If Friday Then Read; for 15th December 2017

If Friday Then Read is a collection of interesting links and articles from around the web.  This week features car vending machines, a Global Supertanker, augmented reality glasses and Crew Capsule 2.0. Check these stories out below...

An Electric Car Vending Machine

As reported on TechCrunch, in January Alibaba is opening two unmanned 'vending machines' for cars in China.  Users can select the vehicle they want to test drive via an app, and then go to the vending machine to pick up their vehicle for a three day test drive.  At the end of the test drive you can purchase the car via the app or return it and arrange a test drive for another vehicle (up to five test drives every two months).  Check out the video showing the whole experience in process;

Augmented Reality Glasses

An interesting article from wired.com talking about the race for AR glasses.  “We know what we really want: AR glasses ... They aren’t here yet, but when they arrive they’re going to be the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.”  Will be interesting to see how far the field progresses in 2018!

Inaugural flight for Crew Capsule 2.0

Blue Origin - a company founded by Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, launched for the first time its Crew Capsule 2.0 from its West Texas launch pad.  Check out the video below, its pretty incredible stuff ... especially the controlled vertical landing.  

Fighting fires with the Global Supertanker

Featured in this wired.com article, a modified Boeing 747 dubbed the 'Global Supertanker', is being deployed in California to fight the fires raging north of Los Angeles.  "The jumbo jet can drop 19,200 gallons of fire retardant liquid per trip, nearly double the capacity of the next largest air tanker, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10".