Remember when foreign cars were still “exotic” and you had to take your Toyota or even a Daewoo to a specialty mechanic? Midas didn’t care where the car came from!
The original sport utility vehicle!
The owner of an Atlanta-area Lincoln-Mercury dealership, talks about his business philosophy from the comfort of his favorite chair.
Remember the Hyundai Excel, the entry-level Korean hatchback intended to compete with the Honda Civic? Remember when a new car cost under $10,000? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Honda’s competition uses an extremely precise benchmark to judge their progress.
I’ve even fallen for this myself (“The dash is illuminated and I can see beams in front of me. Obviously, my headlights are on!”). Modern car manufacturers are embracing technology at the expense of the engineer’s worst enemy: human factors.
The night, I’m told, is dark and full of terrors. That’s why we have lights on our cars. And while lighting is unquestionably better than it’s ever been, ironically, two pieces of relatively new lighting technology actually seem to be making things worse, visibility-wise, partially because they’re too good. Let me explain.
Just a quick video concept project I threw together this week. It’s comprised of recycled footage from The Great American Road Trip and set to some great road rock.
I’m sitting in traffic in Buckhead, and I’ve come to the realization that I don’t like this burrough. None of the roads actually go anywhere! It’s quite ridiculous when you try to take secondary streets around the block, the secondary street dead-ends into a valet parking queue for some posh restaurant! The blocked off the road for valet parking! Am I wrong or is there something wrong with that? Never mind the fact that the road system in Atlanta is pathetic already. Every road turns–it starts in one direction, then curves and follows a completely different and almost opposite path! I got off of I-285 to dodge some traffic at the Cobb Cloverleaf, took a secondary road north (I checked the compass), and ended up in Buckhead–I was already north of Buckhead!
They have got to do something about the transportation system in this city. It’s not just Atlanta, either–it’s the entire metro area. The roads just cannot handle the volume of traffic! Something must be done!