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…

future of fast cars

The Future of Fast Cars

After testing 24 vehicles on the backroads of Oregon, journalists decided which fast car was the best. During the 2017 Run to the Sun event, hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), journalists got to experience the future of fast cars firsthand. Over the course of three days, reporters drove more than 500 miles…

ADAS in a Volvo

Are Cars Too Autonomous, or Not Autonomous Enough?

Way back in 2016, as manufacturers were rolling out the first automatic driver assistance systems (ADAS), everyone was eager to call them autonomous features. Look, everybody! THE FUTURE. Then Tesla‘s system, which was actually and misleadingly called Autopilot, was implicated in a fatal crash when the driver repeatedly ignored the car’s requests for him to put…

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…

HUD in a 2016 Mercedes-Benz

Should I Want a Heads-Up Display?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Heads-up display technology is new, but not cutting-edge and not even particularly high-tech. As of late 2016, though, it’s not in that many cars. Sometimes, when people hear that the car projects information onto the windshield, they wonder if it’ll block your view and make driving more dangerous or distracted.…

How to Use: Blind Spot Monitoring

Blind spot monitoring systems are not the hottest of technologies. A lot of cars have sensors that detect vehicles in your blind spot, that tricky space just off your left rear fender. You wouldn’t think a pickup truck or, in my case one time, a COP CAR could hide there. But they can. The problem…