Not Getting Enough Facebook and Twitter In a Day? How About An Ultimate Social Car? Ford & Facebook Are Getting It Done

February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

(Source: Ford via Autoblog)

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Though I’m a bit alarmed by the cognitive distraction (for drivers) potential associated with this technology, it is awesome to see the collaboration between the vehicle manufacturers and the app developers to put together an “intelligent” vehicle.   For sure, Secretary LaHood and his staff at USDOT will be spending a lot of time thinking about how to accommodate these tech advancements in the vehicle environment while prioritizing the safety of drivers on the road. If you have not already seen this, the USDOT has recently proposed the first-ever federal guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for these in-vehicle electronic devices.  The proposed guidelines are voluntary and would apply to communications, entertainment, information gathering, and navigation devices or functions that are built into the vehicle and are not required to safely operate the vehicles.  In any case, it is safe to say that the vehicles of today will look a LOT dumber compared to these SMART cars that will roll out of the assembly lines in Detroit a few years from now.

An unhealthy addiction to Hello Kitty? This Japanese Driver Takes Hello Kitty Addiction To the Next Level

February 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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Everyone in Washington, DC agrees – One graphic to define WMATA stakeholders’ psychology

February 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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Distracted Driving? Nah. Just A London Cabbie-in-Training Prepping To Master “All-London Knowledge”

February 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

(Source: via Reddit -rcdaudt)

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A fellow Redditor spotted this cabbie-in-training somewhere near Piccadilly,  London.  And the hive minds offered more details on what’s this is all about:  a prospective London Taxi-Driver learning “the Knowledge” which involves memorizing the street names. So, today I learned that London cab drivers’ Knowledge is based on learning 320 routes (or runs). This will help them learn the 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks and places of interest in the six mile radius of Charing Cross. Amazing that it takes between two and four years to pass the All-London Knowledge and once you are licensed you can work anywhere in the Greater London area.

Event Alert: National Engineers Week – Global Marathon: For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology (March 5-10, 2012)

February 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

(Source: National Engineers Week Foundation)

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7 Billion and Counting: Dreams, Ideas & Actions to Change the World

Join us in a live worldwide forum on topics for, by and about current and future generations of women in engineering and technology.

Imagine getting the chance to hear from women engineers from around the world. For four hours each day over a six-day period, engineers from North and South America, China, India, the Middle East, Africa, the U.K. and Europe will discuss critical topics of the profession—from how to engage girls and young women to consider engineering careers, advice on career paths and achieving life-work balance, to the benefits of networking and much more.

Learn more about the Global Marathon.

Cheap Enough to Say, Phuket I’ll Go – Asian Airline Gets Creative With Its Marketing Message

February 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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On point and delivered with unmatched sophistication – No one does road safety messages like the Aussies

February 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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And here is the funny road safety campaign video featuring the sign above. How much I wish America adopted this blunt, yet funny style of conveying the message. Our American campaign signs are boring compared to the Aussies’. PERIOD!

Who needs tow trucks when you can do the job with a tow bike – Made in Sweden, Deployed in China!

February 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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Nationwide is on your side? Not for this dinged up driver – A Roving PR Nightmare For Nationwide Insurance

February 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

(Source: Reddit)

So, how do you get even with an insurance company that left you hanging? Here is one way to do it.

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Thinking Outside the Box – Visualizing the U.S. Highways Network From a Transit Mapping Perspective

February 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

(Source: Cameron Booth via FastCoDesign)

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Interstate network

U.S. Routes