See the World’s First Crash-Proof Human – This Week in Automotive News
Australians Create a Crash-Proof Human
This is one of the most unique art/research projects we’ve ever seen. A trauma surgeon, artist, and crash investigator from Australia collaborated to create an artificial crash-proof human named Graham. This artificial human is allegedly designed in a way that will perfectly handle automotive accidents. Graham may give you nightmares, but at least he is raising awareness on the importance of automotive safety.
Meet Graham for yourself at the Project Graham website.
Tesla Wants To Make Pickup Trucks and Semis
Tesla has been in the news a lot lately. CEO Elon Musk just released part 2 of the Tesla Master Plan, describing the company’s goals for the future. Musk laid out very ambitious goals for Tesla Motors, but the company has proven itself to be one that meets high goals that seem unattainable. Here are a few highlights from the “Master Plan – Part Deux.” Tesla plans to:
- Create automotive solar roofs that integrate to battery storage
- Expand Tesla’s electric product line in all segments, such as:
- Pickup trucks
- Compact SUVs
- Develop a self-driving technology that is 10 times safer than manual driving via massive fleet learning
- Enable a car to make money for its owner when the car is not in use via ride sharing
Obviously, these goals won’t be achieved overnight. Elon Musk set no timeframe for these goals. Tesla’s investors were unimpressed, as shares fell 3.4% on Thursday, after the plan was revealed. Many believe this ambitious plan is completely unattainable, since the company is struggling to meet current production targets.
GMC Could Create a Jeep Wrangler Competitor
Rumor has it that GMC might try to create an off-road body-on-frame SUV to compete with the insanely popular Jeep Wrangler. Currently, General Motors has no answer for the Wrangler. However, GM’s success in the truck market may easily translate into the off-road SUV segment. Allegedly based on the chassis of the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado, this new GMC vehicle wouldn’t arrive until after 2020. Other Jeep Wrangler competitors like the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Nissan Xterra have been discontinued, so we’re eager to see if GM can dethrone the king of off-roading.