Torc self-driving test vehicles

Should AAA Add an “A” for Autonomous?

Just because AAA is the oldest automotive organisation in the United States doesn’t mean it can’t get with the times. Thanks to a partnership with self-driving tech company Torc Robotics, it may even get ahead of the times. The two have teamed up to create safety guidelines for autonomous vehicles. Specifically, we’re talking about AAA…

BMW i3 electric vehicle

EVs Aren’t Coming; They’re Here

In the second half of 2017, I did a couple of speaking events for rural electric cooperatives to talk about electric vehicles and their impact on the grid. Each audience had a couple hundred people in it, and they all knew a lot about electric grids. They were smart—and they were skeptical. Were these electric vehicles really…

Mercedes-Benz driverless concept interior

Driverless Cars Means Fewer Drunk Drivers

Whenever I ask people about driverless cars and if they’d use the technology, they often take a minute to ponder. Most people land on yes, saying, “I’d be able to go out and drink and take an autonomous Uber home. Cool.” Cool indeed. And a survey by Goodyear Tyres (that’s not a typo; it was…

Torc self-driving test vehicles

What It Takes for a Car to Drive Itself

Manufacturers and their PR people are all, “Self-driving cars will be here tomorrow! Throw away your keys and get ready for naps on the way home from work!” Engineers are like, “Um, please don’t throw away your keys. We’ve got years before the tech is ready.” And regular people are like, “What are you all…

Fisker Emotion

What About Fisker?

There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after,…

Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell

What Is a Hydrogen Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! To put it really basically, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric car that can be refueled at a hydrogen fuel station rather than recharging using a plug. To be…

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…

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…