Self-Driving Cars Explained

This video accurately explains why self-driving cars will be so awesome

By on August 31, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

This video accurately explains why self-driving cars will be so awesome

I am evangelical about the benefits of self-driving cars, so much so that my friends will clear the room the second they hear the word LIDAR. But in my defense, self-driving cars are going to be the biggest technological innovation of this decade. Don’t believe me? Just watch this.

YouTube star CGP Grey does an excellent job of explaining why humans inherently suck at driving, and why self-driving cars can do it so much better. It’s probably all arguments you’ve heard before, but the concise explanations (and cute graphics) are enough to cure the most Miata-loving sceptics.

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Tesla Model 3 Interior

New photos show off the inside of Tesla’s Model 3 for the first time

By on August 29, 2016 at 3:22 PM.

New photos show off the inside of Tesla’s Model 3 for the first time

Hundreds of thousands of people might’ve put down $1,000 on a Tesla Model 3, but that doesn’t mean we actually know what the inside looks like. The Model 3 is still two years away from real production, and minor design details like “what the cabin looks like” still haven’t been confirmed.

Thankfully, the internet is on it. Instagram user Richard Hennessy posted a photo of the inside of what looks a lot like a Model 3 being driven around Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.

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Top Cars Of 2016

A full look at Jeremy Clarkson’s top 10 all-star rides of 2016

By on August 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

A full look at Jeremy Clarkson’s top 10 all-star rides of 2016

Controversial media personality and automotive journalist Jeremy Clarkson may not be on Top Gear anymore, but he’s still giving us the goods on some of the world’s most impressive cars. In a recent column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson gets back down to basics and gives us his list of the top 10 cars of 2016 that warrant your undivided attention.

While lists that tend to rank items like the best cars tend to engender a whole lot of debate and disagreement, it’s hard to argue with Clarkson’s list here. Especially in an era where car advancements tend to hit the market at a furious clip, it takes much more these days for a car to warrant and deserve the spotlight. As Clarkson tells it: “A car must have something to elevate it from the norm. It may be speed, or cleverness, or the fizz, or styling to die for. But there must be something. Something that makes you excited every time you climb inside. Because if it doesn’t, then it’s just a tool. And if it’s just a tool, you may as well use the bus.”

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Elon Musk says Tesla’s autonomous car ‘will blow people’s minds,’ and soon

By on August 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Elon Musk says Tesla’s autonomous car ‘will blow people’s minds,’ and soon

During a conference call yesterday, Elon Musk gave all sorts of details about Tesla’s future plans. There’s a compact SUV and semi truck that will debuted in months not years, and a tantilising promise of autonomous driving coming soon.

Speaking about Tesla’s progress in full Level 4 autonomy, Musk said that “what we’ve got will blow people’s minds, it blows my mind …it’ll come sooner than people think.” Mysterious? Yes, but absolutely exciting.

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Car Theft Hackers

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

By on July 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you’d be well on your way.

These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car’s computer, start the car’s electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Formula 1 Racing

What Formula 1 drivers see when they’re racing at 220 MPH

By on July 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM.

What Formula 1 drivers see when they’re racing at 220 MPH

When it comes to acceleration, a tricked out Model S is admittedly hard to beat. But if you’re interested in raw speed, you might want to check out Formula 1 racing where cars can reach speeds as high as 223 MPH and routinely maintain an average speed of just under 200 MPH for the duration of any given race. Interestingly, former F1 driver Jean Lesi told Wired a few years back that “at those speeds, you feel that the car is about to lift off from the track.”

Without question, getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car on race day requires impeccable concentration and damn near-perfect reaction times. The margin for error when driving 200 MPH is slim and the potential for serious injury is always looming overhead. That being the case, one can only wonder what a driver experiences when charging through a straightaway at blistering speeds.

Well, wonder no more.

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Electric Car 0-60 MPH

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

Tesla likes to boast that it only knows how to make fast cars. And with good reason, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars by acceleration on the planet. Ranked slightly above Tesla are an assortment of cars from Porsche, Bugatti and Ferrari, with the Porsche 918 Spyder boasting the fastest 0-60 time for a production car in history with a blazing 2.2 seconds.

Well, there’s no a new record holder for the 0-60 title and it comes from an unlikely place: a motorsport student club in Switzerland.

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Volkswagen Dieselgate

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

By on May 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

VW is having some “public relations issues,” a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions. But don’t worry, because VW’s R&D department is all over fixing those pesky emissions.

According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a “multi-billion euro” factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla’s vaunted Gigafactory. The idea, presumably, is to pivot smoothly from being a company known for its low-emissions diesel vehicles, to one known for its zero-emission EVs. Unfortunately, I suspect consumers’ memories last just a little longer than VW thinks.

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Cops Texting and Driving

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

By on May 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

Texting and driving is a menace that’s up there with chugging vodka while at the wheel, and cops the world over are slowly cracking down on it.

But how do you catch errant texters? With a DSLR and some serious glass, if you’re Canada’s Mounties.

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Traffic Jams China

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we’ve seen yet.

Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it’s just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn’t new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing.

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Tesla Autopilot Video Driver Sleeping

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is awesome, and it’ll surely be a great way to “drive” your car once self-driving cars are regulated, and once Tesla deploys a more advanced version of its software. However, people driving Tesla cars should remember that Autopilot is in beta right now. That means drivers should still keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control on a whim. It almost definitely does not mean that you can fall asleep behind the wheel and let Autopilot do its thing — we’re definitely not there yet.

But that’s exactly one driver did, and someone recorded it on video. More →

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Best Fictional Cars Movies TV

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

By on May 12, 2016 at 6:36 PM.

15 of the coolest fictional cars in the history of TV and cinema

Everyone has a favorite fictional character from a movie or TV show.

If you’re an action fan, it might be Indiana Jones, John McClane or Neo. Sci-fi fans likely prefer Luke Skywalker or James T. Kirk, while superhero fanatics might have trouble deciding between Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman.

But some of the most memorable characters in the history of media aren’t really characters at all, but rather the vehicles that the characters get around in.

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Optical Illusion Crosswalks India China

Optical illusion crosswalks are trippy, but they could make street crossings safer

By on April 26, 2016 at 11:28 PM.

Optical illusion crosswalks are trippy, but they could make street crossings safer

You’ve probably witnessed them too, drivers who completely ignore crosswalks and don’t even slow down as they approach them. But if these optical illusion crosswalks catch on, the chances are that crossing the street will be even safer. The smart concepts in the following images are meant to fool drivers into thinking there’s a roadblock ahead, and make them slow down when approaching a pedestrian crossing. More →

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