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Dog Racing

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The dogs drive the cars, they race around the track, fastest dog wins.

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doctorremulac3, Apr 13 2014

Yup. Dogs drive. https://www.youtube...watch?v=BWAK0J8Uhzk
[doctorremulac3, Apr 13 2014]

Go Dog Go. https://www.youtube...watch?v=5QED7UCV2mc
Probably the best ending to any children's book. I must have spent hours running around that dog party in my imagination when I was a tot. [doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2014]

Rat Brain Tissue Culture Flies Plane (2004) http://www.scienced...10/041022104658.htm
I think a cousin of mine sent me a link to a TED talk on this once. Given the right kind of controls, and early enough exposure, one day a dog is going to win the Grand Prix .. maybe. [skoomphemph, Apr 18 2014]

Commercials keep popping up. https://www.youtube...watch?v=oAZyqhmogn0
[doctorremulac3, Mar 01 2024]

Everybody loves dogs that drive cars. https://www.youtube...watch?v=wlVUl6V_ZVI
[doctorremulac3, Mar 01 2024]

Driving dogs are everywhere in our collective consciousness. https://www.youtube...watch?v=2a-Jw_bblDg
Subaru has it as the main theme to their commercial series. [doctorremulac3, Mar 01 2024]

Project Pigeon / Project Orcon https://cyberneticz...f-skinner-american/
pigeon-guided missile [Loris, Mar 01 2024]

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       That's Baked in Fiction. We're talking Baked in Real Life here, gonna go triple-R racing: real dogs, real cars, real fast!
Alterother, Apr 13 2014

       There's a cartoon show on the Qubo channel that features dogs driving race-cars ("Turbo Dogs"). Sure, it is fiction, also. But the point [21 Quest] was making, I think, is that your Idea isn't particularly original.
Vernon, Apr 13 2014

       Well, if somebody has proposed that dogs actually drive cars, then yes. It's been proposed before.   

       Go Dog Go is not a proposal to have dogs get into specially modified cars that they've been trained to drive, put them on a race track and let them race.   

       And they weren't racing, they were just driving to a party in a tree. Specifically "going away fast".
doctorremulac3, Apr 15 2014

       From the help file:   

       " baked - a snarky way of saying "widely known to exist". "   

       From my user page:   

       " "Preheated" is the term I use to describe an idea that has been mentioned in print before, usually a science fiction reference. Not quite the same thing as "baked"."   

       This idea has at least been mixed by hand, covered with a cloth and left to rise in a warm area.
normzone, Apr 15 2014

       guessing that if there was a cat on a motorbike on the track, the dogs would learn to drive a car very quickly.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 16 2014

       I was surprised that the dog driving in the video did not have his/her head out the window.
popbottle, Apr 17 2014

       By the way, surprisingly, "Go Dog Go" was written and illustrated by P.D. Eastman not Dr Seuss.   

       See link.
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2014

       Wow. I transitioned into Dr. Suess at about the same time and always thought that Go Dog Go was one of his works. I'm often behind the curve in some fashion.   

       Speaking of which, I only learned yesterday that Jack Vance passed away last year. Cried at work, I did.   

       I believe that Go Dog Go was the first book I learned to read on.
normzone, Apr 17 2014

       There is a scifi story where regular cats in little fighter pods are used against big space monsters. The cats are good at it and they like it. They perceive the monsters as a scrambling bunch of little animals.
bungston, Apr 18 2014

       There was a smart bomb design during WW2 that proposed having a chicken peck at an image of the target which would manipulate a steering mechanism to fly the bomb into it.   

       I don't think it ever got off the drawing board. In fact, it might have never gotten off the drunk idea phase onto the drawing board in the first place.
doctorremulac3, Apr 19 2014

       I believe that was one of the mostly-infamous 'drop box' ideas, wherein members of the British public were encouraged to submit any and all ideas they thought might be helpful to the War Department. Most of them were either complete shite or good ideas that already existed but were cloaked in secrecy; the exemplary specimen was the suggestion that cats be installed in the cockpits of night fighters so that they, with their excellent night vision, could track German bombers on moonless nIghts. The person suggesting this obviously had no idea that there was a thing called radar which served the same purpose much better and without immediately going berserk and clawing out the pilot's duodenum because it was trapped in a glass and metal cage situated snugly behind an un-muffled 1,200 horsepower engine, but at least they were doing their part for the War Effort, eh?
Alterother, Apr 19 2014

       I am certain that those presiding over War Efforts frequently peruse the Halfbakery for ideas which could serve the purposes of War and Effort. I like to think that there are many lurkers on the HB who implement ideas for a living but lack any of their own, and so come here to see what wonders the armchair has produced.
bungston, Apr 19 2014

       I'm nearly certain of it, and not just small-time idea thieves. This place can't have existed for twenty years without attracting the attention of one or two big-time think tanks or design teams.
Alterother, Apr 19 2014

       Ideas are easy. Implementing them is the hard bit. I doubt that the people smart enough to be making the little somethings it's actually wise and possible to make, are going to lack any of their own.   

       That said, just because there are 645 127 ways to boil an egg means it's vain and foolish to depend entirely on one's own brilliance, alone, to somehow chance upon the very best of those. Only a fool would dismiss a source like the HB, when it's so easy to go there and see what got caught in the filters of an entire, ongoing, generation of people who liked playing with ideas.
skoomphemph, Apr 19 2014

       Commercial with a dog driving a car reminded me of this. Then I searched for commercials with dogs driving cars and a bunch came up. (Link)   

       Everybody loves dogs driving cars, it really is time to do this.   

       Maybe I'll send the idea to Stanford down the street as an engineering / animal machine contest. Bet two departments to get together on this one?   

       No way would I miss a dog race where they were driving cars. It would necessarily be kind of slow for safety purposes but you could speed it up to make it more exciting.   

       Alternately, you could have the cars have safety features built in so they couldn't crash, but could pass each other and adjust speed as necessary.   

       Dogs driving cars at 150 miles per hour? Wow! I'd be nervous though, too scary.
doctorremulac3, Mar 01 2024

       //There was a smart bomb design during WW2 that proposed having a chicken peck at an image of the target which would manipulate a steering mechanism to fly the bomb into it.   

       I don't think it ever got off the drawing board. In fact, it might have never gotten off the drunk idea phase onto the drawing board in the first place.

       Actually, there's a bit more to it than that. (link)
It was a serious project, and tested successfully in the lab, but work during the war was cancelled because those in charge didn't believe it would work.

       The project was revived after the war as Project Orcon, and tests showed that the guidance system was "surprisingly effective", with a hit rate of 55% for a 400mph missile - using three pigeons, each giving guidance commands at 4 pecks per second.
The project was finally abandoned in favour of electronics as those became viable.
Loris, Mar 01 2024


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