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Uber Can Actually Make It Easier For People To Ride Public Transit

Uber’s destruction of the taxi industry is obvious—and NYC cabs are finally fighting back. But how much of a threat is Uber to other modes of transportation? Earlier this week I worried that Uber’s plan to more easily scoop people off city streets might take ridership away from public transit. But a FiveThirtyEight… »8/28/15 2:52pmFriday 2:52pm

If You Want Better Public Transit, You Probably Shouldn't Use Uber

I’m writing this from a train. Without access to a car, I had to make a plan this morning for how to get to an interview: rent a car, ride a bike, take a train and a bus, use an on-demand ride service. I chose the train for a few reasons. But mostly because I believe that choosing public transportation is the best… »8/26/15 4:30pm8/26/15 4:30pm

Software That Learns To Drift Could Teach Autonomous Cars To Drive Like Ken Block

Most researchers developing artificial intelligences are working towards a goal of making robots that can one day adapt to any situation. But researchers at MIT have instead created an AI that can learn to drift an RC car, which means that one day the terminators will drive even better than Ken Block can. »8/17/15 11:26am8/17/15 11:26am

A helicopter closely chases a race car in this truly insane stunt

You see the word insane get thrown around on the Internet a lot. It’s a good word! But few things actually deserve the word insane. This stunt does though. Felix Baumgartner (the dude who jumped from space) pilots a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter that is basically having a movie car chase scene with a race car and… »8/05/15 11:00pm8/05/15 11:00pm

A car and drones spinning around in a circle is a fantastic light show

Here’s a really cool video that’s a little bit trippy and a lot of bit fun. A car and a fleet of quadcopter drones are outfitted with lights and then made to dance and spin and move around while a camera captures them. It’s light painting but with a car and drones as the paintbrush. »7/31/15 4:58pm7/31/15 4:58pm

Video: Crazy semi truck jumps off a ramp and soars into the air

I don’t even think Optimus Prime would dare try and jump off of a dirt ramp. And yet daredevil Gregg Godfrey did with his non-Transformer semi or semi-trailer or big rig or transport or articulate lorry (depending on where you’re from). He set a new record for jumping a semi truck at 166 feet which beat the old mark… »7/27/15 8:20pm7/27/15 8:20pm

Driving Australia's Most Challenging Off-Road Trail

For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn’t even in Australia, it’s in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail… »7/20/15 5:40pm7/20/15 5:40pm

LA Freeway Looks Post-Apocalyptic After Drones Delay Firefighters

Dozens of charred, abandoned cars made for a surreal landscape after a massive wildfire swept across a major Southern California freeway yesterday afternoon. Early this morning officials confirmed that five drones flying over the scene hindered firefighters’ response and caused the fire to jump the freeway. »7/18/15 11:00am7/18/15 11:00am

Toyota's Crash Test Simulators Now Account for Bodies Braced for Impact

An accident can happen in a split second when you’re driving, but studies have shown that half the time the human body is still able to quickly take defensive action before the impact. So Toyota has upgraded its crash test simulation software with improved virtual muscles to take this into account. »6/26/15 10:35am6/26/15 10:35am

Photoshop Contest: Help Google Decorate Its Self-Driving Car

Google has launched another attempt at persuading us that its cute little self-driving cars are not, in fact, out to kill us. This time, it wants the help of Californian artists–who are invited to submit art to be featured on the cars. But we don’t think this wonderful opportunity should be restricted to Californians. »6/25/15 3:30pm6/25/15 3:30pm