The Absolutely Insane $700 Billion Idea to Fix LA Traffic? Tunnels!

A few weeks ago LA unveiled a sweeping new transportation vision for the city that will swap car-centric planning with more transit, biking, and walking. But a different plan says getting people out of their cars is not the solution. What we really need, are more places for those cars to go. UNDERGROUND. »Tuesday 7:40pm11/24/15 7:40pm


Watch a lightning bolt strike a car (Updated)

Boom. I remember hearing that being inside a car when it gets struck by lightning is a pretty safe place to be (as long as you don’t touch anything). Something about the bolt dissipating into the ground (the rubber tires thing is a myth). I’m not so sure about that now because the force of nature striking down on this… »11/20/15 11:40am11/20/15 11:40am

Video: Giant shredder machine chomps down and swallows cars

Car, meet giant shredder machine. Giant shredder machine, meet car. Oh dammit, you’re going to eat the car. It’s always fun to watch giant shredders tear up and break things but it’s even more fun when they turn something that’s big and really hard to break—like a car—and just go through it like it’s some rag doll toy… »11/05/15 8:00pm11/05/15 8:00pm

Toyota's Cupholder Robot Could Keep You Safe on the Road

How can we make smart robots as popular and widely used as smartphones? Ploppin’ ‘em in your pocket is a good place to start—or your cupholder, in this case. At the Tokyo Motor Show this week, a miniature version of the first talking robot in space was revealed. It can hitch a ride in your car with you, keeping you… »10/29/15 6:40pm10/29/15 6:40pm

Study: Humans Driving Cars Are More Likely to Hurt Other Humans Than Self-Driving Cars

With autonomous vehicle operators now required to report their crashes, we finally have some data to compare robot drivers to human drivers when it comes to road safety. Here’s one good argument for a robot-driving future: Human drivers are more likely to get in crashes that hurt or kill other humans. »10/29/15 4:10pm10/29/15 4:10pm

The Voice-Control System You Use In the Car Is Way More Distracting Than You Think

Many drivers think that it’s safer to use a voice-controlled assistant like Cortana or Siri while driving, instead of directly interacting with my phone. But a pair of new studies about voice-controlled assistants and in-car hands-free systems are still “very distracting, very error prone and very frustrating to use.” »10/22/15 2:00pm10/22/15 2:00pm

Waze Is Missing a Huge Opportunity to Actually Help People Improve Their Commutes

There was a frightening message waiting for many Angelenos last Friday as they fired up Waze for their evening commute. Two freeways were closed—one covered in a mudslide—and for many, the app warned of drive times that were doubled or more. The entire city of LA simultaneously canceled its dinner plans. »10/19/15 8:00pm10/19/15 8:00pm

Video: The red hot burn that is testing F1 brakes

Hot, hot, hot. That’s what happens when something—like say, the wheel of an F1 car—is spinning so impossibly fast and then gets immediately clamped down by the brakes. It glows and pulsates a wonderful orange that looks like molten steel. This footage from Brembo testing their brakes shows how it all happens. »10/15/15 7:20pm10/15/15 7:20pm

Mercedes-Benz Made Uncrashable Toy Cars To Show Off its Safety Tech

No consumer is ever too young to start fostering brand loyalty. So to help promote the anti-collision technology in its vehicles, and to seed the next-generation of owners, Mercedes-Benz created a couple of nifty toy cars that were impossible for kids to crash into each other. »10/13/15 9:32am10/13/15 9:32am

Infographic: The evolution of the Batmobile

What’s your favorite Batmobile? They all have their own charm, don’t they? The Tumbler was brute force bicep flexing whilst kissing bad ass. The 60’s Batmobile was fanciful and fun and totally goofy but cool in all the right ways. But my favorite is probably the Batmobile from the Tim Burton movies. It’s slick and… »10/07/15 8:50pm10/07/15 8:50pm