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Solar-powered car disguises itself as shrub

The Terrestrial Shrub Rover is a solar-powered car that looks like a moving shrub, and it actually works. Its driver relies on video screens mounted on shelves.

Terrestrial Shrub Rover
Not recommended for highways... Flickr/justin shull

If I saw a giant shrub headed down my street, I'd probably just think my neighbor was disguising himself as an evergreen again. But now I find out I'd better look more closely, as it could be a solar-powered shrub car!

Artist Justin Shull said he created the Terrestrial Shrub Rover in the spirit of NASA and its forthcoming lunar expeditions. I'm having a bit of trouble connecting moon missions with a vehicle that looks like a boxwood, but Shull seems to be getting at the notion of innovation here.

He says the car "presents the opportunity to explore terrestrial and social environments back on Earth from within a manned, foliage-bedecked, solar-electric-powered rover." (Also in development is an unmanned, remotely controlled, Webcam version). The thing is, amazingly, the Terrestrial Shrub Rover actually works, as you can see from the below video of it taking a ride through a place that alternately looks like a cemetery and a park, and where it appears to be quite at home.

Of course, all that greenery on the frame obscures the space where a windshield on a shrub car would normally go. Instead, the driver uses video screens mounted on shelves inside the vehicle to gauge what's going on outside (including--and especially!--drunk trees in the rover's path).

(Via Slashdot)