An occasional update on items from ‘Motordom‘ – the world of auto dominance.
Whether you’re a transportation geek or just curious about why people do the things they do behind the wheel, Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic is one of the most fascinating books you can open up. Streetfilms ten-minute highlight reel of his talk covers subjects from the Invisible Gorilla to intense DriveCam footage of automobile crashes to the dangers of noise-canceling technology touted by car manufacturers.
Or for more fun, go to this TED Talk with Gary Lauder. He comes up with “a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of “Stop” and “Yield” – and asks drivers to be polite.”
Even better is his calculation of the real cost of a stop sign. (Hint: over $2 million.)
(Thanks to Ronald Chen.)
Two quotes from Transport Newsletter 144: one from Power Broker Robert Moses, whose ghost walks still today in many highway departments:
If you gave the typical American a choice of living the rest of his or her life without a car, or without legs, the latter option would actually have less impact on his or her mobility. There are other ways to get between couch and fridge.