Category Archives: Automotive

Watch! 6 Foot Long Snake Slithers From Under Hood Of Moving Car

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*That headline alone creeps me out.

On his commute home in Clearwater, Florida, Tim Mokwa watched a six-foot long black snake emerge from under the hood of his Hyundai.

Mokwa did what every other red-blooded American male would do.

Except me.  I’d have screamed like Mariah and given my heart and soul to Jesus.  

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Dude immediately pulled into a parking lot, pulled out his phone and took pictures and a short video of the embodiment of Satan slithering on his sedan’s hood.

“I did close my AC vent,” Mokwa admitted.  “I was like, ‘I do not want it to sneak in this car.”

I would think not, dude.

With his affinity for snakes, Mokwa sounds more like Mowgli from The Jungle Book. Continue reading

Batman’s Bike Is For Sale

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*I’ve always been on #TeamSuperman, but ever since Adam West jumped in the 1960s-era Batmobile and said “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” followed by Burt Ward’s “Roger!  Ready to move out!” I’ve wanted one of Batman’s vehicles.

Hell, I won’t front:  I’d have jumped on Batgirl’s cycle if given half a chance.  

Now I can have one of those Bat-toys!  

The Batpod was the only thing left from the destroyed Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and one of the bikes used in that flick and the follow-up The Dark Knight Rises is up for auction.  

The bike features fiberglass body panels, a custom-made chassis, 31-inch Hoosier tires, and a Honda 750 engine.  It also features a laser-targeting unit and (sadly) non-functioning cannons. Continue reading

Man Kills Grandma, One Other and Injures Dad in Hit-and-run

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*I really don’t know where to start with this.

22-year old Valentino Alvarez has a long rap sheet, including multiple felonies to which he’s pled no contest in favor of lesser charges, over the last several years.  That rap sheet got longer this morning after he injured his father and killed his grandmother and father’s girlfriend, according to California Highway Patrol.  

Valentino and other family had gathered around Noon Wednesday at their great-grandmother’s house in the Sacramento, California area.   The 91-year-old had died peacefully in her sleep earlier Wednesday, and they’d gathered to celebrate her life.

THAT was a blessing, as she didn’t live to see the mess that unfolded later that day. Continue reading

Would You Trust a ‘Robot’ to Drive You Around…Uber is Counting on It!

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Uber’s first self-driving car

*While many people are just now beginning to even trust riding in a car driven by a stranger, and are now getting pulled in by the convenience of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, something new and different is now being thrown in the mix.

The rideshare service with NO ONE in the driver’s seat!

You heard it right, our dear friends at Uber have decided to kick it up a notch and introduce its first self-driving automobile to pick you up and take you on your way.

Hey, Uber is a business. And what do businesses do? Businesses focus on the bottom line and try to eliminate expenses and make profits.

So although Uber has more than a gaZILLION drivers on the road, bringing their 2016 cash revenue — as in “how much do you have in the bank, homie?” to a staggering $4.1 BILLION according to Business Insider, it appears the company is now working towards eliminating the expense called human drivers.

First stop to test this innovative move: Pittsburgh! Continue reading

Houston Child Dies After Being Discovered in Back Seat of Hot Car (Video)

 

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*Police in Houston report that a 3-year-old boy went out of the front door of his home, opened the front door of the blue VW Passat that sat in the front yard, and climbed into the back seat.

No one knew he was there until it was too late.

Children getting accidentally left behind in hot cars are a growing danger. We’ve read the horrible stories about busy parents rushing around and forgetting the child in the car. A hospital CEO was rushing around to meetings and forgot her 7-month old child in the car. A Ridgefield, CT mother is living with guilt after her 15-month-old daughter was found dead in a hot car.

But this story is a bit different, though just as fatal.

Little Evan Trapolino was trapped in the car because the childproof lock was on and he couldn’t get out. After the child was discovered, family members called 911 and tried CPR.

Neighbor Marlene Gonzales told the media, “I just seen when they were bringing the baby outside in the bed of the ambulance.”

Evan was taken to LBJ Hospital, but pronounced dead soon after. Houston police say his family believes he may have gone into the car to get a toy. The family noticed he was missing after about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Its hard to believe this sad story could get any sadder. But it doesn’t stop there.

Robenia Brooks, who has known the child’s mother since she was a toddler, told Eyewitness News his mom recently found out she had stage four breast cancer.

“You’re fighting death, and then your child dies too? Man that’s hard,” she says.

Brooks says she hopes the people who see what happened to little Evan take a step back before they judge: “This is a whole lot for the family, and no one should judge them until they know them. They’re some good people.”

Justin Harris and his son Cooper, who was found dead in the backseat of the VW Passat
Justin Harris and his son Cooper, who was also found dead in the backseat of a hot car

Parking Lot Crowded, Can’t Locate Your Car? Meet ‘Zus’

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*It was only a matter of time for some genius to come up with a brilliant way to make a buck, based on something we can really use. I just don’t like the fact that it wasn’t me. But, oh well. Back to the lab again. ‘Zus’ is that something. We often forget where we parked our car, and no matter how many times we push the key button, if we’re nowhere near it…

It ain’t gonna work!

But then again, that same “genius” has no doubt experienced the same thing and one day woke up and said, wait! I’m going to create something so this won’t happen to me or anyone else again!

Git ‘er done. And he did.

The “Zus Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger” mainly works to locate your car.

Here’s how it works! You know that big hole in your car’s dash, formerly known as the cigarette lighter, they had to do something with it for those of us who don’t smoke. So Zus plugs into this 12-volt power point which automatically tells its associated app to save the location of the car when it is parked.

Brilliant, right?

Zus is also rather inconspicuous too. Nothing flashy that sparks attention. Instead, its made of black plastic and has a flanged head with two USB ports. The app measures 3.25 inches long, and an inch at its widest point. The USB ports sit on slightly angled surfaces for better access. ZUS also integrates white LED lights to let you know when it’s on, and makes it easier to find and plug in USB cables at night. Continue reading

He Used to Walk 21-Miles to Work, Now He Drives & Wants to Lose Weight

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*You’ve heard of James Robertson, right? He’s the dude who lucked up on a brand new, donated car after the story got out about his 21-mile daily trek, in all kinds of weather, to get to (and from) his job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He operates an injection-molding machine there.

That’s him pictured above.

The Detroit Press did an article on him last year after one reporter learned of his story from a bank employee. A man who watched Robertson walking and decided to stop and offer him a ride one day. The reporter was moved to set up a donation page and $360,000 smackeroos later, his walking days were over.

He didn’t even have to spend any of that money on a car. When Ford learned about the story, they GAVE him a car! Continue reading

Ford First to Test Driverless Cars at Fake Michigan City

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*When I was a kid, I’d sit and watch my grandmother while she sat and watched the microwave, marveling at its ability to heat a cold cup of coffee in one minute — WHILE THE INSIDE OF THE OVEN REMAINED COOL TO THE TOUCH, she’d say.  “Ma” would tell stories of being a kid in rural Illinois and heating things up over a fire while I thought “What kinda prehistoric world was THAT?” and I’d watch movies like Back To The Future II depict what “the future” would look like.

While we fell short of seeing Marty McFly’s flying car, we’re looking at a world where driverless cars aren’t a “how” or an “if”, they’re a “when”.  Ford is leading the way, testing driverless car technology in the faux Mcity, near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

While the Detroit manufacturer has been testing related technologies for about 10 years, their new testing program reflects their interest in moving self-driving cars from research to advanced engineering. Continue reading