A group of scientists and engineers from around the globe have designed a groundbreaking passenger vehicle that runs solely on social media attention. Tiffany is a first-of-its kind car fueled entirely from the social media response it collects, surpassing even the most efficient hybrids as the cleanest car on earth.
Controlling the vehicle is easy; a simple acknowledgement of how nice its default pic looks unlocks the car and starts the engine. When low on fuel, the car alerts the driver by posting a purposefully vague Facebook status on the dashboard. The driver continues to receive notifications until fueling up with a “Like” or comment of support, praise, or encouragement.
“Our planet’s natural fuel resources are dwindling every day,” says Louise Lawson, consulting engineer for the Tiffany prototype. “We’re thrilled to have harnessed the power of validation.”
After studying the influence of social media patterns, it was evident that society is highly motivated by potential response from their peers. One particular case gave Lawson the idea to combine the force of communal focus with engineering and technology. “A young person will repeatedly post variations of the same picture of herself because her peers always reassure her that she’s stunning. These compliments display as a deluge of notifications – little red flags with numbers inside of them, which provide more of a rush than any fossil fuel. That’s when it clicked – these women are refueling.”
In lieu of a standard owner’s manual, Lawson’s help desk interface was designed to troubleshoot potential problems. The help center is loaded with inspiring quotes and memes about being great to help Tiffany in a pinch. “In the event of a shutdown, protocol suggests reminding the car that she is a bad bitch with killer headlights”, explains Lawson. And owners of the new car are developing their own hacks for optimal performance. “One driver got her Tiffany a ‘manicure’ at the auto body shop, painting the tire treads in bright hues,” says Lawson. “The likes it received pushed the car past its maximum speed of 120 mph.”
Though the car is revolutionary and will undoubtedly change our future, the Tiffany option isn’t for everyone. Eventually, some Tiffany drivers feel that the environmental benefits aren’t worth the incessant fuel-seeking. In fact, many users have scored the vehicle lowly after test drives. “I don’t know, I kinda miss pumping gas. My dad’s almost done paying it off and I just figured out how to take the back seats out, so…”
For more information, “Like” Tiffany on Facebook or follow on Instagram: @LookAtTiffany.