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Autoweeeebile

Car that makes you go weeeeeee!!!! (during an accident)
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Imagine you are driving along a familiar highway. All of a sudden - out of nowhere - there is a brick wall in front of you. You slam the brakes but it's too late. You hit the wall at nearly full speed - it didn't help that you were speeding after being late for work because you were putting the finishing touches on your latest half bakery idea.

All of your life's croissants flash in front of your eyes - at this speed your chances are not good....

... Except .... it's your lucky day ... you are driving the 2005 Autoweeeebile. As the front bumber of your car detects the impact it releases your chair - which is in reality a sort of a comfy swing.

As you can probably imagine (with the help of the illustration below) the kinetic energy from the impact will propel the swing forward. You will see the wall coming towards you except that you will go up at the same time in a familiar swing motion. .... in short it will make you go: Weeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! .... while you spin round and round while your kinetic energy dissipates (you might make a few loops though)

The worst that can happen is that you spray the cabin with your vomit. The best that can happen is that you walk away from an otherwise deadly accident.

Note that there are many variations on this original idea. I've included drawings of them too. Of course each has it's own benefits and weaknesses.

Version 1: The classic.

Version 2: Survivability from roughly 270 degrees of impact rather than just head-on or rear-end collisions for version 1. Note that 360 degree survivability would be possible if there was a computerized counter weight which could offset the center of gravity on impact.

Version 3: Modified version 1 with no vertical component. Version 1 could be dangerous if you crash in a tunnel for example – or under a bridge. However I imagine that version 3 would be more messy in terms of vomit clean up after a crash.

ixnaum, Sep 16 2005

(?) Autoweeeebile drawings http://www.florian....e/autoweeeebile.htm
Here are the 3 autoweebile versions described. [ixnaum, Sep 16 2005, last modified Apr 08 2009]

Whee Shocks by [Cedar Park] Whee_20Shocks
reminded me of this almost entirely unrelated idea -- be sure to click the first link within and then press the green button. It still makes me laugh. [krelnik, Sep 16 2005]

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       [ixnaum] I can't see this working past the first loop but you get a bun for giving me a chuckle.   

       I admire the idea the the force of the impact is used to move the passenger to a safer place (if I've understood the blueprints properly). The shear-Aikido-ness is very neat... what's more if it makes you grin and go WEEEEE all the better!
Dub, Sep 16 2005
  

       hmm ... "move to a safer place"   

       maybe this could be combined with an eject feature ... especially with version 1. Instead of swinging round and round you could be automatically ejected from the swing on top of the loop ..... parachute opens and you land safely.   

       This would be very different from a regular eject because it would ensure that you would go vertical and lose all the forward momentum before actual eject.... therefore the eject would be safer except if you find yourself in a tunnel :-)
ixnaum, Sep 16 2005
  

       Every time you apllied the brakes you would be in for some weeeeee. I am thinking of rush hour driving, when some guy pulls in front of you and you must decelerate from 80 to 65. Thats a lot of weee. It would be hard to keep your eye on the road.
bungston, Sep 16 2005
  

       the weeee part would unlock during collision detection (like airbag)
ixnaum, Sep 16 2005
  

       You wont be able to perform the loop if your loop gets crushed in the impact in which you would further slam yourself even harder and in a more aqward position.   

       You wont be able to eject if your car rolls in the crash   

       Pretty extreme idea though, I like it - made me laugh. Who knows maybe it could work with some major tweaks here and there.
Kcsolutions123, Sep 16 2005
  

       + for the drawings and also "life's croissants"
po, Sep 16 2005
  

       Um, wouldn't inertia and a swing combine to smack you very very very hard into the roof during an impact? "Wheee...ow."   

       Some small modification for a rollover: "Whee...ow...ow...ow."
elhigh, Sep 16 2005
  

       Given that the little guy in version 2 seems to be really looking forward to hitting a brick wall, I'm going to have to bun this.
wagster, Sep 16 2005
  

       Perhaps this could be expanded into the field of bullet-proof weeeevests. Since bullet impacts have comparable momentum transfer to a 2-ton automobile impact (well in Hollywood they do - I've seen it!) maybe a device could make the victim spin round and round yelling weeeeeeeee when shot? It'd make attempted homicide more like an old-style shooting arcade!
Navy_Guns, Sep 16 2005
  

       <throws croissant, bagel, Hawaiian roll, and pretzel into wall> Oh, the croissant, by a wide margin.
reensure, Sep 16 2005
  

       Sorta bumpaweeeebacars.
skinflaps, Sep 16 2005
  

       This is either genius or lunacy. It's a shame those are so often similar. [+]
shapu, Sep 16 2005
  

       I very much like the idea for a weee bulletproof vest. It is hard to imagine how it might work. Perhaps a more feasible application would be for military vehicles like tanks that people are always trying to shoot at or blow up.   

