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Wow, I hope they didn’t eat anything recently if they’re riding in style like THIS!

Here’s a good one for just before the Friday slide, a YouTube video “They See Me Rollin’ They Hatin'” shows a car’s dashboard cam capturing one seriously tricked out yellow van hopin’ and bopin’ back and forth and partying like “it’s your birthday.”

The video, posted on June 5, went viral and ended up tallying well above 1 million hits.

Watch as other drivers break and swerve in fear trying to stay out of the crazy party van’s way.

Man, if I caught a ride like that, I think I’d probably lose my cookies for sure. It looks more like catching a ride on choppy seas than on the road.

Check out the whole video below:

Hit the brakes! My car at a sudden, violent stop. (See the time captured on the dash!)

Screeeeeeeeeech!!!!

That was me this morning, in my 2009 Toyota Camry.

After violently slamming on the breaks, I rolled my eyes at my own stupidity because I could feel the back of my HP laptop come smashing into the back of my seat. The laptop was still in its bag, but I hadn’t secured it well enough, knowing that I’d have to be┬áperiodically braking sharply. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Why was I slamming on the breaks and forcing my car to a violent stop?

Well, because my car is spying on me, that’s why.

Have you ever heard of vehicle telematics? The Europeans sure have, and if you haven’t, you will soon.

Basically, telematics is the technology that enables your car to monitor all of those naughty driving behaviors: Whether you’re speeding, if you brake suddenly, and whether you’re in an accident.

Now why would anyone want their car doing that? Long story short, they probably don’t — but guess who does? Insurance companies, that’s who. With telematics, insurance companies can generate their own little “risk portfolio” on all of the drivers that they insure.

And if you’re naughty, they can make you pay. If you’re good, theoretically you can pay less (or at least NOT more, which depending on how you look at it, is less.)

Now again, why will anyone want this technology? Well, probably no one will, but it will eventually be forced on drivers to some extent by insurance companies.

Back to the original question: Why was I slamming on the breaks in my car constantly while on the way to work?

Well, the crazy guy at my office is the one developing our telematics project — and he installed the device on my car to use me as a guinea pig help with testing and to get the tech to work.

Sssoooooooooo, I have to speed over 80 miles an hour on the highway, and slam on the brakes suddenly on back roads — and keep an “event log” for him.

So far my event log reads (oh god, I can’t believe I’m doing this, please avert your eyes, San Diego Police Department):

Speeding over 80mph on the 5 at 8:50pm PT Friday

Slammed on the brakes at 8:13am PT Tuesday morning on the way to work (and snapped a photo)

Slammed on the brakes again at 8:12am PT Wednesday morning (and also snapped a photo)

Slammed on the brakes again at 7:42am PT Thursday morning (either that or at 7:46am PT)

He’s poring over the data so that he can refine how well my car spies on me! Yaaaaaay!!!!

Isn’t that great???!?!?#@%## Or so not great?

I dunno, it’s a brave new world headed our way. Let us know your thoughts in comments.

The Viper techs here at our headquarters in Vista, Calif., recently installed Viper Window Film on a cute, shiny little Mini Cooper.

Enjoy, and check out those fun little wheels!

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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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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.