The noise of an internal combustion engine provides important feedback not only for drivers, but for pedestrians. For the vision-impaired pedestrian, the sound a car makes may be the only warning that it is approaching at all. Hence electric cars, which produce no engine noise at all, present a problem.
This unattributed photo of a stuck off-road motorist has been making the internet rounds. As you can see, the driver has dug a hole, wedged his spare tire in there with his jack and is using it as a winch point to pull himself out. If you're in a situation
Bollinger Motors blew us away with their B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck, a vehicle that was designed "as though we had just landed on the planet and didn't know what trucks were," in the words of Robert Bollinger. We subsequently got to interview Bollinger, following his path from Carnegie Mellon
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has discovered, through their testing, what the safest car ever built is with regards to crashes: Tesla's 2018 Model 3. It aced every single category and subcategory with five-star ratings, displacing its stablemates, the Model S and Model X. The three models now
Later this month at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Sotheby's will be holding a massive Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction. There are a multitude of rare and classic Porsches going up on the block, including the controversial slant-nose 911, misfires like the 914, classics like the 356 Speedster--in both derelict
It's been six years since entrepreneur Emily Brooke launched the Blaze, a bicycle-mounted laser projection safety system that she designed while still a student. In the time since she's turned its success into Beryl, a 30-person company based in London. Technology moves fast in six years, and now Beryl
Car fans, here's a story you can tell your friends at the bar. When Ford first designed their iconic Mustang, which was set to debut in April of 1964 as a model year 1965 car, they initially produced a limited batch to seed the dealerships with. This early batch—known as
The Mobike E-bike is a clean-looking, lightweight, comfortable E-bike that uses both hybrid power and full electric drive. The moped-like full electric drive will allow an easy transition for people with moped experience rather than cycling experience. The E-bike offers a 70km range and a top speed of 20km/h. The E-bike addresses rides up to 5km, whereas traditional bikes are commonly used for only 3km.
Like everyone else, industrial designers can gripe about products or concepts. But unlike everyone else, industrial designers can actually do something about it- -at least in rendering form. In this fun-to-watch rendering vid, ID'er Eric Strebel articulates what he doesn't like about the design of Volvo's 360c concept car, then
We've dedicated a fair amount of pixels to how custom bike frames and fancy parts like aluminum wheels and seats are made. But what about workaday, average steel bicycle frames? Take a look at how rides for the 95% are fabricated, and check out the welder's jig-up in particular:
A mobile home is all about getting away from your actual fixed-to-the-ground home. But as the saying goes, you can run away from your problems but you can't run away from yourself. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't still try. If you buy this Volkner mobile home, you can hit the
Having become a parent relatively recently myself, I'm quickly becoming accustomed to the deluge of brightly coloured objects that are filling our once minimalist living quarters. Toys are, of course, amongst the worst offenders—many kind and well-meaning family and friends delivering new garish, throw-away plastic play-things with almost conveyor-belt levels
For a pedestrian, "It's second-nature to glance at the driver of the approaching vehicle before stepping into the road," says Pete Bennett, Jaguar Land Rover's Future Mobility Research Manager. So understandably, even if you've got the light, you may be hesitant to cross the road if you see that a
We're used to seeing autonomous car concepts, and even autonomous trucks. But Volvo is the first to break free from the incumbency of the form factors with Vera, their forthcoming driverless vehicle that looks pretty radically different from what came before: "Vera is an autonomous, electric vehicle that can
The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment (MSBE) is an automotive design sketching competition and party, where today's and tomorrow's motor industry elite battle for recognition as the Middlecott Sketchbattle Champion. The recent San Francisco edition of the Sketchbattle consisted of two rounds of design sketching, lasting around 30-45 minutes each. Following the
With electric cars, the darn things are so quiet that artificial noises must be piped into the cabins; as we learned with the I-Pace, Jaguar's designers even took the extreme step of hiring a Hollywood sound engineer to tune the X-Wing-Fighter-like noise that car emits. Even internal combustion engine cars
