Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from Wired:Autopia, The New York Times, and AutoWeek.
Rightly under the "cool sh*t" tag, this thankfully has nothing to do with fatbergs.
Using Autodesk 3ds Max modeling software and a Solidoodle desktop 3-D printer, Sentch began the painstaking process of printing out individual 4-by-4-inch sections, mounting them on the wooden frame and then gluing each piece into place. So far, he’s produced over 2,500 fiberglass molds and says he’s 72 percent of the way to completion, but that’s only the printing aspect.
G.M. Had a Version of OnStar in 1966 – The New York Times
A nice historical catch from Ben Preston.
But the idea isn’t even 20 years new. Bet you thought it was, but it isn’t. It existed, floating in the ether, somewhere between press release and reality, for at least 30 years before G.M. released OnStar for real in 1996. According to an old press release from 1966, it was called Driver Aid, Information and Routing system, and was promoted by G.M. as a revolutionary concert of existing technology.
Oh the many Galant jokes we will make.
Certainly folks will pay good money for stripe-package Z06s and your Shelby Mustangs and your BMW M cars and your super Ferraris, übertech Porsches and a seemingly endless stream of Bugattis with bizarre color schemes as cars that'll command big money in the future. But what of the more pedestrian vehicles; the ones unlikely ever to find a cult following?
Photo Credit: Ivan Snetch via Wired, Mitsubishi, GM via NYT