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2008 Detroit International Autoshow February 6, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Cool non-physics stuff, Near Physics.
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No (fundamental) physics in this post. But since I went to see new cars at the 2008 Detroit International Autoshow a couple of weeks ago, I figured some report is in order. Here are some pictures that I took during that show (this is a tiny portion of them).
There were many Chinese companies – last year I only saw one, while this year featured at least five! They make cars that look ok and would probably cost less than US-made vehicles. Some of them also look goofy (this is an electric vehicle):

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The prize for the weirdest concept car goes to Mazda this year. It is a winner hands down. Do you see Xylon theme (I bet the designer likes the show “Battlestar Galactica”):

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Here is another view:
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The prize for the coolest new concept goes to  Saturn for their Flextreme plug-in – they even thought of a place for a Segway! I like Saturn vehicles more and more with each coming year.
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Some companies are quite close to having “the real thing” — here is a “personal” hydrogen station for a Honda’s fuel cell car. If you have about $500K  you can buy it now…
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But the prize for the coolest thing I saw at the show doesn’t go to a car. It goes to a TV.  Look at the picture below – some flat screen TV’s. So what? Well, the deal is that those flat screen TVs show their programs in 3D, without any glasses or anything — that’s why the lady below is holding up a hand – the image of that yellow thing sits in her palm!

I was told that there are only 11 of those TVs in existence worldwide — and onStar has 7 of them…

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I’m already looking forward to the next year’s show!

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1. Freddy - February 7, 2008

Nice reviews. It’s too bad that pictures can’t do the 3D screens justice. It would be cool to see them in person. OnStar seems to have a handle on all kinds of technology.


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