Stanford Takes the Message to the Streets, DARPA-Style

One may recall Stanley, the robo-Touareg that won the 2nd DARPA Grand Challenge. Well, now the boffins in Paly are working a successor to the SUV, based on a Passat known as Junior. Junior's designed to navigate an urban environment, rather than a desert off-road course. DARPA plans to announce the location of the… »2/19/07 12:45pm2/19/07 12:45pm

Auto, Auto, Auto, Auto, Automotive High School: NYC Girls Learn Mechanic Skills

"I need someone who's here 24-7 kissing my ass." Ugh and eef. It's interesting the dynamics that extremities of treatment, entitlement and enfranchisement engender. It's also somewhat goddamn disturbing. Then again, the extremity of the female minority population at NYC's Automotive High School is somewhat of an… »11/21/06 3:30pm11/21/06 3:30pm

No Solara Panamericana This Year: Dell-Winston Solar Challenge Confined to Texas Motor Speedway

A year ago, a band of high school students set off from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, California, a trek we would replicate ourselves a few scant months later. Only we did it in an overloaded SUV pulling an overloaded trailer, rather than in a featherweight solar-powered car. And we didn't build the Dodge ourselves,… »7/13/06 10:30pm7/13/06 10:30pm

Bears Go Cruising in F-Cell: Cal Researchers Get Hydrogen Car

Heads at the University of California, Berkeley are stoked. DaimlerChrysler just dropped off a happy new F-Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle and the brainy-brains at Cal can't wait to get their grimy li'l mitts all over the thing. They'll refuel the car at a station operated by AC Transit (the people who operate the East… »12/27/05 3:18pm12/27/05 3:18pm

Could Automobiles Engender The Perfect Teenage Educational Pavolovian Response?

The British press likes to pretend they've got it all figured out. Of course, so does the American media, but the Brits do it with such a blend of understatement and outright paranoia coupled with a soul-grating "tsk-tsk" that it's really hard not to admire from a certain perverse point of view. This time they take… »10/19/05 1:34pm10/19/05 1:34pm