Welcome MARTY, Stanford's Latest Automated Vehicle

On October 20th at Stanford's Automotive Innovation Facility, Prof Chris Gerdes and a team of students unveiled MARTY, Stanford's self-driving, electric, drifting DeLorean.

To learn more about the project, we refer you to the story written by our colleague Bjorn Carey at Stanford News. To view photos of the vehicle and its development, click here. 



Open Garage Talk: Going Sideways to Move Forward

The Revs Program at Stanford & the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) host the introduction of Stanford's latest automated vehicle. The event will be held Oct 20, 2015 at Stanford's Automotive Innovation Facility on central campus and will be moderated by Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters. The event is open to the public, but you must you must RSVP at this page in order to attend.

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Open Garage Talk: Mark Rosekind of NHTSA

The Revs Program at Stanford & the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) host an evening with Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The event will be held Sept 30, 2015 at VAIL on Stanford's central campus and will be moderated by CARS and Revs Director Prof Chris Gerdes. The event is open to the public, but you must you must RSVP at this page in order to attend.


Speed and Power in Twentieth-Century Europe

The main goal of this quarter’s seminar ‘Speed and Power in Twentieth-Century Europe’ has been to explore the many ways that trains, planes, and automobiles have shaped modern urban life, as well as modern thought. We’ve conducted our survey mainly by engaging with works of literature, art, and film that touched on the interrelated themes of travel and technology. Though Europe provided our starting point, the scope of our inquiry soon stretched to a...


Highlights from Stanford's Data Driven Conference

A driver hits the brakes.

Data point.

He changes speed.

Data point.

The vehicle’s fuel economy shifts.

Data point.

The car slows to a halt. Stopped at a red light, the driver looks down to his phone to check on his route on Google’s Waze app. Thanks to crowdsourced data produced in real time by other drivers, Waze identifies an accident a half-mile ahead, and the app redirects his route. The light turns green...


Judging Historical Significance: The Automobile

How might we judge the importance of an object?  This immersive design seminar is designed for you to learn how to judge the import and impact of a historical object.  Students will explore context, design and impact to develop criteria and discuss their findings to arrive at a common outcome. 

Our test case for this is the automobile but the underlying thinking is designed to be transferable across the disciplines. Having...


Are We Ready for Autonomous Cars?

People tend to view product innovations as distinct points on a timeline, but new things are often a culmination of technical progress and human acceptance. This is never more true than with the future of the automobile, where automated driving appears to demand such an exacting blend of technology and humanity.

Long ago we decided to assign portions of the driving experience to a machine. Trust developed because we retained agency over the...


Revs Teams Up With Stanford Journalism for a Data-Driven Conference on the Changing Automobile

A revolution is brewing in the modern automobile. Today, cars are manufactured with increasing intelligence, functioning as sensors, data collectors and communicators. These technological advances are paving the way for some fundamental changes in how cars function in the world and how we interact with cars, including whether or not we will even need to drive them. Google’s most recent model of its self-driving car does away with foot pedals and the...


How They Did It: Students Explain How They Judged at This Year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The members of Stanford's ME200 'Understanding Historical Significance,' were given a rare seat at the table at this year's 2013 Pebble Beach Concurs d'Elegance, the opportunity to present a special award at the historic event. 


Photos from Open Garage Talk: Jeff Zwart with Diego Rodriguez

Photos from the Revs / CARS Open Garage Talk event featuring Filmmaker Jeff Zwart and hosted by IDEO's / Stanford's Diego Rodriguez.


Revs Program at Stanford Wins Core77 Design Runner-Up Award

We're proud to announce the Revs Program was first runner up in the Core77 Design Awards for 2013.


A Behind the Scenes Glimpse of Violet, The Musical

Sammi Cannold, Undergraduate in Drama, takes us on the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle that served as the stage for Violet, the Musical which chronicles one girl's bus journey from North Carolina to Oklahoma in 1964.


Documentary Film Students Capture Unique Repair Shop

We drop in on a pair of Stanford MFA Documentary Film students as they capture a unique automotive repair facility in Redwood City, California that focuses on female clients. Their film, supported in part by the Revs Program at Stanford, will be completed later this year.


Remembering Cliff Nass

It is with great sadness that I tell you we lost our beloved Revs Director Cliff Nass this past weekend. Cliff was taking some much needed R&R in the Sierras this weekend when he suffered a sudden heart attack and died. He was 55.


Do Automobiles Have Politics?

As our Revs-sponsored Anthro 146 class wraps up, some thoughts on Automobility from Professor Lochlann Jain.


Stanford Students Deliver Revs Award at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Students in the Revs-sponsored ME200 class "Judging Historical Significance: The Automobile" delivered a new award at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Don Meluzio took home the award for his 1963 Porsche 901 prototype.


Carlos Ghosn Open Garage Talk Video Posted

Our evening with Renault Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn is now posted for viewing.