Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

July 17, 2018
Liberté, Fraternité, Mobilité!

 2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, Washington Square, NYC

On July 15th the annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous toured the streets of New York, starting at Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive and cruising down to the Waverly Place side of Washington Square. Most vehicles were the Deux Chevaux (2CV) model, the beloved “parapluie sur quatre roues” (“umbrella on four wheels”). At the same time these fanciers of French cars were on the road, France was winning the World Cup. Quelle ironie!

2018 Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, NYC

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Uber Makes Traffic Worse

June 28, 2018

You can call Uber and Lyft from your phone and get a ride. Smooth, right? But with all those rideshare vehicles picking up and dropping off fares, city streets are more congested than ever. Video from Streetfilms.org.

More:

“How to Fix New York City’s ‘Unsustainable’ Traffic Woes,” Laura Bliss, CityLab

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The Price of Parking

June 15, 2018

The Price of Parking

A Hong Kong parking spot measuring 16.4 feet by 8.2 feet sold for US$760,000 on June 4th, according to the South China Morning PostThat’s about US$5,600 per square foot, three times the average price of residential property in Hong Kong. The spot is in a parking bay in the Ultima luxury development (average apartment price: US$12.7 million) where there are only 370 car spaces for 527 units. An Ultima parking space recently rented for US$1,274 per month.

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Self-Driving Car Trap

June 7, 2018

Autonomous Trap 001, a work-in-progress by James Bridleh/t:  Jason Kottke

Related:

“Most people expect driverless cars to become common, and they worry about it,” Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post

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Rush Hour

April 16, 2018

“Rush Hour,” a short film by Fernando Livschitz.

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Japan’s Bowling Ball Test

March 21, 2018

While defending his trade war during a fundraising speech in Missouri last week, President Trump claimed that in Japan, to test American auto imports, “they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify…It’s horrible, the way we’re treated.”

The Japanese were baffled, since they don’t do that. Americans were, too, until they dug up the 2010 Nissan commercial above.

More:

“Donald Trump botches Japanese bowling ball on the car hood test,” Jon Greenberg, Politifact

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The High Cost of Free Parking

December 1, 2017

Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain how the cities we live in are shaped by the way we get around them (more here).

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Holden Motorcars, 1948 — 2017

October 20, 2017

Australia’s car, the Holden. Recently reborn as a part of GM, the last Aussie-made car rolled off the assembly line on October 20th (that would be yesterday if you’re in Oz).

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Jeep

October 8, 2017

“Autobiography of a Jeep” (1943), from United Films via the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, reprocessed by Jeff Quitney. The Willys MB Jeep was the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II (more here). This WWII-era film celebrates the buggy’s prowess.

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Driving Home for Christmas

December 23, 2016

“Driving Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Chris Rea. Another version is here. Despite 24 albums and 72 hit singles in the UK, the British artist is not well-known in the USA.

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