There are a number of tips to take on board if you want to ride a scooter or motorbike in heavy urban traffic and survive – avoid riding in blind spots, beware of cars which could suddenly make a turn, and keep your speed down to better read the surrounding environment.
The rider in the video above – zipping through traffic in Vietnam – seems to live by a different set of rules entirely. Namely, drive as fast as you can, weave in and out of extremely tight spaces, and beep your horn to alert people of the need to get out of your way.
Amazingly, despite some incredibly dangerous (and stupid) manoeuvres and a general lack of respect for their own safety, the rider manages not to die. Don’t try this at home.
As all drivers will know, there isn’t much which is more painful than the sight of brake lights lighting up in front of you on the road, while all the cars around you gradually slow to a complete and frustrating halt. Yup, you’re right in the middle of yet another traffic jam, something which can turn even the most patient driver into a roiling hurricane of hatred.
Presumably some of the designers at Renault have to brave the traffic on their way into work, giving rise to the new Kwid concept, which includes a small drone which can be deployed from the roof and sent on ahead to let you know just exactly what it is you’ve been cursing for the past half an hour.
It’s actually a great idea – the drone can be released at the press of a button and will either follow the car or buzz ahead on a pre-determined route, all the while beaming back images to a dashboard-mounted tablet. It’d be worth it just for the looks on the face of the drivers in your vicinity. According to Renault, the Kwid is aimed at the younger market, as evidenced by the oversized wheels, bright yellow colour scheme and the funky white interior of its initial release photos.