Driving From A Couch On The Roof Like Mr. Bean

YouTuber MasterMilo built a car you could drive from a couch on its roof using only common household items. The car is reminiscent of the Mini driven by Rowan Atkinson’s character in the popular television show “Mr. Bean.”

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Pro Drifter Drives With His Feet

Bartek Ostałowski is a Polish professional drifter with a unique skill. After losing both his arms in a motorcycle accident, Bartek learned to drive with the use of only his feet. Using a specially modified Nissan Skyline, he competes in professional drifting competitions.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: While most recognize drifting as a driving technique performed by only the most skillful motorists, over the past three decades it’s quickly become one of the most popular competitive motorsports worldwide. Organized competitions are judge-based, with participants receiving points for style, speed, execution, and more.

One of the most famous rising young stars in the sport today is Polish driver Bartek Ostalowski. However, unlike his fellow competitors, Bartek operates his car using his feet. After losing both his arms in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, the up-and-coming racer persevered to continue his pursuit of a career in motorsports.

Bartek Ostałowski: After my accident, I was looking for a solution. I asked myself, if I wanted to race again what would I need to do? I heard about someone in Poland who, like me, had no arms, but he drove a car on a daily basis with no problem. After meeting him, my dream and passion for motorsports was alive and strong, and I made the decision to return to racing one day.

Narrator: Bartek would go on to learn how to drive with his feet alone, eventually becoming the first driver with no arms to earn his international racing license. It was then that he decided to turn his career up a notch. By using a specially modified Nissan Skyline, he found success in the sport of drifting.

Bartek: My Nissan Skyline is a completely amazing car. I saw this car for the first time in a “Fast & Furious” movie. In our model, we changed the engine to a big V8. Here, I have a special shifter. If I need to change a gear, I push forward or backward using my shoulder. Also very important is my position — the position of the seat, so that I have enough space to easily operate the steering wheel.

Narrator: Bartek has racked up a list of accomplishments in the sport, most recently finishing in ninth place out of 50 drivers in the Polish Drift Championship, one of the most competitive championship series in all of Europe. The previous year he triumphed at Germany’s EuroSpeedway Lausitz, winning the international Czech Drift Series. However, Bartek and his team are not satisfied yet.

Bartek: My next step should be more wins. Like any driver, I’d like to win the championship.

Narrator: Perhaps most inspiring is the message Bartek has for other drivers with disabilities and a passion for motorsports.

Bartek: Of course I encourage other people with disabilities to get involved in motorsports. It’s a beautiful passion and I think a great form of rehabilitation too. So make your dreams come true.

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How Moving Dummies Help Test Car Safety Systems

AB Dynamics employs many tools to test advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) according to rigorous standards by automotive safety agencies like Euro NCAP and NHTSA. One such tool is the Soft Pedestrian Target, or SPT, that simulates a pedestrian in a real-world environment.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: These biking, strolling, rolling dummies take the hits so you don’t have to. They exist to make sure the pedestrian avoidance systems in today’s modern cars work. That is, when a kid runs out into the street from behind a car or a cyclist pedals into a blind spot unseen, the car takes notice and intervenes, braking or evading suddenly, likely saving the life of the pedestrian you failed to notice. You can trust your car will do the right thing when the moment comes because, before you took the wheel, it may have already avoided hundreds of kids and dozens of cyclists – those human-like dummies clad in blue pants indifferent to the cars barrelling in their direction.

How dummy pedestrians help test car safety systems.

Narrator: Advanced driver assistance systems. ADAS. They’re the technology that enables your car to brake, change lanes, or swerve around obstacles for you in emergency situations, and they’re made by different companies and operate to different results. That’s why organizations like the European New Car Assessment Programme and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States impose rules that all manufacturers have to stick to on their ADAS tests. The rules demand a very specific speed, impact location, and lighting condition among other specifications. That’s where the Soft Pedestrian Target, or SPT, comes in. The pedestrian target sits on a robust pad or platform. The pad carries a control system that, among other things, synchronizes the pedestrian with the test vehicle, meaning that, in 100 tests, the pedestrian would arrive at the same place in front of the car at the right time at the right speed at the right angle, every single time. When the vehicle is at the correct distance from the impact point, the Soft Pedestrian Target system initiates the movement of the platform. The pedestrian target enables manufacturers to reliably comply with highly specific testing protocols repeatedly. 

This is James Buck. He’s a senior project engineer at AB Dynamics. He walked us through a test scenario using the SPT system.

James Buck: The test being shown here is as described in the 2018 Euro NCAP Vulnerable Road User test protocol whereby the subject vehicle is driving and a child suddenly runs out from behind two parked cars. This test determines whether the vehicle’s ADAS system reacts quickly enough to avoid hitting the child.

Narrator: For this scenario, the Soft Pedestrian Target is set to run perpendicular to the subject vehicle.

Buck: Since the Euro NCAP protocol requires the subject vehicle to be driven in a very specific manner, you need a driving robot to ensure that the path following and the speed of the vehicle remains in tolerance. The driver in the subject vehicle has now activated the robots, and the vehicle is following the specified path and speed profile. When the vehicle is at the correct distance from the impact point, the Soft Pedestrian Target system initiates the movement of the platform. This automatic triggering guarantees that the impact point is as described in the protocol, that is unless the vehicle breaks automatically to avoid the dummy. In this example, we have disabled the ADAS systems in the vehicle such that the vehicle will strike the target.

Narrator: The contribution these dummies make to keeping our pedestrians safe is clear.

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