Put My Driver’s License on My Phone. Now.

The people who brought 5 million of us TSA PreCheck, MorphoTrust USA, are working to bring us an app that can securely store a mobile driver’s license, or mDL. This cannot happen fast enough for me. And apparently I’m not alone. MorphoTrust paired up with Radius Global Market Research to find out how badly we…

smart EQ fortwo

Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

VW I.D. Buzz Concept

VW Generates Buzz with New Electric Van

Volkswagen is putting the electric van in EV with its plans to produce the I.D. Buzz concept vehicle. In January, VW showed a cute little electric van, a modern take on its old standby of a bus. This month, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, the company announced that it would make that…

Mazda race car

Forecasting the Future with Mazda

Mazda recently announced its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” plan, which sounds like it was named by a guy in a tie and my preschool nephew while they were locked in room together. Regardless! It’s an interesting plan, so let’s take a look at what it means for normal people who just want to buy and drive…

2018 Volvo XC60 with Eclipse Viewer

Watch the Eclipse through Your Volvo Moonroof

BREAKING NEWS! SUPER TIMELY! [cue the old-timey doot dooot doot doot dooooot newsreel sounds] If you live in the path of Monday’s solar eclipse and you have a 2018 Volvo XC60 with a moonroof, run don’t walk to your nearest Volvo dealer. The manufacturer is providing eclipse-safe viewing shields so you can sit right under that astronomical…

Lyft, maybe in Austin, TX

Without Uber and Lyft, More People Own Cars

For a little while, Uber and Lyft operated as happily in Austin, Texas, as they did anywhere else, with their own driver background checks in place. But voters wanted more — they wanted drivers to be fingerprinted. The ride hailing companies balked, and a measure was put on the ballot to let them keep their…

Milo at work

Give Autonomous Vehicles a Try in Texas

The next time you go to a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas, make sure to say hi to your Milo, your adorable new robot overlord. First Transit is deploying two autonomous shuttles to take passengers to Globe Life Park, where the Rangers play, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, from the vast…