The Hummer H1 is back, brand new, and coming straight out of Detroit. The man responsible for this madness, at least in part, shouldn’t surprise you. It’s Bob Lutz, the 85-year-old industry wizard of Volt and Viper fame, who has struck up yet another business deal for his company, VLF Automotive. You may remember hearing about VLF, which includes designer Henrik Fisker and former Boeing executive Gilbert Villarreal, when it began converting Fisker plug-in hybrids into Corvette ZR1–powered sedans.
Before talking radar detectors, we’ll repeat the legal disclosure all automakers include in their commercials under microscopic type. Always observe posted speed limits. There – now we can discuss the best products for detecting radar and laser signals (lidar) used by police. Whenever you suction a radar detector to a windshield or clip one onto a sun visor, don’t ever think it’s an exclusive license to speed without consequence.
The automotive future according to Hollywood exists as one of two polar-opposite scenarios. Either it’s sleek and bright, filled with fast-moving pods gliding over flawless, uncongested roads, or it’s dark and dystopian, with kludged trucks and muscle cars roaming dilapidated and desolate highways. Hollywood never dreams of roads jammed full of frumpy electric hatchbacks, but the BMW i3 suggests that’s our more likely automotive future.