The last few weeks have been exciting for anyone interested in alternative aircraft, as the long awaited Airlander reemerged in the public eye. Dubbed the "Flying Bum" after its enormous hotdog bun body, the Airlander is widely credited as the biggest vehicle of any kind in the world. And it
Personal mobility is one of those 'key words' that car companies use when they're talking about future scenarios. It's effectively a marketing phrase that's been accepted into mainstream culture, and there are countless studies and projects attempting to find the best and most compelling solution. But perhaps the ultimate personal
In 2013, Hyperloop was just a conceptual design released by Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX for open source development. Musk's vision of high-speed pneumatic tube transportation system isn't a new one, but his original concept proposed a route to transport people and goods running alongside I-5, making the
We're used to seeing those standardized crash tests involving cars and concrete blocks. But Switzerland's Dynamic Test Center puts those to shame, rigging up unusual, kinetically violent arrangements at the request of clients in search of unexamined data points. What happens when a car hits another car at 200 k.p.h.?
The art of go-kart racing dates back to the late 1930s, when various small, open-wheeled race cars were first developed and used in organized races around oval tracks. The sport caught on, peaking in the 1950s, but eventually faded out over the following decade. It's an art that Douglas Varey,
We figured self-driving cars were maybe five or ten years away. But Uber has beaten Apple, Google, Tesla and others to the punch, and is rolling out a small fleet of autonomous Volvos--this month, according to Bloomberg. In the test city of Pittsburgh, Uber users will summon cars as normal
Many work vehicles are so tall you would have to stand on one ladder to load or unload another from the rack on top. This is hardly ideal, which is why most vehicle accessory companies offer racks that tilt down to the side of a box truck or van,
Mercedes-Benz is teasing the following image on their Facebook page: The only description they've provided is "Hot & cool - almost 6 metres of ultimate luxury." Six meters is 19.7 feet, so this thing is apparently going to be about as long as a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood.
Touring in London this month, Bill Burr noticed the streets were packed with supercars. Why? Turns out 20something rich oil sheiks modify them, fly them in for their vacation stays, and all try to big-time each other.
It won't be long before our Cottonelle toilet paper and Bose headphones fall out of the sky and onto our front lawns. But it's heartening to see that, whether out of the developers' philanthropy or being stymied by current FAA regulations, the poor will benefit from the technology first.
It's strange that the highest speed limit anywhere in America is 85 m.p.h., yet we can freely purchase cars capable of doing double that. Governments could mandate internal speed governors, but none will. Instead we devise external anti-speeding measures, and Sweden's is probably the smartest.
XY Race concept /// Michael Mills On the back of recent news of a redesigned Roborace driverless electric race car concept from their chief design officer Daniel Simon (the same man who brought you those light cycles in Tron: Legacy)… Source: Instagram ...we look at an alternative motorsport vision that
Here's a rather odd match-up: Hankook Tire has teamed up with Vibram, the manufacturer of footwear outsoles, to create concept tires that, well, resemble hiking shoes. The Hankook DynaSync borrows Vibram's distinctive-looking lugs… …and grafts them onto their treads: These will supposedly improve traction over rough terrain. (These being concept
Driving in Manhattan can be a nightmare, but there's one thing about it I always appreciated: Because most of the streets are one-way, there are few instances where you need to make a left turn against oncoming traffic. That type of left turn has traditionally been a pain point for
Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years ago Western cities were clogged with cars, but today city planners would prefer it if everyone were on bicycles. This dichotomy has led to two vastly different ways to solve a common urban problem. China is
Back in May we discussed China's Transit Elevated Bus concept, which is something like a catamaran crossed with a double-wide bus. The idea is that the vehicle would not interfere with the regular traffic passing beneath it. Incredibly, what was presented as being in mere miniature-model stage just months ago
Earlier we posted that Ironhead Studio got zero credit for creating costumes for Batman v. Superman. Will Matt McEntegart get any credit for creating the Joker's supercar for Suicide Squad, the next movie in the D.C. Universe? What's amazing is that the car didn't come with the six-figure price tag
Watching smart people solve problems with their hands is always fun, particularly when you can't figure out what the hell they're doing in the beginning. Here we see a bunch of people traveling through the desert. One of their vehicles becomes bogged down, in fine sand that appears to be
We're now getting a much better picture--literally--as to what happened with the fatal Tesla crash from earlier this year. First off, yesterday the National Transportation Safety Board released findings from their preliminary investigation. The unfortunate driver was in fact using Tesla's Autopilot features, with both the Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and
What would it take to make car travel safe? Rather than waffle over where to put airbags, sculptor Patricia Piccinini redesigned a human who can withstand a standard road collision. Piccinini's project yielded "Graham," an otherwise normal guy grotesquely reconfigured for maximum durability on the road. Conceived with input
For a so-called world capital, my hometown of NYC has a downright embarrassing subway system. We don't have the convenience of London's Oyster card, the beauty of Paris' stations, the tidiness of Tokyo's platforms. But now, finally, New York's Governor Cuomo has resolved to do something about it. This week
As industrial designers, we are responsible for creating physical things and environments. Our expertise in this area necessarily comes at the expense of any mastery of engineering or technology. This puts us in an unusual position when viewing futuristic concepts: If someone shows us a Star Wars spaceship, for instance,
Earlier this year America's first self-driving car fatality occurred. The unlucky driver was behind the wheel of a Tesla on Autopilot, and last week watchdog magazine Consumer Reports took the unusual step of calling for the company "to disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer." Musk will
After days of Twitter teases, Elon Musk finally released his "Secret Master Plan, Part Deux" yesterday, he and Tesla's road map for the future. It's got several surprises in it and shows that he has been thinking big picture all the while. The document is dense, so we'll tackle his
I've often bitched here that cars are not well-designed for getting in and out of. Well, back in the 1950s some unnamed Chrysler designers apparently felt the same way, and designed front seats that swiveled to ease ingress and egress. Here we see it offered as a new option
Years ago I heard an older Briton explaining how, as a child, the tales of his first visit to America shocked his English friends at home. "In America you can get a pizza delivered to your house," he told them. "WOT?" they said. "You mean, ready to eat?!?" Here in
Few American-made cars have inspired motor-headed children and teenagers like the Chevrolet Corvette. Originally introduced in 1953, the venerable 'Vette has gone through seven generations of stylistic changes, and the current model would be unrecognizable to the crowds that flocked to see it at its debut 63 years ago. What
The problem with getting vehicles across mud is that the more vehicles that drive through it, the muddier it gets. This presents a problem to both military bodies and disaster-relief organizations that seek to get large groups of supply-laden vehicles through; while the first few vehicles can manage it, the
Here's a tricky question: Let's say you are a flight attendant in charge of assigning seats to passengers based on their physical size, with the goal of maximizing passengers' comfort. The rows are three seats across. You've got at least three passengers who are large and heavyset. Do you stick
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Shockingly, the most efficient traffic flow I've ever been in was in 1998 Hanoi—in a region of the city with zero traffic lights or stop signs. The bulk of the traffic was on two and three wheels with the odd car thrown in, and while the streets were packed, pedestrians
Never mind self-driving cars. Smart vehicles are coming... even to those of us who can't afford (or trust) a Tesla. Dutch bike company VanMoof is making a bold move into data-driven rides for the rest of us. The brand's newest release is the SmartBike, a city commuter with a
Formula One steering wheels used to look like this and now they look more like this. The amazing thing is, that latter game-controller-looking monstrosity is actually a triumph of UI design. We know this because the folks at the Sky Sports F1 channel teamed up with an eye-tracking technology company to
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