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
The Visual Designer is responsible for applying his/her conceptual skills and imagination to bring innovation and creative excellence to TEAGUE's design solutions. This position requires a solid graphic design foundation, interactive and/or motion design skills, and experience working alongside Interaction and Industrial Designers to produce final concept designs.
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
The Design team at Michelin is looking for an Industrial Designer to help create the next generation of innovations for the world’s most premium tire brand. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: • Take part in creating design solutions for tire development that include: tread, sidewall, product information
Will parallel parking and three-point-turns one day be a thing of the past? We've seen Mecanum wheels, the omnidirectional wheels that allow vehicles to move sideways and rotate in place. But the fact that Airtrax has stopped producing them on their forklifts indicates they're either not practical or not profitable.
Pulse Performance was looking to branch out from their stand-up scooter line, and wanted us to develop the perfect first off-road dirt bike for a young child. We meticulously crafted every outer component to ensure safety and visual charm, but we also had the challenge of developing a style that would be attractive to both girls and boys.included.
When Tesla first released their Autopilot feature, skeptics figured it was just a matter of time before it got someone killed. Plenty of Autopilot "saves" (where the software correctly detected a threat and acted to prevent an accident) can be found on YouTube. But a video clip that you're
The Blackbird has got an adjustable wheelbase, zero front and rear overhang and an engine that can mimic the performance qualities of everything from econo-boxes to muscle cars and in between. It only carries one person. And while it's real, it wasn't created by an established car brand; instead, postproduction
We've been longtime fans of Local Motors, the low-volume vehicle manufacturer whose crowdsourced approach might be the antidote to corporate-designed cars. And we were really excited to hear that their Rally Fighter would be featured in Transformers 4. Then, unfortunately, we saw Transformers 4. But there's another Hollywood property with
Are you a Color Material and Finish (CMF) designer looking for a new challenge and a possibility to work in a creative environment for the premium brand of Volvo Trucks in North America? We are now looking for a CMF Designer to join our design team.
Maybe it's because I just watched Fury Road for the 12th time and wish I were a desert warrior, maybe it's because summer is FINALLY here in Portland, and maybe it's because this design was a long time coming, but I want to huck around on one of these weird
While it's common practice for a company to take the last name of a prominent inventor, few have taken the first name. But since "Tesla" was already taken, electric vehicle company founder Trevor Milton went with "Nikola." Milton's Nikola Motor Company develops sleek-looking, electric-powered vehicles, but they won't be competing
Waze is one of the more brilliant apps out there, effectively wielding the power of shared information to improve individual situations. In the old days, motorists used to flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them of upcoming speed traps; it was easy and conveyed useful information. With Waze
If you really break it down, you'll see that the way cars are currently designed makes climbing into them an ergonomically awkward act. While the able-bodied among us can perform the contortions with practiced ease, watch the deliberateness with which an elderly person climbs into a vehicle and you'll see
Last year we theorized that the design of a gearshift lever was what caused a 49-year-old mother to move her car directly into the path of an oncoming train. Now it looks like another unusual interface design from a different vehicle manufacturer may have contributed to another death. Over the
Merge is inspired by the variety of cycling needs in New York City, and New York is a tough proving ground for an urban bike. There is some good cycling infrastructure, but also streets that are packed with cars and pedestrians. Merge is a compact and nimble ride, offering its rider confidence when navigating tight spaces. At the same time there is necessary utility. Merge’s rear rack snaps open at a moment’s notice, but can also retract when not in use. Merge’s thoughtfully designed features in
The Research Manager is responsible for leading the Research team in defining broad, human-centered, future-focused research projects for our clients and evangelizing the value of research to inform our design process. The position demands experience and expertise in research methods, planning, and execution, collaborating with world's largest aerospace company to
The mainstreaming of golf has had a terrible effect on the ultra-wealthy. With the sport accessible to the masses, merely being on the course no longer signifies your status as an elite; from a distance no one can tell how much you paid for your clubs. What's needed is a
The Funicular of Fribourg may or may not be the most badass name for a public transit vehicle in the world. It's certainly up there with other greats such as The Tuscaloosa Trolly and The Crimson Ride. What the other most excellently named transports do not share with it, however,
Waterfront Seat was designed from the ground up to elevate the traditional business class seat and in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering into a unified passenger experience that maximizes comfort, efficiency, and personalization. As a collaboration between Panasonic Avionics, B/E Aerospace, Formation Design Group and TEAGUE, the team harmonized the seating environment and equipped airlines to offer individually tailored experiences for their passengers.
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