OnePlus Announces Electric Car With Warp Charge Technology
It’s April 1, and tech companies across the globe are on their heels trying to pull off pranks on their fans and customers. This isn’t something new, rather, tech giants like Google have been celebrating events like these since forever. In 2015, Google introduced a version of the popular arcade game, Pac-Man in Google Maps to celebrate April Fool’s day. Interestingly, the Chinese technology company, OnePlus announced its plan to release its Warp Car, which will be the company’s first electric supercar, or the first supercar, or the first car of sorts. Even more so, this announcement was put out on April 1, giving a clear indication of what the company is up to.
OnePlus Warp Car Features
The company claims that its “Warp Car” is printed using SLS 3D and ABS 3D printing so that people who “buy” it in the future can customize the design at their homes. Seemingly, OnePlus is applying the modular design implementation to vehicles. However, it’s easy to see through this gimmick. The company states that the owners of the “Warp Car” can replace any worn out parts in the vehicle, and replace them with brand new parts. It all sounds a bit…. shady.
Furthermore, another very hilarious feature stated by OnePlus includes the integration of the OnePlus smartphone with the “Warp Car”, where the company claims that the car owners (this might sound a bit ridiculous) can replace the steering wheel with their OnePlus smartphones. Keeping the outrageousness of the features down a notch would have worked out better for the company. Something on the lines of the upcoming notch-less OnePlus 7.
Moreover, the company states that the owners can easily drive the car using gesture controls on the smartphone-cum-steering-wheel. Apparently, swiping left and right on the OnePlus device will enable the car to turn to the respective directions, and swiping up and down will lead to the forward and reverse movement of the car respectively. In another hilarious statement, OnePlus promises the users that in the first OTA (over the air) update, users will get an airplane mode, which won’t necessarily help the car to fly (although OnePlus could have pulled it off too), but will disable all notifications so that a person doesn’t accidentally swipe the wrong way and crashes the car.
In a string of other absurd claims, OnePlus says that customers can use their smartphone’s torch to light up the external headlights as well as the internal lamps. To charge the vehicle, users can plug in 20 – that’s right, 20 OnePlus Warp Chargers to charge the car in one day. Just when you think the company could not go more over the top, it stoops down real low as it states that its customers should be at least 5’6″ tall, and they shouldn’t be taller than 5’8″ in order to accommodate them in the vehicle. Well, that’s a pretty solid niche.
Tech Companies And April Fool’s Day
Users took to Twitter to participate in the meme galore that OnePlus had sparked. A user boosted the exposure on the warp car’s image the company had posted and found out that OnePlus had a message for its fans on the rear number plate, stating “Yes, we do cars now”. Even though it is clear that all of this was an obviously ridiculous concept, we could imagine the amount of fun the company has had with this. As long as a prank doesn’t hurt anybody, it’s a good prank, and a lot of tech companies are following this roadmap this April Fool’s day.