Han Min-hong, a South Korean professor, built and successfully tested a self-driving car in 1993. The car traveled 185 miles from Seol to Busan through one of South Korea’s most heavily-traveled expressways. Despite the amazing results, the government scrapped funding for his research. Here’s some of the footage from the 90s. As it’s shown in the video, there is a video camera with infra-red sensors sensing cars at the front and automatically reducing speed and stuff.
Some people, particularly in the USA, modify their cars to produce a thick black diesel smoke in order to annoy or protest against cyclists and environmentalists. This modification is known as “Rolling Coal”.
In the 1960s some models of Plymouth and Chrysler came with dashboard record players which played seven-inch 45s. The player was called the “Highway Hi-Fi” and it was an absolute failure.
There were flying cars in 1947. Convair built the Model 118, or ConvAirCar, and flew it several times. It was a normal car that had a detachable wing and propellor assembly that allowed it to fly.
Reverse Racing was a huge and very challenging motor sport in the Netherlands thanks to the sale of DAF cars that had no speed limit for driving in reverse. It was eventually stopped because those cars were becoming collectors items and the sport was considered too dangerous.
In the 1930s, metallic paints were invented for cars. They were made with fish scales and it would take 40,000 herring to make a single kilo of paint.
The first car ever to break 100 kmh (62mph) barrier was an electric car. The 1899 speed record of La Jamais Contente held for three years, until the reign of combustion engines started.
In 1993, a South Korean professor successfully built and tested a self-driving car, which travelled more than 300km from Seoul to Busan. His car was eventually scrapped.
Myers Motors produced a car specifically for Domino’s Pizza. Two models were produced: the original “jelly bean” model and then a hatchback model, which was nicknamed “pizza butt” because it was designed for use by Domino’s Pizza.
A study conducted in Finland found that BMW and Audi drivers are the most likely to ignore traffic regulations and drive recklessly. They are also more likely to be self centered, unempathetic, and view themselves as superior. Interestingly, the connection mostly applies to men.