smart EQ fortwo

Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

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…

Milo at work

Give Autonomous Vehicles a Try in Texas

The next time you go to a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas, make sure to say hi to your Milo, your adorable new robot overlord. First Transit is deploying two autonomous shuttles to take passengers to Globe Life Park, where the Rangers play, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, from the vast…

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…

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…

2017 Ford Fusion shift knob

Ford’s Return to Park Stops Rollaways

by Kristen Hall-Geisler We’ve all done it: stopped the car (or tried to) while the car was in drive. Or neutral. Or reverse. Anything, really, but the parking gear. Most cars will keep you from breaking the engine or leaving with the car in drive, but Ford is taking it a step further with Return…

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.…