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Amazing Stop Motion Street Shots

Posted in Animation, Cool Stuff, Toys, Traffic, Videos by MrAngry | August 9th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

I’m a sucker for any type of good animation, stop motion photography or digital video, so when I spied this video I just had to post it. The scene that the video depicts is something that would occur virtually daily up in the Bronx section of New York. There is nothing amazing from a story perspective as the video simply shows a graffiti artist doing his thing in an urban setting. What’s amazing is that this video actually makes you forget that you’re actually watching a bunch of Matchbox Cars and small figurines that are all set up on a cardboard backdrop as opposed to something that happens for real everyday in urban areas around the world. That is where the true genius of this little stop motion movie comes in… it simply makes you forget about real life for a moment.

Source: RalfBecker.com

Celebrate Independence Day A Little More Carefully

Posted in Crashes, driving, General, Safety, Traffic by Kurt Ernst | June 30th, 2010 | 1 Response |

According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data published by Autoevolution, July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers in the United States. Over a five year period from 2004 to 2008, an average of 148 drivers were killed on July 4th, compared to an average of 114 traffic deaths on a typical day. The IIHS didn’t go on to speculate on why this was the case, but it’s likely got to do with increased traffic (summer vacations, July 4th barbecues, etc.) and drinking at holiday parties. As you’d expect, January 1 is another date with higher than average fatalities, but so are August 13 and July 15. Go figure.

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Want To Avoid A Traffic Ticket? Here’s Some Advice

Posted in Crashes, driving, Featured, General, Guide, How To, Legal, Police, Politics, Roads, Safety, Street Racing, Tips, Traffic by Kurt Ernst | March 26th, 2010 | 16 Responses |

We here at RideLust have previously presented video on dealing with police, and I’ve got to tell you that it’s perhaps the worst advice I’ve ever seen given. It’s ACLU bullshit; while technically correct, it’s guaranteed to get you a ticket, an ass kicking or a whole lot of trouble you don’t really need. Consider this: you’re at a traffic light that changes from red to green. You look left, and see a fully loaded dump truck steaming into the intersection at full speed; it’s your legal right to proceed, because it’s his obligation to stop. Would you rather be right, or ground into pavement pizza?

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NJ To Require Warning Labels On New Drivers

Posted in driving, General, Newsworthy, Traffic by Kurt Ernst | March 25th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

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Well, actually on their license plates. New to driving in the Garden State? Under 21 years of age? Under a new law, you’ll have to affix a red sticker to the upper left corner of your front and rear license plates. You get to pay for it, too – an extra $4.00 plus a trip to your friendly local DMV office. For those of you who’ve never lived in New Jersey, a trip to the DMV is slightly less enjoyable than double root canal, without anesthesia, while simultaneously passing a kidney stone the size of a basketball.

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Public Transportation or Car???

Posted in Environment, People, Pictures, Smart, Traffic, Travel by Jon | January 21st, 2010 | 1 Response |

In many of American cities, it is just more viable to take public transport with gridlock traffic consuming the cities. But even if you don’t live in the city, public transportation may be a great choice, not only to help the environment but to also save yourself a considerable amount of money. Not only would we not have to pay for the the car itself, the gas that powers our cars to get us from home to work and back again, but you may also avoid tolls and car maintenance bills. We can also avoid the monthly car insurance bill as well and when the average cost of a car insurance premium in 2009 was $1,800, that breaks down to be $150 a month. That is $150 we can save or even use to buy something more important.

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Terrafugia: Flying Car

Posted in Car Tech, Design, Traffic, Travel by Jon | January 13th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Now everyone has pondered the idea of traveling to work like George Jetson.  Avoid the morning rush hour and traffic congestion prevalent in our modern cities. There have been many attempts at the flying car, some more plausible than others, but we are now almost there.  Its name, the Terrafugia Transition, as it can travel in both the air as well as on land. Now it’s not exactly as advanced as the Jetson’s car, but it is as advanced as we can ask for. It can switch between a car and a plane within 30 seconds, and can amazingly fit in any standard sized garage. On land it averages 30 mpg, not bad for a car/plane hybrid. In the air it maintains 115 mph and has a range of over 400 miles. Now the Terrafugia is not even considered to be a prototype yet but its developers plan on doing some additional testing to improve its performance and hopefully plan to get it into production. The real question we have to ask ourselves is if we really want to be flying around in the air thousands of feet above the ground with the same people who cut us off on our daily commutes and flip us the bird as if we did something wrong. Obvioulsy this flying car will not solve the traffic congestion problems in the city because there is no place to land, but if you were trying to avoid the traffic you may encounter between point A and point B, and you have the space to take off and land, the Terrafugia may be for you.

2009, A Year In RideLust Review

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As a bittersweet farewell to one of the most tumultuous years in automotive history, RideLust presents to you a re-cap of all the biggest industry events in 2009…and a few that slipped in under editorial bias.

Rick Wagoner, Bob Nardelli, and Alan Mulally spent weeks feigning humility and destitution in three piece Brooks Brothers suits in an attempt to wrangle a billion-dollar loan from an apparently benevolent Uncle Sam. Eventually, the government acquiesced and agreed to bail out both General Motors and Chrysler so as not to interrupt their steady production of poorly built, aesthetically unappealing vehicles.

Stunt double Ben Collins outed himself as Top Gear’s infamous masked driver, The Stig, potentially blowing the sweetest gig on planet Earth. Rather than kill him off, Top Gear attempted to counter the rumors by fingering (::snicker::) legendary racer Michael Schumacher as The Stig. Gearheads in America with an Internet connection that’s too slow to cope with downloading the weekly BBC broadcast still don’t give a rat’s ass.

