Rocker Neil Young, James Gosling Connect over Java-Enabled Car at Sun

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Rocker Neil Young, James Gosling Connect over Java-Enabled Car at Sun

The LincVolt, Neil Young and Java creator James Gosling's entry into the X Automotive Prize competition, is a classic 1959 Lincoln Continental Mk IV that has been repowered with a new series-hybrid system and now runs on electricity produced by a natural-gas generator. Java technology powers sensors that monitor performance elements of the LincVolt and display the results on a touch-screen panel as the hybrid car travels down the road. Young and Gosling showed the vehicle to about 40 onlookers, then took a spin around the Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Alas, however: On its way back home that evening, the LincVolt ran into a bit of trouble and was seen with its hood up on the shoulder of the road. It recovered, though, and later took a cross-country tour with Young behind the wheel.

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Neil Young and James Gosling wish each other well at the Linc Volt demonstration at the Sun campus in Menlo Park, Calif.(Photo by Saul Lewis, Sun Microsystems)

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Here's a view of the rear of the Lincoln Mark IV, which is a lengthy convertible.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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The engine is from a Mazda, so it takes up only about half the space under the Lincoln's large hood.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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Young's film director, Larry Williams, takes a look at the computer setup behind the back seat of the Lincoln Mark IV. The batteries take up most of the trunk space.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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Young and Gosling share a funny story. About 40 Sun employees, plus Young's film production crew, were on hand for the demo.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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Young and Gosling get ready to take the Linc Volt for a drive around the campus.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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Off they go. The car made little or no sound as it took off.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger)

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