James Bond had the coolest gadgets and we could not stop talking about them. They would get him out of the craziest situation with such suave and you could not help but ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over it. But the coolest one among them was Vanquish, the Aston Martin that the 007 agent drove in Die Another Day. However, we all knew that it was all fiction, back then. But what if we told you that the vanishing car exists in real life too?
Not So Realistic
Daniel Craig took his final bow with No Time To Die as the James Bond. And people will always remember his films as more realistic. However, realism was not the best way to describe the 2002 film Die Another Day. Even Chris Corbould, the veteran special effects supervisor for about 15 Bond movies said that they took it too far with the inept CGI of the famous (more like infamous) invisible car. In an interview, Corbould said that he wasn’t very keen on it either but went along with creating the CGI for the Aston Martin anyway.
As crazy as the idea of a vanishing car may be, the technology of invisibility was based on reality. It was inspired by some work done by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA may be defunct now but it was part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Scriptwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade had made this discovery as they were researching for this film.
When Reel Become Real
Corbould has always found it amusing to see how reality eventually replicates the gadgets used in the James Bond films. BAE Systems is one of the largest defense and aerospace contractors in the world. They are working on this very invisibility technology. Alongside the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, they aim to create a system known as Adaptiv, which will be used on tank fleets.
The Paris Auto Show is Officially Canceled for Fall 2020
The Paris Auto show has been officially canceled. It was set to take place this fall 2020 in Paris, France. Typically, this show takes place every 2 years in the capital of France. The press days were planned for September 29 and 30, 2020, while the public days were from October 1 through 11, 2020. But circumstances are what they are, and this year there was no choice but to pack it up and push “pause.”
A Virtual Auto Show Possible
There were no details given from the organizers of the event, who announced that it had been canceled. But in the current health-crisis climate, it wasn’t too hard to predict. It is likely that some events will be live-streamed on Internet platforms as they were in early March after the auto show in Geneva was canceled.
Even though the scheduled dates are months away, there is still too much uncertainty over what might unfold between now and then. Organizers of the Paris auto show have decided to officially cancel the event. They expect the automakers to still announce their new vehicles and share news through social media and live-streaming platforms.
Paris is now joining cities like Geneva, New York, Shanghai, and Detroit, which have all canceled their shows or been affected in some way.
The Future of Auto Shows
Organizers noted that the show would never be as it once was and that the existing cancellations will teach them to be more innovative and creative in the future.
Even though the traditional auto show won’t take place, there are some elements of the overall Paris Motion Festival that will still go ahead as planned.
These peripheral events include the Movin’On innovation and the sustainability summit, along with the Smartcity show.
The Paris Auto Show attracted more than 1 million visitors in 2018 and was intended to be one of the biggest shows this year.
This year’s auto show was meant to focus on the future of tech and mobility. It was supposed to help reinvigorate the popular car show which was pretty quiet in 2018, despite its large crowds.