While we generally try not to make too many political statements on The Autopian (too many employees are staunch American Monarchists and I just can’t with that) but I’m going to make an exception here for two reasons: first, those political statements are being presented via an idea I had thought of way back in 2012, and second, the statements being made are in support of Ukraine in their efforts against the Russian invasion, and since my family hails from the ketchup-producing town of Torchyn in Ukraine, I’m biased. Also, it’s sort of a taillight-based form of expression, since someone has taken the effort to install a full-color LCD heckblende between their Mustang’s taillights, and that’s pretty cool.
I was sent this Telegram post that has the video of the rear-display equipped Mustang:
The video was shot in Kyiv, Ukraine, and I’m not sure if the Mustang owner’s NSFW license plate is real or not, but clearly someone is having fun with their Mustang, already an unusual choice for Eastern Europe.
The text displayed in the LCD heckblende is as follows:
I’d also like to point out that the running-horse animation is pretty badass and Ford really should be considering implementing a full LCD heckblende like this, because why not? Fun is fun, right? Even if you’re not using your full gaphical display at the rear of your car to say things about a miserable war, you absolutely could be using it for some fun automotive lighting experiments.
Plus, such a setup could offer real safety advantages, like allowing for special displays when an emergency stop is happening, announcing when the car is being partially controlled by a semi-autonomous system, displaying emergency messages, and more.
Look, this Ukranian Mustang owner has already done the hard proof-of-concept work! Maybe it’s time to consider display-taillight systems? I get that various regulations would need to be changed, but carmakers have been playing with external vehicle displays for years.
In fact, the general concept of a rear-mounted communication display goes back even further, such as this painfully misogynistic version from way back in 1951:
Yikes. I don’t think I need to say that no one here at The Autopian can defend that, but it was the earliest obvious example of a rear-mounted external display screen concept I could find, so, you know, sorry about that.
Anyway, get the hell out of Ukraine, Russia.