The Ford 24.7 Concept Car Predicted Apps Years Before Smartphones

Take a look at that dashboard: It's clearly presenting the driver with a selection of apps, each with a simple, readable icon. This isn't some 2015 future-mobile, though. It's the Ford 24.7 concept, a design exercise from January 2000—seven years before most folks came to know the concept of "apps." » 10/08/14 3:41pm 10/08/14 3:41pm

My Day on a Gas-Powered Drift Trike: Like Being a Kid Again, But Better

No grown-up vehicle can match the thrill you felt as a kid on your Big Wheel. Cars and motorcycles are fun, but at day's end they're serious machines. Recapturing that unbridled euphoria requires a dedicated device. And the SFD Industries Drift Trike is the three-wheeled, gas-powered tool for the job. » 10/02/14 3:16pm 10/02/14 3:16pm

Toyota's New Transit Idea Is Like a Bikeshare for Tiny Electric Cars

Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system. » 9/12/14 5:01pm 9/12/14 5:01pm

You Can Now Book Uber Rides Through United Airlines' App

Uber and United Airlines have partnered up, for a match made in traveler's heaven. You can book an Uber ride via United's mobile app, to pick you up from the airport and drive you to your destination. To sweeten the deal, United is giving an extra 1,000 MileagePlus points when Uber trips are booked through its app. » 8/24/14 11:21am 8/24/14 11:21am

Americans Have Taken 23 Million Bike Share Rides and No One Has Died

With 36 cities across the country now hosting their own systems, bike share is almost becoming an American institution. According to a new report, it's estimated that Americans have taken 23 million rides since 2007 (wow!), but here's the most amazing part: Not a single death has been attributed to a bike share system… » 8/12/14 1:46pm 8/12/14 1:46pm

Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Transit System

The thousands of graphics-covered minibuses called matatus that zip through Nairobi make up one of the largest (and liveliest) informal transportation systems in the world. This unregulated—some might say renegade—transit keeps the city moving rather efficiently, and, until recently, was an all-cash business. Until… » 7/17/14 4:44pm 7/17/14 4:44pm

L.A. had a mobile traffic court that brought the judge to you

Back in 1926, the town of Inglewood, California had a mobile traffic court that operated out of a truck — complete with a judge, a bailiff, and police officers. In the photo above we see one unlucky motorist in July of 1926 who's been pulled over for speeding. Needless to say, it wasn't the most efficient system and… » 7/15/14 6:05pm 7/15/14 6:05pm

How to Fly a Prizewinning Racehorse to the Kentucky Derby

When the crowds and hats and bourbon descend on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, all eyes will be on the thoroughbred racehorse—horses that have traveled thousands of miles for the two-minute race. How do elite racehorses fly? Well, let us ascend into the world of equine air travel. » 5/03/14 3:10pm 5/03/14 3:10pm