Posts Tagged ‘automobiles’

All the King’s Cars

September 13, 2022

King Charles III motors into the throne with a garage full of autos, but his personal vehicle is a Jaguar-Land Rover I-PACE EV, and His Majesty’s Aston Martin DB6 runs on old wine and cheese.

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Self-Driving Car Crashes

June 22, 2022

Self-Driving Car Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that, since July 2021, 392 car crashes in the United States ocurred while vehicles were using advanced driver-assistance systems. Of these, 273, about 70 percent, were Tesla vehicles running its Autopilot software. During the same period, Honda reported 90 crashes and Subaru reported 10 crashes.

More:

“Teslas running Autopilot involved in 273 crashes reported since last year,” Faiz Siddiqui, Rachel Lerman, and Jeremy B. Merrill, Washington Post

“NHTSA: ‘Self-driving’ cars were linked to 392 crashes in 10 months,” J. Fingas, Engadget

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Rise And Fall Of The Volkswagen Beetle

March 28, 2022

In 81 years of production. the VW Beetle sold over 23 million units. The final Beetle rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, in 2019. A Business Insider video.

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Why You Won’t See a Tesla Commercial

February 15, 2022

You won’t See a Tesla commercial on TV. Celebrities and influencers (including Elon Musk) do the work of ads for free. The company puts money into research and development instead of PR. A Newsthink video by Cindy Pom.

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100 Years: Evolution of the Car Chase

August 13, 2021

“How Car Chase Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years,” a video by Movies Insider.

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Höga, Ikea’s Flat-Pack Car. Some Assembly Required.

June 1, 2021

The Höga is a modular, assemble-yourself elecric-powered concept for an urban car. If Ikea and Renault had a baby, it might look like this, shipped as 374 pieces, complete with a 3mm hex wrench, for €5,300 ($6,467 USD). This is a thesis project created by transportation design student Ryan Schlotthauer.

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Big Highways Make Traffic Worse

May 11, 2021

Expanding highways doesn’t do what you think it does. A Vox video.

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“What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse,” Adam Mann, Wired

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Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

April 22, 2021

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

Perhaps believing there aren’t enough unemployed delivery drivers in Texas, Domino’s Pizza will deliver pies via Nuro R2 autonomous robot vehicles in Houston. Domino’s selling point to customers: no tipping.

Houston traffic. Robot cars with a top speed of 25 MPH. Texan gun ownership rate. What could possibly go wrong?


More:

“Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston,” Kim Lyons, The Verge

“Houston, we have a robot: Nuro, Domino’s team up for autonomous pizza delivery,” Brian Straight, Modern Shipper, via FreightWaves

“Beep Beep: Domino’s Is Testing a Self-Driving Delivery Car,” Jenny G. Zhang, Eater

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How U.S. Road Signs Got Their Shapes

February 19, 2021

It’s an evolution, and comments on the latest revision are open until March 15th.

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Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD)

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Shutting Down Our Town

May 10, 2020

“Shutting Down Our Town,” written by Troy Cassar-Daley, recorded by Jimmy Barnes, 2019.

Jimmy Barnes website

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