There’s actually a bigger story that relates to this that we’ve got in progress, but I was curious to get some input from the people who’s opinions I actually give a rat’s rectum about: our readers. And I want to know what you think about your odometer.
The era of car computers is upon us, and it’s a little scary from a privacy perspective. Look no further than the recent controversy of how much data Google is collecting about drivers using Android Auto. We know this much: Google is probably collecting more data than you realize.
A huge amount of Boston’s traffic data dating back to 2012 was stored on an insecure website that didn’t even require a password once the user was guided to the server’s back door by a simple Google search. Boston!
For years, government agencies have chased technologies that would make it easier to ensure that vehicles in carpool lanes are actually carrying multiple passengers. Perhaps the only reason these systems haven’t garnered much attention is that they haven’t been particularly effective or accurate, as UC Berkeley…
Good news, ladies and gentlemen: Friday is here, and that means it's almost time to begin your weekend by sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic and screaming at other drivers, even though they can't hear you.
There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here's some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Why didn't we listen? The fourth season of The Rockford Files, arguably the greatest television show of all time, features a "futuristic" storyline about a terrible threat. What if a private corporation used computers to gather personal information on hundreds of millions of Americans? Could we trust them with that…
If you've ever snuck off somewhere with your partner for some sexy-time, you've probably felt that fear or perhaps the rush of possibly getting caught. A new drone-shot video speaks to to that concern, drone privacy issues, and shows that you might look better than you thought.
We've covered the strange story of the Equus Bass before, and strange ownership aside, it's an interesting car in many ways. And now there's one more — it may be the first car for sale that uses 3D printed parts directly on the finished product, as well as in more indirect methods.
In the next few years, every single car sold in America will have to come equipped with a rear-view camera. This is partially due to the power of the Very Small Dog lobby and the fact that we, as a nation, are sick of buying new R/C cars and Big Wheels. It also opens up unprecedented surveillance possibilities.
This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important?
We've discussed when to use credit versus debit when shopping, and usually at the gas pump, credit is your best option if you're not paying cash. If you have to use debit though, Consumer Reports suggests processing it like credit—as in, don't type your PIN—to reduce your odds of getting your card stolen.
Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce…
It's easy to see how self-driving cars would benefit society. Traffic jams gone. Accidents reduced. Leisure time increased!
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers” or ALPR, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or…
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,…
Your smartphone can be your second brain, but it can also turn you into a person with no sense of direction, poor social skills, and next to no privacy. Fixing these problems is easy, but first you need to know about them. Here are all stupid things you're doing with your smartphone.
This is Michael Baker. Michael is 20 years old, lives in Kentucky, and likes The Bucket List on Facebook. I know these things because Michael has not activated his Facebook privacy settings, which is something that's recommended in most cases but absolutely essential if you're going to post pictures of yourself…
By all accounts the LiveWire NavGenius is your typical gray-market GPS navigation device, with touchscreen functionality and basic mapping software. But tucked away inside is an extra bit of hardware that lets the unit remotely tattle on its location.
Whether you're trying to track down a bad driver or someone who keeps leaving their car outside your house, you can often find out who they are and how to contact them from their license plate number and a simple Google search. Security expert Brandon Gregg explains: