Archives For June 2012

VIPER

VISTA, Calif. — All right, Viper fans, we definitely wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss this one.

Check out these scenes from a recent install here at the Viper HQ offices in Vista.

The Viper techs here had the privilege of installing a Viper SmartStart, remote start and security system on a rare Nissan GTR — one of only about 3,500 right now on U.S. roads!

That’s right, the famous spoiler-sporting, road-ripping muscle car of “The Fast and the Furious” fame.

To see the full gallery of pics, make sure to check out our Facebook page. Or, check out a little sneak-peek of some of our exclusive Viper.com GTR install hot shots below:

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Wow.

Don’t put your orders in yet, true believers … because this sucker ain’t cheap!!!

According to a recent piece by ABC News, Google just disclosed that their super-buzzy driverless car prototype would cost U.S. consumers about $150,000 (an uber-pricey, $70,000 laser radar system is apparently a big part of that).

Ummmm, OK, so I hope that Bill Gates enjoys his driverless car. As for the rests of us …

Organ Transplantation No More?

A recent, rather odd post from DriverlessCarHQ.com claims that the advent of the driverless car will lead to … less organ donors!

The piece maintains that driverless cars driven by robots will naturally lead to less road fatalities — and as a consequence of that, less “solid organ donors.”

Wow, a little creepy there …

The post mentions that the successful promotion of seat belt campaigns, helmet laws and other safety promos have all statistically led to fewer organ donors for U.S. hospitals.

Well … at least it sounds like none of us will be able to afford driverless cars until the year 2136.

So until then, let the good organs roll!

‘Crashless’! But What Will They Be Called …

Robotic, driverless cars will … not … crash!

Yeah, suuuuuure they won’t …

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associate administrator John Maddox says, “It’s not enough to be as safe as the human driver,” according to a recent article in The Detroit News. “We need to be crashless.”

Maddox was speaking at the MotorCity Casino Hotel (at a casino! haha …) in front of the Driverless Car Summit in Detroit. (Bet cha’ didn’t know that existed, did ya’?)

So … a gi-normous fleet of robot-driven cars will take to U.S. roads and never suffer a single crash? They will be “crashless”?

Sure they won’t.

Maddox went on to say that he didn’t know if we would end up calling them “driverless,” “autonomous,” “automated,” or something else entirely.

Let’s face it … I think it will be many, many years before we have to worry about what to call them.

There’s nothing like a bank robber bust … with a GPS unit playing a key role.

New York cops Thursday charged two cousins with robbing a bank in Yonkers (and police claim the twosome are responsible for over a half-dozen more bank heists nearby)!

The alleged bank boosters weapon of choice?

The fearsome … pellet gun.

What led Gotham’s constabulary to the alleged criminal cousins?

Apparently a GPS device located in the Mercedes-Benz driven by one of the suspects — a unit sought by area police for some time, cops said.

Read more about the exciting bank bust at lohud.com.

Woof!!!

Did you see this killer crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race over the weekend?

Time to catch you up and point you to the breathtaking YouTube footage, Viper fans.

British racer Anthony Davidson tried to maneuver his Toyota TS030 LMP1 past rival driver Piergiuseppe Perrazini’s Ferrari 458 Italia just before the race’s five-hour mark.

Davidson’s car hit the Ferrari, and the stunning video footage shows his Toyota flipping through the air and smashing into a tire barrier.

Perrazini’s Ferrari also quickly crashes several feet away.

Read more about the thrilling wreck at MotorAuthority.com or watch the crazy video below:

It’s like a low-tech “Minority Report.”

Lathrop, Calif., lovebirds Steve and Amanda Nelson are taking to YouTube after their tricked-out Honda Accord got boosted right in front of their house.

The couple apparently uses their dog Pismo as their super-cheap car alarm option (whoops! That might be their first mistake right there, maybe try a REAL alarm.) The normally peaceful pooch first confronted the thieves when they slunk up alongside the house:

“She doesn’t bark, so I elbowed him a little bit and I said, ‘Babe,’ and he said, ‘I’m going, I’m going,’” Amanda told FOX40 in Sacramento.

Steve ran around to the front of the house, just in time to see the car rolling on away.

Now on the hunt, the couple has slapped the footage on YouTube, imploring the help of anyone who sees either the thieves or their car — along with a message to the ne’er-do-wells:

“Try working for what you want in life and you can have the nice things we have without stealing,” Amanda told FOX40.

Check out the YouTube footage below: