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Study Confirms That Cars Have Personalities

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the disney-is-unsurprised dept.

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Ponca City, We love you writes "A study has confirmed that many people see human facial features in the front ends of automobiles and ascribe various personality traits to cars. Forty study participants assessed cars based on a system known as geometric morphometrics by viewing high-resolution, 3D computer reconstructions and printed images of 38 actual 2004-06 car models and rating each model on 19 traits such as dominance, maturity, gender, and friendliness, and if they liked the car. Study participants liked best the cars scoring high in the so-called power traits — the most mature, masculine, arrogant, and angry-looking ones. Researchers theorized that over evolutionary time, humans have developed a selective sensitivity to features in the human face that convey information on sex, age, emotions, and intentions. The lead researcher explained, 'Seeing too many faces, even in mountains or toast, has little or no penalty, but missing or misinterpreting the face of a predator or attacker could be fatal.'"

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213 comments

Dupe (4, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956045)

Study confirms that Slashdot has dupes [slashdot.org] .

Re:Dupe (3, Funny)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956225)

And bad summaries.

Re:Dupe (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956271)

Further studies show that people ascribing animalistic qualities to inanimate objects are idiots!

Re:Dupe (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956319)

Even further studies show that square, pedantic nerds with no creative imagination are extremely boring people!

Re:Dupe (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956483)

And final studies confirm that only the parent was funny.

Re:Dupe (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956563)

I read that somewhere.

Re:Dupe (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956463)

Study confirms that Slashdot has dupes.

Yes, but each dupe has a different personality. Some dupes are happy, some are sad, some are confused, and some are on crack on crack on crack.
       

Re:Dupe (2, Insightful)

Still an AC (1390693) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956629)

Study confirms kdawson sucks as an editor.

Re:Dupe (1)

FornaxChemica (968594) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957117)

No study needed to confirm some people like posting malicious comments.

Re:Dupe (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957441)

And in other news, a study confirms that Slashdot has dupes [slashdot.org] .

Of course... (3, Insightful)

maz2331 (1104901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956047)

Those features are there by design. Marketing tells engineering to make it so.

Re:Of course... (2, Interesting)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956089)

Japanese cars seem to go for this. The most blatant example is the Miata.

http://www.pinkmiata.com/images/miata_face.jpg [pinkmiata.com]

There's another one I can find now where if you look at the headlights there's a smiley face. It's more subtle than the Miata, in fact you don't notice until someone points it out.

Which makes you wonder if the machines will exploit this sort of this thing when they take over, e.g. by making Terminators look non threatening.

Re:Of course... (5, Funny)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956267)

Japanese cars seem to go for this. The most blatant example is the Miata.

And then there are badass cars like this. [dabbledoo.com] To misquote Firefly, 'A man drives down the street in that, people know he's not afraid of anything.'

Re:Of course... (0)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956375)

I dunno, some dude in that is probably so comfortable enough with his own hetereosexuality that he could get out and fuck you in the ass for laughing at his gay looking car without worrying about it much afterwards.

Re:Of course... (0, Flamebait)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957253)

You also notice that Toyota and Hyundai cars have slanted lights, most unlike Ford and GM?

Re:Of course... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957373)

'A man drives down the street in that, people know he's not afraid of anything.'

Except maybe the man driving this. [carmagazine.co.uk]
Seriously, a car can't get more bad assed than that.

Re:Of course... (5, Funny)

Yoozer (1055188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957215)

Which makes you wonder if the machines will exploit this sort of this thing when they take over, e.g. by making Terminators look non threatening.

Hello Kitty says you have to come with her if you want to live.

Re:Of course... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956401)

Glorified monkeys drawn to attractive facial features.

More at 11.

Re:Of course... (4, Insightful)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956449)

A car's personality is more than it's looks.

If it was only the look of the Miata that counted then it wouldn't have been such a success.

It's also about how it feels to drive and how well the design of the driver's area is done.

Uh... (-1, Troll)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956051)

Ok... so the real title should be: "Humans associate objects with potential enemies". How is it that scientists get funding for BS research like this when they could be doing something cool like getting me my flying car already.

