Neil Young Visits Sun With His Linc Volt Car
By jacki decoster on Nov 12, 2008
We had a surprise visitor to the Sun campus in Menlo Park, CA yesterday.
Rock legend Neil Young came over to show James Gosling and other Sun employees the Linc Volt - a classic 1959 Lincoln Continental Mk IV re-powered with a new series-hybrid system that runs on biodiesel and electricity, enabling it to achieve up to 100 miles per gallon.
Why? It wasn't to celebrate his birthday b/c that's today.
Yes, you guessed it - the Linc Volt uses Java!
Perrone Robotics (the team behind Tommy & Tommy Jr autonomous vehicles) has installed sensors on the vehicle that use Java technology to monitor performance elements of the Linc Volt as the team travels down the road. This data is then displayed on a touch-screen panel in the car. In the future when the team starts long distance testing we will be displaying this information on java.com
For the past 14 months, Young has been working on Linc Volt, his entry into the X Automotive PRIZE.
Visit java.com to learn more on how Java technology is helping to revolutionize the way we look at cars through the Linc Volt project. And enjoy more photos here.
Thx Neil for visiting us - hope you have a Happy Birthday!