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The US government is using road signs showing drivers how fast they’re going to capture license plate data — Quartz
“License plate readers are inherently a form of mass surveillance,” investigative researcher Dave Maass of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation told Quartz. “You look at something like a wiretap and most of the time it’s looking for a specific person and capturing specific conversations with that person. But here they are collecting information on everybody, not all of whom have been accused of a crime, in case they may one day commit a crime. This is un-American.”
privacy  surveillance  police  law  traffic  cars  cities 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
What would a truly walkable city look like? | Cities | The Guardian
The obsession with self-driving cars and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great
cities  roadsafety  cycling  uk  usa  africa  walkforlife  walking  walk2work  cars  safety  design 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities - Missing the bus
In southern California, public transport is heavily used by poor immigrants, particularly immigrants from Mexico and Central America. But research by Michael Manville and others at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that this group are rushing onto the roads behind their own steering-wheels. Between 2000 and 2015 the proportion of Mexican immigrant households without a car fell from 16% to 5%.
transit  transportation  mobility  california  mexico  cars  immigration 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Their Moon Shot and Ours -
The Coda, 14,000 of which will be on the road in California over the next year and can travel 100 miles on one overnight charge, is a combination of Chinese-made batteries and complex American-system electronics — all final-assembled in Oakland (price: $37,000). It is a win-win start-up for both countries.
oil  gasoline  energy  hybrid  china  cars  electricity  oakland 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Living by 580 « Airial's Blog
In the morning the sounds get more dense. The swooshing sound stops. The cars aren’t flowing, their jammed together trying to get into the city. Individual clunky engines and tires rolling slowly tug at my ear, as I too, should be waking. I find comfort in that as well. Rush hour congestion proves normalcy. Our urban centers are alive. People are going to work in the morning. In the evening it’s the sound of the whooshing that replaces the sound of gridlock, that again, is comforting. All is well, people are leaving. Night falls. Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh…
transportation  transit  cities  driving  cars  oakland  interstate580  traffic  eastbay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week --
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Increasing Residential And Employment Density Could Mean Reductions In Vehicle Travel, Fuel Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The committee disagreed about the feasibility of achieving the target density in the upper-bound scenario -- doubling the density of 75 percent of new development -- by 2050. Some members of the committee thought that these higher densities would be reached due to macroeconomic trends -- higher energy prices and carbon taxes -- in combination with growing public support for infill development, investments in transit, and higher densities along transit rail corridors. Other members thought that the high-density scenario would require such a significant departure from current low-density development patterns, land-use policies, and public preferences that it is unrealistic without a strong state or regional role in growth management.
transit  research  science  transporation  cities  environment  cars  jobs  work  housing  gas  urban 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Toll taker collects random acts of kindness
When someone's toll gets paid by another driver they're shocked. Sometimes they'll pay for the car behind them, especially at Christmas time. One of the other collectors said this happened once, and it set off a chain of 18 people who paid the toll for the car behind them.
happiness  transit  sanfrancisco  work  altruism  cars  transportation 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Farber's Interesting People: Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge
High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera. The private companies that mail out the tickets often do not bother to verify whether vehicle registration information for the accused vehicle matches the photographed vehicle. [...]
law  crime  transportation  cars  business  maryland  photography  computers 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How flags flap | Blowin' in the wind | The Economist
OFTEN it pays not to be leader of the pack—just ask a racing cyclist or a Formula One driver. Conserving energy by following the leader, a trick known as slipstreaming, can give a rider or driver that extra bit of juice to pull ahead at the very last moment. In the natural world, however, bodies are more likely to be flexible, like a fish’s, rather than rigid, like a car’s. In these systems, as a recent paper in Physical Review Letters reports, it is the leader that enjoys a significant dynamic advantage over the followers.
science  sports  fauna  aesthetics  cars  physics 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beach Music : Neoteny
"I traveled with the radio off. In media silence, with the top down, I drove afternoons and nights and listened to passing crickets and cicadas, the whistling of the windows and the sounds of waves."
travel  cars  southcarolina  gas  nature  environment 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
West Coast solo trip opens driver's soul -
"[...] I learned that during a trip alone, you find yourself doing things that you didn't plan on -- that you wouldn't put down on paper beforehand. A lot of people are afraid to be by themselves -- to travel by themselves. Some people don't even like to eat by themselves. [...]"
diy  travel  washingtonstate  oregon  california  cars  usa 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Cruiser-Top Cameras Make Police Work a Snap
"It's a glimpse into the future. It won't take long before these things become pervasive, and the one thing we know about technology is it gets more advanced and cheaper as time goes on."
