This Month, Hundreds of Pedal Cars Are Up for Sale in an Auction

There’s some good news for all the collectors who love cars, especially vintage ones. Around 800 pedal cars are going to be auctioned through Mecum Auction, so be ready and make some room in the collection for those beauties. Other than the pedals, there’ll also be around 120 classic cars that Mecum will be auctioning.

Mecum Auction, 2022

Once known as toy cars, these cars are now ready to be auctioned as collectibles. In September 2022, around 800 pedal cars will be auctioned off. Some of those cars are 100 years old, while some still have original parts like hood ornaments or windshield frames. The AMF Red Mustang and the Hamilton Jeep Wrecker are part of the auction items. It should be noted that most of the pedal cars that are part of the auction have been repaired or repainted at some point in time. One can also get these cars as a toy for the little ones in their family, especially the cars that come with wings on their sides to give them the look of a plane. Strato-Flite pedal cars and Mack C-Cab are designed and painted in a way to make kids’ dreams come true.

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

One of the largest toy museums in the US, Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum, has given pedal cars from its collection for auction this year. But that’s not all that they have to offer. There are approximately 2000 items that are present in the auction from Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum. There are 120 sleds, 230 bicycles and tricycles, and ride-on toys and carriages. They also have a modified champion model turned into a remote control car with a doll driver. It’ll be a whole new experience for the kids, whereas one can also find around 120 toy cars that look and are as big as vehicles at the auction.

CEO Musk’s Take on Tesla’s Latest Self-Driving Cars Says “It’s Actually Not Great”

While self-driving cars are a marvel in themselves, they still have a long way to go. Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla himself, feels that the beta version of the self-driving car is not that great but reassures us that the team is working really hard to improve the bugs.

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature is giving out really impressive performance most of the time; it’s falling short at certain crucial times. In the videos shared by beta testers, we can see the car approaching the construction site and steering towards a hole. In another video, we can see it getting scratched by plowing through bushes that were overgrown.

Development Hell

The development of the self-driving car has been a long rock ride. In 2016 Elon had mentioned how he thought autonomous cars were no more a distant dream. He had said for him a completely autonomous car is just two years away – we are now in 2021, 5 years after the statement, still running beta tests on the car. Tesla had also begun delivering cars with Autopilot hardware a few months later and had started selling future access to the feature.

Yet, even after so many years, the full self-driving feature is not fully ready yet! Tesla is trying out new ways to make the feature more efficient. Earlier, Tesla changed the software programming that relied on a combination of cameras and radar. This new approach sets them apart from others working on developing the same. This shift in approach has further delayed the release of the car.

Latest Timeline

There is a lot of confusion about whether Tesla will be able to hit its level 5 autonomy. Musk’s hope to achieve that by the end of the year seems unrealistic from an engineering perspective. Tesla currently is operating at level 2 autonomy.