Google engineers will tell you that one day robot-controlled cars will be able to drive better and safer than humans. One year ago, in a stunt for Hot Wheels, driver Greg Tracy proved just how far off those robots really are.
Hot Wheels released their behind the scenes documentary on last year's Double Loop Dare stunt at the X Games. In it, Hot Wheels VP Felix Holst narrates the story of how the stunt came to life. The math and engineering were certainly impressive - it took a team of 11 - including a NASA engineer, roller coaster designer and Navy pilot - to design and build the 6-story split loop.
When it came time for testing, the team had a custom-fabricated stripped-down Mitsubishi drone car that would be driven remotely to ensure that the stunt would work. After months of preparation, time and money - the team anxiously watched as the car got up to speed on the ramp, hit the loop, and crashed miserably.
It was a disheartening moment, but it proved that all of the science and engineering can't give driverless cars the one element that only a driver brings - the human element. Read more>