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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 and he accelerates.

Data point.

Every event that this 2015 car experiences, and every computation the app performs while using... Read More

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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 features and they worked when we wanted them to work. We mediate these controls explicitly — cruise control can be turned on, but it can be... Read More

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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 steering wheel.

If this kind of technology continues to be implemented it could completely redefine what we should expect from cars,... Read More

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Great Automotive Classes at Stanford This Autumn Quarter

Among the many wonderful educational opportunities for Stanford students this fall, a number have a decidedly automotive focus. The Revs Program at Stanford is proud to support these classes and even in cases where we are not the supporting organization, we still recommend them highly. The breadth of learning here spans disciplines such as design thinking, environment and resources, mechanical engineering and urban studies. In all cases students will be able to interact with the automobile and transportation in ways that will impact their other coursework.ME 292: Humanize My Ride:... Read More

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Stanford Students Award 2014 Revs Program at Stanford Award During Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

After Stanford's ME200 students did their final round of judging -- a process that started in May during Spring term and finished this Sunday at Pebble Beach -- one car stood atop them all: The 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa 0704 owned by Thomas Hartley, Jr., of Derbyshire, United Kingdom. The students presented the trophy on the stage during Sunday's 64th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The vehicle was among 12 Ferrari 'TRs' on the lawn on Sunday, but it was special in its own right. It is heralded as one of the best TRs of all, as it was miraculously left unrestored and has... Read More