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Verizon’s Hum Rider


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This strange-looking vehicle is the result of some clever advertising disguised as an impressive feat of engineering. It’s name is the Hum Rider, named after Verizon’s in-car diagnostic tool called Hum, and its become an internet sensation over the last few weeks. The men behind this contraption are Scott Beverly, a designer for the mechanical movie prop company A2ZFX, and Art Thompson, who helped build the B-2 Bomber with Northrop Grumman. It took the team 8 weeks to design and build the Hum Rider.

Under the hood, where the Jeep’s engine should be, there’s a small Honda engine that drives a hydraulic pump.  This powers the valve system for the hydraulic cylinders that allow the car to elevate.  The top speed of the car is only about 15 mph, but considering the car weighs over 8000 lbs, that’s not too bad.

Here’s a video of the Hum Rider in action:


While the Hum Rider will never become street legal, its certainly a fascinating invention, and the technology used could end up finding its way into more practical applications in the future.

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