Cyborg Driver Dies in Car Crash

When Christian Kandlbauer lost both his arms some four years back, it seemed the world came down crumbling on his head. He got his arms back, together with a chance at a normal life, thanks to Otto Bock Healthcare, a company who loves to develop high tech gadgets for use in the medical field.

When Christian Kandlbauer got his new arms, the world of medicine changed a bit. The artificial arms are not your everyday prosthesis, but a blend between a prosthetic limb and cutting edge technologies. By using only his brain, Kandlbauer could move his artificial arms with ease.

"Thanks to the mind-controlled prothesis, I'm almost as independent and self-reliant as I was before my accident," Kandlbauer said after receiving his new arms. "I can pretty much live the life before the accident."

When Austrian authorities saw what Christian Kandlbauer can do with his arms and brain, they gave him a drivers' license. Kandlbauer was considered the first person on the planet to drive by using a mind-controlled arm.

Last Tuesday, when some other Austrian authorities were called to the scene of a crash in Bad Waltersdorf, south-east Austria, they found Christian Kandlbauer trapped inside his wrecked, burning, wrapped-around-a-tree Subaru.

It's not clear what caused the crash, but it's clear what everyone suspects. Kandlbauer survived the crash, to the amazement of the authorities, and was transported to a hospital in Graz, Austria. At the time we are writing this, we've just learned that the 22-year-old Christian Kandlbauer died, two days after his accident.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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