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The Sweetest Ride You Ever Take Might Just Be Your Last One

There's a Bombardier out there who wants to revolutionize the way we ride to heaven.

From a purely automotive standpoint, the whole funeral thing has been in a bit of a rut for the past few decades. Take a long-wheelbase luxury car, add on a big, boxy 'cargo' area that can comfortably fit a coffin, and you've got yourself a hearse. But isn't it about time to roll the body-carrying car business into the 21st century? Charles Bombardier, grandson of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, is an active inventor who's already introduced some pretty wild ideas to the world. Now, he's come up with a vehicle that aims to transform the way people leave this world.

The Korbiyor is a fuel-cell powered electric hearse that features autonomous driving. It moves on Mecanum wheels that allow the vehicle to roll in any direction, which means it can ride directly into a church or other place of worship to make a truly dazzling last entrance. With no driver (driving is done by remote control), the deceased's body has the whole cabin to itself and can be the true star of the show. Those who come to pay their respects will enjoy special features such as a multimedia presentation and stereo speakers. Meanwhile, the body will be kept at an ideal temperature thanks to onboard refrigeration. Is this the ultimate ride to the sky, or an invention that should be buried before it leaves the lab?

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