Teens Build a Car That Runs on 'Social Fuel'

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If you're not too popular on Facebook or Twitter, you may want to work on that — your future mobility may depend on it. A group of Kansas City teens has created a car that runs on social media updates.

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The social media-powered car is the brainchild of Minddrive, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth to "learn, expand their vision of the future and have a positive influence on urban workforce development." The group routinely has students convert gas-powered cars to electric ones; the social media twist makes things a bit more challenging.

The teens installed a small tablet into the circuitry of a 1967 Karmann Ghia. This tablet monitors the "social watts" derived from Minddrive's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and filters the power flow accordingly (for example — a "like" on Instagram equals one social watt; a new Twitter follower equals 5 watts and so on). Users are encouraged to interact with Minddrive's social media accounts to fuel the car from Kansas City to Washington, D.C.

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Read more at Yahoo! Autos.

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.

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