Modern cars and their technology have made the headlines recently, with the reality, though not all the detail, being driverless cars allowed on our roads someday soon. Cue quips about texting while driving… They’ll be getting stuck behind VW campers doing 30mph uphill on Bodmin Moor, that’s for sure. A sudden lack of GPS signal could see sheep in the fields thereabouts diving for cover lest they get truly ‘Googled’. It’s no surprise then, that technology and old favourites will/can merge as the cost lessens and ease increases.
Here in the UK, we’re wonderfully sceptical about new stuff, though we’ll happily moan about it on our mobile phones and WI-FI tablets… When I launched the idea of an Engenius classic many moons ago, I mentioned the likelihood of the first Morris Minor fitted with a hydrogen fuel cell. We still haven’t found one of those but we did find an-off-the shelf kit to create an electric VW Beetle and the man bold enough to create his own vision of a classic future. Grant Burrows is the man currently up to his armpits in battery packs and wiring, having ditched his aircooled engine. He’s almost there. I’d love to know how a Google car stuck behind a VW camper on Bodmin might compute that possibility.
All the best,