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New energy transitions: Tipping point for self-organized criticality?

Electric vehicles – It's not just about the car - "One of the key characteristics of complex systems, such as the world's energy and transport sectors, is that when they change it tends not to be a linear process. They flip from one state to another in a way strongly analogous to a phase change in material science... A second important characteristic of this type of economic phase change is that when one major sector flips, the results rip through the whole economy and can have impacts on the societal scale." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Sep 9, 2016 - 58 comments

good good splosions

BeamNG.drive is "a dynamic soft-body physics vehicle simulator capable of doing just about anything." Nick Robinson and Griffin McElroy are two guys who looked at that description and thought "...anything?" Welcome to CAR BOYS! (Currently there are only four episodes of this, but I hope and dream that there will be dozens or hundreds more.)
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 21, 2016 - 71 comments

Hot f***ing Wheels

Hot Wheels Road Trip. You really want to hang on until the second minute. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Aug 17, 2016 - 32 comments

Regular Car Reviews: 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

"The PT Cruiser: The official car of getting your 9-year-old son a balloon-tired mountain bike to make up for pawning his DS Lite in order to buy 'loose tobacco' and zigzags." [more inside]
posted by bologna on wry on Aug 12, 2016 - 96 comments

The People's Car Gets PWNed

On the heels of reports of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche models being outfitted with firmware designed to fool environmental emissions tests, there now comes news that a vulnerability in keyless entry mechanisms of 100 million VWs made within the last 21 years can permit the cars to be unlocked by intruders carrying an Arduino kit.
posted by Smart Dalek on Aug 11, 2016 - 42 comments

In the course of 10 years, VW produced six generations of defeat devices

For the first time the true scale has been revealed of a coldly calculated, deliberate and sustained scheme by scores of Volkswagen executives and engineers to defraud American car buyers and deceive American regulators.
posted by Sebmojo on Jul 25, 2016 - 135 comments

How to buy a car in the U.S.S.R.

It was a bit harder than you might think....
Ronald Reagan told the joke:
a guy in a Soviet country is told he has a 10 year wait for a car.
This man laid down the money, and the fellow in charge said to him:
Come back in 10 years and get your car.
The man answered: Morning or afternoon?
And the fellow behind the counter said: Ten years from now, what difference does it make?
And he said: Well, the plumber is coming in the morning. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Jul 22, 2016 - 21 comments

How is babby formed? How does car get pragnent?

Beans, meet plate. Have you ever been curious about what is going on inside the cars in Pixar's Cars? Want to know where baby cars come from or how cars can die? Look no further.
posted by Literaryhero on Jun 30, 2016 - 25 comments

6 Principles to Make Self-Driving Cars Work for Cities

Summary of six NACTO policy recommendations for self-driving cars. (pdf)
posted by aniola on Jun 27, 2016 - 106 comments

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Ride your bike there!"

NYC Streets Metamorphosis looks back at the transformation of Times Square, Herald Square, the Brooklyn waterfront and other locations around NYC that are shifting away from their automobile-centric past. From Streetfilms, a part of the Streetsblog network.
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 22, 2016 - 2 comments

the mushroom-shaped shifter automatically returns to center

Here's The Problem With Jeep's Recalled Gear Shifter (David Tracy, Jalopnik). See also Consumer Reports' YT video (published May 19, 2016), Fiat Chrysler Recalls Confusing Shifters.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 21, 2016 - 100 comments

If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?

The origins of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' are pretty brief. In this 1970 demo (source), you can hear a short version, with the opening question but no piano intro and extended jam at the end. Though they recorded a long version for their debut album, they also cut a short version for the single. But people want "guitar sagas", such as "Whipping Post," by the Allman Brothers Band,and "Smoke on the Water," by Deep Purple, or maybe it was a silly thing to heckle Florence Henderson and other uncool cats. Decades later, people are still yelling "Freebird!" Sometimes people snap back, like Bill Hicks (NSFW), and sometimes people oblige, like Bob Dylan recently. In case that's not enough, there's (always) more! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 16, 2016 - 65 comments

Tracking Down August Belmont Jr.’s Private NYC Subway Car, The Mineola

August Belmont Jr. builder of the Belmont Racetrack and founder of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT, now part of the numbered NYC Subway lines) had his own private subway car, the Mineola, built for him in 1903. Untapped Cities tracks it down. ''A private railroad car is not an acquired taste,'' wrote Eleanor Belmont, ''One takes to it immediately.''
posted by fings on Jun 8, 2016 - 19 comments

Women Have More Drive than Men

Women, literally, have more drive than men. Nowadays, only 16% of car trips are for commuting. The majority of the remainder are spent running errands, and it's women who account for the lion's share of those hours behind the wheel. The same holds true in cities where more trips away from home involve travel by public transportation. Yet most transit plans aimed at easing traffic congestion target work commuters through options such as telecommuting and hub-and-spoke public transit designs. [more inside]
posted by drlith on May 19, 2016 - 13 comments

Are we there yet?