Re:Uh... (2, Insightful)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956087)

They are doing research on what the front of that flying car should look like.

It IS the third millennium, I would like my flying car already.

Re:Uh... (1)

theredshoes (1308621) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956321)

I think you will probably be getting a hybrid before a flying car it seems. The article sites that all of the major American car makers are going to come out with hybrids. I think it is a good thing that they are coming out with a hybrid Silverado or Tahoe and I am sure most people would agree. I want a flying car too. :)

Re:Uh... (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957519)

Lots of people would like flying cars, but the idea of a flying car is, let's be kind, idiotic. People don't need them, they'd waste energy, be a crash-effects multiplier, etc. Crossing an aircraft with a car is like crossing a fish with a mountain goat. The result wouldn't be good for either job.

If you want to fly, become wealthy and buy a proper flying machine.

Car analogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956065)

Let have some car analogies! Oh wait... Does this broaden the spectrum that car analogy can apply to?

This is something every channer knows. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956085)

o___o
/__,

There's a reason some cars cost more than others.. (5, Interesting)

Dr_Banzai (111657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956121)

The easiest way to change the PERCEPTION of value is to alter the "Face" on the front of the car. Expensive cars have a face that is smarter, sleeker, sexier, more masculine, etc. Take a look at a BMW, how the shape of the headlights and the grille combine to make the characteristic BMW face. Cheap cars have weak, stupid, submissive faces. Why don't they take a cheap car and put a sexy face on it? Because then nobody would buy the expensive cars.

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (2, Informative)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956143)

erm, that and the BMW is made to much higher standards, has 10's of millions of RnD put into it and has superior materials used in it. you aren't suggesting a BMW is the same as a KIA, are you?

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957623)

you aren't suggesting a BMW is the same as a KIA, are you?

No, I'd expect a Kia to last rather longer than a BMW without needing extensive repair work. Old BMWs are great. New BMWs are rubbish. Most BMWs about 5-6 years old are by now mostly just a thin layer of paint holding some powdery rust together.

The weak submissive value face over engineering (1, Informative)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956227)

Ironically the weak stupid submissive ones (known as conformists) are the ones that put a larger priority on the "face" than the engineering of the car. I believe it's called overcompensation. I for one am not afraid to drive a Toyota Corolla because I know it's a good value, will last forever, and for a car is less harmful to the environment than most other cars, and guess what I don't give a rats ass what it's "face" looks like.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (5, Funny)

bitrex (859228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956365)

I hope to someday be able to purchase an internationally-marketed mass produced automobile that speaks to my own sense of individuality. I will perhaps get a GMC Acadia, but with a towhook package, or a Volkswagen Golf with a turbocharged engine instead of normally-aspirated and an iPod dock. I will then most likely get a tribal tattoo. I'm young, tech-savy,cyber-edgy and stickin' it to society's traditional values!

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (0, Flamebait)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956417)

If you were trying to make fun of me you really failed. My point was check out the engineering and practicality not the machismo or mass marketed pseudo hip trendiness, epic fail, try again.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956505)

The word epic used to mean something and it wasn't two sissies fighting on the internet, newfag.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957223)

Epic response!

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (0, Offtopic)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956649)

If you were trying to make fun of me

If you can disembody yourself from the fact that GP was replying to your post and be objective for a minute, you'd see that the GP post was friggin' hilarious. Sometimes humor needs a brunt. Your best bet is to play the straight man when it happens to you. That's rule #23 in the karma playbook.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (-1, Offtopic)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956695)

It's freaking hilarious until someone tries and fails to make fun of YOU in a bullying mean mega jerk way, right?

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (0, Offtopic)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956939)

It's freaking hilarious until someone tries and fails to make fun of YOU

If I can recognize meanness as an attempt at humor, I usually don't mind. If I don't recognize it as humor, I try to assume the best. If its obvious its not humor, I tend to show up at their house with a neutron laser, a bag of obturators, and a quart of wood glue.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957325)

... and with that sort of temper, you shouldn't be driving anything more powerfull than a set of rollerblades.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956599)

you just got hosed off, gg.

