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Colin Furze, British YouTube personality and inventor, is back as part of Future Rider: a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge. Watch him and K.I.T.T. from NBC’s Knight Rider discuss the next car of the future with special guests in Dashboard Chats.

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Dashboard Chats with K.I.T.T., Colin Furze and Rich Benoit

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Title: Dashboard Chats with K.I.T.T., Colin Furze and Rich Benoit

Duration: 3:05 minutes

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Interview by Colin Furze and K.I.T.T. featuring Rich Benoit.

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Hi there. I'm Colin Furze and this is Dashboard Chats, part of Future Rider, the new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge.

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This is the show where K.I.T.T., the car of the future from NBC's Knight Rider

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and myself talk to brilliant guests about the next car of the future. And that brilliant guest in this episode is Rich Benoit.

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How are you today?

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Excellent. Absolutely excellent.

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According to my data, Rich is also known as Rich Rebuilds,

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an auto enthusiast with a massive

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following on YouTube.

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Exactly. So Rich, Shell Eco-marathon students have been using their STEM skills to think about design,

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the drivetrain, the energy supply, interfaces, connectivity, and more. But we're excited to know what your thoughts are on these same topics.

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So then, Rich, if you were competing in Future Rider, what would one of your brilliant unexpected ideas about the car of the future be?

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In the future, I don't think everyone's going to own a car. I think in a lot of cases a lot of people are going to share one vehicle. So what would happen is when someone goes to work in the morning, the car would drive them to work and while they're at work, the car would drive to the next person and drop them to work. Instead of idle time, the cars will be out driving and just helping people.

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Driving all day sounds good to me.

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How far in the future do you think that is? Do you think that's going to happen pretty soon or are we still quite a few years away?

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I would say probably within the next like seven years or so just so manufacturers can really nail down the autonomous driving portion of things.

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How do you think refuelling will get factored into this and into the schedule?

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I think in a lot of cases, cars will be driving over a sensor pad and have an inductive charging, almost like a toothbrush.

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You drive over that spot and it automatically starts charging your car.

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What do you think about that one, K.I.T.T.?

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This is a most remarkable idea.

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Thanks, K.I.T.T.

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So then, Rich, what do you think these shared cars would look like? Would they be like taxis, buses, normal cars, or would they have some unique shape so to kind of point them out as being a shared car?

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Remember like 20 years ago what we thought cars of the future would look like? I think these cars would actually look like that. They would be very oval and generically shaped; oval to actually cut through the wind.

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Sorry, I don't look good in oval.

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Oh, here we go.

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So then, Rich, what do you think of K.I.T.T. here?

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What innovation of this car of the future do you admire the most?

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The delicate balance between man and machine

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back then was really neat. It wasn't just something that the owner would tell the car to do,

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K.I.T.T. would actually interact back with the owner and make suggestions based on his request. And I think that was really cool.

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Thank you, Rich. I very much enjoy helping my driver.

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Rich, thank you for joining us in the Dashboard to chat about the car of the future. I know Shell Eco-marathon teams will be excited to hear your thoughts.

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K.I.T.T., anything else?

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Good thinking, Rich. These are all wonderful ideas.

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Shell Eco-marathon teams, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.

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Colin, will Rich rebuild the future?

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Dashboard Chats with K.I.T.T., Colin Furze and Garima Avtar

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Title: Dashboard Chats with K.I.T.T., Colin Furze and Garima Avtar

Duration: 2:57 minutes

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Interview by Colin Furze and K.I.T.T. featuring Garima Avtar

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Hello there. I'm Colin Furze and this is Dashboard Chats, part of Future Rider, a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge.

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This is the show where K.I.T.T., the car of the future from NBC's Knight Rider

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and myself talk to some brilliant guests about the next car of the future.

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In this episode, that brilliant guest is Garima Avtar.

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Hello. Hello, there.

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My data indicates that

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Garima is a professional extreme rally driver, car enthusiast and auto journalist.

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So Garima, Shell Eco-marathon students have been using their STEM skills to think about the design,

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the drivetrain,

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the energy supply,

 

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interfaces, connectivity, and more, but we're excited to know what your thoughts are on these same topics.

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If you were competing in Future Rider, how would your background in the world of motorsports inform your ideas for the car of the future?

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From the perspective of motorsport that I have been involved with,

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I would like to see better weight management.

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Lightweight construction has obvious gains in performance and it puts lesser strain on the moving parts, which ultimately leads to enhanced life cycles.

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K.I.T.T., what do you think?

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Lightweight materials? Sounds quite refreshing.

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How will the car of the future reinvent infrastructure?

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How would connectivity contribute to energy efficiency and carbon reduction?

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I think it's going to be a circular environment.

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Everything will talk to everything.

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The traffic signals will read the flow of incoming cars, the navigation systems will get better and more advanced,

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the vehicles would talk to each other through frequencies.

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I've waited a long time to chat with other cars.

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And all this could collectively lead to signal free roads

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that will definitely turn the economy around.

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Better traffic flow? Humans would love that. Right, Colin?

