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

The Cleveland Auto Show Starts Tomorrow

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, there’s a great way to scope out your options: the Cleveland Auto Show. It’s at the International Exposition (I-X) Center March 7–15, and it’s only $13 to attend. I’ve gone to auto shows my whole life to see all the new cars, but I never really realized that people go there to look at their buying options. Which now that I … Continue reading

Can Apple Really Change the World (Again)?

Is Apple® trying to build a car? Considering they create, spread, and discredit rumors about their own projects, who really knows? But after a few mysterious sightings of Apple minivans with cameras roaming streets throughout the nation, many speculate an iCar is closer than we think. Car experts advise against Apple even considering a venture that would produce an autonomous electric car in all of its Apple-y goodness. Dan Akerson, … Continue reading

No, it’s not a romance novel. It’s a car. And I love it.

It’s the sexiest car ever to meet my eyes: the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion. And it has been turning heads more than the latest 50 Shades of Gray trailers. (Okay, maybe not quite that many heads… unless you’re only counting tech nerds, like those at the Consumer Electronics Show where the Mercedes-Benz Luxury in Motion concept car stole the show, according to Forbes.) There Luxury in Motion is … Continue reading

A Walk on the Wild Side of Car Design

A Walk on the Wild Side of Car Design Have you ever been sitting in traffic and your mind wanders to far-off places? Like a playground filled with cotton candy and cupcakes… Then you realize you’ve only moved 10 feet in the last 10 minutes. At this rate, you’d be better off walking to your destination. Then you think, “If only I could just teleport there” all Star Trek-style. No? … Continue reading

NY to LA on One Gallon of Gas

Less than one gallon, actually. That’s how much gas it would take the vehicle that won Shell’s annual competition for energy-efficient vehicles to travel from New York to Los Angeles. It achieved a mind-blowing fuel efficiency of 2,824 miles per gallon. The Eco-marathon Americas competition was held in Houston, and this the second win in a row for Quebec’s Université Laval. Even though the team one, they didn’t come close to … Continue reading

A Trip to Detroit for NAIAS 2014

It’s a good thing I put winter tires on my Juke. Every year, my dad and I go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. So this past weekend I drove back to my hometown just north of Detroit. And as you’ve surely heard by now, the roads are a mess in the Midwest lately. But luckily I made it there and back in one piece, so I get … Continue reading

Would You Drive a Nuclear Car?

How about if it meant never needing to refuel it. Ever. Laser Power Systems, an energy company based in Connecticut, is working on a concept car that would run on thorium, a naturally occurring radioactive element. And it could make the act of filling up at the pump something that future generations read about in history books. This isn’t the first time that thorium has been proposed as a cheap, … Continue reading

Pirelli Says a Tire Slim-Down Lies Ahead

Tall, skinny, and Italian. No, we’re not talking about high fashion models wearing the latest designs on Milan runways. Italian tire maker Pirelli says that’s the future of passenger tires. Pirelli Australia technical manager Simon Pool says the tires of the near future will be much taller and thinner than the tires we see on the roads today. The upcoming changes predicted by Pirelli come in response to tightening European … Continue reading

2013 Chicago Auto Show

The 105th annual Chicago Auto Show is happening now. With more than 1,000 vehicles on display, the Chicago Tribune says it’s the largest auto show in the US. Can’t make it to the show this year? There’s plenty of continuing coverage from attendees. Here’s a peek at what to expect this year. Check out a couple of the new vehicles debuting at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which is open … Continue reading