Most electric concept cars address environmental and sustainability issues. Autonomous concept cars speak of a future where transportation is a service. And with their new 360c electric, autonomous concept car, Volvo goes a bit further to ask: What impact will such cars have on us as individuals? Might they influence
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, storied styling house Italdesign took Nissan's hot-rocket GT-R Nismo--essentially a street-legal racecar--and reimagined it as the GT-R50. Italdesign's goal was to "[re-interpret] it with a European-style sensibility combining Japanese performance and Italian craftsmanship," and what they've come up is pretty out of this world:
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
What's more frustrating than having paid a premium to own an all-wheel-drive vehicle, and still getting stuck? Spinning all four wheels in either snow or mud is maddening, and you could often get free if just one or two of the wheels could get some purchase. For this problem
A buddy of mine used to work for the MTA, and he had a special Metrocard for MTA employees that was in a different color. It was so cool, like a talisman that only behind-the-scenes folks were awarded. Now there's something similar for Citibike's assisters. To redistribute bikes around the
The last time we heard from British bike-rack makers back in 2016 we were in two minds as to whether their super light-weight, easy-fit, carbon-frame pannier system was an ingenious innovation or an answer to a problem that shouldn't need solving—should we really be carrying luggage on lightweight bikes not
This is a good example of design reaching into every last corner of a vehicle. For most pickup truck designers, the tailgate is just a dumb piece of metal with two jobs: Stay open or stay closed. But for the 2019 Sierra pickup truck, the design team at GMC
Last year Infiniti produced the Prototype 9, a retro-futuristic concept based on 1930s racecar designs. This year their creative team is again flexing their design muscles with the electric Prototype 10, which continues with the future-past theme, albeit advanced by several decades; this car takes its cues from 1960s roadsters.
Now that I live out in the country and own a car again, I've remembered something: Driving is fun. But there are practical considerations that prevent us from getting close to what we might think of as a pure driving experience. We need to carry passengers; we need to haul
When Trek released the 2016 Madone they dubbed it "the ultimate race bike". Yet as soon as that bike hit the streets, the design and engineering teams got to work on topping their efforts in the development of its successor. The 2019 Madone is available in both disc-brake and
When it comes to chairs—let's face it—few do things better than the Danes. As a visitor to Copenhagen, you could be forgiven for developing a nagging resentment as you inevitably begin to compare the aesthetics of your homeland to the unassumingly stylish public spaces—tripping over the many furniture design classics
Design is intended to solve problems. And the original hope of industrial design, as promulgated by ID granddaddy Raymond Loewy, was that it would make mass-produced items beautiful, useful, and more economical to produce. But too often modern-day design goes astray, pursuing just one of the aforementioned qualities at the
It's hard to believe that police chases are still a thing, but YouTube is awash in footage of people trying to outrun the cops. More than a few of these chases end in fiery crashes and, in some unfortunate instances, innocent bystanders being injured. An Arizona-based inventor named Leonard Stock
This article was originally published on Automotive Designer Matteo Licata's blog, Roadster - Life. In my time, I've been part of many projects and designed pretty much everything, so in this second installment, I've decided to summarize the process of your average car design project. Saying "I'm a
This is my car. There are many others like it but this one is mine. Following my "A Designer Buying a Car" saga, yes, I purchased a 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. I've logged 2,500 miles and am super happy with it--except the color; I wanted it in silver, but VW
Take a trip to virtually any region of Japan and you'll see plenty of mamachari; translated as "mom's bike," mamachari are no-frills utility bicycles with a handy basket used as grocery getters, kiddie haulers and commuter vehicles. The Cero One is a cargo bike that takes its inspiration from the
Launched at the recent Farnborough International Air Show in the UK, the Volante Vision Concept is an exploration into personal air mobility that, being Aston Martin, aims to deliver the ultimate in premium passenger experience.
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