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Moments in automotive history #150

automotive darwinism

The sudden ubiquity of selff-driving vehicules and stunning advances in AI resulted in the almost immediate appearance of “Automotive Darwinism,” with larger predatory vehicles destroying smaller, weaker examples for spare parts and hanging air fresheners.

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Moments in automotive history #149

1hp fiat

The 1 horse power version of the smaller Fiats proved popular in the Eastern European beach resorts where their low running-costs were welcomed by the local taxi drivers.

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Moments in automotive history #146

spacar

The development of the so-called “spa car” in California looked promising in the initial focus group sessions and in September 1967 a number of prototypes were produced for testing customer feedback in other states around the US; unfortunately, due to delays in the project’s administration, the initial models were not delivered to selected dealerships until January 1968. The resulting feedback, combined with a class legal action from frostbite suffered in Alaska caused the entire idea to be shelved before the end of the month.