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Desc:wait for it
Category:Science & Technology, Arts
Tags:KITT, suspension, Bose, automotive engineering
Submitted:SolRo
Date:02/09/16
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Comment count is 19
EvilHomer
And of course everyone in the YT comments thinks this is real.
Old_Zircon
This thing is completely real, I've been hearing about it for years through people I know who've worked at Akai and Bose. The president of Akai was given a test ride in it a few years ago and blabbed to everyone he could. Apparently it's amazing, but what I've been told is that it uses standing waves not electromagnetism.

Old_Zircon
But is it practical?

Nope.

Oscar Wildcat
"Maybe we could reach those stars, EvilHomer"

"How?"

"I don't know. Perhaps by holding on to a giant bird?"

"Nonsense. Go back to sleep".

infinite zest
Practical's one thing, would this even be legal? Speed bumps exist for a reason. Sure, they're annoying at times but they also save lives. If people had the option to cruse down what looks like an empty residential street at 40MPH instead of braking down to 10-15, they'd probably do it.

fedex
Probably?

LOOOL...

EvilHomer
Et tu, Brute? Youtube I can understand, but I hope you guys don't honestly buy this...!

*Some elements* of this story are true, of course. Bose really is working on a suspension system which it calls "electromagnetic", but it's not an EMS system in the sense that science-fiction nerds would use the term (maglev, for example)! - rather, it's simply a motorized suspension system which uses electromagnetic *motors* to sense changes in the ground and (in theory) rapidly compensate for them. So, no gliding maglev cars. Just regular cars with a more expensive, more complicated version of the boring, traditional suspension system you've already got in your second-hand Honda. Also, this technology is the automotive equivalent of vaporware. It's been in development for at least the last thirty-something years, and this old, brief, closed-course demo is really all they have to show for it. Having a good idea (which it may or may not be) or even a good proof of concept (which it probably isn't; see below) doesn't count for much; unless these things actually work in the real world and can be manufactured at a reasonable cost, then we are not looking at an airplane, we are looking at a giant bird.



Which brings me to the video itself. It took a little bit of digging, but read the first four paragraphs of the following:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/10217088/ns/technology_and_science-t ech_and_gadgets/t/car-can-jump-over-obstacles/

As the man himself half-admits during the video (paraphrasing the maxim "a good magician does not reveal his tricks"), the jump - centerpiece of the demonstration, and the rock on which this viral marketing rests - is abslutely fake. The jump is a stage trick, nothing more! If you buy a car with Bose suspension and take it out for a drive, it will not do anything even remotely like that on the road. And as for the other test - the "smooth ride over a bumpy surface" test - well, that may or may not be true, I can't say. What we do know is that it's being conducted on a closed course set up specifically by Bose - a course which was admittedly rigged, by a corporation which has admittedly spent almost half the shown testing time trying to fool their credulous CNET-rube audiences with Copperfield-style flimflam. Maybe if Bose repeated the *actual* suspension test on an open road where they couldn't prepare the conditions, off-camera and by themselves, well then maybe then I'd be a little more impressed.

(but only a little)

EvilHomer
Also, Mr Wildcat, I don't mean to be a killjoy, but - technically, Vorenus was correct. Unless you want to say that currently accepted "philosophy" (i.e. science) is in error, then we can barely reach our own star, let alone any others. In fact, even discounting that heat alone would destroy any manmade object long before it could "touch" a star, the Philosophers agree that it is barely possible for us to reach even a fraction of a percent of the way towards Apollo's next-nearest neighbour.

Given our short lifespans and the immense distances now claimed by the celestial sphere, Pullo's dream actually seems *less* feasible now than it did back then!

TeenerTot
Needs the Mach 5 sound effect.
Binro the Heretic
Seems like you could accomplish the same thing via non-electromagnetic means that are also too expensive & heavy.
Robin Kestrel
I don't know if entirely disconnecting your ability to feel the road and the physics of your driving is such a good idea.
Old_Zircon
Maybe in driverless cars it would be nice, and I can see the good of that seat they talked about for long distance truckers, but for everyday drivers it seems like a terrible idea.

fedex
was that a body I just ran over?

meh...

jfcaron_ca
How are you supposed to know you finished backing over that pedestrian you nearly killed? This is gonna get some people sued!
memedumpster
I am sold on the Turbo Boost feature. Trains will no longer be a problem so long as one of the freight doors are open.

This looks like the kind of thing NASA normally invents for space long before earth dildos consider it for the drudge meat consumption.
Oscar Wildcat
If the Bose company wanted to sell these fuckers, they'd demonstrate how you could drive those big linear stabilizing motors with the audio signal from your car boom bomber. What red blooded American prole could resist a car that dances and shakes it's booty as you drive down the street?
chumbucket
If Bose really wanted to market this like everything else they sell they would have cut to some fancy lab filled with dudes in lab coats working on the "hyper-dynamic shield induction suspension platform technology that goes into all bose automotive suspensions" and every car would have a "better cars through research" vinyl plastered on the top of the windshields.

Coax_Current
If Bose really wanted to sell these fuckers they would have shown what it can do to a boot full of meat.

EvilHomer
If Bose really wanted to sell these things then they would actually build them.

Of course, they don't want to sell these things, at least not right now - what they want to do is build brand recognition and sell sound equipment.

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