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The Electronic Highway: How 1960s Visionaries Presaged Today's Autonomous Vehicles

In July 1969, <i>IEEE Spectrum</i> published an article called The Electronic Highway, by Robert E. Fenton and Karl W. Olson, two engineers at Ohio State …

Self-Driving Cars Could 'Create Hell on Earth'

LAS VEGAS — Autonomous driving systems such as Tesla's Autopilot or Google's self-driving cars are far from being safe, security researcher Davi …

Ford brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models

Automakers are slowly rolling out additional smartphone connectivity to their vehicles, but no automaker has made moves to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto systems across an entire lineup. That changes today, as Ford has announced that Sync 3 will be available across its entire …

China puts its terrifying elevated bus through first public test

If the image of a bus that resembles a mechanical millipede devouring cars tickles you, maybe consider moving to China.<p>The country on Tuesday trialled its new TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus, for the first time, according to state-run press agency Xinhua. The impressive and rather alarming vehicle …

The Atkinson Combustion Cycle: An Explainer

Just what exactly is the Atkinson cycle, and how does it benefit today's engine management systems?<p>Like countless other 19th-century inventors, entrepreneurs, and tinkerers, British engineer James Atkinson sought ways to improve on the Otto four-stroke combustion engine, first produced in 1876. The …

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Our Modest Car Collection: 1900 Abandonato "Qualcosa Per Niente"

All we have remaining are drawings, badly-scrawled manifestos, and the collar of a cat named Gatto.<p><i>"Dove è la ruota del criceto?"</i> you might say, when you come across the astonishing icon of turn-of-the-century pioneering technology that was Luigi Marcantonio Francesco Rodolfo Scipione Borghese …

The world's last truly awful car?

Thirty years after its arrival in the US, we pause to consider the Yugo.<p>Thirty years ago, the $3,990 Yugo GV landed on the shores of the United States of America. The GV stood for “Good Value,” a marketing sentiment so nakedly brazen, so rich in the damnation of faint praise, that the car could not …

Is new-car smell bad for your health?

One of car-ownership's simple pleasures may also be one of its greatest perils.<p>The scent of a new car can be enticing in showrooms, and even intoxicating in its appeal. There’s a good reason for that. That new car smell comes from an assortment of chemicals, some of which can be highly toxic.<p>The …

Is it time to retire the stick shift?

Driving Aston's manual-trans V12 Vantage is 'a buttock-clenching experience', says Top Gear's Jack Rix.<p><b>MUCH HAS BEEN MADE</b> by motoring writers and sports-car idealists of the apparently inevitable — and wholly lamentable — demise of the manual transmission. The use of a stick-shift, say its …

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The best beaches for driving

A seaside holiday isn’t complete without a little sand in the tyres.<p><b>A DRIVE TO THE BEACH</b> can be a wonderful thing. A drive <i>on</i> the beach can be a highlight of a traveller’s life. Of course, we’re not talking about drunken spring-breakers in open-top Jeeps on some Florida hotel strip. Instead, we mean …

The transport lover's Instagram

Cars, bikes, travel, and transit: 25 must-follow accounts.<p><b>TRANSPORTATION LENDS ITSELF</b> to being very nice to look at: A cherry-red convertible cruising down Pacific coastlines against an orange sunset. Shiny, metallic subways that operate with surgical precision and elegance. A vintage julep-hued …

Are walkers smarter than drivers?

A new study shows that walkable cities in the US have higher GDP and education levels. Why?<p><b>DO YOU PREFER WALKING OR DRIVING?</b> Your answer may suggest something about your education level, according to a new study.<p>A report published last month says metropolitan areas in the United States that were …

Secrets of the two-second pit stop

How do Formula 1 pit crews service racing cars so quickly?<p><b>A FORMULA 1 RACER IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A RACE</b>, dozens of laps to go. Everyone’s zooming over 300kph. But it’s time for repairs and tyre changes — time for a pit stop. The racer pulls in. Close to two dozen workers swarm on the vehicle. The …

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Why is train-seat fabric so ugly?

