This Batmobile Infographic Traces the Evolution of the Dark Knight's Ride

In the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, when Supes snatched the doors off of Batman's armored ride and tossed them aside, it was a shame—but not really a tragedy, because it had already been established that Bruce Wayne is so incredibly rich that he can just throw the Batmobile in the gutter, and go and buy another. Over the past 75 years, the character has bought, built, and customized his toys to better suit his vigilante lifestyle, with each iteration different from the last.

The team over at BookMyGarage created an infographic (below) that includes 10 Batmobile designs, from Batman creator Bob Kane's 1941 "Convertible Crusader" up to the current "Kryptonian-Killer" that Ben Affleck operates in the new film. The infographic features illustrations of each car, as well as information on the designer/artist, key features and weapons built into the vehicles, and blurbs about what makes each one special.

The first onscreen Batmobile, featured in the 1960s Batman television series, is probably the most iconic of the group. The actual car, a customized 1955 Lincoln Futura, sold at auction back in 2013 for $4.6 million.

As the infographic moves closer to the contemporary ride, the cars get sleeker and lower in profile, and also much more heavily armored, with the exception of Greg Capullo and Danny Miki's 2014 Batmobile, which BookMyGarage describes as a reimagining of the '41 original.

Check out the infographic below and let us know which Batmobile design you think was the best.

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London Unveils New Electric-Powered Black Cabs
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Black taxi cabs (or Hackney carriages, as they're often called) have been a fixture on London's streets for decades. A redesign from the London Taxi Company should ensure they stay that way well into the future. As The Guardian reports, the newly unveiled model of the city's black cab runs on gasoline and electric batteries.

The cabs most Londoners are used to hailing are currently powered by diesel fuel, which releases much more toxic emissions than regular gas. With London facing deadly air pollution levels, city officials are pushing to replace the smog-producers with cleaner modes of transport.

The new cab runs on an electric battery for the first 70 miles of its journey before switching to a fuel reserve for the next 400. (The average cab travels about 120 miles a day.) The London Taxi Company, which will soon rebrand as the London Electric Vehicle Company, plans to have as many as 150 cabs on the road by next year, with the first vehicles debuting in November.

Starting January 1, 2018, Transport for London will require all new taxis in London to be electric or have zero-emissions capabilities. Diesel cabs introduced before the cut-off will be allowed to stay, but after turning 15 they will need to be retired—therefore, the city should be completely diesel-free by 2032.

The black cab isn't the first four-wheeled London icon to receive an earth-friendly update. In 2016, Transport for London launched its inaugural fleet of all-electric double-decker buses, vehicles the agency claimed were the first of their kind.

[h/t The Guardian]

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The Reason Police Officers Tap Your Taillight When They Pull You Over
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Asking a driver for their license and registration is common procedure from police officers during traffic stops. There’s another practice that was once standard across the force but is more of a mystery to the people being pulled over: While approaching a driver’s window, officers will sometimes touch a car's taillight. It's a behavior that dates back decades, though there's no reason to be concerned if it happens at your next traffic stop.

Before cameras were installed on the dashboards of most police cars, tapping the taillight was an inconspicuous way for officers to leave behind evidence of the encounter, according to The Law Dictionary. If something were to happen to the officer during the traffic stop, their interaction with the driver could be traced back to the fingerprints left on the vehicle. This would help other police officers track down a missing member of the force even without video proof of a crime.

The action also started as a way for officers to spook drivers before reaching their window. A pulled-over motorist with a car full of illegal drugs or weapons might scramble to hide any incriminating materials before the officer arrives. The surprise of hearing a knock on their taillight might disrupt this process, increasing their likelihood of getting caught.

Today the risks of this strategy are thought to outweigh the benefits. Touching a taillight poses an unnecessary distraction for officers, not to mention it can give away their position, making them more vulnerable to foul play. And with dash cams now standard in most squad cars, documenting each incident with fingerprints isn’t as necessary as it once was. It’s for these reasons that some police agencies now discourage taillight tapping. But if you see it at your next traffic stop, that doesn’t mean the officer is extra suspicious of you—just that it’s a hard habit to break.

[h/t The Law Dictionary]


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