I Worked in a Car That's Longer Than My Studio and Pricier Than a House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that's been around since 1917, and my "office" is a butt's-width section of a used Ikea sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne—a… » 9/16/14 3:08pm Tuesday 3:08pm

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 2:48pm 9/04/14 2:48pm

Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these aging designers and their beautiful concept work back… » 9/03/14 3:49pm 9/03/14 3:49pm

Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so. » 9/02/14 11:29am 9/02/14 11:29am

Daytona Rising: From Aging Track to Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole. » 8/22/14 12:59pm 8/22/14 12:59pm

Bundle a Car Charger and Dash Mount Today for Just $13

In 2014, every car on the road should probably have two USB charging ports at the very minimum, and a good cradle to hold your phone at eye level when you use it as a GPS. If any of your vehicles don't meet these criteria, you can kill two birds with one stone for just $13 today. » 8/20/14 9:17am 8/20/14 9:17am

People Keep Getting Into Strangers' Cars Because They Think It's An Uber

Just because Uber's motto is "Everyone's private driver," doesn't mean every car is yours for the hailing. But the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have spawned some awkward curbside interactions. "Basically anytime I'm pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door,"… » 8/18/14 2:06pm 8/18/14 2:06pm

Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone

Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars. » 8/12/14 3:16pm 8/12/14 3:16pm

Wirelessly Hacking--And Unlocking--Cars Is Easier Than It Should Be

At the Black Hat security conference later this week, an Australian security researcher will reveal a method for wirelessly unlocking a car with nothing but some radio equipment and ingenuity. It's not an easy hack, and there are a lot of caveats. But it's certainly a lot easier than it should be. See for yourself. » 8/04/14 11:52am 8/04/14 11:52am