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Ford & McDonalds: The Coffee Cars

Jumping-in to combat climate change, Ford has announced that they are teaming up with McDonalds USA to use coffee waste to make parts for their cars: specifically their headlights.

I know what you’re thinking: cars made out of coffee? What!?

Here’s how it works:
The famous automaker will be taking recycled coffee chaff waste from the fast-food giant. Chaff is the dried skin/husk that is removed from the coffee bean after the roasting process. These are always a bit of a nuisance and mostly discarded afterwards, which makes it the waste of roasting coffee beans.

But as the saying goes, one man’s waste is another man’s treasure and Ford is planning to use a chaff composite for interior car components, and under the hood; because when heated and mixed with plastic and other additives, coffee chaff can be formed into pellets and various other shapes. According to Ford, they will be diverting it from a landfill to its laboratory, where it will be engineered into bioplastics.

According to Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, “McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability.” The first car part to be produced using the chaff will be headlamps. With each headlight installation needing chaffs from about 300,000 beans, McDonald’s USA plans to divert a “significant portion” of its North American coffee chaff to Ford. “Like McDonald’s, Ford is committed to minimizing waste and we’re always looking for innovative ways to further that goal,” said Ian Olson, senior director, global sustainability, McDonald’s. “By finding a way to use coffee chaff as a resource, we are elevating how companies together can increase participation in the closed-loop economy.”

As a result of this partnership, manufacturing the car parts will be 20% lighter, which is better for fuel efficiency and will require 25% less energy during the moulding process than with traditional plastic. In addition to reducing food waste, the effort will use less petroleum and lower CO2 emissions.

Unique Parking Garages in the World

We’ve all had to endure the painstaking process of driving through the lanes, winding around those sharp corners and squeezing into tight spaces as we search for an empty parking spot. In a country like India that has an ever-growing population where malls and shopping locations are always crowded – and admittedly people don’t always park according to the guidelines – finding an empty parking spot can be an arduous task. If only someone could come up with a design like these unique parking garages built across the world.

Autostadt Car Towers
The Autostadt Car Towers have made it into the 2014 BOOK OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ with vehicle transport technology that has been recognized as the “ world’s fastest automatic parking system in the world” in the category “extraordinary elevators”. With a record speed of two metres per second, new vehicles are transported – in one minute and 44 seconds from the entrance of the towers to the highest parking space. This makes the fully automated high-rise parking system the fastest in the world.

Marina City
Completed in 1964, these twin towers were well ahead of their time. Marina City was originally designed by Bertrand Goldberg to be a small town square in the heart of the city. The upper half of Marina City is home to 450 different apartments and offices while the lower half is dedicated to parking, with 896 parking spaces per building.

Umihotaru
Built on a 650m manmade island (Kisarazu artificial island) surrounded by 360º of water in the middle of the Tokyo Bay Aqualine, Umihotaru is a bridge/tunnel combination that connects the city of Kawasaki with the city of Kisarazu across the Tokyo Bay. The unique and unusual “Umihotaru Parking Area” is designed in the shape of a cruise liner, stands five levels tall, with parking on levels 1 through 3, and commercial facilities on levels 4 and 5. This is the only shopping mall on the sea where you can enjoy panoramic 360º views of Tokyo Bay, as well as many shops, restaurants and services.

Eureka Car Park
Inspired by the work of Swiss artist Felice Varini – who is well-known for his giant vector art superimposed on buildings, this cavernous concrete car park beneath Melbourne’s Eureka Tower used a 3-D chalk drawing technique to transform regular directions into visual puzzles. The design team painted keywords and directions directly onto the garage walls and floors. The words “In,” “Out,” “Up, ” and “Down” snap into alignment to convey information at key decision-making points along the way; with colour codes such as Red = out, Green = in, blue = up and yellow = down.

Robotic Parking Garage
This parking garage in Dubai is currently the world’s largest robotic parking garage and can handle 250 cars per hour with a 765-vehicle storage facility. Robotic Parking Systems can reduce the land area used for parking by 50% as compared to traditional ramp style parking. The robotic automation ensures that the cars are parked as efficiently as possible. It is the first automated parking garage in the Middle East region.

Herma Parking Building
Looking more like a museum or gallery the luxurious façade holds an unconventionally chic parking garage. Herma Parking Building is located in the subcentre of Yongin City and is designed to feature precision openings spread out across the building. The 853-sq-m structure is covered with five layers of over 635 polycarbonate panels and 930 stainless steel pieces.

Our favourite video games that help you drive better

“Stop playing those useless games and do your homework!” Haven’t we all heard this from our parents while growing up? Be it on mobile phones, consoles or portable devices, video games have become a part of our lives. But now, we finally have an excuse! A study conducted by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and New York University Shanghai discovered that playing action-based video games for at least five hours a day can improve a person’s visuomotor-controls. The findings suggest the games could serve as beneficial training tools for driving!

