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His Story, Her Story, Car Story

Car stories are about relationships. They’re about collaborating, and going places, and figuring out new things together. Yes, they’re about cars. But they’re about much more than that.

We found that when you ask a diverse group – from China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States – to design a car experience, you hear the most amazing stories. The result of this discussion in our Spring class, ME 236, Tales to Design Cars By, was...

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A Student's Trip to Bogotá Generates Ideas for S.F.'s Muni Bus System

(This is the second post from Douglas Sharp about Bogotá’s BRT system; to read the first post visit here)

Regardless of Bogotá’s success with its BRT system, San Francisco’s transit needs demand a slightly different approach. For instance, just take a look at San Francisco and Bogotá’s populations:

San Francisco: 800,000+ citizens. Bogotá: 7,500,000+ citizens.

Bogotá’s population size and density put it in a different league...

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A Digital Tale: Leaded Gasoline Digital Storytelling Project Unveiled

After two academic quarters of research, design, coding, and implementation, students in Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism launched "Leaded Gas: A Toxic Tale", a web adaptation of Jamie Lincoln Kitman's award-winning article "The Secret History of Lead", originally published in The Nation.

 

Three journalism masters students, Katie Brigham, Vjeran Pavic, and Matt Hansen, supported by Journalism faculty advisors Ann Grimes...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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

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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...

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do Automobiles Have Politics?

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

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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.

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Carlos Ghosn Open Garage Talk Video Posted

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