By Tom Bannister
Looking a bit like a scene from a scarier Herbie (if Herbie had been shot using one of today’s ultra-boring car-designs), this video of a woman using her automated car to scare away a parking attendant has gone viral on the Chinese internet. Nearly four million had viewed the video on the Sina site after it was uploaded three days ago.
There are few details about the video although many netizens speculated that the woman was trying to avoid paying a parking fine. Chinasmack has analysed netizens comments, and opinion was mixed over whether it was fake or not.
Some (including this author) believed that it was probably a soft advertising video for a new automated car produced by Chinese manufacturers BYD. Here is a story about a BYD car catching fire, to balance out that coldly calculating soft-advertising manipulation.