Today in Bad Ideas: The In-Dash Espresso Machine

How late can you be, people?!

April 19, 2017 9:00 am

Considering eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in the U.S. each day, we are not advocating for you to make espresso while you drive.

Really. Don’t do it. This ends with you spilling hot coffee all over yourself like that lady who sued McDonald’s and possibly causing a 50-car pileup. Until robots are driving our cars and we’re allowed to literally doze off behind the wheel, this is a terrible idea.

Now that you’ve been warned, meet the Handpresso Auto Hybrid, a relatively safe option for doing exatly what we just told you not to do.

Capable of brewing Joe on-the-go using either pods or ground-up beans, the Auto Hybrid is powered by your car’s cigarette lighter (assuming it still has one) and simply needs to be filled with water and coffee. Once that’s done, brewing is as simple as pushing a button.

Handpresso (3 images)

The dispensing part is where the gizmo’s safety feature comes into play: the Handpresso will not open to fill your cup unless the device is turned over and in the proper position to pour, which would be fantastically difficult to execute while driving.

With a brewing cycle time of two minutes, the handy gadget is handsomely priced at just $190.

For a silky smooth demo of the device in action, peep the video below. And then forget we told you about this and remember to keep your hands at 9 and 3 while operating a motor vehicle.

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