A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning and Deadly

It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail… » 10/28/14 5:12pm Tuesday 5:12pm

This Lego BMW Isetta is so damn cute

Of Steve Urkel fame, the Isetta has to be one of the most recognizable cars in history. I see them at car shows and though I am floored at the complete lack of safety at that time I still coo at the cuteness of the thing. This is a weird car and this model done by ming1903 captures the odd coolness of the Isetta… » 10/27/14 4:33pm Monday 4:33pm

This awesome roadster should be the new Batmobile

The new Batmobile for Batman v Superman is cool, but I wish we could go back to something lighter, less militaristic, and a lot cooler. The Vapour GT by Swedish design firm Gray Design is the car that I would like for a new Batman TV series that is more smart detective work and less brainless action. » 10/24/14 8:32pm 10/24/14 8:32pm

Ford's Adding Another Self-Driving Feature to Its Cars Next Year

There's a lot of debate over when—and whether—self-driving cars will hit the road. Elon Musk says six years. Volvo says three. However, some of the features of self-driving cars are already in action. And with Ford's announcement that its sedans will sport pedestrian detection technology starting next year, there are… » 10/23/14 4:46pm 10/23/14 4:46pm

How Automakers Use a WWI-Era Camo Technique to Disguise Prototype Cars

In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed. » 10/17/14 11:45am 10/17/14 11:45am

The Ford 24.7 Concept Car Predicted Apps Years Before Smartphones

Take a look at that dashboard: It's clearly presenting the driver with a selection of apps, each with a simple, readable icon. This isn't some 2015 future-mobile, though. It's the Ford 24.7 concept, a design exercise from January 2000—seven years before most folks came to know the concept of "apps." » 10/08/14 3:14pm 10/08/14 3:14pm

An Arizona highway has used the metric system since the 80s

Who doesn't like a math pop quiz when driving down to the Mexican border? If you turn onto Interstate 19, which runs 63 miles (101 kilometers) from Tucson, Arizona, down to Mexico, the road signs suddenly change to metric units. Interstate 19 is a relic from a more optimistic era, when we believed all of the U.S.… » 10/07/14 5:38pm 10/07/14 5:38pm

Insane car crash somehow barely avoids hitting a group of bystanders

The first time I saw this video of a car crash during the Jolly Rally Valle d'Aosta 2014, I thought it was a scene from Final Destination. The second time I saw it, I thought it was some amateur fake. I've watched it multiple times now and I'm still not sure how the out of control, flipping car managed to avoid… » 10/06/14 11:00pm 10/06/14 11:00pm

Forget Driverless Cars, This Tiny Design Tweak Can Make Streets Safer

We write about a lot of high-tech solutions for making roads safer: driverless cars, separated bike lanes, public transit, smarter signaling. Each of these are expensive to develop and difficult to adopt. What if there was a simple, cost-efficient way to guarantee safer streets? There could be: Make all traffic lanes… » 10/06/14 6:16pm 10/06/14 6:16pm

Meet the Man Who Designed Ghostbusters' Most Iconic Props in Two Weeks

If you're spending millions of dollars to make a movie, it seems like it would only make sense to make sure everything is ready for day one of filming, right?. Apparently Hollywood doesn't work that way, because as the designer of Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters reveals in this fun interview, they only started building the… » 9/19/14 12:50pm 9/19/14 12:50pm

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

This New Parking App Can Find Empty Spaces, No Sensors Required

Parking sucks, and that's why there are plenty of apps to help your car find a vacant spot. Trouble is, those solutions tend to require expensive sensors to be installed in each and every one of those potentially open spots. A new app called PocketParker instead leverages the power of passive, portable sensors—the… » 9/16/14 4:15pm 9/16/14 4:15pm

I Worked in a Car That's Longer Than My Studio and Pricier Than a House

I work from home. My home is a small apartment in San Francisco in a building that's been around since 1917, and my "office" is a butt's-width section of a used Ikea sofa I bought off Craigslist a few years back. I recently had the opportunity to spend a workday rolling around town in a brand new Bentley Mulsanne—a… » 9/16/14 3:01pm 9/16/14 3:01pm