Taxi Mania

Taxi Mania

…I was panning taxis as a wandered down Broadway between 125th and 108th street. I took these on two separate days, but neither day had too much sun. Out of the mass of taxi pans I like this one the best. It gives some sense of the the crowded city and the Crown Victoria is crisp. I will try to take some of these in more crowded areas of the city like Times Square…stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

the rest is me ranting on about taxi choice and regulation in the taxi industry…


I like the comment below. First, there are lots of cabs here so posting lots is fitting. Also it reflects the changing vehicle choice. In 2006 90% of cabs were Ford Crown Victorias. This car is based on a 1979 design, sports an inefficient V8 engine and handles like a boat. I was surprised that Toyota Sienna minivans have captured (in 2006) 10% of the market. Now I think they have an even larger share (there are also several Honda Odesseys).

However, bigger changes are coming. By 2013 all NYC cabs need to get better than 30 mpg. That means hybrids and hybrids are especially economical in city traffic. So the last two pans are hybrids; a Toyota Highlander and a Ford Escape. I’ve also spotted a Toyota Prius.

…New York city is full of taxis. There are just about 13000 medallion cabs in all. They are all yellow (well a orange-like yellow). Ever wonder why? Bascially the industry is heavily regulated. The government restricts the numbers of medallions (cabs that can circulate). As a consequence medallions are extremely valuable.

Restricting competition (cabs charge the same rates and there is essentially only one company) helps drivers right? Acutally it doesn’t. There is a large supply of drivers (they compete and drive down cabbie wages) so the guys that benefit from the government regulation are the medallion owners. Consumers are the main losers.

I said heavily regulated. The government specifies the cars that can be used, the types of floor mats you can have, how old the car can be (not over 4 years – so most taxis are run 24-7), how much legroom the cab must have, whether the cab has a CC machine, a GPS etc. etc. Why this need to overregulate the cab industry? Is NYC a special case? No Arlington, Virginia has figured out that it needs exactly 666 cabs. How did this number come up? From a Soviet-style central planner no doubt. Even Madison is in on the game (and Madison actually has a competent local government). They restrict entry to only 3 companies. These companies in return charge significantly higher fares than NYC cabbies. Why? Go figure. Cartels are good for business.

Posted by Mazda6 (Tor) on 2007-10-01 22:56:26

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Auto air painting line for paint body part of automobile

Auto air painting line for paint body part of automobile

Auto air painting line for paint body part of automobile and control by robot and PLC

Posted by anekphoto on 2017-06-24 15:20:07

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Bidimensional SPEED

Bidimensional SPEED

Among the most important industrial manufacturers in Mexico is the automotive industry, whose standards of quality are internationally recognized. The automobile sector in Mexico differs from that in other Latin American countries and developing nations in that it does not function as a mere assembly manufacturer. In 2007 one out every seven cars sold was made in Mexico. The industry produces technologically complex components and engages in some research and development activities.

The "Big Three" (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) have been operating in Mexico since the 1930s, while Volkswagen and Nissan built their plants in the 1960s. Later, Toyota, Honda, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz established a presence. Given the high requirements of North American components in the industry, many European and Asian parts suppliers have also moved to Mexico: in Puebla alone, 70 industrial part-makers cluster around Volkswagen. The relatively small domestic car industry is represented by DINA Camiones S.A. de C.V., which has built buses and trucks for almost half a century, and the new Mastretta company that builds the high performance Mastretta MXT sports car.

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 was a performance model of the Ford Mustang that Ford produced beginning in 1969. The name "mach 1" as used by Ford was originally introduced in 1959 on a concept "Levacar" originally shown in the Ford Rotunda. This concept "vehicle" utilized a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais.
Oaxaca, Mexico.

Post-production: edited by Picnik
(local contrasts, temperature, saturation, sharpness)

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Special Edition

Special Edition

Koenigsegg CCXR Special Edition #02/02
Location – Orlando, Florida (2012)
Horse Power- 1018
0-62 MPH – 2.8 Seconds
Top Speed – 250+ MPH
Price- $2,500,000

The CCXR Special Edition was the final limited edition of the CCXR range. It took the CCXR to the highest level possible.

Not only does the CCXR Special Edition boast the finest visible carbon work in the industry, it was also equipped with the double F1 wing, a revised aero package with a unique and larger front splitter and side winglets, wheel vents on top of the body, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and a g-force meter.

The CCXR Special Edition saw the debut of Koenigsegg’s first F1 Paddleshift system and as the car is based on the CCXR concept, it also has flexfuel capability.

The CCXR Special Edition was indeed very limited, being made in a series of just two cars. It is truly a work of art with classic Koenigsegg features.

Posted by Matt Wetzel Photography on 2014-01-27 03:36:33

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Stanley Steamer 740E Roadster 1923 (9299)

Stanley Steamer 740E Roadster 1923 (9299)

Manufacturer: Stanley Motor Carriage Company, Newton, Massachusetts – USA
Type: 740E Roadster
Engine: 2059cc, 23 inch boiler; double-acting two-cylinder steam engine
Power: 60 bhp (20 boiler-horsepower)
Speed: 120 km/h
Production time: 1922 – 1927
Production outlet: unknown
Curb weight: 1840 kg

– "Power, Correctly generated, Correctly controlled, Correctly applied to the rear axle." was Stanley’s slogan at that time.
– It has been said that in order to drive a Stanley one first need learn to drive without watching the road. The need to monitor fuels, water, steam, and lubrication brought a number of valves and gauges to the dash and under the coffin-nosed hoods, and created an impressive display for the passenger but required the driver to be a part-time engineer.
– Twins Francis E. Stanley (1849โ€“1918) and Freelan O. Stanley (1849โ€“1940) were the world’s largest manufacturers of steam cars.
– The 740 had a larger boiler, which increased the heating surface by a third and water capacity by 50 percent.
– A Stanley steam engine provides four power impulses per crankshaft rotation similar to an 8-cylinder internal combustion engine. This provides the steam engine an advantage of more torque in a smaller package.
– Very quiet, but before you could drive away, you have to boil the kettle.
– Range about 250-400 km
– Range and speed depends on the temperature outside.
– The motor is directly connected to the rear axle (without gearbox!).
– The Stanley brothers did’t like the consumer society and therefore they tried to build "forever" continue driving cars, by using many aluminium instead of steel.
– So Stanley Steamers had steel frames and aluminum bodies and trims.
– Widespread use of electric starters (around 1914) in internal combustion engine powered cars ended the era of steam cars.

Posted by Le Photiste on 2013-11-12 11:34:20

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