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This Company Wants To Test Plastic Roads That Can Be Made In a Factory

Some scientists believe we’re living in a new epoch of history, the Anthropocene, defined by how drastically humans have altered the Earth with mining, roadways, and other earthworks. Now, engineers are testing plastic roads that can be installed and removed incredibly quickly. » 7/13/15 12:28pm 7/13/15 12:28pm

Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection Knows Exactly Who's in Your Car

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… » 4/28/15 8:45am 4/28/15 8:45am

A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning and Deadly

It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail… » 10/28/14 5:57pm 10/28/14 5:57pm

This Guy Built a Toll Road Just To Avoid Construction Delays

When life hands you landslides, make your own private toll road detour. (Haven't you heard the saying?) Since February, a landslide has closed the A431 highway between Bristol and Bath in England, adding an extra hour to the commute. So one enterprising local guy built a road through a private field—the UK's private… » 8/05/14 6:30pm 8/05/14 6:30pm

"Why Is This Road Covered In Rotting Meat?" Residents of NY Town Ask

Residents and drivers along Aviation Road in Queensbury, N.Y. were confused and annoyed on Thursday afternoon to find that their commutes were being affected by an unwelcome visitor: meat. Lots of rotting meat that stunk up their cars. "Why is it here?" they asked. "Who did this?" » 7/12/14 4:59pm 7/12/14 4:59pm

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

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