Ford Introduces Cars That Can Recognize and Obey Speed Limit Signs

Before autonomous smart cars hit the roads, we're going to be seeing regular cars upgraded with the smarter technologies that will eventually make self-driving vehicles possible. In the UK Ford is introducing what it calls Intelligent Speed Limiter technology on its new S-MAX that enhances the vehicle's cruise control… » 3/25/15 9:20am 3/25/15 9:20am

Power Wheels Is Making Tiny Porsches Again

There's some great news from Mattel for parents who like to live vicariously through their kids and long ago had to trade their sports car dreams for a practical, spacious minivan. It's been almost a quarter century since Power Wheels offered a Porsche option, but come October kids aged three and older will be able to… » 2/25/15 9:39am 2/25/15 9:39am

Nepal's Fifteen-Hour Jeep Ride From Hell

The Jeep Ride From Hell is a 15 hour journey (if you're lucky) from the Nepalese town of Salleri to Kathmandu. There's a reason why it's a "jeep" and not a bus. That reason is that the "roads" are anything but; we often needed four-wheel drive to cross streams, get out of ruts, and make it through mud. All while… » 1/02/15 10:55am 1/02/15 10:55am

How Ford's Top Interior Designer Puts the Future in the Front Seat

Amko Leenarts is the Director of Interior Design for Ford Motor Company, creating the interior look for Ford's products worldwide. He spoke with Gizmodo about the design influences, technology, and safety considerations that go into future designs, and later today he'll be in Gizmodo's comments section answering your… » 7/30/14 11:05am 7/30/14 11:05am

Segway Trike Manages to Defeat the Whole Purpose of Segway

Designed with the hopes that it would completely transform urban transportation, the Segway was a battery-powered self-balancing two-wheeled scooter that was unfortunately priced way too high to catch on. But the technology behind it was impressive, which is why the company's latest creation, a three-wheeled trike… » 5/21/14 9:14am 5/21/14 9:14am

The Future of Cars Will Be Awesome for Enthusiasts (and Everyone Else)

Hang out with an old-time car enthusiast, and you're bound to hear some serious grousing about the state of modern cars. "Can't fix 'em with a screwdriver like you used to," et cetera, ad nauseum. Perhaps that's true. But that doesn't mean that a world of electric-powered, computer-controlled, self-driving cars will… » 5/06/14 3:20pm 5/06/14 3:20pm

Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:20pm 4/07/14 2:20pm

A Riding Mower That Transforms Into an ATV Is All Work and All Play

Riding mowers and ATVs can cost as much as a decent used car, but expensive or not, they're a must-have accessory if you have to maintain a large piece of property. So a company called Denver Global Products has created the Raven MPV7100S, which combines both into a single vehicle—with added functionality that also… » 4/01/14 5:40pm 4/01/14 5:40pm