Based on this advantageous information, here are some recommendations of our favourite racing video games that we loved playing:

Real Racing 3
With over 200 million downloads, this award-winning franchise sets a new standard for mobile racing games. If you’re looking for a console-quality, first-person racing simulator that feels very much like a real car, this is it! The game offers everything from Real-Time Multiplayer, Time Trials, night racing, and innovative Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology, allowing you to race anyone, anytime, anywhere, to in-depth car customization.
Developer: EA
Platform: Android and iOS

MotoGP 19
For years MotoGP has been a favourite for motorcycle racing and it’s 2019 release does not disappoint! Gone are the old days when you learned all the racetracks and easily won. The new Neural AI and Machine Learning gives you smarter and faster opponents who will exploit your mistakes. This improved AI makes the game a whole lot more challenging, realistic and thrilling. It’s motorcycle racing at it’s finest and die-hard MotoGP fans will be satisfied.
Developer: Milestone S.r.l
Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One, Steam, Nintendo Switch

Forza Horizon Series
When you think XBOX car racing games, it’s the Forza series. Forza Horizon focuses on casual street racing rather than pre-planned tracks. With it’s latest release Forza Horizon 4, the popular car racing series lets players experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world; something that is completely new in the racing and driving genre. One of the most polished driving games ever made, with the spectacular open world and the unbelievable visuals, players can explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and a whole lot more!
Developer: Playground Games
Platform: XBOX

Need For Speed: Underground
Everybody loves Need for Speed, but the 7th instalment in the beloved racing series became an instant favourite amongst players. It was the first game in the series to offer a career mode, helping to reboot the NFS series. It finally featured a storyline and a garage mode that allowed players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of brand-name performance and visual upgrades. With the popular increase of import car racing game thanks to the movie The Fast and the Furious, Underground was EA’s attempt to get involved and they succeeded.
Developer: Black Box
Platform: PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, GameCube, Arcade game, Game Boy Advance

Famous Movie Cars: Where are they now?

When it comes to movies, there’s something for everyone. Movies let us live out our imaginative fantasies that most of us will never live in real life. And while most films focus on the actresses and actors, there are those famous few when the plot relies on a required prop – the car!

We’ve compiled a brief list of famous films that included an equally famous vehicle and where are those cars today.

1. James Bond 007’s Aston Martin DB5
The cars featured in the James Bond franchise are just as famous as 007 himself. The films’ legacy of famous cars and gadgets can be traced back to one car – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the spy drove in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The original movie car sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million. And I think fans can collectively agree that there is never gonna be a Bond car as glamorous as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

2. The Ford GT40
With the release of the latest film Ford V Ferrari, it takes us back to the iconic car in the film Le Mans (1971). Three versions of the GT40 were built and two of them still exist to this day. The Chassis P/1074 that starred in the film was sold for $11-million to a private collector in August 2012, Rob Kauffman, an entrepreneur and owner of RK Motors. Not only did he restore it to look like it did at Le Mans, but it runs like it did, too. Kauffman even brought the car back to the French racetrack in 2018 and drove the circuit.

3. 1970 Dodge Charger
You can’t think cars in films without thinking about The Fast and The Furious franchise. While every single movie has a bunch of great cars, there is only one that takes the spotlight – the1969 Dodge Charger R/T driven by lead character Dominic Toretto. Nicknamed “Tantrum” the car was featured in multiple films in the series. It’s now up for sale at a Chatsworth, California dealership named Fusion Luxury Motors.

4. Bumblebee’s Chevrolet Camaro
Back in 2007, fans where mindblown to see their beloved childhood Autobots in their live-action movie counterparts in The Transformers. And everyone (yes, everyone) instantly fell in love with Bumblebee. Thanks to the Autobot choosing to transform into the unmistakable yellow and black striped Chevrolet Camaro, the car earned a starring role. The Camaro’s sudden fanbase saw a boost in sales which even led to Chevrolet introducing its own Bumblebee Edition cars. All 4 Bumblebee Camaros were recently sold as a group at a charity auction with the final bid coming in at $500,000.

5. “The Love Bug” Herbie
When you think ‘Beetle’ you think of Herbie and vice-versa. The Volkswagen Beetle found instant fame in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie “The Love Bug”. The iconic design and the lovable character of a racing car with a mind of its own, made the car hugely popular and unforgettable for decades to come. This car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction on April 14, 2018 for $128,700, going on to become the world’s most valuable Volkswagen Beetle for a second time.

Herbie the Love Bug\

6. Audi R8 – Iron Man Series
It’s safe to assume that Iron Man is everyone’s favourite Avenger. Who didn’t love watching Tony Stark evolve and grow as a character throughout the series of films. But little do viewers realize that along with the growth of Tony Stark, happened the growth of the Audi R8. The Audi brand became synonymous with the famous superhero ever since the beginning of the Iron Man movie series when Marvel established early on that Tony Stark’s go-to car was the Audi R8. The first-generation Audi R8 came to be known as Iron Man’s ride with different versions of the car being featured across the franchise: the Audi R8 Spyder in Iron Man 2, the Audi R8 e-tron Iron Man 3, and the second-generation Audi R8 featured in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and in Captain America: Civil War.