What’s up with Audi’s autonomous car?

Audi announced that its 2018 A8 sedan will be autonomous — like, hands-off-the-wheel, watch-a-movie autonomous. Is this for real? Is it safe? Is it legal? Let’s find out. Is the autonomous Audi for real? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Still yes, but. The 2018 Audi A8 will be SAE Level 3 autonomous, which is defined…

Electrified Volvos

Volvo Embracing Electric, And Proving It 

Volvo is walking the talk with its commitment to EVs. As of 2019 all the vehicles they launch will have an electric motor on its own or in addition to an internal combustion engine. “This is a clear commitment towards reducing our carbon footprint as well as contributing to a better air quality in our…

Tesla Model 3

Hurry Up And Wait For Model 3

by Sara Lacey Elon Musk tweeted in the early hours of Monday July 3 that “Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 by Friday.” That means, this Friday. Friday the 7th of July, 2017. This tweet is notable because all of Tesla’s previous models (Roadster,…

MIT Study Reveals Attitudes. About Autonomous Vehicles, That Is

by Sara Lacey An MIT study conducted in April of this year was recently published, and it contains some interesting information regarding consumer attitudes surrounding modern vehicle technology and driving alternatives. The study, titled “Autonomous Vehicles, Trust and Driving Alternatives: A survey of consumer preferences” took the pulse of 2954 respondents and asked what they…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask: What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?

by Sara Lacey Sometimes we go along, acting like we know what a thing is when we secretly are confused about that thing. I’ve been getting some questions about hybrids from secretly confused people lately, so let’s figure it out together. When talking about vehicles, people think a hybrid has more than one type of…

The Boring Company

Elon Musk’s Vision Is Boring

  by Sara Lacey Perhaps you were one of the many people excited about the big news of Tesla’s Solar Roof announced last week. This is great news for individuals looking into powering their homes (and cars) by way of solar energy, and Tesla is even taking preorders from early adopters as we speak. But on…

CXC Race Simulator

Driver’s Education: The Future Is Not Now

by Sara Lacey   My son hopefully asked me the other day, “So, when do you think autonomous vehicles will be a practical reality? Like, in the next year?” He is starting Driver’s Ed this summer, and if all things go according to plan, he will be getting his license next year. To be clear,…

Garmin babyCam night vision

In-Car Infant Monitors, Low-Tech vs. High-Tech

by Sara Lacey   Most car manufacturers take a very low-tech approach to monitoring children in their vehicles. Typically, it involves a curved mirror installed just above the rearview mirror that looks into the back of the vehicle. This actually works fairly well, except when the kids are rear-facing. Unless you’re really great at lining…

BOOK by Cadillac

Finally, A Personal Fleet for Everyone! Almost.

by Sara Lacey I’ve always thought it would be awesome to have a personal fleet of vehicles. On busy days of local errand-running, I’d employ my EV.  Trip skiing or camping? I’d bust out my trusty SUV. Date night with friends would have me calling on my four-door sedan. For most people, myself included, the…