Germany has been switching its power sources to renewable energy for years now, typically without incident. That changed Tuesday morning when a giant rogue wind turbine blade fell onto a lorry traveling along a German autobahn, shutting down traffic for hours in a seemingly desperate and radical attempt to reduce…
Ah, ze Germans. They’re a strict people, with rules that cannot be broken and customs that can’t possibly under any circumstance be challenged. Some of those rules and customs deal with auto safety regs, which a number of American soldiers are realizing, are very strict.
When 14-year-old Daniel Kristiansen was assigned a World War II project for history class, his father jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had allegedly crashed at the family farm. Well wouldn’t you know it, he actually found the damned thing—along with the dead airman’s remains. It’s being called one of…
I can imagine quite a few horror scenarios onboard an airplane. Looking outside your window and seeing fighter jets is definitely at the very top of that list. That was the reality this week for passengers aboard an Indian Jet Airways flight bound for London that lost contact with air traffic controllers in Cologne,…
The German Tesla owner who sacrificed the rear bumper of his Model S to bring an unconscious man’s runaway car to a halt will get free, expedited repairs thanks to the kindness and generosity of Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. And probably also his P.R. team.
Near Munich, Germany, a man in a Tesla Model S saw a Volkswagen Passat swerving erratically on the Autobahn, slamming against a guardrail multiple times. When he noticed that the person behind the wheel was unconscious, the Tesla driver sprang into action.
Don’t be fooled by that cute little fluffball in the picture; mention the word “Marder” to any German, and you’ll send shivers down their spine. Marder is the German word for Marten, a little furry animal that crawls into cars’ engine bays and wreaks havoc on coolant hoses, spark plug wires and more, causing tens of…
When turning on a Tesla, like many cars with infotainment systems, the screen reminds drivers to pay attention at all times—even when using Autopilot. The warning is continually reiterated, but German authorities who call Autopilot a “traffic hazard” sent letters to owners to remind them again. Authorities also raised…
Within moments of arriving in Germany to spend some quality time with my family, my parents had to tie me up with rope to keep me from blowing all my cash on junkers from Germany’s amazing version of Craigslist, Mobile.de. It is filled with every Jalop’s wants and needs. And I am too weak to resist its lure.
An internal report from Germany’s Transport Ministry refers to the Autopilot system on the Tesla Model S as a “considerable traffic hazard,” according to a report from Reuters. Researchers reportedly had a number of criticisms after testing the driver-assistance system.
Germany’s Bundesrat, the legislative body of the federal states in the country, passed a resolution in a recent meeting calling upon the European Union to ban anything but zero-emissions vehicles on EU roads within the next 14 years. It has no legislative effect on its own, but hey, it’s what Germany wants.
On Aug. 13, in the Eifel Mountains of Germany, while rounding the Südkehre at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with seven giddy Europeans riding along, Lucille found herself a long way from home.
In Germany, a boneheaded bus driver somehow started a scheduled eight hour trip to Berlin with the wrong bus. Halfway through the trip, he realized his error and turned back. He did not, however, let his passengers off the bus, forcing them into a six hour delay. They were, unsurprisingly, pissed.
While some local government officials are trying to get Pokémon Go out of public spaces, the Mayor of Dusseldorf has taken the opposite approach, blocking off a bridge in the city so that players can catch pocket monsters in safety.
A car crash at the Nürburgring this past weekend during an open track day left two dead and three others injured.
Recent high-profile crashes involving Tesla’s autopilot feature prompted investigators to ask questions like “Was the driver paying attention?” and “Did the vehicle prompt the driver for input?” But now, Germany wants to make it easier to get answers to these questions by requiring a “black box,” Reuters reports.
Several years ago, Christopher Kippenberger brought us a short glimpse into the world of German pro/am youth karting in a short titled Kart Kids. Now he’s expanded upon that adorable nine-year-old’s explanation of how grip works into a bigger film, Kart Kids Der Film, due to hit in August.
In America, when police pull over a fleeing motorist, they pull out their pistols. In Bavaria, they apparently break out the big guns: ice cream cones.
Deutsche Bahn, the German government-owned rail system that manages travel throughout the country, is planning to add autonomous vehicles to its system with the goal of offering seamless door-to-door transit.
Last year, after a Nissan GT-R killed a spectator at the Nürburgring during an endurance race, track organizers responded by setting speed limits for portions of the famed track. But now, the world is right again, as after several key track safety improvements, those limits have been lifted.