Cell phones may be a bigger problem than U.S. fatality stats suggest

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published official fatality figures for 2016. As we noted at the time though, the agency provided little explanation for why stats improved in some areas (e.g. distracted driving) and worsened in…

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So, I guess LED roadways are going to be a thing?

Every other week, it seems as though someone’s tinkering with our roads. I’m not talking about the bajillion-dollar infrastructure investment promised by our current president, which would fill potholes and shore up crumbling bridges. I’m talking about new materials for…

Waymo has told us a lot about its self-driving cars

Late last week, Waymo issued a report on its self-driving cars. Given the length of time that the company has been testing autonomous vehicles (eight years) on public roads (3.5 million miles) and in labs (2.5 million simulated miles in…

Panorama of Paris, featuring the Pont des Arts (bridge of arts) and just behind, the pont Neuf (new bridge) and the île de la Cité. The institut de France (french institute) stands on the right, at the end of the pont des arts. The towers of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral can also be seen on the far behind. (Photo by Benh LIEU SONG)

Paris will say ‘adieu’ to diesels by 2024, gas models by 2030

In July, French officials announced plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. We were told, however, that fossil-fueled cars and trucks sold before 2040 would still be allowed to roam French roads. That second bit may…

Today’s read: giving self-driving cars the right of way

Despite the hype around self-driving cars, it’s going to be decades before every last human driver gives up her keys. In the meantime, we’re all going to have to share the road. How’s that gonna work? Fast Company has published a…

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Two new campaigns want to convince drivers that self-driving cars are super

People have a problem with self-driving cars. The problem has nothing to do with driving the things, obviously. Nor is it related to buying an autonomous vehicle, as no fully self-driving cars have made it to market yet (though Teslas could…

Traffic fatalities rose again in 2016, but there’s some good news among the bad

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released fatality statistics for 2016. As many had feared, not only did the total number of deaths increase last year, but so did the fatality rate (i.e. the number of deaths per 100…

GM begins transitioning to a life without gas (or diesel)

America’s biggest automaker has seen the future, and it’s free of gas pumps. To be sure, General Motors isn’t putting the brakes on internal combustion engines just yet, but it’s preparing for the day when electrics become the norm. The…

Aston Martin is building a fancy submarine for James Bond wannabes

That headline pretty much says it all. Here’s the story, courtesy of Aston Martin: Aston Martin is proud to announce a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines LLC, the acclaimed manufacturer of state–of-the-art submersibles. Codenamed Project Neptune, the venture enables Aston…

Trump who? California considers banning the sale of gas & diesel vehicles by 2040 (or sooner)

Throughout Europe and Asia, a growing number of countries are gearing up to ban sales of gas and diesel vehicles. They’re doing so to lower emissions, slow global warming, and–let’s face it–spur investment and consumerism on the green energy front….