The late 1930s were dark times for Britain. War was on the horizon, and things were about to get very, very tough. But some periodicals tried keeping things light with utopian visions of tomorrow. Like this March 5, 1938 cover of Modern Wonder which featured the streamlined transportation of the future. The magazine…
A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimize casualties during a crash, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem—and we’re going to have…
Google wants its self-driving cars on roads and your driveway as soon as possible, and today it is asking Congress to acknowledge that autonomous vehicles are so radically new that they need a whole new set of rules.
For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley…
I'm thinking about going carless! I don't love the idea, but where I am right now it'll save me some money. However, I still occasional driving needs, like groceries or visiting family. I hear there are a bunch of new short-term rental services that may fit the bill. How do I choose one?
The BMW I3 is a lovely hunk of automobile, the kind of vehicle you would save up for years to buy, and then polish with a diaper. Hold on there, sir. Do you really want to drive this masterpiece of engineering with a Samsung Gear S smartwatch?
You spend more money on car grooming than your own grooming.
American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these aging designers and their beautiful concept work back…
Think New York summers are pungent now? Imagine what it must've smelled like at the turn of the 20th century. Before the introduction of the automobile, horses were leaving about 2.5 million pounds of shit in the streets per day.
Thanks to recent documentaries and news stories, many Americans have woken up to the fact that electric cars aren't such a new idea. What's gotten less attention is that steam-powered cars were actually quite popular at the turn of the 20th century as well.
This strangely alive-looking blob isn't a prop from a sci-fi movie. It's a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and airplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter.
The microcar boom arrived after World War II, and gave us hundreds of beautiful little motors. These tiny cars provided the ultimate in personal transportation — but they also have oodles of personality. Check out the most adorable microcars of the 20th century.
Scoring points is a good thing, unless it's on your driving record. Still, if you know how your state's point system works, you'll have a better game plan for keeping your license —and your auto insurance rates low.
Last week, we showed you the Illuminati Motor Works Seven, a home-built electric car and Automotive X Prize competitor that gets an utterly astounding 207 MPGe. Today, we're hosting a live Q&A with Kevin Smith, who built the car, and journalist Jason Fagone, whose book Ingenious tells the engrossing story of the X…
With luck, you'll never be trapped in a car with the need to break the window from the inside, but if you are, and you don't have the right tools, your salvation may be right behind your head. Here's how to use your car seat's headrest to break your car door window.
Be prepared for breakdowns and roadside car problems like flats, dead batteries, and mechanical trouble with this glovebox guide to emergency maintenance.