       It occurs to me that with the lateral movement weeee schema, the deployment of a set of helicopter blades would enable the rotary motion to lift veweeeehicle up and away from the fray.
bungston, Sep 16 2005
  

       I think all this would do is make you crash ass first, as the swing would just pivot to the 9 o'clock position (as illustrated, in other words, as viewed from the driver's left) during the crash, and your dead remains would enjoy whatever swing action might occur once your vehicle has stopped. I hate to do it, because it's such a fun idea, but I have to fishbone.
oxen crossing, Sep 16 2005
  

       I love the drawings
chocolateraindrops, Sep 16 2005
  

       [oc] Nah, the time of impact is quite short. Assuming the non-swing part of the vehicle stops by the time the weeeicle gets to the 90 degree point (which I believe would always be the case), it would act as if the weeicle was moving at 70 mph and suddenly attached to a swing - it would spin about the pivot.   

       Of course, this assumes that the vehicle doesn't get crushed or tipped over.
Worldgineer, Sep 16 2005
  

       For purposes of this idea, I think maybe the W in WTAGIPBAN might stand for "Wheee.....". Nice one and welcome aboard.
krelnik, Sep 16 2005
  

       yes, agreed - funny! pure hb.
po, Sep 16 2005
  

       Yeah, [World], maybe so. I'm sitting here trying to think about the time it takes an airbag to deflate, while it's saving your life, and I'm just not able to compare it to the time needed to swing you 90 degrees, conceptually. I'm still skeptical, but I'll vote neutral until I or someone else figures it out.   

       think think think   

       You are at least going to have some degree of rotation before the end of the impact (kids awake, finish later...
oxen crossing, Sep 16 2005
  

       Well, at 70 miles an hour, you're travelling about 100 feet per second. I'd say the drawing shows about 10 feet from resting to 90 degrees, in the horizontal direction. That's 0.1 seconds. Airbags begin to deflate in about .05 seconds. So one may assume the major force of impact occurs during that first .05 seconds, and you're about halfway to the 90 degree mark in the horizontal direction.
Worldgineer, Sep 16 2005
  

       Proceeding. The airbag has already moved your ass 80% of what it would've otherwise.
reensure, Sep 16 2005
  

       [re] I think I'm missing something about your comment. Are you talking about precession? And if the airbag moves your ass, you're using it wrong.
Worldgineer, Sep 16 2005
  

       Wheeeeeee!!!!
DesertFox, Sep 17 2005
  

       Great to remember what the hb is for!.
Poorly thought out.
Well written.
Great drawings.
Just about possible.
Very original.
This is possibly a dictionary definition of an hb idea.
Thank you and welcome!
gnomethang, Sep 17 2005
  

       OK, I'm wrong, I admit it, and now I can vote for this without reservation, but you still need to worry about crushing and rollovers, maybe.
oxen crossing, Sep 17 2005
  

       So is the weeehicle for one passenger (driver) only, or would other passengers have swings as well? Sure would be cool to see 6 crash test dummies, each in their own bubble, looping around on a minivan based weeehicle...
Hunter79764, Aug 12 2006
  

       I'm gonna go crash my car for fun! Weeee!! No, but seriously, I like the idea here. It might not work, but I like it. [+].
TahuNuva, Nov 20 2007
  

       nice idea, but it looks like you got tarzan to do the drawings.
shinobi, Nov 20 2007
  

       Well it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing   

       shooby do bop bop bow   

       There is no way this will work. The looping dead body is the most accurate comment so far I think.   

       Think - you can fall from a building into an air cushion and survive, but you can't fall from the same building, then at the last 0.1-second instant be rotated to horizontal without getting just as killed as if you had hit ground.   

       But it is very half-baked.
globaltourniquet, Nov 20 2007
  

       //Think - you can fall from a building into an air cushion and survive, but you can't fall from the same building, then at the last 0.1-second instant be rotated to horizontal without getting just as killed as if you had hit ground.//   

       That makes sense. I think it's more the decelleration that kills you than the actual injuries from impact.
acurafan07, Nov 20 2007
  

       Surely the trick is to leave the vehicle at a tangent before the swing reaches the nine o'clock position.   

       If your swinging pod breaks free when it's in the 7:30 position (traveling at 45 degrees from the ground), then you only have to soak up ... {flakes of rust fall from disused trigonometry} ... cosine(45degrees) times the deceleration you'd otherwise be dealing with... and this would be further mitigated by the airbag built into the seat of the swing so that it would, as [reensure] said, move your arse (US - ass).   

       Then, you'd still have a fighting chance of missing the obstacle... or maybe a missing chance of fighting the obstacle. It might depend on the length of your bonnet (US - hood).   

       Hey, wait - the airbag could provide you with a push at 45 degrees to the plane of the seat (so, at the point when the seat is leaving the vehicle, at 90 degrees to the ground), to give you a bit of extra lift so that you can clear the obstacle even if the seat doesn't. You don't lose all contact with the seat, because of the bungee ropes. If this means that you end up head down, nose-first into the far side of the wall, while the seat is snagged on the other side, you will just have to rely on your native dignity.
pertinax, Nov 21 2007
  

       //Think - you can fall from a building into an air cushion and survive, but you can't fall from the same building, then at the last 0.1-second instant be rotated to horizontal without getting just as killed as if you had hit ground.   

       This is a little different though. The ideas is to keep spinning for many seconds (not 0.1 second). The harder you crash the longer you spin. Sure, you'll pass out from the initial G force, but it won't be lethal.
ixnaum, Apr 17 2014
  
      
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