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Interview: Jari-Matti Latvala

by Maurice Malone on 16 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | Interview: Jari-Matti Latvala

I was fortunate enough to grab some time with Jari-Matti Latvala at the Autosport International show last week. By a sheer stroke of good luck, we were left undisturbed in the media centre for a spell, and the talk flowed.

Jari-Matti is one of the sport's icons, and his flat-out approach and tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve has endeared him to legions of fans all over the world. He's heading into what could be a pivotal year for him and his lifelong ambition to become world champion, with the outrageous-looking Yaris WRC now a seriously competitive package…

Ford Mondeo celebrates its silver anniversary

by Neil Briscoe on 07 Jan 2018

changagoidem Features | Ford Mondeo celebrates its silver anniversary

By quirk of fate, or the simple happenstance of test automobile booking schedules, this week I find myself driving a Ford Mondeo. Which would be not at all mentionable, but for the fact that it is the venerable Ford's 25th birthday. Yes, just weeks before Christmas 1992, Ford unveiled the first-generation Mondeo to the world (and indeed the name was chosen because it sounded like world in some languages - Monde, Mundo, etc.) and Ford would never be the same again.

That was partially because the Mondeo was the first 'world' Ford, designed to be sold in the US, Europe…

Los Angeles Design Challenge 2017

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | Los Angeles Design Challenge 2017

The 2017 Automobility LA Design and Developer Challenge invited creative professionals from around the world to help Los Angeles host a global sporting event in the year 2060, with each of the 11 teams coming up with a film presenting their vision of what mobility, sport and life may be like in the City of Angels, 43 years from now. There was a main award for the Judges' Pick, but also secondary awards for the best visions for the Industry Pick and People's Pick. Here's a run-down on what came in.

Byton Design
Global start-up team, Byton Design, dreams up…

LA Design Challenge 2017: ZGF Architects

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: ZGF Architects

LA-based ZGF Architects, represented by Osautomobile Ramos and Sarah Winter, has let its collective imagination run loose with a 'multi-storey transportation system featuring magnetic-levitation lanes, Level 8 autonomy vehicles and transmuting structures'.

Now, that last bit is the most interesting - it basically means shape-shifting vehicles. Responsive Reconfiguration Technology (RRT) sees the vehicles adjusting their shapes, according to their passenger loads. The red Compact pods don't actually shape-shift, but instead accommodate 10 people seated and 10 standing individually, and can operate either on their own or as part of trains of vehicles.

The orange Mid-Sized machines have an EFTE-3000 membrane…

LA Design Challenge 2017: URB-E

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: URB-E

URB-E wants to give Los Angeles 2060 back to its human occupants, it says, by parcelling up the city into four mile-long-square 'Gigablocks'. In these zones, no automobiles or fast-moving transportation devices are allowed, making the streets totally safe for humans to mill about on them, checking their social media apps or generally just loafing from place to place.

Instead, everyone has a personal transportation device for the areas within the Gigablocks, which are ringed by arterial roads. A person wanting to go and view sport in another Gigablock messages the cloud as to where they want to go, and…

LA Design Challenge 2017: Systematica

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Systematica

Italian concern Systematica, a transport planning and mobility engineering consultancy comprised of Anahita Rezaallah, Federico Messa, Filippo Bazzoni and Rawad Choubassi, went for a bit of the schmaltz factor, by imagining a conversation between a boy (seen on screen, but never heard - all his interactions come in the form of speech bubbles) and his grandfather (who, conversely, is heard but never seen).

In it, he recounts what LA was like in 1984, the last time the city hosted the Olympic Games, and the differences between then and the hyper-connected world of the future. The use of intelligent, autonomous automobiles…