How to Take a Car UpstairsInfiniti debuted their new QX80 model on March 20 atop the sky deck at the Edge in Hudson Yards in Manhattan. It's an impressive vehicle, and expensive, too. But how did they pull off this stunt? There are no cranes that big, and a helicopter lift isn't legal in Manhattan. The engineering team put in a lot of work to please the public relations team, by disassembling the car and taking it up 100 floors by elevator, piece by piece, and then reassembling it! Each piece had to be small enough to fit into a freight elevator, and it took almost 100 trips up to accomplish this. The project took 40 days, but the car was ready for its moment in the sun, so to speak, on the appointed day. -via The Awesomer
The Woman Who Bought the First Mustang in America Still Has ItWhile there were a few concept cars in the early '60s, the fully-designed Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964. But two days earlier, 22-year-old Gail Brown was able to purchase one at a dealer in Chicago because the salesman felt sorry for her. She had her heart set on getting a Ford convertible and there were none on the sales floor, so the dealer relinquished one of his embargoed Mustangs. These 1965 Mustangs were called "1964½" models because they were rolled out so early in the year. Brown (now Gail Wise) drove the Mustang to her job teaching at an elementary school. She got married, moved her household, raised four children, and drove the car until it began to wear out in the '70s. She and her husband Tom kept the Mustang in a garage for 27 years before he decided to restore it. They had no idea that it was the first Mustang sold in the US (one was sold early in Canada) until 2008, and could prove it by the bill of sale. By then, the car was restored and drivable, and its history has been recognized by Ford. Read the story of the first Mustang sold in the US 60 years ago, at the Chicago Sun-Times. -via Damn Interesting ​(Image source: Gail Wise)
Back Seats You Don't ForgetYes, we know that the things you do in the back seat of a car is what makes them memorable, but this is not about that at all. Which car model had the worst-designed rear seats? What features are the mark of a horrible rear seat? Many of us buy car after car without even paying attention to the rear seats, unless we have children, and even then you just make sure a car has somewhere for them to ride. And many models are designed with rear seats as just an afterthought, without much thought at all, because they know the person buying the car is not going to be sitting there while the car is in motion. Jason Torchinsky points out these models for us, with a list of the worst back seats that ever graced a vehicle, but starts out with his pick for the best rear seating ever. Did he ride around in the back to decide on the best? I don't think so, but it sure is stylish. Then it gets fun, with some really odd and uncomfortable designs that you have to see to believe, and some that don't make any sense at all. See them yourself at the Autopian.​
1963 Chrysler Turbine Coupe, the Jet Powered CarThe auto industry spent close to 100 years cranking out cars that relied on internal combustion engines. The rise of electric vehicles in the past few decades is the biggest innovation ever, but it has been slow to take over the industry, and it probably wouldn't be doing as well as it is now if we weren't determined to wean mankind off of fossil fuels. But in 1962, Chrysler had an idea that made everyone's eyes big out- a jet powered car. The prototype was a Dodge Polara that was retrofitted with a jet turbine that was sent on a cross-country trip across the USA to test its mettle. It made it all the way, so Chrysler introduced the Chrysler Turbine Coupe in 1963. To be sure, there are reasons we don't normally put jet engines in automobiles, the first of which is that they produce an awful lot of heat that could burn a town down in traffic. The Chrysler jet turbine was engineered to not do that, but it had other problems. But it also had quite a few benefits, and was surprisingly roadworthy. Chrysler built 55 of these turbo cars, but only nine of them remain in existence. Read about the short life of the jet-powered car at the Saturday Evening Post.-via Damn Interesting (Image credit: Greg Gjerdingen)
Collision Avoidance Software is No Match for KangaroosComputer software and artificial intelligence have combined to bring us automotive safety features that we would never have dreamed of 50 years ago. While drivers like to be in control, it's never a bad idea to have a second pair of eyes, so to speak, as a backup. We see this in collision avoidance features, which tell the car when something is about to hit us. But artificial intelligence is limited to the algorithm's experience, and there are things in this world that don't make sense. One of those things is a kangaroo. Human drivers know there are such things, and they can sneak up on us in a flash. Collision avoidance software isn't up to the task.​See, this type of automotive software was developed for avoiding moose. Volvo rolled out the Large Animal Detection System in 2016, which makes sense for Nordic countries where moose cause a lat of destruction when colliding with cars. But that doesn't translate to Australia, where kangaroo collisions cause untold damage every year. Kangaroos are highly unpredictable, and unlike moose, they get around by jumping. The upshot is that Australia cannot rely on such systems in automobiles, despite years of fine-tuning, and are looking into other hi-tech solutions to keep cars and kangaroos separated. Best of luck to them. (Image credit: Charles J. Sharp) 
Fascist Italy's CinemobilesCorrado Lopresto is a wealthy collector of rare and luxurious cars in Milan. He specializes in Italian cars and has over 150 unusual specimens that he has carefully restored, preserved, and put on display.Among them is this modified Fiat 521 truck that the coachbuilder Carrozzeria Fissore modified into portable movie theaters. Fascist Italy (1922-1945) engaged in thorough propaganda production and distribution and these trucks, which are marked with the fasces for which fascism is named, would project propaganda films onto convenient flat surfaces. It was, appropriately, called a cinemobile.​