Google Street Car Crashes Going Backwards on One-Way Street

The Google Street View Car has been involved in an accident after it was travelling the wrong way down a one-way street, which is kind of ironic given that this car is supposed to be helping others to navigate roads, when its drivers seem at a loss for how to drive themselves.

the Google car suffered significant damage to its front end and the other car was totalled. The Google car, a 2010 Subaru Legacy was being driven by 28yr old Alexander Spurr, who said he attempted a U-turn, but accidentally came out onto an adjacent road. At this point they struck the side of the other vehicle, with the victims car also suggesting to local police that the Google Car must have run a red light for the collision to happen.

Police estimated that around $1500 in damages was done to the Google Car, while around $2000 in damages was done to the Mazda they hit.

The driver of the Mazda, a 22 year old construction worker received treatment at a local hospital for bruised ribs and whiplash after a catscan and X-Ray and I fully suspect he’ll be taking Google for everything he can.

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Kickstarter Project Leads To Word’s Cheapest 3D Printer Tagged at Under $200

The 3D printer hype has not burt out yet, and yes, the 3D revolution is still making substantial progress. The problem was that, unlike the LEGO version, no 3D printer was cheap enough for everyone to afford. The solution however may have presented itself.

A Kickstarter project claimed the title of the world’s cheapest 3D printer. The printer is called QU-DB, short for Quintessential Universal Building Device, and it costs only $199. Initially, the project started with a target of raising $9,000 in order to get the company up and running smoothly. Surprisingly, the project received more than expected.

With over 1,400 backers, the QU-DB raised over $400,000 in the crowd-funding campaign and has even made a few other versions of the 3D printer kit. Currently, the small company based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is dealing with shipping the printers to the crowd-funding backers while preparing to take new orders and hopefully start delivering them next month.

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The company stated that the key for keeping the price down is that the printer comes unassembled. This is not a huge drawback and moreover, it also makes room for modifications of the basic unit, including a heated bed, increased production area and the addition of ‘pretty bright colors’ to the frame.

This is quite a big step in a fairly small amount of time to go from a family owned company to a manufacturer of a low-cost, ready-to-assemble home 3D printer company. However, 3D printer enthusiasts might be overjoyed over the fact that they can now own their own personal 3D printer for as low as $199.

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