In the summer of 1888 Bertha Benz, accompanied by her two teenage sons, was the first person to drive an automobile any significant distance. As a publicity stunt she drove her husband's experimental, three wheeled, benzene fueled, internal combustion powered, Benz Patent Motor Car Model III to visit her parents. The all day road trip took them 106 kilometres from the workshop in Mannheim to her families home in Pforzheim. And then a few days later back again by a different route so as to expose the automobile to as many people as possible. Along the way she filled up at apothecaries; the first of which bills itself as the world's first filling station and is still doing business today as a pharmacy.
posted by Mitheral on May 17, 2016 - 6 comments

“Scientology's strategy to use motorsports as a promotional tool...”

When Scientology Sponsored Race Cars [Road and Track] John Travolta​. ​Mario Andretti.​ The Pope. Aliens​. Germans. The Indy 500. Milwaukee. The Church of Scientology. Welcome to 1988's bizarre intersection between motorsports, religion, and sponsorship.​​ [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 11, 2016 - 14 comments

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station Gas stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. However, they have been so many more beyond the basic design of columns, roof and shop over their history. The following 60+1 filling stations encompass almost a century of architectural progression, showcasing some of the best Art Deco, Bauhaus, futurist, brutalist, minimalist, modernist, Googie building designs of the motorist history. Enjoy the ride!
posted by modernnomad on May 8, 2016 - 35 comments

contains the entire word Solar and rhymes with Polaris

33 COSMIC CAR NAMES / Car names -- past & present -- that reference or evoke the Universe.
A list by Neil deGrasse Tyson
posted by timshel on May 3, 2016 - 15 comments

Why are our cars painted such boring colors?

They’re all white and silver. Cars used to be poppy red! Tangerine! Pea green! [SLSlate, 2011]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 24, 2016 - 115 comments

I think the best way to describe it is corruscatingly, brutally fast.

Do you like electric cars? Renewable energy? How about a certain Service Mechanoid from Red Dwarf? If so, you should be watching Robert Llewellyn having a tremendous time hosting Fully Charged (YouTube). Whether it's acquiring "roadborne Tourettes" driving the Tesla Model S P85D (and the followup in the Model S P90DL), or the slightly modified 1974 Enfield 8000 ECC, called the Flux Capacitor, he's the very picture of a man having a terrific time. [more inside]
posted by underflow on Apr 22, 2016 - 50 comments

The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane. "The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage. A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience." [more inside]
posted by narancia on Apr 12, 2016 - 342 comments

You gonna rock down to Electric Avenue?

Tesla Model 3 announced. 215 mile range, $35K for base model, available in "late 2017". Tesla took over 125,000 pre-orders in under 24 hours before the car was even unveiled. If you want an EV now, the Nissan Leaf is cheaper than the Model 3, but only has a 107 mile range. The Chevy Bolt will be out later this year with a range similar to Tesla's car. In other EV news, 30% of vehicles sold in Norway last year were plugin electric, while China is working on a home grown solution. But with gas prices still at near historic lows, will the EV revolution come fast enough to impact climate change?
posted by gwint on Apr 1, 2016 - 211 comments

"...and then halfway through, HERE COMES THE DUMPSTER OF POOP."

What do you get when you mix a good liberal arts education, surprisingly good automotive journalism, and toilet humour? Regular Car Reviews. Regular Car Reviews is a Youtube Channel run by two car guys from Pennsylvania. Toilet humour, non sequiturs, modified acoustic covers of 90's classics, and surprisingly good automotive history and journalism about cars (the odd motorcycle, and one airplane). [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Mar 31, 2016 - 12 comments

Second Sound Barrier Trailer

"I've only got two speeds: fast and dead." (SLYT)
posted by josher71 on Mar 10, 2016 - 32 comments

Cats are cute but sometimes clumsy

Forget checking for hedgehogs on Bonfire Night - Nissan have put together an ad to remind you to knock on your car bonnet in the winter.
posted by mippy on Feb 17, 2016 - 41 comments

The 101 Slow Jam

Most construction projects are bumpy....but this one, starts out smooth.
posted by vespabelle on Feb 7, 2016 - 12 comments

Matt LeBlanc is new Top Gear Presenter

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to BBC Two in May.
posted by veedubya on Feb 4, 2016 - 87 comments

Death Race 2014

In 2014, gun deaths outpace motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and D.C., according to the newest study from Violence Policy Center. (VPC previously) [more inside]
posted by Mr.Pointy on Jan 25, 2016 - 102 comments

4 MILLION HORSEPOWER OF MIMETIC POLYALLOY

20,000 cars in Trackmania, flowing like liquid metal. Cars start at 1.37. tw: dubstep [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo on Jan 5, 2016 - 37 comments

◃--◠---▹

The Car, Thunder Charger, Plymouth Barracuda SSXR, Supervan, Batmobile, AMX-400 all rolled out of Barris Kustoms, home of car customiser and fabricator George Barris who passed away today at age 89. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 5, 2015 - 23 comments

Ten concept cars from the Tokyo Motor Show

Weird, or future, or both! There's the "car-like thing," the "three-seater with a swiveling cabin," the boat that's not a boat, the one with eight wheels, an "extreme super pickup truck" with scissor doors, a sidestep into the Toyato RV-2, and the one with the cute little head on the dash. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Oct 28, 2015 - 25 comments

What Can I Do To Get You In This Car Today?

