self driving cars

Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Public Transportation?

Today’s self-driving cars are just that — cars as we currently know them, but with the added capability of autonomous or semiautonomous navigation. But Italian engineer and industrial designer Tommaso Gecchelin has a different self-driving car in mind. It doesn’t look anything like a car, and it can link up with other units to create modular bus-like things of any length. Imagine an individual pod picking you up from your house, … Continue reading

All Wheel Drive Vs Four Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive Vs. Four-Wheel Drive

First things first. What the heck is the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive? Well there is a difference even though these terms are often used interchangeably, yet the terms are most certainly not interchangeable. All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive refer to systems that differ with varying results. If you’re thinking about how great your four-wheel or all-wheel drive will be this winter, here’s what you need to know: … Continue reading

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Coloring in 3D is Now Possible with the 3Doodler Pen

What do automakers, artists, and technology all have in common? Quite a bit, actually. All are in the business of creating something new, of innovating and evolving. That’s why so many automakers support various artistic endeavors (think BMW Films or Lexus Amazing in Motion). So it’s really no surprise that GMC would support the 3Doodler pen. And as far as I’m concerned, this is one of the coolest things I’ve … Continue reading

hover board lexus

A Real Hoverboard by Lexus

Lexus has made a hoverboard. A real hoverboard. A working hoverboard. They call it Slide, and it’s the latest in Lexus’s Amazing in Motion series. I won’t bore you with technicalities of the hoverboard by Lexus, like superconductors, liquid nitrogen, or natural bamboo. Just watch and see for yourself: So. Stinking. Awesome! I want one now. Yes, I would most certainly fall and injure myself, most likely breaking a bone … Continue reading


Racing Tires vs Street Tires

Some folks say tires all look the same. I’ve said it myself. And while technically tires do have visible differences, it’s only if you take a close look. Unless you’re comparing racing tires and street tires. In this case, the differences are pretty obvious, even to non-tire nerds. Why so different? Because race tires and passenger tires are designed for completely different uses. Racing slicks are all about getting as … Continue reading


Vinli is Almost Here!

Last September, former RightTurn blogger Jeff wrote about Vinli, a device that claims to add new technology to old cars. Being the data nerd that I am, I went ahead and preordered a Vinli that very same day. At that time, there were two versions of Vinli. I went with the $50 Vinli Basic version that would connect my car to my smartphone. I wasn’t ready to fork out $150 … Continue reading

Virtual Traffic Lights

Cut Your Commute in Half with Virtual Traffic Lights

I’m a Michigan driver. Some call us “bad drivers” but I think “efficient” is more accurate. We have somewhere to go, and we want to get there. And if you’re driving slow in the fast lane or waving us on at a four-way stop when it was your turn in the first place (you’re not being polite, you’re just wasting everyone’s time), you’re going to drive us fricking insane. But … Continue reading

Coupe vs. Sedan: Are Coupes Practical, or Just Pretty?

When it comes to choosing between a fluffy piece of rich chocolate cake and the fruity goodness of a baked apple pie, the process might be difficult and frustrating. But one thing is for sure, you have to know what cake or pie is before you choose to eat it. The same goes for the car you choose to drive. So what is the difference between a coupe and a … Continue reading

Virtual Reality Technology? Try Volvo Reality

If this isn’t your first time at the blog, you may already know about my obsession with car apps and car technology. And I gotta say, I love Volvo’s virtual reality technology app — Volvo Reality — designed for Google Cardboard. I was lucky enough to nab a free Volvo-branded Google Cardboard while they were available, and once it came in the mail I assembled it, downloaded the Volvo … Continue reading

Driverless Car

Who Will Make Self-Driving Cars a Reality?

In May of 2014, Uber’s chief executive Travis Kalanick said that he plans to replace human drivers with self-driving cars. Kalanick said, “The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car.” This philosophy suggests taking the driver away to put into play the many potential benefits of driverless car technology, ultimately making car ownership … Continue reading