Tesla Road Trip

Take a Virtual Road Trip in a Tesla

People who have electric vehicles often scoff at the very idea of range anxiety. Once you drive an EV for a while, you get into a rhythm of charging it. It’s like charging your phone, they say. You plug it in at night out of habit, and you have plenty of juice for the next…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

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…