for something that has to be recharged.
 
2005-09-30 06:50:27 PM  
I want to see this thing on "Pimp My Ride" at 4am when I am stuck in the server closet watching all the lights blink.
 
2005-09-30 06:51:47 PM  
I actually just read this specific article, it claims this car is wireless. That's not what the two other AP write articles claimed. I suspect these guys don't know crap about this car.
 
2005-09-30 06:52:54 PM  
Such moves are possible because Pivo's steering, wheels and other parts are controlled electronically by wireless signals, not mechanical links.

Good thing they're using a technology that's been completely ironed out instead of going with something crazy and mechanical:



Oh, hang on, I have to reboot my wireless router...
 
2005-09-30 06:53:11 PM  
Does the submitter know what an electric egg means in Cantonese?
 
2005-09-30 06:55:40 PM  
For some reason a combination of these two pictures comes to mind after reading this article



 
2005-09-30 06:55:40 PM  
butterick

"Cars" like this are a bunch of bullshiat and I can't stand it when their existence is acknowledged as some kind of "news". Who the hell is ever going to drive such a thing? Is it somehow different from the other 3 million concept cars that have been built since the 30s and never produced?

You misunderstand the, er, concept of concept cars. Concept cars aren't intended to be production cars. They are about taking new ideas and testing them in the real world, and about showing off. As far as the part about testing good ideas, MANY things that seemed foolish or frivolous in concept cars eventually made it into production and are very good features. As for the showing off part, it's advertising. A concept car probably costs less to produce than a 30-second spot on CSI or the Superbowl.

The thing with this particular car though, is that it's a completely retarded, impractical idea that looks retarded and impractical and doesn't impress anyone.

When Daimler Chrysler popped a Dodge Viper engine into a motorcycle, it was retarded and impractical (300 MPH on a motorcycle = death) but it was cool. It looked cool and the idea was cool. This no-back-up car, on the other hand, is nothing but a huge waste.
 
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