Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from Automotive News, Airline Reporter, and Slashdot.
Clemson project uncovers what Gen Y drivers really want – AutomotiveNews
For all of our talk about the 'Millenial Problem' as an industry, there hasn't been much movement on solutions that address what we really want: six-passenger cars that aren't crossovers, minivans, or SUVs… maybe Musk is on to something here. Emphasis mine. They should totally call it the Mazda Millenial.
The answer they got back is a car segment that doesn't exist yet. And worse, it isn't even clear yet how engineers might make it exist. The Gen Y crowd wants a car that is sporty on the outside, but roomy on the inside, the team says. But more specifically, they want to be able to drive around with their friends — many friends — all together in the same car, like a big social event. A five-seater isn't good enough. And a seven-seater tends to translate to a frumpy minivan — which they expressly don't want — or a crossover/SUV, which they also don't want. They simply want a small car that can carry six people comfortably.
The Science Behind ‘Elysium’ – Slashdot
It must be real, it stars a Nissan GT-R.
Human beings can adapt to orbit “for short-term periods of six months for a year,” with crews often doing six-month rotations on the current International Space Station, according to Mark Uhran, former director of the International Space Station Division at NASA headquarters. “But what happens if you go for two or three or ten years?” he asked in an interview with Slashdot. “Nobody knows the answer to that question yet.” (Uhran was made available by Sony Pictures to talk about the science behind “Elysium,” but had no advisory role on the film itself.)
Flying on an Air Koryo Ilyushin IL-76MD in North Korea – Airline Reporter
A great story from an insane trip.
Unsurprisingly, it’s dark in there. I couldn’t see everything- and the windows are miniscule. Our cargo that day was a delivery of five thousand pounds of rice to the people of Hamhung (the city which utilizes Sondok air force base). Originally, we had wanted to also load up our tour bus. Air Koryo was game, but the Korea International Travel Company (KITC) did not want to risk any potential suspension damage from landing on their brand new King-long bus.