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{Wheels.5.3418}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:22:43 EDT (8 lines)

It doesn't need to be in every new car, people have SMART PHONES.
Those are already doing the same job. And, before smart phones, to a
much more coarse degree, you could track people with plain old cell
phones. It took more effort because you had to triangulate between
three towers, but considering the number of towers in this country...
Don't forget OnStar and similar services direct from the manufacturers.

That particular Pandora's box got opened long ago.

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{Wheels.5.3419}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:41:45 EDT (7 lines)

But smart phones aren't connected directly with your cars electronics
and don't monitor everything about your car including how fast you are
going and can't transmit that information to say your insurance company
and thus cause them to raise your rates or cancel your policy because
they discover that you drive an average of 30 mph over whatever the
speed limit happens to be. These Apple and Google systems already have
been working with insurance companies.

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{Wheels.5.3420}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:52:38 EDT (HTML)

They say NOTHING can kill an original VW Beetle.

They say wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdZkSdNKSM

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{Wheels.5.3421}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:37:27 EDT (9 lines)

Interesting commentary piece about the revolving door between NHTSA
and the auto industry (and back again).

"http://www.cartalk.com/blogs/jim-motavalli/revolving-door-auto-safety-regulator-big-three"

I wouldn't say there's anything surprising. But, it's something I
hadn't really thought of. Mostly because it's not something I'm
pondering on a regular basis. But, it's nice to have it brought to my
attention.

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{Wheels.5.3422}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:16:53 EDT (7 lines)

Eh, without the NHTSA we wouldn't have anti lock brakes, airbags, seat
belts, crumple zones, side or rearview mirrors safety glass, hell we
wouldn't have ANY safety features on cars because the automakers would
NEVER make them voluntarily. Iacocca was enraged about seat belts being
mandated and screamed himself hoarse to NHTSA people during a five hour
phone call, saying mandating seat belts would bankrupt the auto
industry.

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{Wheels.5.3423}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:21:20 EDT (HTML)

Just your average Rolls Royce, complete with toilet. http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21917/lot/239/

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{Wheels.5.3424}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:26:54 EDT (1 line)

WOW!

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{Wheels.5.3425}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:15:14 EDT (5 lines)

The toilet thing is a bit off, I'd be worried about splash back from the
road onto the undercarriage, I'm sure the mechanic who worked on the car
just loved to have it elevated and see a bunch of dried shit and piss
caked all over the underside. More impressive would have been a
functional toilet with a storage system in the car.

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{Wheels.5.3426}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:13:06 EDT (7 lines)

2015 Mercedes-AMG (not Mercedes-Benz AMG) C63 looks nice and sounds
awesome on paper.

"http://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/24/2015-mercedes-amg-c63-photos-official/"

I was surprised that the latest AMG S-model (or was it E?) came with
4matic. Looks like the new C63 does not.

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{Wheels.5.3427}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:05:34 EDT (HTML)

A slideshow of people who have ZERO taste when it comes to styling their car. Keep in mind people drive these cars on a near daily basis out in public. http://www.sporcle.com/games/niek993/geeky-cars-slideshow

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{Wheels.5.3428}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:54:38 EDT (HTML)

Airplanes have wheels so I'm stickin' this in here. This is what thirty thousand dollars gets you on Singapore Airlines. "https://medium.com/travel-adventure/what-its-like-to-fly-the-23-000- singapore-airlines-suites-class-17d9f3fee0d"

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{Wheels.5.3429}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:03:05 EDT (HTML)

Best. Hood. Ornament. Ever. "https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZX9h-6IEAA- JLy.jpg"

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{Wheels.5.3430}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:53:12 EDT (1 line)

Don't have a cow, man!

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{Wheels.5.3431}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:54:23 EDT (3 lines)

That little Smart Batmobile was built by George Barris, of all people
(well, he designed it anyway). That was taken at the SEMA show a few
years ago. It doesn't look any better in person ...

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{Wheels.5.3432}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:44:40 EDT (HTML)

Yeah, that's about right. "https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/ad_148211035- e1412806321233.jpg?w=644&h=565&crop=1#038;h=612"

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{Wheels.5.3433}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:11:26 EDT (6 lines)

Well, at least we now know the "D" stands for dual-motor (and AWD)!

0-60 MPH in 3.2. Surprisingly enough, they also managed to increase
the range to 275 miles. Under very light footwork of course. LOL.

"http://arstechnica.com/cars/2014/10/tesla-motors-gives-us-the-d-dual-motor-all-wheel-drive-model-s-variants/"

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{Wheels.5.3434}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:45:29 EDT (HTML)

Fruit will MESS YOU UP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfvDT3GfiuY

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{Wheels.5.3435}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:40:25 EDT (1 line)

Ouch!

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{Wheels.5.3436}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:20:54 EDT (HTML)

Of course it's from Texas. Of course it is. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0fDYc8CcAAj7RT.jpg:large

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{Wheels.5.3437}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:25:22 EDT (HTML)

A decade worth of stupid in under forty seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d93IUvRZTc

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