CARS.COM — We’ve heard of overdrive, but this is ridiculous. Someone actually built a vehicle that drives over cars stuck in traffic — and not a moment too soon.
At last count, American motorists on average were spending 50 hours a year stuck in traffic — the worst of any nation in the world — largely attributable to economic recovery and falling unemployment rates. Traffic is getting so bad worldwide — the global car count is expected to double to more than 2 billion by 2030 — urban-mobility researchers suggest we may be reaching a tipping point at which continued growth is no longer sustainable.
Enter the Hum Rider — not to be confused with a Hummer, but just as obnoxious. At the touch of the Up button on the center stack, its wheels extend outward and upward, allowing the SUV to straddle the other cars to escape gridlock. A promotional video stages the whole thing going down (er, in this case, up) as onlookers gawk.