How to Unlock a Treasure Trove of Useful Data from Your Car

This is 2014. Isn't it time your car was as smart as your phone? Actually, it is. Your vehicle generates a ton of data and most of us don't realize it. With the right hardware and apps, you can use that data to save gas, find where you parked, and even diagnose those pesky check engine lights. » 4/15/14 1:24pm Tuesday 1:24pm

Five Best Car GPS Units

If you're hitting the road this summer, you probably want a solid GPS with you to make getting to your destination a little easier. Whether you just use your phone or you prefer a stand-alone unit, there are pros and cons to each, and this week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. » 7/28/13 12:37pm 7/28/13 12:37pm

The Awesome DSLR Features You (Probably) Never Knew Existed

When compared to point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs come with the promise of superior image quality and increased shooting flexibility. It’s much more than that, though: many upgrade and completely miss major benefits of using a high-end camera. If you’ve got a DSLR, make sure you know about these features before you take… » 7/22/13 12:00pm 7/22/13 12:00pm

How to Bring Your Car into the 21st Century with a Few DIY Upgrades

Whether you bought a new car yesterday or you’re riding along in a decades-old junker, your vehicle of choice may not have all the modern capabilities you desire. A few key upgrades can fix that, providing you with everything from a killer Bluetooth audio system to a smoother, more enjoyable ride. » 5/06/13 11:30am 5/06/13 11:30am

Why Are Japanese School Buses So Much Better Than Our School Buses?

Remember going to school as a little kid? Specifically, think about that moment in the morning, waiting outside in the cold, barely awake and wondering if you actually did your math homework or just dreamed you did. Now picture seeing the school bus come lumbering down the street to collect you. What's the feeling in… » 2/04/13 4:00pm 2/04/13 4:00pm

Information In America Moves 33,480,000 Times Faster Than It Did 200…

Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I'll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all. To get our asses and our information from one point to… » 1/11/13 1:20pm 1/11/13 1:20pm

A Jalopnik Year-End Salute To Florida, America's Craziest State

Here at Jalopnik, we bring you stories from across the globe, from the Nürburgring to the Baja to Colombia and Sicily. But arguably no other place brought us (and you) as much joy as Florida, the largest hotbed of wackiness in these United States. Here are our favorites this year. » 12/31/12 4:00pm 12/31/12 4:00pm

Stolen Ferraris, Lambo Owners, And A Plan To Steal The Shuttle:…

People are more interesting than cars. It's a basic premise that guides a lot of our coverage and differentiates us from other publications. A Shelby GT40 is a beautiful piece of machinery, but it's so much better if you know who Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney are. A Lamborghini is a way for some to show off, but it's… » 12/31/12 9:00am 12/31/12 9:00am

Why You Still Haven't Seen The Greatest Modern Car Documentary

In 2004, production began on what was supposed to be the greatest modern car documentary. 32 Hours 7 Minutes was intended to tell the stories of the record breakers of the US Express cross-country races of the 1980s while adding a modern element: Alex Roy's world record drive across the USA in a BMW M5. The US Express… » 12/21/12 2:00pm 12/21/12 2:00pm

Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next…

It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and, very … » 12/07/12 2:45pm 12/07/12 2:45pm

The 'Greek Elvis' Left This Rare Lamborghini In A Hotel Parking Lot For…

You probably know Aristotle Onassis for marrying your favorite presidential widow, Jacqueline. As a guy who had more money than his native country has today, he also financed the construction of the Olympic Tower on 5th Avenue, while enjoying the best music Greece could offer in the seventies. In fact, he was so… » 12/06/12 4:00pm 12/06/12 4:00pm

Your Future Car Could Have One Of These Amazingly Bright Colors

Are you near a window? Good. Is it near a road? Okay, great. Look out that window for me. If your're looking at most American roads or parking lots, chances are disappointingly good that the sea of cars you're observing, face smushed against the glass, is largely composed of neutral colors. Silvers, whites, greys,… » 11/30/12 4:00pm 11/30/12 4:00pm

The Ten Best Used Vehicles For Exploring The World

Near endless forum threads and email discussions surround the best used expedition vehicle choice, so we compiled a complete and complex group of options and then debated, tweaked and lined them up in order. This is not the 'safe' list of just Toyotas and Land Rovers, but a list that reflects vehicles available to… » 11/09/12 4:00pm 11/09/12 4:00pm

Thank This Woman If You Like Seeing Out Of Your Windshield

We try to regularly cover remarkable women of motoring, from the eye-patched and dramatic to the decidedly mundane but important, to the terrifyingly bonkers. Today's woman I suppose falls in the mundane and useful category, but there's not a driver alive who hasn't used this woman's brilliant and largely unsung… » 11/09/12 12:30pm 11/09/12 12:30pm

The Amazing New Car Tech That Enables You To Drive Like A Moron

After attending Nissan's Advanced Technology Briefing earlier this month, I can confidently say that Nissan's R&D department is absolutely doing its job. I saw many examples of cutting-edge automotive technology (though they're dragging their feet on hovercars) and most of what I saw points to a more efficient, engaging … » 11/05/12 2:00pm 11/05/12 2:00pm