GM's Marketplace

GM Lets You Shop While You Drive

GM announced that it’s rolling out Marketplace, an in-car shopping platform. You use the touchscreen to order whatever it is you fancy, from 4G LTE data to coffee to hotel rooms. A whole bunch of 2017 and 2018 GM models (that’s Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC) already have embedded 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspots.…

Mercedes-Benz driverless concept interior

Driverless Cars Means Fewer Drunk Drivers

Whenever I ask people about driverless cars and if they’d use the technology, they often take a minute to ponder. Most people land on yes, saying, “I’d be able to go out and drink and take an autonomous Uber home. Cool.” Cool indeed. And a survey by Goodyear Tyres (that’s not a typo; it was…

RoadReady teen driving app

RoadReady Is Such a Relief

One year ago, I wrote a post about teen driving apps. Today, I have an update. There is an app that my son has been using that is very helpful. Bonus: it comes with supplemental information for the parent who will be teaching the teen driver (or reinforcing lessons they learn in driving school). RoadReady…

Torc self-driving test vehicles

What It Takes for a Car to Drive Itself

Manufacturers and their PR people are all, “Self-driving cars will be here tomorrow! Throw away your keys and get ready for naps on the way home from work!” Engineers are like, “Um, please don’t throw away your keys. We’ve got years before the tech is ready.” And regular people are like, “What are you all…

EnLighten traffic signal countdown timer

Signal Timers: Countdown to Instruction

We’ve all been there: approaching the stale green light. How long has it been green? Will it still be green when I get to that intersection? Should I speed up? Slow down? Wait, now it’s yellow, but stopping fast on this wet street might send me skidding. What’s my play, here?  And we’ve all done it:…

Volvo driving school

Relearning to Drive with Volvo

First of all, I love a driving school. I’ve taken on-track, off-road, rally, and autocross lessons as part of my job. But this time, I took lessons in driving at normal speeds in a normal car. It was not normal. Volvo is trying out its Advanced Driving Course as a pilot program during the press…

SafeCap prevents drowsy driving

Using Tech to Stay Awake and Stay Alive

Falling asleep at the wheel, aka drowsy driving, caused 83,000 crashes between 2005 and 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2014 alone, drowsy driving resulted in 846 deaths. And nearly half of all the drivers on the road between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nod off while they’re driving. While we…