Some people may remember when Michelle Mouton became the first woman ever to win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb back in 1984. Other people not only remember it, but decide to honor her achievement by naming a very special car after her. This car is a white Audi TTS befittingly named “Shelley”, after Michelle Mouton herself, mechanically engineered to drive by itself. Yes, I mean without a driver.
Chris Gerdes is the program director for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS, cute huh?) and a professor of mechanical engineering. He and his Dynamic Design Lab consisting of graduates and PhDs have been working on “Shelley” for the past few years and are close in attaining their goal of sending her up the Colorado mountain without a driver.
“How can they do it,” you ask? Hit the jump to find out.
Depending on how much you’ve matured over the years, you should know by now that Santa Claus is nothing more than a symbolism of what the holiday season is all about.
Surely there really isn’t someone from the Arctic with reindeers – one of which, with a red nose, no less – ready to fly him to every chimney all over the world where young children breathlessly await for their presents, with milk and cookies in tow, right?
Well, OnStar’s making you think that Santa is indeed coming to town.
From 6 in the morning on Christmas Eve until the early morning of Christmas Day, you can now keep tabs on where Santa Claus is in the world through your OnStar GPS, thanks to a collaborative partnership between OnStar and NORAD.
According to Scott Kubicki, Vice President of OnStar Service Delivery, helping out the ‘world’s busiest traveler’ is an honor that the company could not refuse. "We know with our core suite of services, Santa’s travels will be much easier," he said.
In the highly-entertaining press release, OnStar described Santa’s recent visit to the OnStar Command Center to “pick up his newly outfitted sleigh and learn about the real services the company offers subscribers and the custom services OnStar created just for him”.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in St. Nick or not, but if you do have OnStar on your vehicle, it’s certainly worth looking into.
Mercedes has partnered with Google and Yahoo to provide their driver with some on board maps... But hold on a minute don’t they have GPS already on board ? Sure they do, and Mercedes owner pay a hefty premium for the navigation of course. But apparently the system is so poorly designed that they’d rather use Google Maps instead.