Turning Plants into Tires

What would it be like to drive your car on tires made of plants? No, really. I mean it. Has anything in your history of knowing things suggest to you that this is a good idea? Biomass researchers are extracting rubber from sagebrush and dandelions to produce a smoothie-like sludge similar to a protein milkshake you might see a bodybuilder guzzle after a totally gnarly workout. And this eco-friendly rubber … Continue reading

Distracted Drivers: GM Has Its Eyes on You!

Have you ever read or written a text message while driving? Dangerous as it is, many of us have. General Motors is trying to curb this risky habit through facial recognition technology. Taking a quick peek at your phone behind the wheel may not seem so bad. It’s just a few seconds, right? But in those few seconds, you could drive the length of a football field without looking at … Continue reading

Keeping Up with Connected Cars

We’ve written a lot about cars and trucks of the future, and we’re always excited to hear of new technologies. Since the Connected Car Expo is happening this week in Los Angeles, I thought we’d take a closer look at the connected car. A connected car is one that’s, well, connected to the Internet. From music apps to crash warnings, the advantages of connectivity are numerous. Here at RightTurn, we’re … Continue reading

Dash, the “Fitbit for Cars” — Two Months Later

Back in July, I started using Dash, the “Fitbit for cars” smartphone app that syncs with your car (read my initial post about it here). And now that I’ve used it for just about two months, I wanted to take a closer look and see if it’s had any affect on my driving habits or provided any other value beyond giving me a bunch of numbers to look at (which … Continue reading

How Much Helmet Will $1.5K Get You?

The Skully AR-1 motorcycle helmet, “a motorcycle helmet for the digital world” according to Popular Science, is now available for pre-order. And if you do, you can save $100 on what seems like a rather lofty price tag: $1,499. And what does that price tag get you? See for yourself: The Skully AR-1 helmet features a transparent heads-up display that shows information such as current speed, turn-by-turn directions, and incoming calls. … Continue reading

RightTurn Takes Dash “Fitbit for Cars” Driving App for a Spin

As I’ve admitted here on the RightTurn blog before, I’m a nerd: a techie nerd, science nerd, tire nerd… so let’s just add one more to the list while we’re at it: data nerd. Yes, I admit it. I make spreadsheets and charts just for fun. Numbers, statistics, research, I soak it all up. So it’s no surprise that I’m pretty interested in the whole “quantified self” thing. Smartphones and … Continue reading

Brand Spotlight: Michelin

It might come as a surprise to many that Michelin, known around the world for its superb tires, didn’t start in the tire business. Originally named Michelin & Co., the company was founded by brothers André and Édouard Michelin in 1889 with the goal of developing a silent brake pad for vehicles. Their devotion to tires didn’t begin until 1891 when a customer came to them for help repairing a … Continue reading

Move Over Leaf. Watch Out Spark.

The road is getting a little more crowded when it comes to all-electric vehicles (EVs). Kia Motors Corporation is entering the EV market to compete directly with the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model S, and the many others currently available or coming soon. Unlike these vehicles, however, Kia’s EV won’t be a standalone model. That is to say, this new an all-electric vehicle will be a version of the … Continue reading

Kumho Launches New Self-Sealing Tire

Not many things grind your day to a halt like getting a flat tire. The few times I’ve gotten one, it sent my stress level from 0 to 60 in no time… flat. So imagine my excitement when I read that Kumho was launching South Korea’s first self-sealing tire. Unlike normal run-flat tires, which let you to keep driving slowly but will still require repair or replacement, Kumho’s new tire automatically … Continue reading

Travel Apps Get a Boost at SXSW Interactive Accelerator

When you think SXSW (South by Southwest, or South By), you might think indie rock bands turned next big things. But the annual Austin, Texas festival is so much more than that. It’s also an opportunity to showcase innovation in everything we do, which includes how we travel. Think about it. 10 years ago, you were probably highlighting a paper map or having a trip itinerary printed out. When’s the … Continue reading