Self-driving cars will probably make the world a better place — someday — when they eliminate the likelihood of injuries in crashes. Today is not that day.
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Video: You obviously need to strap down the luggage you put on the roof of your car, but as this crash test footage from Switzerland's Dynamic Test Center shows, you might also want to strap down the bags in the back of your station wagon. In an impact, pieces of luggage becomes flying missiles targeted at the vehicle's passengers.
Last Tuesday, Voss, Norway-native Jon Gjerde decided to strap himself to a gigantic kite and go zipping through the air like some sort of very ugly bird. The 51-year-old is no stranger to hang gliding. He is, in fact, a world champion in the sport. But after this particular outing he's lucky to be alive.
Another Tesla vehicle crashed while operating in Autopilot mode, according to the car's driver. The latest crash occurred on July 1, just two days after US regulators announced that they were investigating the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.
Video: When you're as big as this cruise ship — and it's really big at 294m long, 32m wide and 91,000 tonnes — it can be hard to stop. So you have to make sure you slow down in time or you'll destroy things because once again, you're a really big ship. This cruise ship, the Celebrity Infinity, didn't stop in time and slammed into the side of a dock at Ketchikan Harbour in Alaska, downing part of the barge and busting up a few mooring dolphins.
Video: Poor birdie. If you ever wondered what would happen if an aeroplane and a bird hit each other head on, here it is. It doesn't end up exactly how you think it would. Well, it kind of does as in the bird loses but it is a little surprising in how high and straight the bird bounces in the air after hitting the nose of the jet. Poor birdie.
The big surprise in this legitimately bonkers biking video is that there is absolutely no surprise in what happens. You see everything happen before it happens even though you're in disbelief as it is about to happen and question if this could really happen. I mean, the bike rider, Primož Ravnik, rides straight down the wall of a 61-metre dam and smacks himself right into the water as if it is a completely natural thing to do.
Video: Yeesh! The East Street train bridge in the small town of Westwood, Massachusetts, is becoming notorious for ripping off the roofs of trucks that are too tall to pass through it. The destruction is actually pretty impressive to see, I mean, a big truck basically gets flipped sideways while everything gets torn apart like a bag of trash.
An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship's braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board's report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures.
Thankfully, it's OK to laugh a little at this scary footage of a man bouncing around inside his car while a SUV rear ends him into an oncoming semi truck. That's because Daryl Peterson, the driver in the car, managed to walk away from the crash without a scratch or any injury at all. Thank goodness for airbags and seatbelts.
Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes.
Ford is spending a bunch of cash to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers that just might make its cars even safer one day. Called the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Competition (FRC), the program aims to ignite passion for technology in participants aged from 14-18.
Virgin Galactic is reporting that there has been an "in-flight anomaly" aboard SpaceShipTwo. There were unconfirmed reports that one of the two pilots is dead. Those reports have now been confirmed. The suborbital flight took off at 9:19am PDT from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California. Update: Virgin Galactic has confirmed that SpaceshipTwo has crashed and the California Highway Patrol has confirmed that there is one fatality and one major injury.
The first time I saw this video of a car crash during the Jolly Rally Valle d'Aosta 2014, I thought it was a scene from Final Destination. The second time I saw it, I thought it was some amateur fake. I've watched it multiple times now and I'm still not sure how the out of control, flipping car managed to avoid hitting people.