This Auto-Speed System Will Keep Trains from Going Off the Tracks

Last week's deadly Metro-North commuter train derailment was an undeniable tragedy. It's also one that could potentially have been avoided regardless of human error. An automated train speed control system already exists, but neither Congress nor the rail transportation industry has actually gotten around to installing … » 12/10/13 11:55am 12/10/13 11:55am

How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

In a little less than two weeks, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your… » 11/16/13 2:29pm 11/16/13 2:29pm

What Biofuel Is (And Where It Comes From)

Cars didn't always run on gasoline. Henry Ford envisioned his Model T's puttering along with tanks fully of ethanol. Early diesel engines ran on peanut oil. Of course, the discovery of massive petroleum reserves at the turn of the 20th century quickly put the brakes on that notion—why bother creating biofuel when… » 6/12/13 4:07pm 6/12/13 4:07pm

Using Weed To Pay For A Cab Ride In Front Of Cops Is Never A Good Idea

Just, you know, FYI. Because Michael Medvec, a 23-year-old Philly resident, tried it last Friday night, when he didn't have the eight bucks he needed to pay the fare back to his apartment. Let's read along with the Philadelphia Daily News, which got the deets from Philly police captain Brian Korn: » 4/06/13 9:06am 4/06/13 9:06am

Is Virginia's Governor Waging War On Electric Car Owners?

Electric cars: some people love them and others hate them, but it's generally agreed upon that they pollute the air less than Hummers. But a proposal from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell could have less people buying electric cars. » 1/23/13 9:30am 1/23/13 9:30am

The Ten Worst Things That Can Happen To You In A Car

There's a lot to fear when you're in a car as it's a place where many people die. Jalopnik readers admitted their fears and have shared their worst automotive nightmares, where everything that can go wrong on the road, does. » 1/17/13 11:00am 1/17/13 11:00am

If There's Snow On The Ground, You Need To Hoon A Snowmobile

There's a saying, coined by Daniel Tosh, that goes roughly thus: Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a jetski, and you don't see sad people on jetskis. Well, my friends, I'm here to tell you that the same holds true for snowmobiles. They are awesome. » 1/09/13 4:00pm 1/09/13 4:00pm