Archives For June 2012

Lots made of driverless cars lately.

Completely insane?

That’s the theory posited by one recent post from the Nine Shift blog. (To be totally fair, this author is CLEARLY not a fan of the driverless car, by any means.)

The blog offers some of the standard arguments that Google’s theories that driverless cars will lead to zero road deaths are a hunk of, um, malarky. (And, let’s face it, that’s what they are.)

But the post goes even further: “Only the Americans could be so stupid as to propose driverless cars. All part of Google’s ongoing attempt to destroy its own motto, ‘Don’t be evil.'”

‘Google Driverless Car’ Icon Trademark

All driverless car nuts, make sure to check out this recent post from patentbolt.com, that talks through how Google has filed to get the trademark on their “Google Driverless Car” icon.

Which one did they choose?

Well, their selection was the one that’s a little bit more … creepy.

The choice is a weird yellow car with two eyes on the front, that’s slightly tilted like it’s damaged or there’s something wrong with it.

What’s going on … ?

The search giant went for their trademark under International Class 12, which covers “electronic system that allows autonomous driving of vehicles.”

Has anyone here seen I, Robot?

Yeah … let’s all get ready for this …

Wow.

That’s … a little embarrassing there, buddy.

A recent ridiculous shot from Jalopnik.com captures one of those ridiculed-for-life moments, and offers some sound advice: Look, if you ever want to steal a car, make sure the owner can’t hit a button and trap you inside — and also try to NOT be slobbering drunk and shirtless.

(And try not to throw up all over the place once they haul you out.)

A BMW owner’s wife heard his car alarm going off, and the owner promptly stepped outside, remote locked his car and trapped the offender, and snapped a couple pics.

The mumbling shirtless moron told cops he thought is was his FRIEND’S car.

Yup … well, maybe he even did.

Read the whole story from Jalopnik.com.

When I was this old, I think I was still playing with G.I. Joes!

I KNOW that I wasn’t thinking about stealing cars — or even driving cars!!!!

An ABC News video captured an 11-year-old jacking a “bait” car in a bait car sting by police in Albuquerque, N.M.

After climbing in and somehow starting the engine — the 11-year-old bandito then has a little fun: taking the vehicle out for a little ridiculous underage joyride. The way-too-young car thief even stops to pick up some friends — who are all 10 years old!!!!

“Come on guys! Jump in.”

Holy ba-geezal — it’s too much to even believe.

When fiddling with the radio, one of the kids thinks that he spots a police officer — and alerts the other to “look out!” The video shows the group slouching down to avoid being seen.

Watch the whole crazy video here.

And tell your kids not to steal cars!!!!

To quote one of our Facebook fans: “Would love to buy that when I get my license.”

[Quick shout out to you there, Michael Herdman.]

And boy, wouldn’t we all? (Although must of us reading this probably have our driver’s license.)

We’ve saved this one in the can for you for awhile, Viper fans: Check out this recent Viper Window Film install on a sick black Jaguar here at Viper headquarters in Vista, Calif.

Big props to the Viper techs here, the Snake Pit guys, as always:

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[Check out all the photos on our Viper Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150891754208202&set=a.10150891748363202.405235.75973983201&type=1&theater.]

A woman accused of drunkenly driving her car into a golf course sand trap told cops that her GPS device told her to do it.

Police say that it was more likely … the half liter of vodka that she admitted to drinking at around 10 a.m. that day — or maybe the large Burger King cup containing an alcoholic beverage that officers say was found in her car.

After the sandy stunt, officer Randy Lloyd said Patricia Maione, 46, told him her that her car’s GPS device had told her to “turn left,” according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Lloyd wrote in his report: “She stated that this left brought her into a ‘cornfield’ and once she was in the ‘cornfield’ she kept driving trying to get out of her ‘cornfield,'”

The officer added: “Ms. Maione stated that she did not even like golf.”

The police report says Maione failed an on-scene field sobriety test — she’s been charged with driving with a suspended license, fourth-degree drunken driving, negligent driving — aaaaaaand driving with an open container of alcohol in the car.

Don’t blame the GPS device!!!!