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Drivemode Uses Gestures and Your Voice to Control Your Phone While You Drive

Android: Controlling your phone while you drive isn’t terribly easy. Google Now and other voice assistants can do a lot, but Drivemode takes the idea a step further. It incorporates many of those voice commands with a simple, gesture and color-based interface that’s powerful without being distracting. »8/31/15 8:50amMonday 8:50am

Connected States:  Living Out of a Van in the Badlands

There’s something magical about traveling alone. Yes, there are more risks involved, but it pays dividends in nimbleness. Eventually, though, you get tired of talking to yourself (or your GoPro), you have trouble following your audiobook, and you’ve been through all of your pre-downloaded music. Having an ally on your… »8/25/15 5:22pm8/25/15 5:22pm

How States Use Inflated DOT Forecasts to Rationalize More Highways

Americans are simply not driving as much as they used to; most experts agree we hit “peak car.” But that’s not the story according to the Department of Transportation’s forecasts, which year after year show skyrocketing demand for more roads—and year after year are proven wrong. Still, states use this data to fund… »6/09/15 8:36pm6/09/15 8:36pm

Android Auto Preview: It's Not Perfect, But You Want It

I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too. »5/27/15 1:15pm5/27/15 1:15pm

What Was So Special About The Mille Miglia?

Mille Miglia! Never two words ever sounded so daring and evocative when put together. People always seem to take a moment to pronounce them with the right amount of emphasis, just if they want to stress how important this event is. As a matter of fact, the Mille Miglia has always been a sensation, a race followed… »5/15/15 7:30pm5/15/15 7:30pm

The Petrolicious Guide to Driving Tastefully in Italy

Recently our friends at Jalopnik, specifically the talented Michael Ballaban, wrote an insightful piece on the seeming insanity of driving in Italy. Ballaban's experience as an American driving for the first time in Italy are spot on, but it did compel me to share a different perspective on Italian driving. »4/13/15 5:05pm4/13/15 5:05pm

Malia Obama Learned to Drive (Drunk??) From the Secret Service

Congratulations to Malia Obama for becoming the latest teenage child of a president to learn how to drive. First comes a cool selfie, then a slight tug away from Dad as he embarrasses you for the trillionth time by grabbing your hand the White House North Lawn, then a driver's license to free you from the… »4/08/15 4:46pm4/08/15 4:46pm