Android Auto Hands-On: An Automotive Life-Saver for Android Users

We human-type beings suck at using our mobile devices while driving and we frequently kill and/or dismember ourselves in an attempt to pull off that stupid stunt. To try to keep Android users alive to buy more Android products, Google today unveiled Android Auto. We just got to play with it a bit, and we liked what we… » 6/25/14 8:02pm 6/25/14 8:02pm

Watch a lightning bolt hit a car while it's driving

Boom. A couple was driving their pickup truck on a fairly empty highway when the weather gods decided that their car would be a great target for a direct lightning bolt strike. According to the couple, after getting hit the car's airbags popped out, the electrical system was destroyed, the car door's locked and black… » 6/06/14 8:20pm 6/06/14 8:20pm

Michigan Is Getting a Fake City for Testing Automated Cars

The center of U.S. car innovation may have shifted toward California lately (*ahem* Google, Tesla), but Michigan carmakers aren't giving up. The University of Michigan is building a test city and highway just for automated cars—a 30-acre facility complete with traffic lights, construction zones, and a "mechanical… » 6/04/14 3:10pm 6/04/14 3:10pm

Trying to cross the street in Vietnam is just crazy

If you don't walk with confidence, you'll never cross the street. One bit of hesitation and you're going to cause a massive scooter crash. You have to treat your body like a car. Or at least a moped. Or at least a helmet. If you don't hit them, they won't hit you. Or something like that. Hopefully. » 5/21/14 11:18pm 5/21/14 11:18pm

Flying tire crashes into a car on the road out of nowhere

Imagine cruising down the freeway, possibly on your way to a weekend away from the city, singing songs with your BFF, making future plans about what to do in August, thinking about what kind of food to grab when SMACK. A flying tire crashes itself into your car barely missing your windshield. » 5/20/14 11:00pm 5/20/14 11:00pm

Teach An Old Car New Tricks, Toothbrushing 2.0, E-Ink Kindles $20 Off

Whether you just want to save on gas money, or actually learn better driving habits, you should take a good, hard look at Automatic. This Bluetooth dongle plugs into your car's OBD-II port (found on almost any car made since 1996) and communicates with your iPhone or Android device phone to track driving habits,… » 4/28/14 1:45pm 4/28/14 1:45pm

This busy street intersection with no traffic lights is just pure chaos

Anarchy. That's what it's like to drive on the streets of Ethiopia. There are no traffic lights, no painted lanes, no rules on who has the right of way, no fear of hitting the car in front of you, and basically no driver has any idea what the other driver is going to do until they do it. It's chaos and probably… » 4/22/14 9:04pm 4/22/14 9:04pm

The Obscure Loophole That Explains Why Thieves Prefer Old, Junky Cars

Who wants to steal crappy old cars better suited for the junkyard than the road? Car thieves with a fine understanding of New York law, of course. While car thefts have gone way down in New York, thefts of junky old cars has gone up—all because a quirk in the state's laws makes it easier to turn junk into profit. » 4/09/14 3:40pm 4/09/14 3:40pm

This Typeface Makes You a More Alert Driver By Distracting You Less

Despite the grim PSAs and massive fines, plenty of us still end up reading our in-dash displays on the road, whether to navigate or change the song. Today, the type design giant Monotype unveiled a typeface designed to help you read faster and more accurately while driving. How? With a few design tweaks. » 4/07/14 1:00pm 4/07/14 1:00pm

A Whole Year of Taxi Rides in New York City Mapped

New York's fleet of iconic yellow taxis are still the city's reliable, non-surge priced transportation backbone. Its 13,500 medallion taxis make 170 million trips a year, every single one of them mapped in this beautiful new visualization from the folks at the MIT Senseable City Lab. The interactive map isn't just… » 3/12/14 2:40pm 3/12/14 2:40pm

Why Do Pedestrians Have to Press ““Beg Buttons” to Cross the Street?

We were all taught how to cross a street: Look both ways. But, in some cities, you'll also have to ask permission by pressing a tiny button and waiting your turn. Those little buttons on walk signals have been nicknamed "beg buttons"—because walkers are pretty much begging to be able to cross. » 2/04/14 11:20am 2/04/14 11:20am