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…

Facebook for used car buying

Find Your Next Used Car on Facebook

If you’re in car buying mode and already spending too much time arguing with your uncle on Facebook, have we got news for you! You can step away from the ugly comments in your feed for a second and go buy a used car. That seems like a great idea. Actually, it’s not a terrible…

Car Sharing with ReachNow

Getting My Bearings with Car Sharing: ReachNow

Last year, ReachNow, the free-floating car sharing service from BMW, came to Portland, Oregon (and Seattle and Brooklyn). The service puts a fleet of BMW and Mini vehicles, including the electric BMW i3. I’ve already given car2go a go, so I figured I’d try out ReachNow. The first difference (besides the cars) is that ReachNow counts…

self-driving Domino's Ford

Pizza Is the New Monkey in (Self-Driving) Space

Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor company are taking a giant leap forward to get you a hot pizza fast. The two companies have partnered to launch a test program to research self-driving vehicles’ roles in the delivery process. There are a few experiences both parties are interested in learning more about. Ford is hoping to…

MyScript handwriting car tech

Is Handwriting Coming to Your Car?

There lots of ways to tell your car what you’re thinking and what you want the car to do. There’s the very basic stuff, like turning the steering wheel or setting the temperature. But car tech can get very complex, like using a voice command to send a text message via Android Auto or entering…

2019 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

Range Rover Plugs In, Goes Electric

In September 2017, Jaguar Land Rover announced that all of its vehicles would be electrified by 2020. It’s taken a big, luxurious step in that direction this week with the announcement of the 2019 Range Rover P400e, a plug-in hybrid SUV. Like all plug-in hybrids, the P400e has a gasoline-powered (or petrol-powered, for you Anglophiles)…