South Dakota Students Can't Stop Fucking And Driving

South Dakota is a big, mostly empty state. That means if you're, say, a student at the University of South Dakota, you'll likely have a long, boring drive back home. And, if you're like 33% of male students (and 9% of female) you may kill some of that boredom by getting all sexytime while you drive. » 12/17/14 5:23pm 12/17/14 5:23pm

Why Volvo Thinks It Can Eliminate All Deaths In Its Cars By 2020

Safety is a science-based religion at Volvo – its founders named "humans" the most important part of a car in the early thirties. Their latest project, Vision 2020, set the goal of eliminating death in all of their new cars in five years time. For most companies that would seem utopian nonsense, but this is the… » 12/09/14 12:05pm 12/09/14 12:05pm

Aston Martin Gets Safety Exemption, Won't Have To Halt U.S. Sales

When you're a small boutique manufacturer like Aston Martin, it's tough to comply with all the latest safety regulations across all the different markets. For a while, it looked like their lack of compliance with a new side impact regulation could threaten some U.S. sales, but they're reportedly good — for now. » 11/03/14 10:25am 11/03/14 10:25am

What Does America's Auto Safety Regulator Actually Do?

Back when they hit General Motors with a record $35 million fine for not reporting the ignition switch defect, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had stern words for automakers who hid problems and delayed recalls. The thing is, NHTSA was hardly blameless in both the GM scandal and the… » 9/16/14 3:18pm 9/16/14 3:18pm

This Mini-Documentary About The Airbag Is Fascinating

We take airbags for granted today, being the preferred way for most of us not to slam our faces into windshields and dashboards at speed. But it's easy to forget just how difficult it was to get them in cars a few decades ago. This little NYT Retroreport does a nice job recapping the fight. » 9/15/14 10:20am 9/15/14 10:20am