Self-Driving Cars Are Already Getting Into Accidents [Updated]

Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. » 5/11/15 10:23am 5/11/15 10:23am

This Gang of Flat Robots Can Autonomously Steal (Or Park) Your Car

Ever since cars first hit the road drivers have been terrible at parking, so it makes sense that we’re finally leveraging all the advancements we’ve made in robotics to do that for us. But instead of an automaton hopping into the driver’s seat, these flat but strong robots are able to lift a vehicle by its wheels and… » 4/28/15 12:26pm 4/28/15 12:26pm

Temporary Speed Limits Set For Sections Of The Nürburgring

Per DailySportsCar, temporary measures have been put in place by the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund to allow the banned race classes to resume racing at the Nürburgring. The bans have now been lifted, but now we have a 5% reduction in power, limits on fan access, and most peculiarly, speed limits on some sections. » 4/07/15 1:27pm 4/07/15 1:27pm

More Race Classes Banned At The Nürburgring

Several racing classes were banned from racing at Deutsche Motor Sport Bund-sanctioned events at the Nürburgring following last weekend's horrific accident. Now, per Sportscar365, that ban has been lifted for SP10 cars, but was extended to the Cup2, SP8T, E1-XP1, E1-XP2 and E1-XP classes, plus GT cars in H4. » 4/02/15 1:30pm 4/02/15 1:30pm

Allegiant Pilots' Union Uses Scare Tactics To Get Higher Pay

Just a day after being sued by the Las Vegas-based airline over an illegal strike, Teamsters Local 1224, which represents Allegiant's pilots and currently in negotiations with the airline for a new contract, has published a letter to passengers warning them about "persistent mechanical problems." » 4/01/15 1:45pm 4/01/15 1:45pm

Police Departments Offer "Safe Lots" For Craigslist Transactions 

You can find some great deals on bargain automobiles on Craigslist. However, recent stories about buyers and sellers being robbed or even killed illustrates the risk you take when dealing with an online stranger. Some police departments are responding by allocating a portion of their parking lot to ensure a safe sale. » 3/27/15 12:26pm 3/27/15 12:26pm

The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now

Modern helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. But new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 percent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today. » 3/18/15 6:42pm 3/18/15 6:42pm

A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions in Fog

It's one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can't see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 15 to 20 feet… » 2/06/15 10:40am 2/06/15 10:40am

The Thought Of A Single-Pilot Airliner Is Just A Bit Scary

There's an old pilot joke about cockpit automation that says the ideal flight crew is a pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches anything. Getting closer to that reality, NASA is studying flying airliners with only one pilot, and I don't like the idea.… » 1/06/15 12:36pm 1/06/15 12:36pm

Chevrolet Vehicles Will Soon Predict Breakdowns Before They Happen

Through the use of in-vehicle sensors and the OnStar system, General Motors' customers already get monthly updates on the health of their vehicles and alerts to potential problems. But the company is now looking to take preventative vehicle maintenance even further with a new system that promises to pinpoint potential… » 1/05/15 12:11am 1/05/15 12:11am