Boston's First Police Cars Were Steam-Powered

It's easy to forget that a century ago, gasoline-powered cars didn't completely dominate the automobile market. In 1900, roughly 40 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. were steam-powered. And in fact, when the Boston police bought one of the country's first cop cars in 1903 it was running on steam. » 8/06/14 4:09pm 8/06/14 4:09pm

This Timeline Is Total Proof That Cars And Trains Are Both 'Automobiles'

The story most people know about the origin of the car is wrong. The real story is, of course, much more complex and muddy, and is inexorably tied to the development of trains. Automobiles — self-propelled machines — really should refer to both trains and cars, and I think I know how the timeline should look. » 7/25/14 3:42pm 7/25/14 3:42pm

L.A. had a mobile traffic court that brought the judge to you

Back in 1926, the town of Inglewood, California had a mobile traffic court that operated out of a truck — complete with a judge, a bailiff, and police officers. In the photo above we see one unlucky motorist in July of 1926 who's been pulled over for speeding. Needless to say, it wasn't the most efficient system and… » 7/15/14 6:05pm 7/15/14 6:05pm

What Does A High End Camera Company Have To Do With Old Turn Signals?

I'd like to think that, thanks to my efforts, Jalopnik provides more in-depth coverage of the rich and exciting world of automotive turn indication than anyone out there. Which is why I'm so excited to announce today I found an answer to a signal light question that's bothered me for years: what's the deal with that… » 7/15/14 3:30pm 7/15/14 3:30pm