Re:The weak submissive value face over engineering (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956451)

I for one am not afraid to drive a Toyota Corolla

Here, let me fix that for ya:
s/for one//
s/not afraid to drive a Toyota Corolla/gay/

Okay technically it's not one of the gay cars [cartalk.com] . It's really more of a pussy car. And not the good kind.

do not conform by conforming! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956789)

Yes, all those who like nice things are conformists, whereas people who don't like those things (because they can't afford them) are not only more authentic, but hipper too.

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (4, Insightful)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956239)

Why don't they take a cheap car and put a sexy face on it? Because then nobody would buy the expensive cars.

Ummm, so couldn't someone who makes a cheaper car put a little bit more effort into how the car looks and make more money off it? Either through higher sticker price or increased sales?

Drive a car like a BMW or Porsche or whatever -- I mean really drive it like it's capable of being driven -- and you'll understand a little better why cars like that cost more. I know what comes next: Overpriced? Depends on who you ask.

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956609)

Thank you, the voice of reason. The sad part is that 95% of BMW owners (probably less Porsche owners since they seem to be more the enthusiast demographic) will ever truly drive the car. It's not about doing 140MPH in a straight line, it's about burying the needle into the redline and getting some serious full-opposite lock drifting in at the track...

Me, I drive an Audi RS/4. A bit harder to get to mis-behave, but still a seriously fun and fast track car :)

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (1)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957061)

you mean cars turn? surely you only mean left turns?

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957711)

I get your point with the Porsche. But a BMW? Seriously? Audi or Mercedes, sure. But BMW??

Lipstick on a pig. (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956587)

"Why don't they take a cheap car and put a sexy face on it?"

For the same reason they don't put a beak on a Datsun and call it a flying car. Sex sells but so do other things such as efficiency, cuteness, novelty, and plain old 'cheap-n-nasty-but-does-the-job' (such as the mini I once owned that had a large yellow smiley face covering the drivers door).

I'm sort of a half-caste nerd so here's something I've observed about superficial people: If you buy a car that is (say) a BMW wanna-be, then guess what, the people who judge you by what your car looks like will see you as a "wanna-be". If the car is a "sexy car" wanna-be... well...

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (3, Informative)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956867)

Cheap cars have weak, stupid, submissive faces.

Not always. Take the original Mini or Beetle for example.

Re:There's a reason some cars cost more than other (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957829)

Cheap cars have weak, stupid, submissive faces.

Not always. Take the original Mini or Beetle for example.

The face of the original Beetle is what inspired Herbie the love bug. While perhaps Herbie didn't have a stupid face, it is hard to really distance a happy, loving smiley face from a submissive one.

Difference between a porcupine and a BMW? (4, Funny)

mveloso (325617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956125)

With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside! // old joke // had 3 bimmers, miss them all

I'm getting a bit tired... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956177)

I'm getting a bit tired of Slashdot trolling its own users just to create discussions. Maybe this wasn't the best news post to comment on since only the title is bad but I'm sure most know what I'm talking about. Why can't you just make good titles and good summaries? Do bad ones really generate that many more clicks (ad views)?

And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers... (-1, Troll)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956189)

If you pick a car that looks like a douchebag outside the driver inside is probably a douchebag as well, sigh :( Why Americans see the angry aggressive asshole stance as "good" is beyond me, it certainly isn't winning us many friends in the world. Welcome to Assholetopia this is your new HUMVEE, sigh!

Re:And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956211)

america is full of spics and niggers and jews

Re:And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956223)

If you pick a car the driver inside is probably a douchebag.

Fixed.

Re:And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956513)

Maybe we don't have too many friends in the world because we have pussy-ass Corolla drivers like you here who think America is Assholetopia, American cars look like douchebags, and then you think that means American drivers are douchebags. Here's an idea: Worry less about American cars' so-called "asshole stance" and focus on your own.

Re:And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers.. (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956631)

People worry way too much about what others think. The Humvee driver and yourself included.

Re:And we wonder why we have so many bad drivers.. (-1, Flamebait)

mrraven (129238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956669)

No dumbass you have reading comprehension problems for the third time I said a car should be selected based on engineering and practicality. Troll much loser?