There was some sort of F1 scandal involving Renault intentionally throwing the Singapore Gran Prix, but we were too immersed in our rally obsession to care. Just Google it or something.

As per their plan to cut costs and pretend to pay back taxpayers, GM made the logical decision to axe one of the only remaining brands that consumers still cared about, Pontiac. Shortly after the announcement, rumors began to circulate that the late John DeLorean’s company was interested in purchasing the rights to produce the Pontiac Solstice. The idea, much like the DMC-12, was short lived.

Drawing heavily from the blatantly phallic styling of the Ambiguously Gay Duo’s car, Porsche released it’s first 4-door sedan, the Panamera.
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Ford “Distraction Lab” Mimics Driving Habits Of 17-Year-Old Boys

Posted in auto industry, Car Accessories, Car Tech, Cars, Design, Ford, Newsworthy, Safety, Traffic, Travel by Suzanne Denbow | October 20th, 2009 | 1 Response |

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Appropriately dubbed the “Distraction Lab,” Ford’s Human Machine Interface Verification Laboratory has been busy at work duplicating the flighty attention span of the average teenage male. To achieve this, Ford engineers have outfitted research participants with special occlusion goggles equipped with small LCD screens programmed to track the amount of time a driver spends with his eyes on and off the road. While wearing the goggles, test subjects are asked to engage in a simulated driving course that requires them to interact with Ford’s in-car infotainment system. By observing the amount of time that any given driver spends orienting himself with (or being otherwise distracted by) the informational system as well as other outside stimuli, researchers may then determine how information should be displayed and accessed to minimize the risk of an accident.

“Occlusion testing is faster and a lot more efficient than other methods for determining eyes-off-road time and the potential for visual distraction,” explained John Shutko, Ford technical specialist in Human Factors and Ergonomics. “In the past, we used occlusion testing primarily to verify other research, but over the past couple of years we’ve been able to develop test models with the technology that allows us to rapidly complete research faster than ever before.”

Much like the principles held by their European subsidiary, Volvo, the primary objective of Ford’s exhaustive research is to accommodate drivers’ needs in the safest way possible. “Studies show voice-operated systems like SYNC offer significant safety benefits over hand-held manual devices,” says Dr. Louis Tijerina, Ford senior technical specialist. “If people are going to use nomadic devices – and there’s no reason to believe that they will stop – Ford wants to offer our customers a safer way to use them, through SYNC.” Read More…

Zipcar Provides Drastic Emissions Reductions, Mobility For The Masses

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Emissions, Environment, Favorite Cars, Fuel-efficient, Newsworthy, People, Popular Cars, Traffic, Travel by Suzanne Denbow | October 14th, 2009 | 3 Responses |

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Who knew a lifestyle that necessitates surviving almost exclusively on a diet of Ramen noodles and Natural Ice could prove so beneficial to the environment? According to Zipcar, their rideshare programs that currently dot an estimated 140 university campuses across the U.S. and Great Britian are succeeding in astronomically reducing emissions, and all thanks to the overwhelming response from college kids too broke to spring for their own set of wheels. By the numbers, Zipcar estimates they’ve cut CO2 emissions by 56 million pounds annually, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of CO2 that would be emitted by 4,800 dilapidated Honda Accords with Greek and/or obscure band bumper stickers affixed atop the more noticeable dents.

In addition to the significant environmental benefits, Zipcar’s service has also done wonders for solving many of the congestion problems plaguing certain campuses and university officials laud the program with praise. “I cannot say enough about our partnership with Zipcar; their commitment to innovation, marketing, and customer service has allowed us to create the type of brand awareness and customer loyalty that students identify with and respect,” said Tony Mazza, Director of Transportation for the University of Southern California (USC). “With over 20 cars and approximately 1000 members on campus – we are dedicated to continue growing our car-sharing program until our parking demand and environmental goals have been realized.” Read More…

Ford Transit Connect Makes Fueling Contrived Holidays A Breeze

Posted in Ford, Fuel-efficient, Newsworthy, Traffic, Vans by Suzanne Denbow | October 12th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

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With Sweetest Day (a holiday that no one aside from that aunt of yours who works at Hallmark has ever even heard of) right around the corner, Ford has taken another opportunity to highlight the outstanding cargo capability and fuel efficiency of the Ford Transit Connect. Rather than rely on trusty (if a little outlandish) PR verbiage to do the trick, however, Ford went directly to Transit Connect owner and local Michigan florist Frank Mancuso, who is busily preparing for one of the largest greeting card-created holidays of the year.

Mancuso owns and operates Mancuso Florists in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and he lauded the Ford Transit Connect with praise for the invaluable asset it’s become to his business. “A full-size van is almost invisible, because they’re everywhere,” explained Mancuso. “But all kinds of people notice our Transit Connect. Our drivers get so many inquiries about the vehicle, we hand out cards with information about it. Transit Connect serves as a ‘rolling billboard’ for our business.” Of course, some might argue that a panel van with a halfway decent graphics package could achieve the same results without being so, well, weird looking but the Mancuso’s praise for the Transit Connect doesn’t stop there. “It costs us about $30 to fill the gas tank in the Transit Connect,” said Mancuso. “It costs us about $70 to fill the tank in one of our full-size vans. A full tank lasts around the same time in either vehicle, so delivery costs are significantly reduced by using the Transit Connect.” Read More…