Some of us are a little more addicted to caffeine than others. Some of us would prefer to have a constant espresso source following us wherever we go. But is it really a good idea, and will we even get a great cup? Isn’t that what stopping by a quality coffee shop is for? Fiat is aiming to find out with the debut of its Fiat 500L crossover model, which is the first car to come equipped with a fully operational espresso machine.
“The 500L is the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine that utilises the technology of the 'A Modo Mio' pods,” says Fiat of its collaboration with Italian coffee company Lavazza. “It is perfectly integrated in the car with a deck designed expressly by Fiat.”
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CNN reports that many have expressed safety concerns, but before you get too worried, let it be known that the espresso machine only works when the car is stopped – in other words, no, the idiot in front of you won’t be able to merge onto the freeway while fixing himself a triple. We’re assuming it’s more akin to giving owners the option to to duck out of the office for a legit coffee break without having to go too far away or compromise with the usual dire break room situation. When you put it like that, it kind of sounds like a dream come true.
Let it also be known that one of those concerned parties CNN quotes is Tom Bergeron, the current host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, who made a crack on Twitter about boiling hot liquids while also texting and driving at 80 MPH. Scathing! But seriously though: if Tom Bergeron isn’t amused by your antics, you’re probably doing something right.
Fiat Europe communications press officer Norman Winkler got in touch with CNN to clear up any worry:
"You can use it only when the car is stopped... It's quite tiny and it has a docking station in which it remains locked. The quantity of coffee is much (less) than usual use in the cups in the states. Its espresso, it's very tiny."
There’s also the fact that the espresso machine feature might not even make it into the U.S. market version. We’re not so sure that it will, either, just based on U.S. backlash – even though every rational fact here was spelled out crystal clear on the CNN report, nearly half of the user comments expressed outrage over the idea of brewing coffee while also texting and driving at 80 MPH, proving once again that Tom Bergeron is the voice of our nation and well qualified to judge which home video is truly America’s Funniest.
But nevertheless, we still hold out hope that this feature will make it stateside, because it kind of sounds like the greatest feature a car could ever come with. Maybe we need to lay off the coffee ourselves for a while.