Blog Articles

Program Article

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.

Research Article

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 blue collar town hit hard by the economic downturn, you couldn't tell it from Building 7.

Lauren DeFilippo and I filmed at the General Motors Components... Read More

Course Article

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 suburbia. In fact, I would argue, the automobile was a technology appropriate to its historical moment that helped to usher in an expanded... Read More

Event Article

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 process of manufacture over a 120-year history. Although considered by many to have reached a plateau a half-century ago, the industry and its... Read More

Blog Article

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 inflicted in her childhood. Originally produced in 1997, the piece is meant to be staged as though the characters are on a bus. For this production, the... Read More