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I think anybody who's watching this who lives in London will definitely sign up for just being able to drive straight through everything

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and not have to stop at any signals. They're going to be loving that.

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Do you think the future is autonomous? And as a professional driver, do you think that is good or bad?

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It will be a hybrid model at least for the next two, three decades.

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Autonomous control is going to expand across the world in commercial setups, like factories, shop floors;

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but in vehicles, autonomy could see a big break in commercial segment but will take time in penetrating down into the passenger vehicle market.

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Autonomous driving should be a no-brainer as they say.

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Aah! Good one, K.I.T.T.

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And there you have it. Thank you for joining us for Dashboard Chats. I know Shell Eco-marathon teams will be excited to know your thoughts about the car of the future.

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K.I.T.T., anything else for Garima?

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Thank you, Garima. Brilliant ideas. And I must admit as a car,

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I'm quite a fan of your driving capabilities.

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Colin Creates the Mower of the Future

While student teams from around the world took K.I.T.T. as inspiration to create the next car of the future, Colin reimagined a different iconic vehicle.  

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Colin Reimagines a Ride-on Mower

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Title: EV Mower Conversation with Solar Charging Station

Duration: 12:44

What's up internet?

Now, cast your minds back a year

and I hosted Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge

called 'Pitch the Future'

where they got

the brightest minds

to solve real world challenges.

And this led to me creating

the solar wind powered

clothes drying machine.

Now, I'm back again with

a new challenge called Future Rider,

where the Shell Eco Marathon

teams are going to be using

TV Knight Rider's K.I.T.T.

as inspiration to design

the next car of the future

because you know, K.I.T.T. has always been

seen as a very futuristic car.

So, the teams of STEM students

are going to have to come up

with virtual designs

of what they believe is

the next car of the future.

Now I'm going to be building something.

It's not going to be a car.

I'm taking inspiration from

the Shell Eco-Marathon teams

that have built super

energy efficient vehicles

and create a solar powered

machine of my own.

And it is a machine I have

a particular affection with.

The lawn mower!

Mmm! Ooh! Look at it!

Lawn mowers.

Now, you know I like lawn mowers.

I got one to run off wood gas.

Yes!

Which is sort of environmentally friendly

but we need to do better.

Hmmm!

This looks like a lot of fun.

I like lawn mowing.

Now these are big ones,

these are commercial ones, obviously.

Too big for my garden.

Don't worry about that at the moment.

These all pretty much run off petrol.

So, what I'm thinking,

the lawn mower of the future,

is clearly going to be electric.

But it's not just about

the lawn mower being electric,

it's where the electric comes on.

So, this is my concept people.

We're going to convert this to electric.

We're going to make its own little shed

which is its charging hub.

It can go in at night,

it can charge up over

the next few weeks or whatever

because let's face it,

when you use a lawnmower,

you mow your lawn,

you got to wait for it to grow.

While it's growing, it could be charging up

ready for the next mow. Oh!

2021 people!

Right.

We need to pull it apart,

we need to work out what the RPMs are,

how it all works underneath

because there's various levers and stuff,

you know, ones that control the blade,

they control the mower speed.

So...

...let's get on with it, people.

Ooh!

Now, after a lot of staring

and head scratching,

I have a plan.

Now, how this thing works,

basically, one engine

this thing is set off into the crank,

this belt goes off to

the rear axle, drives it forward,

this belt goes off to the grass cutting thing

and chops the grass.

Now then. We're going electric of course.

I have one of these lynch motors.

Used one of these

in the electric drift bike.

More than enough power. Excellent.

And there's even a little disk thing

that fits in there a treat.

But I'm thinking we have some

advantages with electric power

as we can have two motors.

A lot of electric cars

these days are dual motor.

That's what I'm going to do.

So, I'm going to have a motor at the front

driving the grass cutting

and a motor at the rear

driving it forward.

First what we need to do,

mount this motor a little bit lower

which is going to mean we have to do

a little bit of drawing.

Just like the teams, they're doing

everything in the virtual world.

This is going to start in the virtual world

and then I'm going

to bring it into reality!

Oh, is that a Colin Furze notepad

and pencil kit you're using there?

Front motor mounted.

Lovely job, Colin.

Of course, we need a rear motor.

Fabricated and plasma got

a lovely mounting plate.

Fits in an absolute treat.

And then just to make it even better,

the plate that the motor bolts do

which can slide back

and forth to tension the belt

I've laser cut out a bit of felt

so it doesn't scratch it.

Oh! Doing yourself proud.

Now, a bit more fabricating

and bending later,

seemingly every bender I've got.

We've got a battery mounted under the seat.

That's the first one

but we need a lot more.

We're basically pretty much going

to fill this whole bonnet area up

with a load more batteries

and then of course the ESC controller

for the front motor.

That is the next job, Colin!

Nanaaa!

Installation complete!

Oh! What a lovely job, Mr. Furze!

Now then, we have got

six batteries in this thing.

We've got two batteries which do

the drive motor at the back

and then we've got four batteries

which do the blades at the front.

Each motor, because it's

dual motors, remember,

has its own ESC.

