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 12:26pm 4/28/15 12:26pm

Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who's in Your Car

For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley… » 4/28/15 8:45am 4/28/15 8:45am

Don't Park Under an Overpass During a Hailstorm

Many millions of us will experience severe thunderstorms over the coming weeks and months. When one of these intense storms crops up, a number of you will find yourselves driving into a major hailstorm, during which you may feel the urge to park under an overpass to protect your car. Don’t. » 4/23/15 4:05pm 4/23/15 4:05pm

A closer look at the new Batmobile in Batman vs Superman

If you want to get a closer look at the new black dune buggy that Ben Affleck’s stunt guy will be driving in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, here’s some up close footage from JoBlo Movie Trailers. You get up close shots of the parts and a glimpse of the weaponry. It’s like a cross between the Tumbler and… » 4/22/15 7:24pm 4/22/15 7:24pm

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 10:09am 3/18/15 10:09am

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 8:34am 3/10/15 8:34am

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 7:46pm 2/16/15 7:46pm

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. » 2/15/15 11:00am 2/15/15 11:00am

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 6:42pm 2/13/15 6:42pm

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… » 2/10/15 7:43am 2/10/15 7:43am

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 12:15pm 2/06/15 12:15pm

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 1:06pm 2/02/15 1:06pm