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The GM Futurliners were a group of custom vehicles, styled in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors, and integral to the company’s Parade of Progress — a North American traveling exhibition promoting future cars and technologies. Having earlier used eight custom Streamliners from 1936-1940, GM sponsored the Parade of Progress and the Futurliners from 1940 to 1941 and again from 1953 to 1956.

At 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, more than 11 feet tall, and weighing more than 12 tons, each Futurliner featured heavily stylized Art deco, streamlined bodywork, deep red side and white roof paint, large articulated chrome side panels, a military-grade GMC straight-six gasoline engine and automatic transmission, whitewall tires and a prominent, high-mounted, centrally located driver command position with a panoramic windshield.

Above, the streamliners are pictured traveling through San Bernardino, California circa 1953.

Houses as Preferred Method of Transportation
  • Gryffindor: Motor vehicle
  • Hufflepuff: On foot
  • Ravenclaw: Bicycle
  • Slytherin: Carried by servants
  • Wait, what am I saying? Obviously everyone would be all for being carried like let's be honest here.

paper-whisky  asked:

I think it's more an engine limitation than it is a deliberate decision. Several traders in New Vegas, including the Gun Runner guy at the 188 and Cass's one, have stationary carts with them, which presumably are pulled by brahmin. The NCR also uses motor vehicles for transporting goods, but the roads in the Mojave are too difficult for their trucks; they also wanted to repair the railway, implying they have trains at their disposal.

Thank you for the information!

This part about the NCR using motor vehicles is interesting though. Because fot that to happen, you have - at the very least - to have enough trucks repaired, enough engines working and enough fuel to fill them. And this raises a whole lot of questions, because what exactly are they using as fuel? Let’s assume for a second that they managed to repair the old engines or built new ones by studying pre-war books and old vehicles. Considering the NCR’s technological progress and their relatively good living standards, it’s possible. But the fuel… The main reason for the many fuck ups of the old U.S. government are the shortages of natural ressources. They annexed Canada because of it, they started using nuclear power because of it, they led the world to a third World War because of it. So what, does the NCR use nuclear power to make their vehicles move?

As to the engine limitations - yes, they certainly have to be taken into account. It’s just that I think that if the horses were a vital or at least really visible part of the Mojave, they would have included them into the game. Many games of that time period have horses, it couldn’t have been that hard to include some into NV, I think? I only mention NV because in the D.C. they would have been kind of out of place anyway.


To create a car that looks this different, Musk has engineered a team and process that look different. Call it the Musk Way. Most car companies try to capture value with an established product. Laboring under radical uncertainty, Tesla has a process that is centered on a single purpose: speed. Like the big automakers, Tesla stamps its own body panels in-house, but it also makes its own battery packs and motors in the Fremont assembly plant. It even makes its own plastic steering wheel casings–a part easily and usually outsourced–because suppliers (much to their regret) tried sending their B teams and took months to turn around designs.

“The mission of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport.”
- Elon Musk

You’ll rarely find someone at Tesla who worked at GM, Ford or Chrysler or an automotive supplier (Aston Martin is one notable exception). Sterling Anderson, a former McKinsey associate and MIT-trained expert in self-driving cars, was hired in the summer of 2014 to work on Tesla’s autopilot systems. Now he’s the program manager of the Model X. 

The reason Tesla will occasionally put someone in a position without prior industry experience is that Musk is known for selecting people based upon their ability to solve complex problems–not based upon experience. Says Tesla Chief Information Officer Jay Vijayan, “Elon doesn’t settle for good or very good. He wants the best. So he asks job candidates what kinds of complex problems they’ve solved before and he wants details.”

Musk’s team screens job applicants for their ability to learn under uncertain conditions. Every new employee, no matter which department, has to have proven some kind of ability to solve hard problems. “We always probe deeply into achievement on the résumé,” says Musk. “Success has many parents, so we look to find out who really did it. I don’t care if they graduated from university or even high school.”

Promotions and bonuses at both Tesla (and SpaceX) are built around a 1-to-5 rating system, with 4 and 5 being “great” and “phenomenal,” respectively. “You don’t get the two highest ratings,” says Musk, “unless you have done something innovative. It has to be significant in the case of phenomenal, something that makes the company better or the product better. Anyone can be an improver: HR, finance, production, they can all figure out how to improve things.”

“It’s incredibly important that we move to a sustainable world sooner rather than later. The sooner we do it, the better it is, and it’s important to show that any type of car can go electric.”
- Elon Musk

When Tesla first called Vijayan to ask him to consider the CIO job, he said maybe but then pulled himself out of contention. He had a cushy CIO job at Silicon Valley blue-chip software firm VMWare and wasn’t looking to step out on any ledges. Tesla appeared to be taking huge risks, and Elon Musk had a reputation of making monumental demands of the leadership team. But 18 months later he got a call back and was asked to reconsider. During his interview with Musk he became convinced this company could change the world.

Continue reading ‘Decoding Tesla’s Secret Formula’ via @forbes

  • Seungcheol: Okay, what is your preferred method of transportation?
  • Jun: Motor Vehicle
  • Joshua: Bicycle
  • Minghao: On foot
  • Jeonghan: Carried by servants
  • Seungcheol: *sigh* not this again...

1973 American Motors AMC Gremlin Advertisement Playboy February 1973 by SenseiAlan

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<br />1973 American Motors AMC Gremlin Advertisement Playboy February 1973