Make way for the Tesla. The long-awaited Roadster, a sleek Ferrari-like electric vehicle, finally hit the market as Tesla opened its first retail store this month in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The car, which has a sticker price of over $100,000, does 0 to 60 mph in just under four seconds, goes 225 miles on a charge and can be fully recharged in 3 ½ hours. The next store is set to open in a couple of months near Tesla headquarters in Silicon Valley, in the city of San Carlos. More stores are planned for Chicago, New York and other cities next year.
Tesla began taking orders last year for the Tesla and the first ones began rolling off the production line in March. Tesla officials say California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, actors George Clooney and Kelsey Grammar and musians Will.i.am and Flea have ordered Roadsters.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
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