A Tiny Hot Wheels Drift Track on Your Desk Is a Deadline Destroyer

Using a combination of ramps and a low-friction surface, tyotoys’ Phil Foss figured out how to get Hot Wheels cars to drift earlier this year. Ever since that revelation he’s been selling his Diecast Driftpads on his site, including a new ultra-compact version that can fit on the smallest of desks. »11/03/15 9:05am11/03/15 9:05am


Your Halloween Costume Will Never Be As Amazing As This Mad Max Power Wheels

Some people think Halloween isn’t as fun with kids because you can’t spend all night partying. But Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith once again prove that Halloween is infinitely better when you’re a parent, because you get to build phenomenal costumes like this Mad Max Power Wheels. »10/26/15 10:17am10/26/15 10:17am

You Can Drive Lexus' Laser-Cut Cardboard Car, But You Probably Shouldn't

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel-gate scandal, automakers are now making even more of an effort to design vehicles that are as eco-friendly as possible. But Lexus might have gone too far with this paper version of its IS, made from 1,700 sheets of precisely laser-cut cardboard. »10/06/15 9:15am10/06/15 9:15am

Ford’s New Cars Will Do Some of the Steering For You

The most exhaustive part about maneuvering your car in and out of tight spaces in a crowded parking lot is the unending back-and-forth turning of your steering wheel. To make that easier, Ford is introducing something called Adaptive Steering that does most of the turning for you—at slower speeds. »9/17/15 10:08am9/17/15 10:08am

Ultra-Thin Carbon Nanotube Heaters Will Warm Electric Cars Without Draining Batteries

Since all of the electronics in an electric car are reliant on the same battery as its motor, driving around in the winter with the heater blasting can greatly reduce its range. But a new type of ultra-thin, and ultra-efficient, heating panel covered in carbon nanotubes might change that. »9/11/15 3:45pm9/11/15 3:45pm

Ford's New Headlights Spot and Turn to Illuminate Hazards at Night

Self-driving smart cars might still be years away, but the technology that makes them so smart is already benefitting drivers. Ford is currently perfecting a headlight system that uses infra-red cameras to illuminate unexpected curves and hazards on the road ahead that might be invisible to drivers otherwise. »7/20/15 12:02pm7/20/15 12:02pm

Guy Martin: a new host for a new Top Gear

When the Christmas book rankings were released in 2014, it came as a shock to many that a certain truck mechanic from Grimsby had outsold Hilary Clinton’s greatly anticipated memoir ‘Hard Choices’. Bookshops all across London were asking, “who is this Guy Martin?”, “where has he come from?” and, “was he the bloke on… »5/19/15 2:15pm5/19/15 2:15pm

Jaguar Plans to Let You Control Windshield Wipers With Just Your Eyes

In the not-too-distant future, eye-tracking technology will be a run-of-the-mill feature in many high-end vehicles, helping keep drivers’ eyes on the road. But Jaguar Land Rover has patented another use for the tech that allows cars to automatically trigger the rear window’s wiper so it’s always clean and clear when… »5/05/15 10:26am5/05/15 10:26am

This Gang of Flat Robots Can Autonomously Steal (Or Park) Your Car

Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and… »4/28/15 12:26pm4/28/15 12:26pm

Plastic Gears Reinforced With Carbon Fiber Could Replace Metal in Cars

Given the sheer amount of torque and power needed to propel a car that weighs thousands of pounds, you’d think that parts made from plastic would disintegrate in minutes. But researchers have developed a plastic gear reinforced with carbon fiber that’s strong enough to actually be used as a replacement for metal parts… »4/22/15 10:51am4/22/15 10:51am

Ford Introduces Cars That Can Recognize and Obey Speed Limit Signs

Before autonomous smart cars hit the roads, we're going to be seeing regular cars upgraded with the smarter technologies that will eventually make self-driving vehicles possible. In the UK Ford is introducing what it calls Intelligent Speed Limiter technology on its new S-MAX that enhances the vehicle's cruise control… »3/25/15 9:57am3/25/15 9:57am

A Pumping Piston Tells Time on This Engine-Inspired Watch

Breitling's watches have always been the perfect accessory for pilots wanting a timepiece to match their passion. But when it comes to cars and motorcycles—the most popular transportation choice of the masses—Miki Eleta's new Timeburner is a more appropriate choice. Because instead of rotating hands, it uses a pumping… »3/18/15 12:29pm3/18/15 12:29pm

A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions in Fog

It's one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can't see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 15 to 20 feet… »2/06/15 10:40am2/06/15 10:40am

Chevrolet Vehicles Will Soon Predict Breakdowns Before They Happen

Through the use of in-vehicle sensors and the OnStar system, General Motors' customers already get monthly updates on the health of their vehicles and alerts to potential problems. But the company is now looking to take preventative vehicle maintenance even further with a new system that promises to pinpoint potential… »1/05/15 12:11am1/05/15 12:11am

Chrysler's Using Oculus Rift To Put You Inside a Car As It's Built

It seems a test drive just isn't enough to sell customers on a new car these days. So to help promote the new Chrysler 200, the automaker partnered with Wieden+Kennedy Portland, Stopp, and MPC Creative to produce an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience that gives buyers not only a tour of the car, but the process of… »11/25/14 2:41pm11/25/14 2:41pm

This Playset Teaches Your Kids How to Take Care of a Real Car

It's well known that you're far more likely to get ripped off at a mechanic than at a restaurant. So why do we park our kids in front of tiny plastic kitchens to make imaginary meals when they could be learning important auto repair and maintenance skills instead? This engine repair set could actually end up saving… »9/04/14 2:48pm9/04/14 2:48pm