police  law  justice  cars  transportation  transit  technology  privacy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gas prices thwart indie band tours -
"It does screw up a lot of bands on the West Coast, 'cause ... there are very few cities to play in under seven-hour stretches, which can be costly."
cars  rock  transportation  music  gas  travel 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
6 Cars Built for $4 Gas - FlowChart (
"The top seller is almost always a pickup truck—either the Ford F Series or the Chevy Silverado—but with pickup sales tanking, the Civic edged them out."
cars  marketing  economics  transit  transportation 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
You Must Remember This - New York Times
"Over the next 12 years, some economists predict, more than 150 million Indians will buy cars. China, meanwhile, may have 140 million cars on its roads by 2020."
china  india  scooter  marketing  oil  urban  cities  transportation  cars  energy  globalization 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
..::Black PR Wire, Inc. - Car designs cater to the public
"Honda was listed as the sixth car maker out of the 10 most purchased brands for African Americans in 2005 yet experts believe that Honda can climb higher up the ranks if focused more of the black consumers’ expectations and self-perception."
marketing  cars  japan  black  race  identity 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Young Drivers Steer Toward Foreign Cars
"About 60% of buyers under 25 rated fuel economy as an extremely important reason to purchase a particular vehicle; vs. 47% for 25 to 34 years old; or 40% for those 35 and up, the firm said."
cars  japan  germany  usa  marketing  energy 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Cars with the Oldest and Youngest Drivers - BusinessWeek
"Want a good idea of why Detroit is struggling? Ford dominates the market in the over-60 category, while imports own the youngest demographic."
cars  usa  japan  germany  marketing  aging  identity  detroit 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
My, Your Car Looks So Delicious - New York Times
"Chefs have learned a lesson car designers want their bosses to accept: presentation counts. Whether the product is cars or food, it’s not just what you slap onto the plate, but the style and ambiance with which you serve it."
marketing  cars  corporation  business  food  art  design 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
MediaPost Publications - GM Truck Ads Aim At Urban African-American Market - 05/25/2007
"We felt that free running is about doing things your own way, taking your own path. We felt our consumer was tired of being force-fed truck ads with mud and dirt. Our customer moves through an urban environment."
marketing  black  race  cars  urban  cities  demography 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Only Halfway There
"The only way one can effectively address this problem today and get an immediate kick is by raising the price at the pump and keeping it there [...] The best monument to 9/11 we could erect would be a mountain of crushed gas guzzlers."
democrats  september11  oil  energy  politics  cars  suv  saudiarabia  iraq  middleeast  mideast 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Life | My backroad memorial
"About 10 times a year, I get completely airborne in my vehicle while speeding over the railroad tracks just past my daughters' elementary school a mile from our house."
nonfiction  family  memory  california  rock  music  cars 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Abbas Kiarostami - Iran - Film - Tales From Tehran - New York Times
"A car is a private, personal room in motion. It’s the only room when you are sitting in it; you don’t have to entertain guests. I spend a lot of time in the car. I love driving. If I were not a filmmaker, I would have become a truck driver."
cars  cinema  iran  nyc  aesthetics  privacy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Vintage Volvos Earn Their Stripes (Ask the General Who Owns One) - New York Times
“I would strip them and stack the parts. A lot of people heard I was doing that. Word got around among Volvo aficionados: ‘If you want a starter, see General Powell.’ ”
cars  sweden  marketing  aesthetics  behavior 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: GM Introduces Plug-In Electric Car
"The domestic industry spends hundreds of millions to cultivate image. What they've been slow to realize is that fuel efficiency is increasingly sexy to many Americans. Even if you don't buy a Prius, you have the sense that Toyota is with the program."
cars  energy  green  environment  usa  marketing  sustainable 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge | 05/09/2006 | Teen leaps from car in Bethel Island chase
"The driver jumped out of the moving vehicle before it went into the water near a marina. The driver was found lying in the roadway 30 feet from the vehicle."
bethelisland  eastcontracosta  contracosta  contracostatimes  oakley  police  crime  cars 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge
One hurt in Walnut Creek car lot fire
"Battalion Chief Kevin McCarthy said the fire started when one of the dealership's service workers was cleaning a fuel tank and it exploded, catching the car on fire and sending flames into the building's roof."
fire  walnutcreek  california  cars 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Warning on flood-damaged used vehicles
This article comes with a comment box. You know, for your pleasure.
cars  flood  katrina  hurricane  dmv  california  used  insurance 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Design: Your New Baby: A Boy or a Girl?
"Does one buy an automobile to seduce the object of one's affection, or does one buy it as a substitute for a lover? Or can it paradoxically somehow be both?"
cars  gender  identity  marketing 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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