Bed Mattress Like Nothing

Somewhere out there, there’s a garbage truck driver named Jack who is very good at his job, and also has a great time doing it. In a truck equipped with an automated side loader (normally meant to grab and dump wheeled trashbins, like so), Jack decided to go after the ultimate target: a discarded bed mattress.

After carefully positioning the mattress using the truck’s claw, Jack manages to grab the thing (which flops around like a live fish the entire time, trying to escape the claw’s grasp) and slams it into his bin.

This is one video where you wanna make sure you have the sound on—half the fun is hearing Jack’s pure enthusiasm for his amazing feat. As Jack himself screams: “Ah! I’m awesome!” After a momentary pause to consider what he’s just done, he adds in thoughtfully, “Aw, I’m so cool.” Hard to argue with him.

First off, the platform. Because, well, that’s the only thing about the FFZero1 concept that’s real at this moment. Faraday has developed its own variable electric-vehicle architecture, a modular platform that it will use for a variety of cars. Faraday says the platform will be outfitted with all the hardware it needs for full Internet connectivity and autonomous driving.

Similar to a Tesla, the batteries will be positioned across the floor of the platform, creating a low center of gravity and increasing stability. However, Faraday says it’s developed a new battery structure that uses units the company calls strings—rectangles of connected battery cells that run the width of the vehicle’s floor. The platform can accept multiple battery configurations, adding or subtracting strings to fit various vehicle types and wheelbases. As Senior Vice President of R&D Nick Sampson explains it, the battery strings operate like Christmas lights—”if one battery goes out, the rest continue to function.”