Elon Musk Describes the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk isn't afraid to speak his mind—and it always feels like he's about to change the world. So when the Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal billionaire sat down with Nvidia's CEO to talk about his self-driving cars, we listened carefully. (Not because he always delivers on his promises, mind you.) » 3/18/15 9:46am 3/18/15 9:46am

This is what happens when an airbag deploys a hundredth of a second late

Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes. » 3/10/15 5:14am 3/10/15 5:14am

Maximize Your Car’s Resale Value With This Checklist

Selling a used car isn't fun, especially if you aren't a car person. Old Junk Car has an infographic that ranks the top things you can do to get the most money back. » 3/07/15 7:00am 3/07/15 7:00am

The Smartphone Dash Mount You Deserve is Cheaper Than Ever Today

You voted the iOttie One Touch as your favorite smartphone dash mount, and its improved successor, the iOttie One Touch 2, is down to just $17 today. » 3/06/15 9:13am 3/06/15 9:13am

How to Turn Your New Car into an Adventuremobile

I just bought the first car I've owned in 13 years and decided to break it in properly over the weekend. Ingredients for this adventure included: Death Valley, being naked around your friends and a bunch of crusty hippies, hot springs, Unimogs full of twinks, mushrooms and 125 miles of off-roading. » 2/16/15 7:00pm 2/16/15 7:00pm

Please, Apple--Anyone--Fix My Shitty "Smart" Car 

The last time I was in a nice new car, the in-car display tried to take us to an incorrect address 40 miles away. It took fifteen minutes to enter a new address. It tried to make a call accidentally. The state of the "smart" car is horrendous—like, bad infomercial horrendous—and it's time for someone to fix it. » 2/14/15 6:00pm 2/14/15 6:00pm

Apple's Car Will Drive Itself, Says Reuters

As if yesterday's report that Apple is working on an electric car codenamed "Titan" wasn't surprising enough, this morning Reuters issued a follow up claiming Apple's car is actually of the self-driving variety. And there's more. » 2/14/15 2:11pm 2/14/15 2:11pm

Apple Really Is Working on a Car, Claims Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true. » 2/13/15 6:00pm 2/13/15 6:00pm

The Petersen's Priceless Gold On Display at the Reagan

This past Friday, February 6th, the Gipper would’ve been 104 years old—and so the Ronald Reagan National Library and Museum commemorated the warm Californian day with a wreath laying, a 21-gun salute, a flyover by Tiger Squadron, and a tribute from Vice Admiral Michael Miller (Ret.), who spoke at length about what it… » 2/09/15 8:05pm 2/09/15 8:05pm

How To Change A Tire Without Getting Killed Like A Big Dummy

There's really only a very few basic things that are required to be thought of as some manner of "man": Really, it's just genitals of some sort (testes, ovipositor, whatever) and the ability to change a car's tire. Hell, most people don't even care about the genitals thing. It's all changing tires. You should know… » 2/06/15 11:54am 2/06/15 11:54am

36 Hours of Glaciers and Steam in Iceland

I just visited Iceland for the first time! But, due to airport chaos, I was only there for exactly 36 hours. Here's what I learned from my short trip, camping out on ice and dunking myself in the country's steaming hot springs. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

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

Dear Lifehacker,
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 10:00am 2/02/15 10:00am

How To Buy A New Car Without Getting Ripped Off

So you've finally made it to the point where you can treat yourself to a new car. But you're past the point of searching Craigslist for thousand-dollar beaters; it's time to put the big-boy pants on and head to the dealership. Here's how to go car-shopping without getting taken for a ride. » 1/29/15 4:49pm 1/29/15 4:49pm

Help! There's Smoke Coming From My Tailpipe! What Does It Mean?

Your car is like your body: deserving of the best while producing nothing but perfection. But just as you can catch a stomach bug from that cute cashier at Taco Bell who thinks washing hands is optional and find yourself spending three sleepless nights on the throne, your car can develop issues that are only… » 1/22/15 2:00pm 1/22/15 2:00pm

Escape a Car Chase Safely with the Bootlegger's K-Turn

The next time the cops are hot on your heels, remember the "bootlegger's K-turn" so you can get away without the other car crashing into you. » 1/13/15 11:00am 1/13/15 11:00am

Being inside a Porsche engine factory is like being inside a Transformer

This video is fascinating because it let's us pretend to be a fly on the wall of a Porsche 911 engine assembly line. There's no annoying soundtrack, no voiceover explaining what's happening, we're just seeing humans and machines teaming up to create beautiful, powerful engines that purr the best cars. » 12/23/14 9:06pm 12/23/14 9:06pm

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Car Salesman

People who sells cars are often caricatured as shifty dealers who play loose with the facts, but of course that's just a cartoonish stereotype. Most car salesmen and women are hard-working people trying to win you over and make a deal with any resources they have. Let's look at how one dealer spends his day on the lot. » 12/23/14 12:00pm 12/23/14 12:00pm

Five Things You Need to Do to Prep Your Car for Winter

Winter commutes are uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous if you don't prepare. From using the right tires to having emergency gear for being stranded, here are some things you can do to prep your car for winter. » 12/18/14 4:00am 12/18/14 4:00am