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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 5th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 5, 2010 Challenge of new ways to move FUTURE MOVES: Actor Michael J. Fox with a hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future. Movies and television offer up a vast array of cool gadgets --- hoverboards, teleporters and flying cars. Karla Pincott finds out how those fanciful things might become a reality. FLYING cars and per- sonal jetpacks are on our wishlists, judging by the recent Engin- eers Australia competition, Make It So. The engineering organis- ation asked Australians to sug- gest things theyd like to see invented, with the prospect that the winning idea will be made. Close to 7000 people have sent in suggestions of which nearly 500 were related to cars and transport --- and one will be selected to be built in the near future. There were some novel view- points about how the task of getting from A to B could be improved. A few people are hanging on for showrooms to fill with flying cars, personal jetpacks and even teleporters, but only one contributor suggested building a roller coaster across the CBD to make travel ''fun and fast''. Some saw the potential of versatile vehicles doing dual duty, with cars that can be amphibian to short cut bridge bottlenecks during traffic jams and go fishing at weekends. Another wanted to increase the number of passengers you could transport. ''With kids and friends and relatives you never have enough seats to all go in one car, so what I want is a people trailer attachment.'' In a similar vein, another wants to ''place myself (or small items) on a hover board and use that to move around''. Others came up with lateral approaches to common prob- lems, such as an automatic car cover, cars that spray a calm down gas into the face of road raging drivers, and, unsurpr- isingly a car that can drive you home if youre over the legal alcohol limit. A large number of the en- tries are hoping for systems to take control of cars as a way to prevent speeding and fatalities, with suggestions for external systems to slow and stop cars, sensors on the cars to read signs, or GPS systems to be linked into the speed limits. The potential of GPS wasn't limited to just cars. There were visions of them being implant- ed in everything including pets and children to help keep track of their whereabouts. Several entrants would like to see a GPS locator in the car keyfob, so they can always be directed to where they parked. And there were many sol- utions requested for other parking woes: automatic de- vices that find an empty space, a system of parking boxes that are stacked by cranes, and for car wheels to rotate sideways like those of the Nissan Pivo, allowing them to roll sideways in and out of tight spaces. Alternative energy sources were also a popular subject, with many feeling road sur- faces should be used to gener- ate power, both for cars and to feed back into the grid. Vari- ous suggestions for how this could be done included embedding photovoltaic cells, compressed air pads or ''solar cells running under the road''. Others suggested harvesting energy from road friction, the movement of air over the car body, solar cell paint, engine heat and wind turbines at- tached to the roof and sides. And at the other end of the power process, there were also ideas to prevent pollution in- cluding car bodies covered in grass to absorb it, an emission meter that shuts cars down if they emit too much, and that all cars have stop-start systems that shut off the engine at idle. Many also wanted to see traffic flowing better, with suggestions for traffic lights to be able to judge and change timing to minimise conges- tion. Improved public transport was a strong focus, with en- tries ranging from systems of shared cars, discounts on power bills for public trans- port users, and free public transport for all. SALE SALE SALE Our prices have dropped O N S T - NS O All prices include GST. Vehicles for illustration purposes only. Ask for full warranty conditions. Price does not include 3% State Government Stamp Duty and $23.90 transfer of registration applies. No fee is charged for delivery. 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