Baby Your Car Can Drive Your Car

Nissan Swears They’re Pretty Close to Creating Cars that Drive Themselves

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It’s about to get even easier to expend as little effort as possible to live your life, as Nissan has announced they should have commercially-viable self-driving vehicles by 2020.

Of course, a bunch of other car companies and Google are trying to create the same thing, but Nissan could have a proving ground in Japan completed by 2014, they say.  Read More

Craigslist Goodies

We Found Your First Big Bitcoin Purchase: A Mercedes Convertible (Minus One Door)

"Super clean interior." (Photo: Craigslist)

If those Bitcoins are burning a hole in your electronic wallet, it might be time to cash out. So, we found something that’s totally worth it: a used, slightly damaged, red Mercedes Benz convertible for sale on Craigslist that’s accepting Bitcoin as payment.

And with the record values Bitcoins are trading at, what a deal she is!  Despite the fact that the 2002 CLK430 is missing a large chunk on its left side (it has a “super clean interior,” though) it could be yours for just $3,500. Convert that to Bitcoin’s current value of $215 per coin, and this fixer-upper rings in at just 16 BTC. Read More

Viral Video

McDonald’s Employees Glimpse Into Their Freaky Driverless Car Future in Viral Prank

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Though driverless cars are on the road (heh) to becoming legal in many states, it will definitely take some time for the American populace to adjust to the sight of a car functioning without someone in the driver’s seat.

YouTube user MagicofRahat took advantage of that dissonance by creating a costume that looked just like his car’s seat back and placed it over his body, giving the impression that his car was driving itself. Then he drove the car through a number of fast food drive-thrus and scared the crap out of the unsuspecting employees. Read More

Rise of the Machines

Near-Field Communication Means Pretty Soon Our Cars Can Argue With Each Other

Your future ride (Wikipedia)

A report from WNYC’s New Tech City indicates that in addition to driving themselves, our cars may one day be able to have conversations, as well. New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi questioned Transportation Nation‘s Alex Goldmark in the clip below and Mr. Goldmark said the future is in machines using Near-Field Communication (NFC) to communicate via shortwave.

Mr. Goldmark’s description of life with machines chattering around us sounds great, on the surface: Read More