Thursday, November 08, 2007

If THIS is the Future...

...then it's a good thing THIS ol' fart wasted many hours playing Playstation 2!

Very short video. If you haven't seen or heard about the new Mercedes Benz SCL 600 then your jaw is about to drop.

Get ready for 11 year old car thieves who can run circles around the cops.


PhillyChief said...

Hot damn! I saw something on some tech show a couple of years ago about making a car like this with a joystick. The obvious objection was the old farts wouldn't be able to drive it. Of course I couldn't either, but that's because I'd never be able to afford such a car.

John Evo-Mid said...

Nearly all new innovations start at the high end (price-wise) for very practical reasons.

But within a generation (and lately, even quicker) the same gadetry becomes widely available. You might see a Prius with a joystick in 4 or 5 years. I could see you tooling around in one! LOL!

PhillyChief said...

I've got mixed feelings about the joystick though. It's only been about 5 years now that I've known how to drive manual. It's awesome. As much as I'd dig the joystick (plus I could use the extra room for my knees getting rid of that steering wheel) I'd miss the physical aspect of shifting. I guess I'm on the cusp between being young and old.

The Exterminator said...

You may be on the cusp, but you're definitely leaning toward one side.

I don't see why they even bothered to put a joystick in that thing. They should have just included a touch-screen. That way tall galoots like Philly could stretch out on the back seat and drive it from there.

ordinarygirl said...

Wouldn't the joystick make more sense though if it could be gripped by both hands?

It's a nice looking car.

John Evo-Mid said...

@ Exterminator

I will not permit ad hominen attacks on this blog. Especially of our good friend Big Old Philly Chief.

@ OG

You have a point, since most joysticks do have controls for both hands. I would guess that their thinking is that a two-handed joystick would, by neccessity, have to be centered. They would look suspiciously like a modern steering wheel!

@ Big Old Philly Chief

I have no such sentimentality. I started driving a stick 35 years ago and swore off it forever about 20 years ago. I'll take comfort and convenience over control. So bring on the Prius with a joystick.

The Ridger, FCD said...

What makes you think teenaged cops won't be in things like that? They're already in Hummers in way too many jurisdictions...