Open Garage Talk: Stanford Solar Car Project

The Revs Program at Stanford & the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) host an evening with the Stanford Solar Car Project. The discussion with members of the team will be titled 'Racing Across the Outback (Without Stopping for Gas)' and will detail the team's competition in the 2013 World Solar Challenge race.

The Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP) began in 1989 and is an entirely student-run, non-profit organization fueled by...


New Video: Historic Vehicles Changing Student Trajectories

In our latest video looking inside the Revs Program, student researchers reflect on their experiences working on the historic vehicles of the The Collier Collection and the impact these vehicles have had on their research and career perspectives. The Collier Collection of Automobiles and a major research library are part of the Revs Institute for Automotive research in Naples, FL. The video was created to mark the public opening of the Revs Institute...


New Video: "Who Will Be Driving on the Highway of the Future?"

Revs Director Chris Gerdes highlights great mobility work at Stanford, including the student-built P1 vehicle and Shelley, an Audi TTS. He emphasizes the importance of safety and the role of the "big red button" as well as issues around ethics -- are self driving vehicles cars, or robots?

This Stanford+Connects micro lecture was filmed on location in Pasadena, California. Stanford+Connects is a program of the Stanford Alumni Association.



Inquiry sparks further research in Urban Studies 167

This quarter in Urban Studies 167: The Automobile, the City and the New Mobilities, we continue to grapple with questions central to the future of the automobile-city relationship.

Looking backward historically, we’ve looked at the fallacy of the most common wisdom about the automobile’s effect on urban development – that the car destroyed the city by congesting it, polluting it, and then abandoning it in favor of the cultural wasteland of mass...


Filming 'Lockport' for Stanford's Documentary Film Program

A part of the Revs Program's grant to Stanford's documentary MFA film program, students Lauren DeFilippo and Henry Wiener focused on a manufacturing town in Lockport, NY. Read about their experience and view the trailer of their film below. The full version is headed to film festivals this year and will be available for viewing here on the Revs website in 12 months.


If Lockport, NY is supposed to be an example of a...


Automotive History Conference Coming to Stanford in 2014

The Revs Program at Stanford is proud to announce that the 10th Biennial Automotive History Conference will come to Stanford April 10-12, 2014. Various parts of the conference will take place at Stanford's Automotive Innovation Facility and many Stanford professors and researchers will have roles in the event.

The theme for the conference is 'The Evolution of Automotive Technology' — the continuing development of the motor vehicle and its...


A Behind the Scenes Glimpse of Violet, The Musical

Thanks to the generosity of the Revs program at Stanford, Violet, a travel musical that actually travels, performed on campus earlier this quarter. The show was a unique one that blended the experience of a bus trip with the splendors of live performance.


As a theatrical piece, Violet is a musical that follows a young woman who takes a cross-country bus trip through the 1964 south in search of healing for a wound...


J. Christian Gerdes Named Interim Director of The Revs Program at Stanford

Stanford University has appointed Engineering Professor J. Christian Gerdes as the school's interim director of the Revs Program at Stanford, following the passing of Professor Clifford Nass. Launched in April 2011, Revs has advanced multidisciplinary research and teaching focused on the automobile and transportation.

Gerdes has been co-director of Revs since its inception and was one of its founding professors. Since the program's launch in...


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. 


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.


The View through the Windshield: Cars and the American Landscape

Both cars and the landscape are fundamental to American identity. 


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.


Carlos Ghosn Open Garage Talk Video Posted

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


Amazing Ideas From Students at the Big Idea Festival

The Big Idea Festival, sponsored by the Revs Program at Stanford, CARS and Media X, brought together some amazing young minds to produce big thoughts about the future of automotive interfaces. For the first time, we're sharing the projects from the event to the public at large.


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.