Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation: “We Are Reducing Our Investments In Our LGBT Rights Program”

The Ford Foundation was created in 1936 by Henry Ford and his son, Edsel. What began with $25,000 in seed money has since blossomed into a massive, $12.4 billion philanthropic force for good. Today, the Foundation donates more than $500 billion…

Tesla Model S

Video: Letting A Tesla Model S Drive Itself Through NYC Traffic Is Terrifying & Awesome

By now, we’ve all seen plenty of videos about Tesla’s new autopilot feature. Some of those clips appear to show the Model S going off the rails, but in other cases, the real trouble is the human driver, who’s unwilling to…

Google's autonomous car prototype

Weekend Read: Driverless Cars Will Make Suburbs Cool Again (But What About Our Gay Ghettos?)

I’m no city planner, but I know three things about population trends: The “white flight” that created America’s suburban sprawl throughout the 1950s and 1960s has fully reversed itself. In the 1970s and 1980s, young adults began rediscovering the urban neighborhoods…

2015 Tesla Model S
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Tesla Wants You To Stop Doing Dumb Things With Autopilot

We’ve all read the stories and seen the videos. (If not, check the one above.) It’s clear that Tesla’s new “autopilot” feature has a few kinks to work out. What’s also clear is that Tesla owners are asking the autopilot…

auto mechanic

Say Goodbye To Your Mom & Pop Auto Shop: It’s Probably Closing

A survey of small businesses found that indie garages aren’t faring so well, and more than half want to shut their doors for good in the next five years: One-third of owners in the automotive services and repair industry consider…

The OXO electric bike, designed by KiBiSi for Biomega

Would You Give Up Your Car For A Bike? How About An Electric Bike?

Bikes are increasing in popularity, but they have a long, long way to go before they overtake cars for commuting. Designer Jens Skibsted hopes to gives cycling a boost with the OKO, a gorgeous electric bike that he helped create for Biomega. To do that,…

Mommie Dearest

This Halloween, Volvo Wants To Decorate Your Car In The Scariest (And Greenest) Way Possible

If you’re the sort of person who means it when you say, “I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the dirt!”, I suggest you stop reading here and click over to Buzzfeed or Reddit or whatever your favorite source…

Artwork by photographer Freddy Fabris

Photographer Freddy Fabris Uses Garages & Mechanics To Restage Classic Works Of Art

Freddy Fabris is a meticulous photographer, attentive to every minute detail. He’s also a devoted fan of cars and car culture, which provided inspiration for a recent series of images that recreate (and reinvent) famous works of art: Sometimes in life, fate…

Christine, directed by John Carpenter, based on the novel by Stephen King

Today’s Disturbing Read: “Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill”

Yesterday, the MIT Technology Review addressed some of the ethical issues associated with autonomous cars. In the process, it raised some uncomfortable questions, like: “Will self-driving cars be more rational and morally upright than we are?” (Hint: yes, if we can figure out…

Amateur mechanic

Attention Tinkerers & Tuners: Congress Is Trying To Prevent You From Working On Your Car

Jim Webb’s performance in last Tuesday’s presidential debate was terrible. He was unlikable, awkward, and wore a snap-on Lego hairdo. But when Webb bowed out of the race earlier this week, he said one thing that made quite a few heads nod in agreement….