Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius.
The European Union is secretly developing technology that would be fitted to all new cars that would enable police to remotely stop any vehicle they want just by pressing a button, according to a report from The Telegraph. Either this is a huge advance in policing or a massive invasion of privacy. Or potentially both.
The European Union's transport chief wants to ban diesel or gas-burning vehicles in cities by 2050, mainly through higher taxes and new rules. Maybe now's the time to start broadening those U.S. import rules...
Our jet-setting guest physicist travels to Brussels and returns with photographic evidence that somewhere in the bowels of the EU, bureaucrats are obsessed with a certain libertarian TV host. —Ed. note