How Can I Tell Which Car Sharing Service Is Right for Me?

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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? » 2/02/15 1:06pm 2/02/15 1:06pm

Driving a BMW Remotely With a Smartwatch Feels Preposterously Dangerous

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? » 1/06/15 4:04pm 1/06/15 4:04pm

Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes of Its Designers

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… » 9/03/14 3:49pm 9/03/14 3:49pm

In 1893, 2.5 million pounds of horse manure filled NYC streets per day

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. » 7/11/14 12:26pm 7/11/14 12:26pm

About 40% of American-made cars in 1900 were steam-powered

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. » 7/02/14 2:54pm 7/02/14 2:54pm

This Weird Morphing Skin Could Make Future Vehicles Super Aerodynamic

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. » 6/28/14 4:18pm 6/28/14 4:18pm

How to Hack a Car and Control It From 1500 Miles Away

Imagine this: You're cruising along when the car suddenly brakes. The doors lock. It starts accelerating backward. A hacker hundreds of miles away has taken control of your car over the cellular network. This is how it happens, as explained by a video from the good folks at Motherboard. » 5/30/14 3:42pm 5/30/14 3:42pm

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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. » 5/07/14 6:54pm 5/07/14 6:54pm

10 Things You Need to Know About Driver's License Points

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. » 3/04/14 5:09pm 3/04/14 5:09pm

Ask The Guy Who Built a 207 MPG Car in His Barn Anything You Want

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… » 1/27/14 3:52pm 1/27/14 3:52pm

Break a Car Window with a Headrest in an Emergency

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. » 1/08/14 1:59pm 1/08/14 1:59pm

How to Handle the Most Common Roadside Emergencies

Be prepared for breakdowns and roadside car problems like flats, dead batteries, and mechanical trouble with this glovebox guide to emergency maintenance. » 1/07/14 9:09am 1/07/14 9:09am

In the 1920s, Mobile Traffic Court Brought the Judge to You

Remember the last time you got pulled over for speeding? The cop slowly walked up behind your car, gave you a lecture about how the rules keep us all safe, and then handed you a ticket for a gajillion dollars. » 11/08/13 4:39pm 11/08/13 4:39pm

Land Speed History Is Rapidly Disappearing. Can We Save The Salt Flats?

For nearly 100 years the Bonneville Salt Flats has been the ultimate test for man and machine. Fearless gear-heads such as Art Arfons, Craig Breedlove, and Burt Munro drove their way to legend status here. Many other greats died trying. Today, lovers of the Bonneville Salt Flats fear it's disappearing. » 11/05/13 3:49pm 11/05/13 3:49pm

The Preventive Maintenance You Need to Do On Your Car (and When)

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future. However, not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. Let's clear that up, and give you some tips that'll apply… » 9/26/13 9:21am 9/26/13 9:21am

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs

If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's usually an expensive, time-consuming hassle no one looks forward to. Even so, it doesn't have to be so bad. Here are some solid ways to save as much money as possible on your car repairs, and hopefully make the whole process a… » 9/19/13 8:37am 9/19/13 8:37am

Is there anything cooler than a car with a giant propeller?

If so, we're not even sure we could handle it. Throughout the twentieth century, some of the finest automotive engineers have experimented with putting propellers on the front of cars, and the results look brilliant. Here's our gallery of the coolest propeller cars in history. » 8/29/13 9:33pm 8/29/13 9:33pm

How the Automobile Became a Suicide Machine

New technologies can offer fantastic opportunities for humanity. They can help us become more mobile, more connected, and more safe from life's everyday dangers. But along with all of the benefits, technology often also provides new, more accessible ways for us to off ourselves. And in the 1920s, the automobile… » 6/12/13 11:45am 6/12/13 11:45am

Car Brand Loved By Liberals Mocks Subway Smells, Bums and Safety

Liberals love Subaru cars. In certain woodsy towns filled with wealthy former hippies, Subarus have long been the default automobile. So why is the company now mocking public transportation, the most hallowed of elite coastal liberal institutions? » 5/10/13 1:58pm 5/10/13 1:58pm