During Tesla’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, Elon Musk finally disclosed when Tesla plans to begin production of the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, and what it will look like. What’s more, Musk at long last gave us a launch window (read: year) that, we can only hope, won’t be subject to change in the months ahead.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a Lamborghini, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you have carte blanche to come up with any type of vanity license plate your heart desires.
While typical objections to license plate permutations typically focus on overtly offensive words, a Texas man named Safer Hassan recently learned the hard way that even obfuscating an alleged obscenity might leave you with a revoked plate.
I could have made a list of all the reasons why I would never personally own a motorcycle and carry the list around in case anyone ever asked, but now I can just point to this terrifying video instead. More →
We are taught to drive safely long before we actually have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car, but for some hardheaded individuals, the education simply doesn’t stick. That appears to be the case for the driver of this Lamborghini Huracan, which can be seen exceeding 330 kilometers per hours (205 mph) before smashing into the traffic barrier and flying off the road. More →
As always, there was a huge focus on motor vehicle innovations at CES this year, from hydrogen fuel cells to dashboard operating systems. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t see: a 3D-printed car.
Chris Ziegler at The Verge had a chance to ride around in the Local Motors Strati at the North American International Auto Show this week and found that a 3D-printed vehicle shares a surprising More →
Dan Roosegaarde is tired of our stagnant pavement. Our roads have remained unchanged for decades, which inspired Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde to innovate in the form of glow-in-the-dark road markings. Wired.co.uk has drawn our attention to these fluorescent markings, which have replaced the prototypical street lights over a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands, providing a cost-efficient alternative that doesn’t require electricity and looks pretty amazing to boot. More →
Anyone in the Northeastern United States right now (or anywhere else that might be getting hammered by snow) knows how much of a pain it can be to drive during and after a blizzard. There’s ice everywhere, mounds of snow to drive around or over, and you have to fight your way through it all while other drivers who are less careful slide around the roads. Winter tires can definitely help, but buying them and having them put on your car is a pricey proposition that many people don’t want to deal with or simply can’t afford.
But what if there was a better way? More →
Some of the most interesting news footage of the over the past several years has come from a very unlikely source: cameras mounted on cars. The Associated Press reports that General Motors is hoping to capitalize on the windshield-mounted camera for a new social initiative that will allow drivers of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette to record their cruises down the interstate and then download the footage to their computers. When parked, drivers will be able to view the recordings on an 8-inch touchscreen and “edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.” According to the report, drivers can record up to 13 hours of driving time using the new system. The 2015 Corvette will be available next fall.
Would you ride around in the nude if you knew no one was watching? A recent survey by Scout GPS gives new meaning to the term “pleasure cruise” as 9% of respondents admit that they would drive their vehicles in the buff if they knew that no one else on the road could see them. Even more participants said they have engaged in sexual activity while behind the wheel — 11% to be exact — although 25% said they would give up sex for a week in order to avoid traffic for the same amount of time. Among the less provocative discoveries, 16% have had accidents while shaving in their cars, 13% have eaten with utensils in the driver’s seat, and nearly a third would pick their noses if they could be assured they wouldn’t be seen. Next time you’re stuck in traffic, look around and see if the stats match up… or on second thought, don’t. Scout GPS’s press release can be found below. More →
The thought of thousands of autonomous vehicles flying down our highways might be a frightening one, but it could also be a permanent solution for traffic safety. The Eno Center for Transportation claims that the proliferation of self-driving cars could cut down on vehicle-related injuries by up to 90% while saving the U.S. economy around $450 billion annually. According to the Eno Center, a vast majority of accidents occur because of human error, and more than 40% of wrecks involve drugs, alcohol, distraction or fatigue. Remove these factors from the equation and the roads quickly become much safer. Of course, the technology behind autonomous vehicles is still being perfected, so it could be years before this vision of the future is even feasible, much less financially viable.
Car manufacturers are desperate to find some way to attract the disinterested younger generation back to the road. According to NPR, millennials are getting their licenses and buying cars later and later in recent years, and the car companies are convinced that one leading cause for the drop-off is the lack of engagement and understanding. “I’m not sure that any car company truly understands this next generation of car buyers,” says John McFarland, a director at General Motors. More →
It’s not the mythical iCar, but it’ll suffice for drivers who have long dreamed of talking to their car. General Motors (GM) announced on Tuesday at the Los Angeles International Auto Show it will be the first of nine automakers to integrate Apple’s (AAPL) “Eyes Free” feature that adds one-button Siri functionality from the car’s steering wheel. The first cars with Siri integration will be the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ and RS as well as the Spark 1LT and 2LT. More →
Using a variety of sensors and cameras, a number of high-end vehicles available today offer autonomous cruise control, advanced emergency braking systems and self-parking technology. While Google’s (GOOG) dreams of fully autonomous vehicles may still be far off, crash-proof cars may be the next big thing. The on-board sensors used in today’s vehicles do not have the ability to communicate with the road or other automobiles, but a couple of weeks ago, a year-long connected-vehicle program hit the streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan. More →