Posts Tagged ‘cars’

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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Top image (“Tesla Robot Taxi”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Pinto Squire

June 12, 2022

“Pinto Squire,” written and recorded by Tom Heinl, 2003. The Ford Pinto Squire was the faux-wood paneled, 2-door-plus-tailgate station wagon produced from 1972 to 1980. This not the “woodie” the Beach Boys were singing about.

Bonus: 1972 Ford Pinto Squire commercial.

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All of James Bond’s Aston Martins

March 30, 2022

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman talks about all the Aston Martin cars that appear in the James Bond movies.

Aston Martin website

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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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The History of Electric Cars

March 7, 2022

By the end of the 19th century, 38% of American cars were electric. But early car batteries were expensive and inefficient, and the vehicles were twice the price of a gas-powered car. Enter the cheap Model T, and goodbye electric autos. Now that gas-powered cars have warmed the climate, can the market for electric cars heat up again? A TED-Ed video by Daniel Sperling and Gil Tal, narrated by Jack Cutmore-Scott, and animated by Lobster Studio.

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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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Detroit Style

October 14, 2021

Detroit Institure of Arts gallery teacher Crystal Palmer takes us inside the museum’s exhibition “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020.”

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Hot Rods

August 28, 2021

“Hot Rods,” a 1953 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Ed Donnelly, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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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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