The World's Greatest Cup Holder Can Survive the World's Worst Drivers

When it comes to cup holders, most of us are just looking for a place to secure our drinks while we're driving. It turns out we should be asking more of them—a lot more. Maksim Ghyvoronsky has invented a better alternative, an aftermarket set of cup holders that tilt and roll along with the motion of your vehicle,… » 9/17/14 4:25pm 9/17/14 4:25pm

Animated Tron-Like Paint Jobs Are the Perfect Aftermarket Upgrade

Last year a company called Darkside Scientific wowed us with an electroluminescent paint known as LumiLor that was completely invisible under lights, but glowed with a bright intensity in the dark. And now the company has revealed an even cooler application of LumiLor: Giving a Tesla S \ an animated, glowing paint job. » 9/11/14 5:33pm 9/11/14 5:33pm

This Cuddly Python Redirects AC to the Back of Your Car

If you're looking for an act of futility, try keeping a couple of young kids comfortable in the back of a car during a long road trip. There's an infinite number of sources of discomfort they'll eventually find, but with this long plush tube that redirects an air conditioning vent directly to the back seat, being hot… » 9/09/14 3:15pm 9/09/14 3:15pm

This Playset Teaches Your Kids How to Take Care of a Real Car

It's well known that you're far more likely to get ripped off at a mechanic than at a restaurant. So why do we park our kids in front of tiny plastic kitchens to make imaginary meals when they could be learning important auto repair and maintenance skills instead? This engine repair set could actually end up saving… » 9/04/14 1:54pm 9/04/14 1:54pm

A Plush-Disguised Camera Lets Drivers Keep an Eye On Back-Seat Infants

There are plenty of distractions you should be ignoring while driving, like your smartphone. But others, like your infant in a car seat behind you, you simply can't ignore. So instead of taking your eyes off the road to turn around and check on them, or futzing with your rear-view mirror, the Always in View straps a… » 8/14/14 12:20pm 8/14/14 12:20pm

Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work, and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we're all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don't fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest… » 7/15/14 9:21am 7/15/14 9:21am

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 2:00pm 6/27/14 2:00pm

A Dog Cage With Crumple Zones Protects Your Pup During a Car Accident

They've been a popular option for pet owners taking road trips with their dogs in Sweden for the past decade, but these wonderfully over-engineered Variocages are finally available in North America. Like your car, the cages are designed with crumble zones to absorb impacts during a crash, providing extra protection… » 6/26/14 12:20pm 6/26/14 12:20pm

Robotic Forklift Valet Doesn't Even Need To See Inside Your Messy Car

Travellers flying out of Duesseldorf airport in Germany no longer have to worry about valets taking their cars for a joyride before they're parked. A robot valet nicknamed Ray starts work today, and he'll automatically deliver cars to a set of designated spots without even having to start them. » 6/24/14 10:20am 6/24/14 10:20am

Be Prepared For Any Vehicular Emergency With a Gas Can Toolbox

As fun as a weekend off-roading adventure can be, it can be equally hard on your vehicle. Simply running out of gas isn't the only risk you face, so be prepared for any vehicular emergency with this clever gas can-shaped toolbox that fits in the external storage compartments your Jeep or Land Rover already have. » 6/12/14 3:24pm 6/12/14 3:24pm

How You Design Brakes To Stop a 1,000 MPH Car

When it comes to building the Bloodhound SSC, everything is uncharted territory for its designers. Because while the world's fastest production car, the Hennessey Venom GT, tops out at just over 270 miles per hour, the Bloodhound SSC is designed to go over 1,000 mph. And that creates countless engineering problems,… » 5/26/14 9:00pm 5/26/14 9:00pm

All You Need to Track Driver Fatigue Is a Smarter Steering Wheel

To prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel and potentially causing deadly accidents, researchers have developed everything from smartphone apps, to intelligent bracelets, to even facial tracking dashcams. But scientists at Washington State University have come up with a much cheaper method that simply… » 4/25/14 10:54am 4/25/14 10:54am

The Carbon Fiber Trailer Batman Takes on Vacation

When Batman needs a break from defending Gotham, he's not going to put Alfred behind the wheel of some dumpy ol' Winnebago—especially when he drives something as badass as the Batmobile every night. No, he's going to choose an RV befitting the Dark Knight, and the carbon fiber CR-1 certainly fits that bill. » 4/07/14 10:00am 4/07/14 10:00am

We Didn't Know How Tire Sounds Are Made Until Now

With supercomputers capable of beating our best chess and Jeopardy players, you'd think that being able to simulate the sounds a tire makes while rolling on a road was easy—but it's not. In fact, Yokohama had to team up with the Japanese equivalent of NASA to finally recreate how air and sound behave around the… » 3/20/14 8:47am 3/20/14 8:47am

In-Car Facial Recognition Detects Angry Drivers To Prevent Road Rage

Passengers in a car can help calm an angry driver when another vehicle cuts them off. But when a driver is alone, that anger can easily turn into road rage which puts everyone at risk. So researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—or EPFL for short—are working on an in-car facial recognition system that… » 3/14/14 9:20am 3/14/14 9:20am