That's not all (4, Funny)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956193)

Cars not only have personalities, they have souls! Every morning I beseech the machine spirit of my car to start the engine and have it run smoothly and reliably. It's worked so far.

Re:That's not all (2, Funny)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956285)

Interestingly enough, if you squint just right, my car looks like the Virgin Mary.

Re:That's not all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956437)

If you squint just right, mine looks like a turd.

Re:That's not all (3, Funny)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957095)

I don't believe that. I've seen your car mate, and it doesn't look like no virgin to me. It's well and truly f**ked

(btw before I get attacked for this, it is a joke ok)

Re:That's not all (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957541)

mod parent funny as f*ck! That's gonna keep me warm all winter, it is!

Uh... Duh... (4, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956207)

people have been doing caricatures of automobile "faces" since early 20th century. I mean like 1910. If people did not "see" faces in automobiles, the excellent Pixar movie "Cars" would have had no entertainment value. It would have just been... weird.

And if people are going to see "faces" in automobiles, they are going to see expressions, too.

Did somebody actually get CREDIT for doing this study, which appears to be a phenomenal statement of the obvious?

Systems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956355)

people are inherantly organizsed in their world view. Feed them ANYTHING and they will orginizse it. Thtas why inkblots work. Feed people random information and they will percieve a underlying system, orgization, an image. People naturally see connections wthither they are there or not.

Sure. (2, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956473)

I get that. Which was my point: someone actually got credit for this "study"? The results of which should be obvious to anyone who has taken Psych 101 + Soc 101 at University?

Re:Uh... Duh... (3, Insightful)

quintesse (654840) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956515)

True, even the earliest Disney cartoons gave cars faces (well, they gave faces to just about anything but that's beside the point, my point anyway)

But come on, don't tell me car designers, at least nowadays, don't know perfectly well that people see faces in their cars... because they put them there!

The study should have been backward: do car designers make cars look to have human facial expressions?

The value of the study would have been the same though: null, void, zilch. God what a waste of time.

Re:Uh... Duh... (1)

FornaxChemica (968594) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957205)

While talking about cartoons, Japanese did it too with Bumpety Boo [youtube.com] / Boumbo [youtube.com] . You can't miss the nose on that car's face. Sanrio event put a face on the Shinkansen [google.com] (the bullet train).

Re:Uh... Duh... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957563)

They don't look right. The headlamps should be the eyes, not the screen.

Still interesting (2, Interesting)

Xs1t0ry (1247414) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956251)

I'd like to see how this relates to how people analyze the faces of other people and how it affects if they like them. In the article, it states that people were attracted to the meaner, angrier, more arrogant, etc. traits but I suspect it would be the opposite if we were talking about some guy instead of a car. I wonder why that is...

Re:Still interesting (1)

Dr_Banzai (111657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956273)

Hasn't anyone ever told you that nice guys finish last?

Re:Still interesting (1)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957109)

Hasn't anyone ever told you that nice guys finish last?

yeah, true... but if I finished first all of the time, your mum would be pissed

Re:Still interesting (1)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957171)

I wonder why that is...

Because they can control/own/dominate the car, so they're in control of this "angry/arrogant/mean" thing. If it was a guy rather than a car, they wouldn't feel so superior...

My current car... (0, Offtopic)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956257)

My current car must have character by now. It was suppose to be my dream car. My tastes aren't extravagant. It's a 1996 Holden Berlina station wagon. It has however turned out to be a lemon. Nothing but trouble. The aircon intermittently on a hot day decides to read the temperature as -30 celcius outside, and blows hot air instead of cold. It has broken down a number of times despite maintenance. It's got power windows that occassionally stick and a boot that won't stay up (needs regassing but I'll be damned if I spend a cent on it that I don't have to!) I abuse it almost every time I get in the damn thing and if that kind of abuse isn't enough to give you character, what is?

Re:My current car... (1)

Whiteox (919863) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956551)

Get rid of the Holden and buy a 1998 Hyundai Sonata (2 litre manual 2nd series). I did and I don't regret it. You'll probably get a really good one for $3000, low kms, serviced etc. Fit a lawn mower in the boot too.

