Red Hand Signal Directs Traffic
A RED hand controls the heavy traffic on Fifth avenue in New York City.
Faced with the problem of speeding up pedestrian traffic and cutting down casualties, experts have evolved a new scheme.
New signal towers have signals for auto-ists and signals for pedestrians, the latter in the form of a red hand on all four faces
of each tower.
Under this plan, pedestrian traffic will be given twenty seconds to clear in all directions as the signals change. Then automotive traffic travels in a specified direction for a period ranging from thirty to fifty-eight seconds.
A five second pause is permitted between the twenty seconds allotted pedestrians and the next automotive “go” signal.
Yes folks, apparently a glove compartment that could hold more than a pair of gloves was big news in 1932. I’m still looking for an issue in the seventies where they breathlessly announce the amazing new cup holders.
Dashboard Package Compartment
A LARGE compartment, suitable to hold packages, a woman’s purse, and other small articles which ordinarily prove a nuisance, has been incorporated in the dashboard of the latest model of a prominent make of automobile.
Equipped with a special lock and key, and constructed entirely of metal, the compartment provides a safe, convenient place for carrying articles that are usually thrown on the seats of the car.
Car “Crashes” Wall 24 Hours a Day
Motorists driving on Route 78 near Escondido, Calif., are startled momentarily by the sight of a car “crashing” into a restaurant. A closer look reassures them, however, since the car is really only half a car and the “crash” is painted on. The restaurant is located on a sharp curve, thus heightening the effect.
Motorcar for Handicapped Operates Like Plane
Many of the control features of an airplane have been built into a motor vehicle designed for handicapped veterans. Constructed by Edward T. Adkins of Palo Alto, Calif., the little car runs three miles an hour on electricity supplied by a self-charging battery or 20 miles an hour on a gasoline engine. The tires are from the tail wheels of fighter planes and the controls for operating the vehicle are grouped just as they are in multi-engine planes. A built-in spray for extinguishing fires operates automatically.
Wow, this is just the beginning of Toyota’s reemergence after WWII. According to the blurb they only made about 2700 cars a year. Currently they are the second largest car company in the world and produce close to ten million cars a year. That car is actually kinda snazzy, it reminds me of a mashup of a BMW (the grille) and Beetle (the body).
Jap Cars Shown
These first products of Japan’s postwar Automobile industry, recently displayed in Tokyo, don’t mean that Nippon’s citizens will abandon their walking habits. The entire output of the Toyota Motor Co., at Nagoya, is only some 30 cars and 200 trucks a month. These will be sold to hospitals, to government agencies, and to business firms. The passenger car, seating four, has a 27-hp., four-cylinder engine, a speed of 54 m.p.h., and will average 40 miles to the gallon. The one-half-ton trucks have the same power plant, but a different gear ratio and will do about 30 miles on a gallon. The cars will sell for 250,000 yen ($5,000), and the trucks for the equivalent of $3,200.
Junior at the Wheel
Many a parent has wished for something to keep Junior occupied during long drives. With this toy steering wheel, daddy can concentrate on the road ahead while young “hopeful makes believe he too is driving. Made of hard rubber, the mock wheel is attached to the dashboard by a suction cup. It even has a horn that works.
Compressed AIR MOTOR Runs Car
EITHER the era of “free air” is about to come to an end, or the cost of motoring is about to be reduced to practically nothing. In an amazing demonstration conducted recently in Los Angeles a standard automobile chassis, powered with a newly-developed compressed air motor, whizzed around the city streets at not one cent of cost to the driver for fuel.
The engine, which is the result of six years of research by Roy J. Meyers, resembles in general appearance a radial airplane motor. It is mounted in an upright position in the same space occupied by a gasoline motor in standard cars.
Monoxide Thumbs a Ride
Drowsy while driving? Make sure carbon monoxide isn’t poisoning you at the wheel. A checkup may save a life.
CARBON monoxide is a hitchhiker. We all know that this odorless gas, generated by an automobile at the rate of about a cubic foot a minute, will quickly turn a closed garage into a death chamber, but we are apt to overlook the fact that it rides along each time we drive out on the highway. Its handiwork shows up in traffic accident news more frequently than most persons “realize. The police* reports may say that the driver “apparently fell asleep,” or perhaps a big question mark appears in the space where the cause of the accident should be recorded, since no one remains alive to tell about it.
The AUTOMOBILE of the Future
Bill Stout, Detroit inventive pioneer who built the first cantilever wing plane, the first tri-motor, and who has worked for Henry Ford in an advisory capacity, here tells what the car of tomorrow will be like.
by WM. B. STOUT As told to Paul Weber
WHAT do I think about the automobile of the future?
Well, it will be about one-third the weight of the present car and will, of course, be streamlined. The new cars will all weigh less than 2,000 lbs. and will probably have motors of around 100 horsepower. They will be light weight cars, because the lighter the car the easier it rides.
This may sound like heresy in view of the popular supposition that heavier cars ride more easily. But my statement is true. The reason is not that the car is heavier, but that in heavy cars of today the distribution of sprung and unsprung weight accidentally happens to be better. With the new engineering which has been gaining vogue, with streamlining, and with the efforts of such engineers as Starling Burgess and Buckminster Fuller of Dymaxion fame among others, we will provide proper ratios between sprung and unsprung weight in all cars, and then the lighter cars will ride easier.