100 Simple Yet Smart Ways To Improve The NYC Subway

I'm speaking from personal experience only, but the New York City Subway can be a pretty terrible place to be. It's smelly, noisy, and the stations are often damp and boiling in the summer. It doesn't have to be that way though. It can be better. It can change. And the fixes aren't difficult.

100 Ways To Improve The Subway is a neat little project from Randy Gregory II, a Master's student at the School of Visual Arts. Gregory completed the project this week, posting his 100th suggestion for improvement on New York's subway system, which carried 1.6 billion riders in 2012. (more…)

What if aliens mistook cars for the dominant life form on Earth?

If an extraterrestrial were to spy on certain corners of the Earth, might it decide that the automobile was top dog on our planet? The 1966 short film What on Earth! pokes fun at car culture by imagining a misunderstanding Martian report on Earth's dominate species: the car.

What on Earth! was directed by Les Drew and Kaj Pindal for the National Film Board of Canada. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film—which it richly deserves, not just for its concept, but also for all those dancing cars.

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Take a peek inside Tim Allen’s garage

GQ in Tim Allen's Garage

Jay Leno might be the celebrity that's known for an impressive car collection, but there's no shortage of big names stars that enjoy picking up new rides. Tim Allen, star of Home ImprovementToy Story, and Galaxy Quest is one of those celebs. Being a Detroiter, Allen's collection of muscle cars shouldn't be a huge surprise. However, it's the generally eclectic feel of his collection that makes it interesting. (more…)

Grab a Dozen Donuts in this Original ’55 Ford Police Car

There’s an inexplicable charm to the big American cars of the ’50s. The warmth of American optimism in those years seems to resonate through automobile designs, looking forward to bigger roads and jet-powered futures. It was a great decade for Americana in general, from home design and music, to the new and exciting medium of television. The cars of this period especially exemplify this warmth and optimism—many are classics in their own right: the ’55-57 Chevrolet, the Chrysler 300C, the infamously excessive ’59 Cadillac. (more…)

US Air Force Thunderbirds Mustang fetches $400K at auction

For the last six years, Ford has created a special version of the Mustang with a military aviation theme, and then donated the car to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to be auctioned off at the annual AirVenture event, also known as The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. The money raised goes to the EAA Young Eagles program to inspire the "aviation pioneers of tomorrow," and this year's 2014 Ford Mustang GT US Air Force Thunderbirds Edition was won with a final bid of $398,000.

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Audi designs science fiction car for Ender’s Game movie [w/video]

Audi is no stranger to product placement in movies, but the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie, Ender's Game, will be the first time the German automaker has ever unveiled a "purely virtual" vehicle design in a movie. As the movie's star car, the futuristic Audi fleet shuttle quattro was created by Audi Design as a "vision for the future world." (more…)

Toyota Issues Recall for 342K Tacomas Over Seatbelts

Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for about 342,000 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles due to screws that can come loose in the seatbelt assembly. 

Only Tacoma Acces Cab models built between 2004 and 2011 are affected by this recall. Due to repeated forceful closings of the access door, screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can work themselves loose. If the screws loosen completely, the retractor and pre-tensioner can be rendered useless.

Toyota will notify affected customers by mail, and inspect and replace the parts free of charge. For more information, customers can contact 1-800-331-4331.

Source: Auto Guide