Will Alibaba’s Car Vending Machine Make You A Happier Car Buyer? Will Car Salesmen Lose Job To A Car Vending Machine?

I remembered how stressful buying a car was for me.  Ten years ago, a car salesman even insulted me for not accepting his deal, and he told me why even bothered to try to buy the car I want in the first place.  He said I properly fit better with cheaper cars, but I told him I wanted a better deal for the car I was trying to buy.  Anyway, the moral of the story was whether you’re right or wrong on wanting to buy a car you want, dealing with a car salesman can sometimes be very stressful for a car buyer.

That car salesman even suggested I should trade in my old car for the newer one, and when I was done with the calculation according to his deal I noticed that the dealership was trying to swallow my old car without crediting much back into the newer car I wanted to buy.  Basically, I sold the old car by placing an online classified car ad and bought the new car through the dealership without doing a trade-in deal.  The moral of the story continues, it’s rare for you to be lucky to not have to deal with a dealership and car salesmen that would not want to eat you up alive when you’re trying to buy a car.

Anyway, I like any idea of buying a car without the insults and stress, and so I think I wouldn’t mind buying a car through a giant vending machine like the one that is being suggested in the video right after the break.

Although Alibaba’s giant car vending machine idea seems to be futuristic, but I think it’s just a smarter way of repackaging readily available ideas into a smoother car buying operation.  If I understand the video correctly, after you collect your car from the giant vending machine you get to test drive it for couple days.  Once you commit to buying the car you could just then pop online and finish up the payment process.  This way, you cut out the middlemen like some sleazy car salesmen, and your whole car purchasing process might be smoother and more enjoyable.


DiRT Rally Gameplay Episode 2 (4K – PC)

Just another episode of my gameplay for DiRT Rally in 4K resolution.  Enjoy!!!

500,000+ Lego Pieces Later Came Awesomeness, A Fully Functioning Life-Sized, Lego Car That Runs On Air (i.e., Using Air As Fuel Source)

Don’t know how these geniuses had done it, but their fully functioning, life-sized, lego car that runs on air (i.e., as fuel source) had wowed me.  From the engine to the seats, except few un-lego-able components, are all made from lego custom units.  Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida are the guys who had built this awesome lego car.  Nonetheless, even though it’s a fully functioning, life-sized, lego car, it’s not practical since it’s only able to drive less than 20 miles per hour.  Still, practicality is also a relative matter as so walking.  When it comes down to awesomeness, sometimes practicality isn’t too practical.  I like it!  Darn it, it’s a lot of work that they had put into the thing though as it took 500,000+ lego pieces to build this awesomeness!  Check out the video right after the break to see fully functioning, life-sized, lego car in action.

Afterthought:  This makes me wonder how far these guys will push with their lego talent.  Will they try to build a gaming console out of lego next?  Just wondering… LOL…


What About The Sexy 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

I’m not a car expert, therefore whatever you read here might need further research on your part.  Nonetheless, here I go.  This year, I really have my eyes light up for 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid model.  I think 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a look of a European super car.  Of course, we all know 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid isn’t a super car, because it’s based on the regular 2013 Ford Fusion.  I think Ford might want to compare 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid against 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid.  I have to say, just a glance at 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, it makes me want to scream “You’re sexy!”

You think the outside look of the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is sexy?  Wait till you see the inside.  I have to say I like how there are very few pushed buttons inside 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.  Come to think of it, I prefer no pushed button at all.  The curiosity is, without necessary pushed buttons, how can a car driver control various functions within 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid?  I think parts of 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, where a driver can control the entertainment system and other features, can be activated by touch.  Nonetheless, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid does have few pushed buttons.  If the one that comes with a navigation system, the big navigation screen sits nicely in the center, a tad below the dashboard’s AC vents.  A fully loaded one would come with leather seats, sunroof and all.

How comfortable to sit in one?  I wouldn’t know since I had not drive one yet.  From viewing one of the videos that I’ll post at the end of this blog post, it does look rather spacious inside a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.  I like spacious sedan cars!  How about you?

Not exactly a fast car, because 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid can only push for max speed at 141 horsepower.  Nonetheless, I think it’s rather faulty if we only consider how fast a car would be based on its horsepower alone.  How come?  If a car is too heavy in weight, more horsepower doesn’t necessary guarantee the car to be faster than a lighter car which has less horsepower.  Anyhow, since I’m not a car expert, I don’t know what is the range of  horsepower to weight ratio that one might consider a car to be fast.  Without optional equipments and passengers, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid should be 3,639 pound heavy.

Just like many non-expensive luxury cars nowadays, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes with tons of features.  The features that I like most about 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid are the heated front seats for driver and passenger, 3 driver memory seat settings (including door mirrors), remote window controls, navigation system with voice activation, MP3 decoder, voice activated radio, speed sensitive volume, Internet access (about time), Bluetooth capable, automated parking sensors, lane departure, and blind spot sensor.  All these awesome features and more that come with 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid do make driving feel luxurious.

OK, it’s known that not everyone agree a hybrid saves a driver some money in the long run, because the replacement of a hybrid battery can just offset some of the gas saving money in the long run.  Plus, I’m not even talking about how much more expensive a hybrid would be, comparing to a non-hybrid model of the same car.  Nonetheless, many of us seem to agree that any hybrid would save some gas money on each drive around town or to whatever destination that may be.  So, on each drive to somewhere in a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, you get around 47 miles per gallon for both city and highway.

How much 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid cost?  The starting price for not so fully loaded 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is around $28,000.  I guess, a fully loaded one would be quite expensive.  I think sometimes, the car price for any car can be jacked up much higher when dealing with a not so honest dealership.

In summary, I think 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is very sexy throughout (i.e., both internal and external).  It got nice internal features that make you feel luxurious when driving around town.  47 miles per gallon for both city and highway is really good for a hybrid standard at this point in time.  Until I drive one, I cannot say that I’m totally for a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.  With that being said, based on the specifications alone, I have to say 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is definitely on my car shopping radar if I ever decide to shop for a car in the near future.

The video below isn’t exactly a review of a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, because it’s a review for a regular 2013 Ford Fusion.  Nonetheless, this video does a good job on reviewing the internal of a 2013 Ford Fusion.  We know that 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is based on 2013 Ford Fusion, therefore the review of the internal of a 2013 Ford Fusion within this video is still relevant to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

In case you’re wondering what I’m driving.  I’m driving a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid.  I bought it in 2007, and so it’s now 5 year old.  It’s still going strong at 87896 mile.  Check out the pictures of my 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid right after the break.  Enjoy!!!


With Viper SmartStart, One Can Use iPhone 4S’ Siri To Start, Stop, Unlock, Lock, Arm, And Disarm A Car

According to PCWorld‘s article “Siri Can Unlock Your Car, Can’t Drive It Just Yet,” a developer named Brandon Fiquett was able to hack iPhone 4S’ Siri so his car could be automatically started, stopped, opened trunk, locked, armed, unlocked, and disarmed.  Not all cars could use Brandon Fiquett’s Siri hack unless their cars had installed Viper SmartStart.

Viper SmartStart is not a product that could be installed easily, because you have to know your car electrical wiring pretty well.  Viper SmartStart has their own app for various smartphones, but you can’t use voice to command Viper SmartStart to command your car.  Brandon Fiquett is smart enough to let Siri takes over the function of Viper SmartStart’s app.

Check out the video right after the break to see Siri in action in regarding to how a car owner can tell Siri to tell the car to do things.

Source:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/244858/siri_can_unlock