Motorcycle Crash First Person

Watch a man on a motorcycle get hit by a car and land on his feet, all in first-person

By on January 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

Watch a man on a motorcycle get hit by a car and land on his feet, all in first-person

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 →

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Lamborghini Huracan Crashes

Watch a $250,000 Lamborghini Huracán crash at 200 mph

By on January 19, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

Watch a $250,000 Lamborghini Huracán crash at 200 mph

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 →

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Local Motors 3D Printed Car

What it’s like to ride in a 3D-printed car

By on January 13, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

What it’s like to ride in a 3D-printed car

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 →

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Glow in the Dark Roads

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Never miss a turn again with glow-in-the-dark roads

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 →

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Winter Tires Studs

This might be the best thing to happen to cars since the invention of headlights

By on February 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

This might be the best thing to happen to cars since the invention of headlights

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 →

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Corvette Record Share VIdeos Camera

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

By on January 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

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.

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American Driver Survey Naked

American drivers’ naked ambition exposed in new survey

By on November 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM.

American drivers’ naked ambition exposed in new survey

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 →

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Self-Driving Cars Save Lives Money

Self-driving cars could cut down on injuries by 90%, save $450 billion

By on October 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Self-driving cars could cut down on injuries by 90%, save $450 billion

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.

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Car Companies Consumer Electronics

Car companies turn to smartphones for inspiration in effort to lure young buyers

By on August 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Car companies turn to smartphones for inspiration in effort to lure young buyers

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 →

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GM Siri Integration

GM will be first automaker to integrate Apple’s Siri into its Chevy Sonic and Spark cars

By on November 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM.

GM will be first automaker to integrate Apple’s Siri into its Chevy Sonic and Spark cars

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 →

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Cars that communicate with each other – and the road – are now being tested in Michigan

By on September 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM.

Cars that communicate with each other – and the road – are now being tested in Michigan

Connected Cars Michigan

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 →

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Verizon forms new industry group dedicated to hooking up cars with 4G LTE

By on June 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Verizon forms new industry group dedicated to hooking up cars with 4G LTE

Verizon Automotive LTE Group

Everyone agrees that it’s bad to surf the web while driving, but what if a car happens to double as a giant smartphone? Verizon is taking some steps toward making this happen as it has formed an industry group called the 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars that includes several major auto manufacturers interested in bringing LTE connectivity to cars. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota are joining Verizon as the group’s initial members. The forum has also snagged Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering professor Sanjay Sarma to provide guidance on academic technology research relevant to wireless tech and the auto industry. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Google issued first license to test driverless cars

By on May 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Google issued first license to test driverless cars

Google issued license to test driverless cars in Nevada

Nevada is the first state to grant Google a U.S. license to test driverless cars. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed on Monday that it had approved the company’s application to test autonomous vehicles on public streets. Google will be required to have at least two people in the vehicle while testing it, however, including one in the driver’s seat. Prior to being approved, the Mountain View-based company had been testing the car on freeways in neighborhoods around Carson City and Las Vegas, according to Fox News. The tests showed the car was just as safe, if not safer, than cars operated by human drivers. “It gets honked at more often because it’s being safe,” said Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow. The driverless vehicles will be required to wear red license plates that contain an infinity symbol, which the DMV says represents their status as “the car of the future.” If testing goes as planned and the vehicles are ever used by the general public, the license plates will be green. “They’re designed to avoid distracted driving,” Breslow said. “When you’re on the Strip and there’s a huge truck with a three scantily clad women on the side, the car only sees a box.” More →

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