Russia’s SHERP ATV

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, we thought it was time to share some real man toys that would make any enthusiast grin from ear to ear.  Check out this unbelievable Russian made skid steer on steroids called the Sherp ATV.  For slightly under $50,000, buyers can configure this unstoppable machine to their personal preference while literally being able to drive through anything, anywhere. The Sherp ATV weighs 2,866 pounds and comes with a 44 horsepower 1.5 liter Kubota four-cylinder diesel engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Specs are as follows – 28 mph on land, or 3.7 mph in water, depending on the wind and it will crawl at up to 9.3 mph in first gear.

Watch it in action here:

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Got to love the Swedes…

Volvo has always been a leader in auto safety but this is one of their coolest inventions to date.  Earlier this week, Volvo debuted their newest child safety seat concept which is a fully inflatable device designed to make what’s normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

Designed for parents on the go, this new prototype transforms from a stylish-looking backpack into a rear-facing car seat in less than a minute. You can pump it in the car as the seat comes with its own pump or for those tech savvy folks it’s Bluetooth-enabled so you could pump it remotely. The seat is made with a fabric that can sustain high internal pressure, originally developed by the military as part of an effort to create an inflatable airplane, which is now used by the boating industry. Bravo Volvo!

Elio Motors

Earlier this month there was significant buzz around the new auto startup company called Elio Motors.  Started by CEO, Paul Elio who plans to set-up shop for his new two-seater trike vehicle in a recently closed GM manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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A brainchild out of the high crude oil prices of 2008, Paul has worked on the Elio Motors project for some time.  His grand vision is to have the car manufactured in the U.S. by U.S. workers with parts from North America. Coverage states that at full employment in 2015, Elio Motors will employ 1500 workers at that plant which is great news for the region hard hit since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Here is the official announcement from earlier this month.

As for the specs of the vehicle it will be classified as a motorcycle and will get an estimated 84 MPG and cost $6,800 USD. It features a three wheel anti-lock disc brake system and an inline 3 cylinder gasoline engine with 70 HP. It is estimated to reach speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and can accelerate from 0 – 60 in just over 9 seconds. It will be offered in a number of colors and is currently available for reservation on their web site www.eliomotors.com.  Unfortunately, Canadians will have to wait a bit longer to get on the reservation list but they are working on it.

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Well, time will tell how successful Paul’s vision is but it sure appears to be a step in the right direction of getting North America back building things and selling things that are affordable for the average family.

Source: www.eliomotors.com

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads

You’ve got to hand it to the Dutch, they come up with some great ideas – from coffee shops to the Philishave, to now glow in the dark roads.

A Smart Highway Concept being developed in the Netherlands

A new ‘Smart Highway’ is going to be developed in the Netherlands with special foto-luminising powder making extra lighting unnecessary. Charged in day light, the Glow-in-the-dark road illuminates the road at night for up to 10 hours.  In addition, the road will feature Dynamic Paint that becomes visible in response to temperature changes. For example, images of ice crystals can become visible on the surface of the road when the temperature drops below a certain point.

Furthermore, the design firm Studio Roosegaarde, that came up with these concepts is looking at other ideas such as interactive lights that switch on as cars pass as well as wind-powered lights within the next five years.

These ideas are moving beyond concept stage next year in 2013 when the first section of highway in the Netherlands featuring these new concepts will open to the public during the Dutch Design Week.

From the drivers point of view, road design and construction hasn’t changed very much over the years compared to advancements in vehicle design and technology.  These new ideas will help bring some new thinking to how drivers interact with the millions of miles of pavement that are driven on every day.

Sources: Ars Technica, Studio Roosegaarde

Free Parking Meter iOS App

Free for a limited time (regularly $0.99) is an app that counts down the time remaining on your parking meter.  Within the app you can select predefined time limits, or enter your own. You can also drop a pin on the location of your vehicle in case you have trouble finding it.

Check out the app, Parking Meter Pro, at the following iTunes stores.

Canadian Store
US Store

For all other countries visit the developer’s website.

And hey, if it doesn’t work for you, it’s free!

360 Degree View From Within F1 Race Car

Check out this really cool video shot within a Red Bull F1 race car driven by Sébastien Buemi.  You can fully interact with the video panning up down left and right as Sébastien drives around the track.  The camera system is designed by a Norwegian company called Making View. 360 View of Redbull F1 Racing Car