AVC registration is up! Please register if you plan to come as a spectator this year. Last year we had around 100 people come to the Autonomous Vehicle Competition. This year we’re expecting more like 400. Letting us know you’re coming will help us figure out how many bleachers to rent - oh, and you might win some free stuff too.
Speaking of (not quite autonomous) electric cars, if you’re an electrical engineer with a pulse, you’ve heard of the Tesla Roadster
. It’s the ~$120,000 electric catapult. The thing is amazing! And it pains me to walk past the Tesla dealer in Boulder thinking that I couldn’t buy one even with the $42,000 tax credit
To help deal with my frustration, I asked Chris and Juan to help me put together a spoof on the official Roadster video
. I recently bought a very cheap kids power wheels
for use as my AVC entry this year (maybe it will be the pace car?). Out of shear coincidence, this little plastic car had ‘Roadster’ written on the side. And being electric, well, we just had to do something fun with it. So watch the official video
first, then enjoy the first (and probably last) release by SparkFun Motors…
And yes, my little plastic roadster makes that noise when you turn on the power switch.