​The Best Smartphone Car Mount

Mounting a smartphone in a car shouldn't be complicated. It just needs to be sturdy, secure, and adjustable. The Ram X-Grip dominates on all those fronts, and does it with military-grade construction, an array of modular accessories, and a grip that accommodates damn near any smartphone on the market. » 2/02/15 2:00pm 2/02/15 2:00pm

Why Volvo Thinks It Can Eliminate All Deaths In Its Cars By 2020

Safety is a science-based religion at Volvo – its founders named "humans" the most important part of a car in the early thirties. Their latest project, Vision 2020, set the goal of eliminating death in all of their new cars in five years time. For most companies that would seem utopian nonsense, but this is the… » 12/09/14 12:05pm 12/09/14 12:05pm

Red Bull Racing Is The NASA Of Cheating

Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor's championship, but for me, it doesn't matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything. Because they keep cheating in the cleverest of ways, which is what F1 is all about. » 11/26/14 4:15pm 11/26/14 4:15pm

This Last Generation Of Human-Driven Cars Will Be Better Than Any Before

We're seeing a surprising amount of new, dramatic, and exciting stuff coming out of the Paris Auto Show — VW's remarkable XL Sport, the Lamborghini Asterion, the new Aston Martin Lagonda, and they're all production cars. In fact, I think we may in the beginning of the last generation of human-driven cars. Better enjoy… » 10/03/14 12:00pm 10/03/14 12:00pm

Ford And GM Sued Because You Can Use A Car To Pirate Music

Sure, devices like iPods and laptops are handy for ripping music from CDs, but wouldn't they be better if they weighed 2500lbs and had gas-burning motors making hundreds of horsepower? Sure they would. But the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies doesn't want that to happen. » 7/30/14 3:25pm 7/30/14 3:25pm

The Race to Save Your Car's Dashboard

Earlier this week, Google showed off Android Auto, a dashboard navigation and entertainment system powered by an Android smartphone. It's almost identical in concept to competing designs from Apple and Microsoft. For perhaps the first time, these companies have a unified vision for the future of in-car electronics.… » 6/27/14 10:00am 6/27/14 10:00am

BMW's Solar-Powered Carport Is A Carbon Fiber And Bamboo Ecosculpture

Solar panels remain a shiny flat wart on the suburban landscape. But BMW wants to change that with a new solar carport concept that's the perfect companion to your ripoff Frank Lloyd Wright bungalow. » 5/07/14 1:01pm 5/07/14 1:01pm

An F1 Steering Wheel Has To Be The World's Most Complex Input Device

Formula One steering wheels are known for being incredibly complicated pieces of tech that take a long time to master. This latest generation of wheels have even more systems to manage than ever. Here's Ferrari tester Marc Gene to break it all down. » 4/07/14 1:20pm 4/07/14 1:20pm

Mercedes F1's Secret Is It Split Its Turbo In Half

Here's What All The Buttons On The New Mercedes F1 Wheel Do

Formula One is the most advanced racing series in the world, which means the cars themselves are basically highly complex hybrid hi-tech pods with wheels. How do you pilot a machine like that? With all these buttons. » 3/21/14 4:39pm 3/21/14 4:39pm

Porsche LeMans Racer Is Attempting To Use The Energy We Lose From Gas

Gasoline engines have gotten incredibly good at squeezing all the energy they can out of gas. The problem is that "incredibly good" still means about 37% efficiency. If my high school transcript is any measure, 37% still kind of sucks. The rest of that energy is lost as heat, but there are ways to reclaim it. Ask… » 3/06/14 1:40pm 3/06/14 1:40pm

Goodyear's Clever Concept SUV Tire Has The Grand Canyon In The Middle

Goodyear's unnamed concept builds on a standard SUV tire with a large central groove to improve rolling resistance by having a reduced contact patch with the road. But as you can see from the tread, this is strictly a concept with no intention of being put into production. Yet. » 3/06/14 3:40pm 3/06/14 3:40pm

This 3D Printed Concept Is The Future Of Automaking

EDAG is a German design and engineering firm that has been working with most car manufacturers for the past four decades and also built a Pontiac Solstice shooting brake because wagons rock. Their latest concept is a 3D-printed composite passenger cell that was inspired by turtles and goes beyond today's possibilities. » 3/05/14 3:20pm 3/05/14 3:20pm

What It's Like To Ride In A Car With The Camless Engine Of The Future

As we drive down the road, Christian von Koenigsegg laughs. "A GM engineer said we'd never have an engine without a camshaft a few years ago. We were driving in a car without a camshaft at the time, so he must have been wrong." Welcome to the future. » 2/26/14 12:15pm 2/26/14 12:15pm

The Secret Of Swarovski Crystal Headlights: They're Stupid And Fake

Like many automotive-news outlets, our reporting of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé makes a big deal out of the car's lavish 47-Swarovski crystal headlights. They're much easier than using a bullhorn to yell "I'M RICH!" at everyone, and they help with night driving a bit. Too bad they're not really what they seem. » 2/11/14 4:00pm 2/11/14 4:00pm

Hackers Can Take Over Your Car With This Simple $26 Device

There's been a lot of hype and panic about cars being hacked and terrorist teens on laptops in desert bunkers taking over your Toyota, and up to now it's been mostly all just fodder for your crazy aunt to email you about. Now, however, a first viable general-use car-hacking tool has been developed that's also cheap. » 2/10/14 11:39am 2/10/14 11:39am

Can You Run A Car On What Comes Out Of Your Butt?

Good news, ass-havers! The answer is yes. Even better news is that the vast majority of what's likely to be expelled from your butt has potential to run a car, which is likely the best use for anything that comes out of any butt anywhere. So let's see how this ass-power works. » 1/10/14 3:30pm 1/10/14 3:30pm

The Ten Most Advanced Police Car Technologies

Thanks to these ten new technologies (and ignoring all of your privacy complaints), the authorities can practically have you in handcuffs before you realize you even broke the law. » 12/30/13 11:00am 12/30/13 11:00am

The Fuelshark Won't Save You Gas Because It Runs On Bullshit

You may have heard about the Fuelshark. According to the package, you may have seen it on TV. That same package also says the Fuelshark will save you 10% or more on gas, and all you have to do is plug it into your cigarette lighter. Too bad the Fuel Shark is bullshit. And it's $39.95 worth of bullshit. » 12/10/13 12:10pm 12/10/13 12:10pm