Friday, February 29, 2008

The submarine car

Well, little did you guys know but I'm down in San Diego for some playtime. Off to the zoo and Sea World today. I know, it's a difficult life...

Meanwhile, I didn't forget ya...I'm connected....and thus, here's my thoughts on that submarine car:
Now how could I pass up doing something on this new submersible car they’ve introduced…

According to the specs, it runs on fully green electric power. It has a depth range of 10 meters and can run underwater for 2 hours on its charge. It can also run above the water and on land. It makes fries too…

But seriously, you can see the problems already:

People driving these things around and crashing into fragile eco systems in the ocean.

What happens when you take a wrong turn by the coral reef and end up out in open sea?

What happens when the power dies or runs out, do you sink like a rock to the bottom of the ocean? I saw that scene in “The Abyss” where the guy sinks too deep and implodes from the pressure. It doesn’t look like fun…

Exactly how are you supposed to keep it at 10 meters? Does it have sonar? Does it have one of those beeping sound wave things? How can I hear that when I’ve got Kiki Dee cranked up on the stereo?

And what does happen if you go beyond 10 meters? Does it do that Abyss imploding thing? I believe we’ve already covered my feelings on this subject.

And if you don’t live in some tropical paradise, where exactly do you use this?
How does it do under ice?
Can you actually navigate through some of the filth we call our rivers and lakes?
How do you get into the ocean where there are waves?
Can it handle surf?

As you can see, I have a lot of questions before I smack down my million dollars to buy one…

18 comments:

RED MOJO said...

That car gives "airbag" a whole new meaning.

Kurt said...

Speed Racer had this years ago.

ADW said...

Why would anyone want to drive under water? I don't get it. Now build a flying car and I'll be all over it.

VE said...

red mojo - Does the airbag dispense one of those lifeguard rings that look like a giant lifesaver?

kurt - Of course Speed Racer is just a cartoon...in cartoon world I've got one too...and a time machine...and one of those superhero bodies...and...

adw - My point exactly. Welcome back...it's been awhile! I missed the abuse.

iamnot said...

amazing the time and money someone had to put in to that thing.

BTW, re: your picture of the day.

The fathometer is operated by the quartermastes on the con, not by the sonar techs...at least in MY Navy.

Nessa said...

It's a converible?

Kanrei said...

The Spy Who Loved Me had this car and I have wanted it ever since.

Kanrei said...

PS-Now I have the "Bond Theme" in my head.

Dum-diddy-dum-dum/dum-dum-dum/dum-diddy-dum-dum/da-da-da/na-na/na-na-na

Nobody does it better/ makes me feel sad for the rest/ nobody does it quite as good as you/baby, you're the best

Marie said...

That car has no top. The car may survive, but will the driver?

Uncivil said...

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 2008!

Serena Joy said...

It's a cute car, but I guess my main question is, should one know how to swim before driving off in it?

NYD said...

Don't you have to have a license to kill to drive one???

VE said...

iamnot - I should have known you'd pick up on that picture of the day.

nessa - Yeah, I don't understand it either. Just more of those questions...

kan - I forgot about the Bond one. And thanks for putting that tune in my head now.

marie - Go figure. Are you supposed to drive with scuba gear?

uncivil - Yeah...as long as it's only 10 meters.

sj - I would. It seems to have to many limitations that would freak me out.

nyj - What are you going to kill in 10 meters of water though? Sea Urchins?

Theresa said...

I think I'd rather have a flying car. Any news on one of those?

Kelley said...

So I am thinking a ROOF is an optional extra. Cause tyres seem so much more important. Need them to drive down to the belly of the whale.

Matt-Man said...

Next thing you know, there will be underwater McDonald's popping up everywhere.

At least the McFish sandwich should be fresh. Cheers!!

leelee said...

omg..you are a Kiki Dee Fan too?

who knew?

VE said...

theresa - I'm not giving away the flying car otherwise there'd be too many and next thing you know a bunch of kids would be spitting on me from their "Dads" flying car...

kelley - Come on, now who wouldn't want to drive into the belly of a huge whale if you've already got an underwater car. As long as the whale isn't more than 10 meters down that is.

matt-man - Hah. Good one. Why not, McD's is everywhere else. What would the Filet-o-fish taste like with real fish though?

leelee - Ok, you got me. I couldn't help but crack up laughing at that comment.