Re:My current car... (2, Funny)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957113)

Fit a lawn mower in the boot too.

and another lawn mower engine in the front

Oh yes. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956333)

I laugh at car faces every time I'm high as heck.

pattern in randomness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956455)

this is known as--if u look for something ver hard and ignoring evidence otherwise,u find it. for example seeing pattern even if data is random!

CSS (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956493)

The facial expression I see in Slashdot's CSS makeover looks kind of like a Picasso [cachefly.net] .
     

No analogies (1)

Kolargol00 (1177651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956509)

So... no car analogies this time! :P

Humans always tend to see faces everywhere... (1)

ekran (79740) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956519)

Headlamps as eyes, grille or even the front bumper as mouth, nose in the center of the hood. I think people see faces in cars because we're used to seeing faces and because seeing faces and differing between people is an inherited thing that always has been important to us humans.

Just look at the movie 'Cars' and you'll see what I mean.

Other examples: The face of Mars, and that Nebula that someone thought looked like Jesus.

Cars may have personalities... (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956525)

... but there's some vacuous humans I've met that don't seem to have one. I also wonder about the mental health of people who would fund and implement a "study" such as this.

It's all about the eyes... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956579)

When I look at motorcycle, I can't really put a face on it. A car is easy to personify though. The reason is, headlights remind me of eyes. When we see a 'set of eyes', it seems the natural response is to extrapolate a face. This certainly doesn't require a study, although more power to the researchers if that's what they want to do...

Just as an example, if the headlights are squat and wide -- maybe slanted downward toward the middle -- the car looks angry. If the headlights are far apart, big and round, slanted upward toward the middle -- the car looks friendlier. It doesn't take a study to figure that out. ;)

With that in mind, I wonder how people on the autistic spectrum view the personality of a car. Given that one of the difficulties of ASD is reading people based on their actions and appearance, I'm assuming the same 'problem' would appear with personifying cars too?

I would have liked to RTFA... (1)

SmoothTom (455688) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956741)

But $34 to take a look is a bit much. :o(

I would be curious especially to see the images used, hoping to see a vehicle similar to mine, just to see what personality is ascribed to it.

Oh, well, no way I'm paying that much for just casual curiosity.

--
Tomas

All cars look like animals (5, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956743)

I did a study on cars and asked like 40 of my friends to rate a bunch of cars selected at random. The options for choices were "like a squirrel", "like a fox", "like a tiger", "like a bird", "like a bear" and "like a turtle." Without exception, everyone likened each car presented to some kind of animal. Therefore people think all cars look like animals.

Did anyone catch the flaw?

Now go back and look at the summary. All of the words given as choices in describing the cars are closely linked to personality traits. So of COURSE they will be perceived to have personalities if they are described in those terms!

Re:All cars look like animals (1)

raind (174356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957213)

Really, when I look at cars I try to put a face on them. !

Re:All cars look like animals (2, Interesting)

horatiocain (1199485) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957251)

It's a good point. While I think the study was based on the personality of a given car being 'reliable'(haven't RTFA since the original post of this), I would want to see some brain scans of activity in the fusiform gyrus [wikipedia.org] or something by random car-looker-atters before I trusted the whole thing.

Re:All cars look like animals (1)

YourExperiment (1081089) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957909)

Goddamn, I wish someone would invent a moderation system for /. that actually worked.

I just wasted several minutes of my life reading through weak jokes, arguments and trolling. The only insightful comment on the page is yours. If only there was a way to move comments like this to the top, rather than just rewarding the people who happen to post first.

AMC Gremlin (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956747)

The AMC Gremlin probably resembles the majority of /.ers--maybe any AMC car for that matter.

