While we all wait on those elusive flying cars, automakers are busy trying to deliver self-driving cars. Fully autonomous cars aren’t here just yet, but features like Tesla’s Autopilot are the first steps. Tesla just took another step forward to that autonomous future with the addition of Navigate to its Autopilot technology. The existing version […]
There’s a debate raging over at the Car Talk Communities about advanced safety technology and teen drivers. “I’ve noticed your partiality to all the new safety features available on today’s cars – automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and rear cross traffic alert, amongst others,” writes Michael Britten. With his own teen grandchildren about […]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to approve smart headlights for the U.S. in use worldwide for over a decade. Here’s why it matters to everyday drivers.
Our cars come with an ever-increasing number of new technologies designed to keep us safe. Even on the most inexpensive cars in the most basic trims, there are features that were once reserved only for luxury vehicles as expensive options. The trickle-down of this technology to the broader car market is a good thing, but […]
Even if the extent of your automotive technical knowledge begins and ends with prime time television commercials, you probably understand that the most engine wear takes place when you start your car. Now that we’ve arrived at a point when most new cars have auto-stop/start technology which increases the number of starts in an average […]
Today’s cars come in every possible color. You can get them in bright oranges and reds, mild-mannered blues, or good old black, which once was the only choice. Enjoy all that color while you can because autonomous cars have trouble with some colors. The best color choice is white, so it could be a boring […]
Flying cars are the stuff of sci-fi movies not reality, or are they? Terrafugia is a Massachusetts-based company working on building flying cars and it recently secured permission to begin testing them at an airport in Nashua, New Hampshire. Terrafugia is leasing hangar space at the airport and expects it to be adequate to manage […]
My friend Sajeev Mehta writes for The Truth About Cars. One of his readers has a problem with his usage of “engine” vs. “motor” in his writing. Is he correct?
From about 1950 to 1995, automobiles largely operated the same way. Yes, the occasional pushbutton gear selector or thumbwheel radio volume knob came along (usually in a Chrysler product, by the way), but for the most part, window cranks, radio tuning knobs, gear shift levers and window defrosters all worked exactly the same, no matter […]