Posts Tagged ‘automobiles’

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?


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“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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The Rise And Fall Of Cadillac

April 30, 2020

Irene Kim outlines the the rise and fall of Cadillac, once America’s 4-wheeled measure of luxury and success. A Business Insider video.

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Goofy’s Freeway Troubles

April 25, 2020

“Goofy’s Freeway Troubles,” a 1965 Disney Studios theatrical cartoon directed by Les Clark. Written by William Bosché, with music by George Bruns. Animation by Ray Aragon, Jack Boyd, Bill Layne, Bob McCrea, Cliff Nordberg, Walt Peregoy, and Robert W. Youngquist. Narrated by Paul Frees. Goofy is voiced by Pinto Colvig, his last appearance in a role he created.

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