They do have personalities (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956753)

Cars definitely do have personalities. My GMC pickup has all the personality of a donkey: it's slow and stubborn and doesn't want to work and no amount of coaxing (new fuel and ignition systems) will convince it to do what I ask. It also eats and drinks a lot but just barely earns its keep. It also poops a lot (rust)

The MR2 I had was that of a beapoo (a beagle/poodle mix) -- quick on its feet, cozy, cute, and nimble, and didn't eat or drink much. It was also somewhat fragile (a coworker hit it with his truck when he lost control backing down a hill in the parking lot) :(

'Vettes - the Stingray is somewhat slow but beautiful, but very reliable, but at the same time very hungry for food (fuel). I'd liken it to a well-bred work horse, but not so stocky and bulky as a draught horse.

The ZR-1 Corvette: it has the personality of a lion. It's very strong and fast, can roar very loudly, holds its course extremely well in turns, but not particularly agile in very tight turns in tight spaces. It roars and is really fast, and can stop on a dime.

The Hyundai Excel had the personality of a gerbil. It was cozy, cuddly, and cute, but also was very prone to being sick.

A Mazda B2000 pickup I had many years ago had the personality of a shetland pony: it was tiny and cute, looked like a truck and wanted to do some work, but totally useless for hauling anything.

Cutlass S: I'd liken it to a draught horse-- OK look at, heavy and stocky, and strong, but also eats and drinks a lot. It also pooped a lot (rust!)

So does the moon (1)

paylett (553168) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956857)

So did the moon in Australia last night as the cresent moon, Venus and Jupiter all aligned for a nice smiley [smh.com.au] .

Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Autos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25956879)

Donald Norman knows:
http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/table_of_contents.html

"Little or no penalty"? (1)

RichiH (749257) | more than 5 years ago | (#25956893)

Tell that to people obsessing over a cucumber slice.

Every child knows this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957063)

D'oh. You don't a study for that, I could have told you that back when I was 4 years old.

failzo8s (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957077)

MUNCHES THE mOST

Transformers (1)

Terminus32 (968892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957101)

Made me think of Bumblebee! ;-)

Illogical choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25957291)

Study participants liked best the cars scoring high in the so-called power traits â" the most mature, masculine, arrogant, and angry-looking ones

This explain why so many people likes SUVs despite them being more insecure [halfbakery.com] , inefficient [latimes.com] and illogical choices: they choose like animals driven by istinct instead of logic. (EG: idiots [stopurban4x4s.org.uk] )

Car Face Expression (2, Insightful)

_Ludwig (86077) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957437)

The perceived personality that TFA talks about has little to do with a car's actual performance characteristics and more to do with how the car owner wishes to be perceived, at least to anyone who knows the first thing about cars. Round "open-eyed" headlights and a surprised mouth may suggest some sort of anime-style "passive femininity" to people who aren't familiar with, say, a Shelby Cobra [limit4000.net] or Ferrari Barchetta [blogspot.com] , but eventually even the nonenthusiast consumer will learn that "angry aerodynamic eyebrow" headlights and "low-slung frowny grilles" can be just as easily applied to mediocre grocery-getting minivans as high-end sports cars. The face of one's car tends to say far more about its owner than it does about the car itself.

Look at the front of a Prius. [timothyhumphrey.name] Obviously not marketed towards macho leadfoot NASCAR wannabes, but look: The grille is clearly smiling at you, but the headlights connote a high-tech aerodynamic (albeit not unfriendly) robot, in contrast to the helpful eager puppy look of, say, a new Thunderbird. [weblog.com]

(For my (nonexistent) money, the new car that strikes the best balance is the new Challenger. [newdodgechallenger.net] The headlights are browed just right to look serious without being psychopathically aggressive, and in combination with the slightly smirking lower (intercooler?) intake the whole face looks confident without being obnoxiously threatening. It would have been a much better Bumblebee than that stupid Camaro.)

There's a typo (1)

Livius (318358) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957453)

Study Confirms That Humans Project Personality Traits onto Cars

People were doing this with ships three thousand years ago.

Ermness (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957467)

So, wait... They asked people to rate how much various cars appear to have certain human traits, and then said "Look! They're describing the cars as having human traits!"?

This still does not explain... (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957479)

...the Studebaker.

Re:This still does not explain... (1)

_Ludwig (86077) | more than 5 years ago | (#25957557)

And what exactly is wrong with a Studebaker? [homestead.com]
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