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Did someone really knit a car cover for a Lamborghini?

Take a closer look and find out for yourselves

Grandparents seem to have all the time in the world, right? IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

If you had a look around the Internet recently, you may have come across images of a yellow Lamborghini Urus wrapped in a rather unusual car cover.

The super-SUV had seemingly been fitted with custom-made knitwear inside and out, created by a well-meaning grandmother.

Honestly, some cars use wool in their interiors—just not this much. IMAGE FROM MIDJOURNEY

The story was a real feel-good piece, and described how 82-year-old Betty apparently created the unusual modifications as a gift for her daughter Lorraine. Accompanying the article were two images.

One showed Betty next to the yellow Lamborghini complete with knitted cover, and the other showed that she seemingly also covered the inside of the car with cushy-looking woolly handiwork.

It all looked really nice. A little too nice maybe. Upon closer inspection, some things didn’t add up.

Unfortunately, some websites would think these are legitimate stories. SCREENSHOT FROM JACARANDA FM

The story seemingly originated in the UK, but the car was a left-hand-drive version. Then there’s the number plate that looks more like gibberish than anything you’d find on a British vehicle.

And finally, the original story can be traced to a website that’s famous for not being exactly factual.

The truth then is that this is a piece of AI-created content. The original website was honest about that, and out to have some fun in its usual fashion. To avoid confusion, the satirical website presents itself with the following description:

You couldn’t make it up. Suffolk is full of strange and wonderful stories, and while our tales are clearly intended as satire, they do get repeated by gullible mainstream media, including Sky News and national newspapers.

Indeed, it seems other media outlets picked it up and thought it was real.

AI has come a long way in terms of image generation. IMAGES FROM MIDJOURNEY

The lesson here is pretty clear: In the age of AI-generated imagery, we have to be extra vigilant when it comes to believing what we see. We created our own images for this story in just a few clicks using Midjourney. Pretty convincing, right?

Having said that, the idea of a car cover and matching interior made from knitted wool is actually quite an interesting one. Now, who would like to create something like this for real?

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.