I can see you've got discerning taste; perhaps a 1949 or a 1960 Jaguar? How about something in a sporty ragtop, like this 1960 Triumph TR-3, this 1965 Austin-Healey, or something in a 1976 Alfa Romeo? Something for the family? Or maybe something smaller? Or do you need something modern, like this 1981 DeLorean? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 15, 2015 - 30 comments

"What happened to Lane is illegal."

"A BuzzFeed News investigation into Texas judicial practice found that with no public defenders present, traffic court judges routinely flout the law, locking up people for days, weeks, and sometimes even months because they did not pay fines they could not afford. The result is a modern-day version of debtors prison, an institution that was common two centuries ago but has been outlawed since the early ’70s."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 8, 2015 - 45 comments

The latest battleground in language shaping culture

His daughter died as a result of a car "accident". He and others argue that they should be called "crashes". An academic exercise, or the latest battle in changing the way people think about car culture?
posted by Automocar on Oct 4, 2015 - 232 comments

"...unfamiliarity does not equate to impracticality."

The Case for More Traffic Roundabouts — "Here’s why: Using simple principles of physics, roundabouts dramatically reduce crash rates, as well as injuries and deaths. They diminish vehicle emissions. They are a more effective use of road space, and cost less to maintain than traditional four-way intersections. And it’s time that America learns to love them."
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 18, 2015 - 141 comments

$ git clone hwy://car

Local and international manufacturers, people, and companies collaborate in different ways on Open Source cars.
posted by juiceCake on Sep 15, 2015 - 7 comments

Google says it's the other drivers' fault

Since 2009, Google cars have been in 16 crashes, mostly fender-benders, and in every single case, the company says, a human was at fault. Researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world in which humans don’t behave by the book. These robots "have to learn to be aggressive in the right amount, and the right amount depends on the culture.” (SLNYT)
posted by RedOrGreen on Sep 1, 2015 - 87 comments

Where The Fords And Lincolns Were Settin' The Pace

Halloween Meets Gasoline: The 24 Hours Of LeMons is a short film by Marcus Ubungen about the race of the same name.
posted by mattdidthat on Aug 12, 2015 - 9 comments

Hackers Remotely Control Jeep Cherokee

Security researchers Charlie Miller (@0xcharlie) and Christopher Valasek (@nudehaberdasher) have found an exploit for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system allowing for remote control of many vehicle functions including climate control, audio, braking, and under certain conditions, steering. They plan to release details during a talk at next month's DEFCON 23 hacking conference. Chrysler has already issued a patch for the vulnerability, but it requires a manual update.
posted by Small Dollar on Jul 21, 2015 - 133 comments

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."

Pixar's 15 movies, ranked: Vulture | Collider | ET | EW [slideshow] | TV Guide [slideshow] | The Wrap | Washington Post, which disagrees on methodology: "My way to rank the Pixar canon is simple: How much did the film give you the feels?" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 5, 2015 - 211 comments

Vrrrrrrm

What F1 Cars Would Look Like if F1 Got Its Act Together
posted by Artw on Jun 20, 2015 - 84 comments

Are many rappers secretly also hunters?

On Medium's Cuepoint, MC Big Data analyzed data from all rap lyrics available on Rap Genius to determine the most popular ride in Hip Hop. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jun 12, 2015 - 26 comments

Armageddon as Autogeddon

Mad Max: ‘Punk’s Sistine Chapel’ – A Ballardian Primer
posted by Artw on Apr 12, 2015 - 28 comments

A hundred eighty-six thousand miles!

It wasn’t easy to buy a car in the Soviet Union. Usually, the first thing to do was to sign up on a decade-long waiting list to register your interest in owning a vehicle. Secondly, you needed to save what was then a huge sum of money; a new Zaphorozhets cost the equivalent of about 30 times the average monthly salary. A few people found a different way, however – assembling cars with their own hands. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 11, 2015 - 17 comments

I can’t have you smart folk mucking up progress with your silly dystopia

I Find Your Lack Of Faith In Autonomous Cars Disturbing [SLMedium] (Previously on the blue.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 5, 2015 - 175 comments

Humans Need Not Apply

Full of assumptions, still thought-provoking article about self-driving cars by writer Zach Kanter, How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Feb 1, 2015 - 193 comments

OMG, it's full of cars!

Babies going through tunnels in cars {SLYT}
posted by pjern on Jan 29, 2015 - 33 comments

The mating call of Mustang

VROOM! The “aural experience” of a car, they argue, is an intangible that’s just as priceless as what’s revving under the hood.
posted by bitmage on Jan 21, 2015 - 67 comments

Cars: How do they work?

You wonder how your car works, you say? Let the wisdom of the ancients guide you. Start with springs and shock absorbers (1938). [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Dec 31, 2014 - 41 comments

1964 Chevy Malibu

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About The Making Of Repo Man
posted by Artw on Dec 19, 2014 - 70 comments

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