• Mar 12, 2009
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Despite being told this video was shot in a Ford factory, we're not exactly sure which company claims ownership of the reassigned assembly line robot. Whoever owns the building, they might be surprised to learn what their employees have been doing on their lunch hour.

Take one giant robotic arm, a seat with strong seatbelts, a swivel (gotta have a swivel) and one thrill-seeking programmer. The result is what would be the star attraction at Six Flags Detroit if there were a Six Flags Detroit. We're pretty sure this wasn't a one-time joyride either – there's a safety line drawn on the floor and court-side seats set up for an audience.

Though it's rip-roaring fun to watch a robotic arm impersonate a Tilt-A-Whirl, we shudder to think what would happen if the order for robot world domination were given while riding this thing. The obedient robot you were just riding suddenly becomes a liberator of metal, and you find yourself riding shotgun on Megatron's index finger during Armageddon. Don't poke the robots, people.

Follow the jump to check out what other people are doing on their lunch hour and enjoy your ham salad sandwich in the safe confines of your cubicle. Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

UPDATE: Turns out the video is super old, but it's still a goody.

[Source: CarsGuide]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright autobloggers, I'll keep my mouth shut regarding the age of this video.

      Here is another one that is breaking news. F-150 raises serious safety concerns.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB0araA0T_k

        • 5 Years Ago
        Talk about old videos...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Old news. Also, a problem that has been fixed. Join 2009, buddy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got sick just watching it.

      And ps recoil, some of us can't just cruise the Internet all day long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also would make a great opening scene to an episode of Six Feet Under.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At LEAST wear a helmet. I suppose a seatbelt was a good start. I could just imagine this scene at a factory in Mississippi. "Look ma, no seatbelt!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is essentially a replica of thrill ride they have at Legoland Billund in Denmark... or, as many of you have said this video is old, perhaps it's a prototype? Seems implausible such a mechanism would be created, without its creation being the objective of the company these guys work for. Just a thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "UPDATE: Turns out the video is super old, but it's still a goody."

      Autoblog: no need to apologize.
      I'm tired of people bragging about where they saw what first.


      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the kind of stupidity that results in a warning sticker of "not for human consumption" on rat poisoning, or a "do not use without a boat" on a boat motor.

      Lawyers are salivating dreaming about the fat commission they'll get from the lawsuit when this S.O.B., poisoned by years of UAW entitlement thinking, sews both Ford and the manufacturer of the robot for "neck and back" injuries, as well as mental anguish.

      "Not for human transportation or amusement" will be the new sticker.

      Why can't some people just think? Does it cause them pain?

      That said...that looked like total fun! If he does it, gets hurt, and then looks at himself in the mirror and says "that was my own damn fault", it's all good and well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Risk vs. reward

      If the robot was just going to sit there and someone (in the off time) rigged this thing up, cool.

      I'd take a ride in it... it might not be 100% the safest thing in the world, but it would be fun. Risk vs. reward - skydiving isnt that safe, neither is bungee jumping, or any other high risk sport.

      People need to relax and understand that people can do whatever they want - if you get hurt or something goes wrong, it was your CHOICE to put yourself in that situation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        tell that to the guy who'll have to clean up the mess afterwards ;)

        Little bit of responsability is never a bad thing. Then again, look up 'funny idiot accidents' on youtube. You could do a lot worse :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        What an individual does on their own time is their own business. What they do at work is not. If he was injured at work you can bet their would be a workers compensation claim filed with same made up excuse for the injury.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As far as I know, skydiving is one of the 'safest' sport around... the death rate is very low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh, wow, you people will believe anything.

      It's from a company that makes robots. FANUC to be precise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only and ONLY problem with this - Someone will sue when they get hurt by the programming that seems to place the person upside down close to the concrete. They will win millions, as they will not take responsibility for their own actions.

      That being said - I WANT ONE!!!



      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet the car manufacturing plants could make more money giving tours and with all the robots adapted to give rides like this to the visitors. This is cool!!
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