And if we plug the laptop in,

we can actually program them

so we can tell it how many amps to draw,

what voltage it's running on,

and we can tell them as well

if the voltage drops too much,

so once the batteries start

to get bit low, it can cut it out

and stop it running

the batteries completely dead

which of course is not going

to do them any good.

There's also throttle maps

and things like that.

If this was a racing mower you can

say how sensitive the throttle is,

how things speed up,

how quickly the blades start and stop,

all that malarkey.

So much control we don't actually need

but it's a fantastic system.

Now to control all of this, we got

these little switches down here

which basically switch the whole thing on.

We've got big ampage

battery switches in here

so we can turn everything off

should we have any issues.

And then the blade speed is run by this

wonderful little control knob up here.

Now everything appears to work just fine.

Motor works.

Let's put that back.

The gear knob still does the forwards

and reverse which is pretty cool.

I don't have to reverse the polarity

or anything like that.

And then the blade speed...

Oh no, that was my pad.

I've just chopped my pad up. Excellent!

Now of course we need

to be able to charge this.

Well, Colin, ahaha!

We've got these two trailer adapters,

the same things you get

on the back of a car

if you're plugging a caravan in.

There's seven pins in them.

Six of those pins of course we're using.

Each individual battery

is powered and charged

individually from these ports.

But of course, Colin,

we need a charging station,

somewhere that we can drive this into

and the power of the sun harnessed

charges this little bad boy

in between grass cuts.

Oh, look what I've made.

So, this is the charging station.

Now, I was just going to buy

a normal garden shed

but they're all out of stock.

So I thought, wait a minute,

this is a green project.

The whole thing is made

out of recycled pallets

and I think it looks

a hell of a lot better.

Now of course the roof

is completely made of solar panels,

also makes a pretty fine

looking roof if you ask me.

Basically, they're all connected

to these electrical boxes.

There's eight of them, eight boxes,

and they all link up to these cables.

This one is the positive

and this one is the negative.

Of course, you drive your mower in

you pop these into the little

connections on the bonnet,

it charges up,

and then when it's

completely fully charged,

off you go, you cut your lawn.

Why hasn't this been done before?

This is a brilliant idea.

Right, so I say we give it a charge

and go out and do some grass mowing.

And in between then

I think I want to give everything a name.

Hmmm.

Okay, she's charged up.

And look, I've given it a name,

the Solar-Mowar.

Yeah, and the charging shed

is called the Solar-Mowar-Chargar.

I know! I came up with that one myself.

I'm pretty proud of that.

Right, it's going to cut some grass.

Now I changed the gearing at the back

because it was painfully slow.

But it could do with still going faster.

How long are the batteries going to last?

I'm making a brilliant job of this.

It's so weird being on

such a big lawn mower

that doesn't make any noise.

Get right in there under the edges, boy.

Okay, obviously my garden is a bit

too small for this mower.

We need to test its range.

Now the batteries are 70-amp hours.

I've got the motor set to draw 68 amps.

Does that mean it's going

to run for an hour?

I don't know.

I've done all this. Probably been doing

this for about 15 minutes.

Hard to tell because I keep

switching the camera on and off.

So, I need to go and find

some more grass now

and just see how long it lasts.

Biggest problem now is it doesn't

fit through my gate.

Beautiful.

Right, we've got ourselves

a nice big lawn to cut.

Blade speed up.

Off we go.

We just cut all that

and he's still got battery.

So, I'm going to do some more mowing.

The batteries have lasted so long,

I'm fed up with mowing now.

It's still going.

It's done all this...

...extra.

It's still going. It has come

down to a snail's pace,

but it's still going.

You are doing a lot better

than I thought you were going to.

I am generally impressed with this.

I thought it was going to run

for like 20 minutes

and then just stop.

But it was going well over an hour.

We've cut about

1500 square meters of grass.

I didn't think it would do that.

Now then, of course, it needs to go faster

but I'm thinking we can take

some power away from the cut in,

and give it into the drive in.

It'll go a bit quicker.

It will last all the same,

but you'll probably cover more area

and cut even more grass.

Also, these are lead acid batteries.

This is not the future

of battery technology.

We need to be running this on lithium.

So if there's any companies out there

that do lithium battery kits

so I can make a bespoke battery for this,

please get in touch.

Now charging, it charges back up again

in about a day and a half,

two days, maybe even less.

I can't really tell because ever since

I've stopped filming this,

it's just blimming been raining.

But now that we've got eight panels

on top of the shed charging

six batteries, I got two spare,

I've fitted some lights in the shed.

And to be fair, we could

probably charge this thing up

on two panels over a longer period of time.

There's no point

charging it up in two days,

your grass wouldn't have grown.

There is just so much

potential in this machine.

Now then, of course, the Shell

Eco-Marathon Challenge Future Rider.

Check out what's going on,

link in the description and on screen.

These STEM students are basically

coming up with car designs of the future.

Go and support them because they are

going to be designing our future.

All these people coming up

doing this fantastic work.

It is all good.

This is the Solar-Mowar.

Very impressed.

I'll see you in the next video.

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