The secret science — and surprising artistry — behind one of transport's universal truths.<p><b>No matter how many subway lines</b>, buses, trams, trains, and other public conveyances we ride, we are rarely left with a positive impression of the upholstery. (We typically leave an impression on the upholstery …

Wacky pre-Tesla electric cars for sale

How the rising popularity of the EV is driving auction sales<p><b>MORE DRIVERS WANT TO GO GREEN</b>, so electric vehicles have become something of a hip must-have. And when Tesla announced its £24,000 Model 3 earlier this year, it signaled Elon Musk’s plan: make electric vehicles less luxury and more …

Why Singapore Will Get Self-Driving Cars First

The city-state seems practically destined for autonomous vehicles.<p>The idea of a self-driving car has long held great fascination. In the 1920s and 1930s, “phantom autos” were driven for spectacle in demos across the United States. The cars—often Pontiacs—were not truly “driverless,” as they were …

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A 13,235-Mile Road Trip for 70-Degree Weather Every Day

This year-long journey across the U.S. keeps you at consistent high temperatures.<p>Say you’re a delicate individual who, like a wilt-prone poinsettia, doesn’t do well with temperature extremes. In fact, 69 degrees and below makes you shiver like a soaked kitten, and 71 and above makes you sweat so …

The U.K. Is Testing Roads That Recharge Your Electric Car As You Drive

The high-tech highways just might change the game for EV road trips.<p>When the Roman poet Catullus wrote about devouring the road, he meant it as a metaphor for journeying. The prospect of physically extracting energy from the roadway may just become a reality, though, if the U.K. government pulls …

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Tesla knocks VW out of the top 10 car brands – now valued at $4.4 billion

Tesla’s brand has significantly increased in value over the past year, especially since the Model 3 unveiling and the more than 373,000 reservations it received. On the other hand, Volkswagen’s brand took a big hit following the ‘Dieselgaste’ scandal, so much so that Tesla has now surpassed the …

The Autopilot is learning fast: Model S owners are already reporting that Tesla’s Autopilot is self-improving

During the press conference for the release of the Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to each Model S owners as an “expert trainer” – meaning that each driver will train the autonomous features of the system to feed the collective network intelligence of the fleet by simply driving the …

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All new cars mandated to be electric in Germany by 2030 [Updated]

It looks like Germany is about to become the first major country to set an official deadline for a ban on gas-powered cars. India recently confirmed that it is evaluating a scheme for all its fleet to be electric by 2030 and both the Dutch government and the Norwegian government are discussing the …

Tesla Model 3 renderings Round-up Part 2 – which one will be closest to the real thing?

We are just a few weeks away from the unveiling of the Model 3 set for March 31st and we can hardly wait. In the meantime, we can only make educated guesses on what the car will look like, but renderings from amateur designers can also help us imagine it.<p>Earlier this year, we gathered some of our …

Hyperloop One interested in using its system for underwater transportation

Hyperloop One, formerly Hyperloop Tech, who we have seen demonstrate their propulsion mechanism and showcase their ‘tube deformer,’ has now has stated their interest in implementing the high-speed transportation system underwater for the movement of cargo shipments.<p>According to Business Insider, …

TIL In 4 out of 10 of the UK's largest airports, it is cheaper to park a light aircraft for 24 hours than to park your car

TIL San Francisco International Airport is essentially built on top of 267 ball bearings whose support columns are capable of moving 20in any direction during an earthquake : todayilearned

TIL the UK still retains 18 Queen's Messengers, who hand deliver secret documents to British embassies worldwide, travelling undercover in business class. The diplomatic package has its own "passport", as though it's a human being, and is exempt from being searched or x-rayed by airport security. : todayilearned

TIL 25% of all Toblerone chocolate is sold at duty free airport shops

TIL only 8 pilots are certified to land at Paro Airport, Himalaya. It's considered the most challenging airport to land at in the world. : todayilearned