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.


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.


Read more at Yahoo! Autos.

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

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