The Secret Language of Ships

Approaching the container ship in San Francisco Bay, the tugboat looks like a pit bull puppy chasing an eighteen-wheeler. When the vessels are an arm’s length apart, the ship’s mate throws down a line. Now leashed to the ship, the tug can push and pull it around the bay. Big ships can’t easily slow down or maneuver by…

Here’s Exactly What It Cost To Turn The World's Least Reliable Car Into An Off-Road Beast

The Audi Allroad has become a running joke as possibly the least reliable car ever made, and for pretty damn good reason. Between the notoriously finicky 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine (same as in the vaunted B5 S4) and the early 2000s air suspension (read: terrible), there is just way too much crap to go wrong —Often…

That Time My Motorcycle Got Stolen -- And How To Keep It From Happening To You

The warehouse crew were good guys, but too fond of practical jokes. So when I glanced over at the lot where I’d parked my bike that morning and saw the empty space, I thought, Those meatheads better not have scratched it. But nobody fessed up to moving it, and a search of the warehouse––including that corner way in…

This Is What The Prototype Racer Of The Future Will Look Like

[Editor’s note: There’s been a lot of talk about how Tudor United SportsCar’s P2 class will look in the future. What kinds of cars will run in TUSC’s highest prototype class, and how will P2s relate to LMP2s at Le Mans? This write-up from Racer is perhaps the clearest summary of what’s being considered yet, so enjoy.…

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They Drove Cross-Country In An Autonomous Minivan Without GPS. In 1995.

(Think Delphi’s cross-country voyage in an autonomous Audi SQ5 is impressive? Try doing it with 90s tech, without GPS navigation, and in a salvaged Pontiac minivan. That’s what Carnegie Mellon research scientist Dean Pomerleau and then-Ph.D. student Todd Jochem did in 1995. Here’s the story of their journey as it…