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The Forgotten History Of How Automakers Invented The Crime Of “Jaywalking”

The Forgotten History Of How Automakers Invented The Crime Of “Jaywalking”

Business Crime Explainers History

If there’s traffic in the area and you want to follow the law, you need to find a crosswalk. And if there’s a traffic light, you need to wait for it to change to green. Fail to do so, and you’re committing a crime: jaywalking. It’s the result of an aggressive, forgotten 1920s campaign led by auto groups and manufacturers.

Rubber Tires — A Dirty Business

Rubber Tires — A Dirty Business

Business Nature Videos

The booming global tire market is worth billions – but this comes at a high price, both to humans and the environment. Over 50 million car tires are sold each year in Germany alone. But where does the natural rubber for them come from?

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds To Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

Cities Innovation Media

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.

The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

Business Design

We all know cars getting bigger and heavier. Most of us know why they are getting bigger, too. To comply with today’s stringent crash regulations – by passing offset, side and roof impact tests, as well as those evaluating pedestrian protection performance – cars require considerable cubic metres of controllably crushable bodywork.

Virginia Mori

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Virginia Mori
The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

Business Cities Crime

The man known as the Taxi King arrived at his 2014 holiday party in a $384,000 Ferrari, wearing a custom Italian suit. Five years later, that man, Evgeny A. Freidman, stood in a mostly empty courtroom in Albany, N.Y., as a judge sentenced him to probation for tax fraud.

VW Car2X: Networked Driving Comes To Real Life

VW Car2X: Networked Driving Comes To Real Life

Innovation Tech

Volkswagen Car2X technology warns the driver of problems such as roadside breakdowns, the end of a traffic jam or the location of an accident. But also emergency braking situations: if a driver slams on the brakes, other vehicles are informed of sudden braking maneuvers by other traffic participants.

Who Invented The Wheel? And How Did They Do It?

Who Invented The Wheel? And How Did They Do It?

History

The wagon—and the wagon wheel—could not have been put together in stages. Either it works, or it doesn’t. And it enabled humans to spread rapidly into huge parts of the world.

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

Cities

It was a huge success: Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people. Several other cities are also working to reduce car use, such as Madrid, which limits access to the city center for anyone other than the people who live there.

MIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Jazz Up Your Art, Clothes, Car Every Day

MIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Jazz Up Your Art, Clothes, Car Every Day

Design Innovation

If you’ve ever purchased two articles of the same clothing because you couldn’t decide on a color, here’s a game-changer: color-changing ink. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a “reprogrammable ink” that lets you change the color of objects whenever you wish by exposing them to light of various wavelengths.

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

The Global Drive To Reclaim Routes For Cyclists & Pedestrians

Architecture Cities

In many places, car-curbing efforts have begun to gain traction, driven in part by citizen activism. Cities like Paris have proclaimed car-free days. There are also plans to oust private vehicles from major metropolitan areas and there have even been proposals to create entirely new car-free cities from scratch.

How Adorable R360 Coupe Shaped Mazda’s Design DNA

How Adorable R360 Coupe Shaped Mazda’s Design DNA

Design History

The Japanese brand might be celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2020 but it was 60 years ago that one model, in particular, set the benchmark for Mazda and microcars at large. priced at just 300,000 ¥ (around $830 USD), the small, adorable Mazda R360 coupe was more than a city car.

Matt Rota

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Matt Rota
Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be The Norm

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be The Norm

Architecture Cities

In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement. Cities have limited space, and how it is allocated is tremendously important for people. The denser a place, the dearer each square foot is. Yet all over the world, cities were retrofitted to accommodate cars.

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

Cities Videos

The city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians. It involves taking nine square city blocks and closing off the inside to through traffic. Buses, big freight trucks — or any vehicles that are trying to get from one part of town to the next — have to drive around the perimeter.

How Volkswagen Plans To Outsell Tesla

How Volkswagen Plans To Outsell Tesla

Business Videos

Although Tesla reigns as king of the EV market thanks to its Model 3, Volkswagen has a plan in place to outsell them in the next few years. The automaker has set its sights on becoming a major name in the EV game, investing $37 billion in its electric car program.

Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Parking Has Eaten American Cities

Cities

Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money. That’s the main takeaway of a new study that looks in detail at parking in five U.S. cities: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming.

To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

Life

I was biking home when you barreled into me with your car and left me to die. And I would have died if Tim Gillach, a cyclist and insurance salesman from Colorado’s Front Range, hadn’t caught a fleeting glimpse of my face as he drove past.

McLaren Thinks Synthetic Fuel Could Save The Engine As We Know It

McLaren Thinks Synthetic Fuel Could Save The Engine As We Know It

Innovation Tech

McLaren plans to produce a development car that runs on synthetic fuel to showcase the technology’s potential. The company says the fuel would require minimal tweaks to today’s internal combustion engine, and it’d still be much better for the environment from a CO2 standpoint.

Concept Tyre Repairs Itself On-The-Go

Concept Tyre Repairs Itself On-The-Go

Innovation

Goodyear developed the first tubeless tyre around 65 years ago. Now, it is working to develop a tyre that replaces itself when it wears out. The reCharge tyre is designed for a future where driverless cars are the norm – a future that may be fast approaching.

Joseph Ford

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Joseph Ford
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