If you were asked to design a preventative solution to people falling onto subway tracks, where would you start? I imagine most folks would focus on the platform's edge, perhaps adding safety rails that aligned with the non-doored portions of incoming trains, or maybe glass walls with secondary doors like
Years ago on The Tonight Show, Kevin Pollak told car nut Jay Leno that Detroit should build the '57 Chevy again. "They must still have the plans sitting on a shelf somewhere," he said. "Dust them off and start making 'em again." While it's unlikely that General Motors has saved
G-Force and Robotech were revolutionary in the animation world, and mind-blowing to those of us raised in the '70s and '80s. Well before CG, the "camera" in those shows could do things we'd never seen before: A long shot of battling spaceships would suddenly zoom in on one craft, bringing
If you're having a bike race with a sibling and you lose, you know what to do: Blame the bike. That's what Yutaka Kondo did when older brother Nobuo beat him in an endurance race six years ago. Thing is, the Kondo brothers aren't little kids: They run Kondo Machine
Automotive sketchers among you (we're looking at you, DiTullo) will often travel to classic car shows and either break out the sketchbook on the spot, or memorize what you can and draw them afterwards. Seeing a car from all sides really locks the car's form into your brain in a
Maps are not disinterested portrayals of physical realities. They are the products and depictions of power. The Mercator projection world map emphasizes the size of the Americas relative to Africa. This isn't a reality; it is a cartographic decision that emphasizes geopolitical dynamics. (This dynamic is reversed on the Peters
The humble bicycle has literally changed the way the world operates and lives on a day-to-day basis. Symbolizing everything from an active lifestyle, to sustainable habits, the bicycles’ importance worldwide goes beyond just transportation, impacting environmental concerns, human health, economic development, and much more. VP of Marketing for SRAM
Remember those cool non-pneumatic tires that we saw first on Humvees, then ATVs? We'd wondered if the unique tires, which are not prone to punctures and accidental deflation, had any commercial potential beyond military and recreational vehicles. I figured it'd just be a matter of time before I saw some
The annual car show in Geneva, Switzerland is well known for decadent super cars and 2015 was no exception with the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini debuting new models. Looking beyond the glamour of the millionaire’s toys and glossy carbon
Those in wheelchairs that want to maintain their independence are sharply limited in their option of vehicles. Their chief option is a minivan that has been converted with a lift gate that will allow them to roll in through the rear of the vehicle and up to the steering wheel.
Thought NYC was finally warming up, and I was wrong. This morning it was in the 20s. I have to keep reminding myself that there are a lot of folks dealing with cold a lot worse than this. Like this man, Clayton Will, for instance. Will is a veteran ice
Today, the concept of mobility is being challenged as alternative fuel sources, computerized cars and self-driving technology become reality. These changes are ushering in a return to the early days of the auto industry, where automotive designers are working in tandem with engineering to play a key role in the development process. At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), lead designers provide insight into how designers are in a unique position to steer the auto industry i
As we begin our second week of tech-centric Q&As, Ram Trucks’ exterior-design head talks about the digital (and analog) tools of the trade—and his most epic tech fail.
File this first one under wildly impractical but mind-blowingly cool. Audi's "OLED Swarm" concept wraps a super-thin layer of OLEDs—we're talking sub-millimeter—across a curved glass surface, essentially turning the back of the car into a curved flatscreen: Sure I'd swerve off the road watching this from behind, and have an
Drivers accustomed to a particular interface design convention may have trouble with this design
The TowPlow is a snow-fighting force multiplier
God Save the Queen, but get rid of the drivers
Reversal of four-chain
A new system of bulletproofing structures, and potentially vehicles, by means of modular boxes that are filled with what look like ceramic marbles.
The results of the second annual FNSS MILDESIGN2015 competition have been announced—14 different projects were selected from over 150 entries. Sponsored by FNSS, the Turkish armored combat vehicle manufacturer, the focus of the design competition is to provide a platform for the work of designers working in the defense industry.
As my Auto Shop teacher explained to us in high school, cars from the 1950s had powerful motors for two reasons: Highways and people socializing. A 1955 Chevy Bel Air might hold three couples on an outing, six adults—three across the bench in the front, three in the back—and when...
Crossrail is the massively ambitious £15 Billion railway project in the south of England cutting new tunnels under London to connect towns in the east and west with the ever growing metropolis. For anyone with even the slightest interest in architecture and engineering, the progress of the project—begun in 2009...
While the presentation is somewhat underwhelming, the concepts are interesting: Jaguar is reportedly working on a "360 Virtual Urban Windscreen," which aims to increase driver visibility and awareness through technical trickery and screen overlays, as demonstrated in this video.The red-flagging of humans in the windscreen seems entirely doable with modern-day...
As makers know, humans tend to be more engaged with objects they had a hand in building. DIY'ers are proud of their coffee tables, furniture designers get a special enjoyment out of sitting in a chair that they produced from raw lumber. Automakers know this, but they're generally not able...
Skijoring is Norwegian for "ski driving," and it refers to a sport where a rider on skis is pulled by a horse, a team of dogs, or even a motor vehicle. I think it's similar to waterskiing in that it's extremely fun to do yourself, but not so much fun...
The North American International Auto Show aka the Detroit auto show is an unparalleled industry focused event in the car world. It is less well known for debuting new and conceptual bicycles. This year however the show will feature a few notable drivables that steer completely clear of internal combustion....
It is fascinating how utterly videogame-like this is. As the recent AirAsia disaster proved once again, thunderstorms and airplanes oughtn't mix. So what happens when several dozen or hundred are coming in for a landing and the airport gets hit by a storm? Air traffic controllers and pilots have their...
Industrial designer Bruce Thomson is a man "[obsessed] with the visual archiving of automobilia through sketching, illustration and painting." He's also on an epic quest to buy a sweet vintage car—make and model TBD—and has created the Kicking Vintage Tyres blog to combine these two things.In a word, the site...
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