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Revs Students Award Trophy at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Stanford students awarded their historical significance trophy to the 1901 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 Race Car Chassis 2866 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21, 2016. The students were enrolled in ME200, 'Understanding Historical Significance of the Automobile,' a now legendary class taught in the Spring quarter by David Kelley, Reilly Brennan and Jon Feiber.

The Revs Program-sponsored class presents the students a field of disparate vehicles and ideas from which to develop their own criteria for judging. Judging, in this sense, is organized around the notion of '... Read More

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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. 


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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 global level.

Gino Severini, Armored Train in Action (1915)

Reading Antoine de Saint-... Read More

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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