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

This Futuristic Truck Was Actually Designed By Walmart

With 7,000 tractor trailers currently in its fleet, it makes sense that Walmart would have a vested interest in designing more efficient delivery vehicles. The company's new ultra-aerodynamic Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience—or WAVE—concept is lighter and more fuel efficient than other trucks on the market, and can… » 3/04/14 10:00am 3/04/14 10:00am

Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Isn't Blinded By Passengers or Cargo

Have you ever been hesitant to over-pack a vehicle with luggage or passengers because it would obscure the sightline for your rearview mirror? Nissan's Smart rearview mirror solves that problem by alternately displaying a live video feed from a camera mounted on the back of the vehicle. » 2/28/14 11:46am 2/28/14 11:46am

The World's Largest Toy Car Collection Has Over 30,000 Tiny Vehicles

The fact that Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys are so cheap means that countless kids have giant collections of tiny cars. But the world's largest? With over 30,000 scale vehicles in his collection, Beirut's Billy Karam has a legitimate claim to that title, and Cool Hunting had a chance to tour his showroom. » 1/29/14 3:51pm 1/29/14 3:51pm