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Guy Decides to Test Tesla's Autopilot Emergency Braking on His Wife Guy Decides to Test Tesla's Autopilot Emergency Braking on His Wife

I’m by no means saying I’m the best husband at all, or that I have any reasonable advice to anyone regarding marriage. But, if I was forced to give one bit of marriage advice, I think I could feel confident in saying that, whenever possible, a happy marriage includes the idea of not driving your car right at your…

Recent Boeing 737 MAX Crashes May Be the Result of a Single Faulty Sensor Recent Boeing 737 MAX Crashes May Be the Result of a Single Faulty Sensor

Last week, Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were grounded all over the world following two highly-publicized crashes, one an Ethiopian Airlines flight on March 10 that killed all 157 people aboard, and an earlier Lion Air crash from late October that killed all 189 passengers and crew. An in-depth story from The Seattle Times…

Fisker's Electric SUV Has a Gigantic Jaw Fisker's Electric SUV Has a Gigantic Jaw

Most non-car people are familiar with Fisker because of the striking-looking-if-flawed Fisker Karma, though the man has designed some other well-known and remarkable cars like the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Fisker announced a plan Monday morning to introduce a mass-market SUV priced around $40,000 and with a…

You Can Relax Because I Now Think I've Identified the Car From This 13-Year-Old Wii Game You Can Relax Because I Now Think I've Identified the Car From This 13-Year-Old Wii Game

I have a bunch of old videogame consoles at my house: old Ataris, an Odyssey 2, a Bally Astrocade, a Vectrex, Virtual Boy, and so on. Less old but still old-ish is a Wii in the mix there, and my kid likes to play on all of these. This morning, he was playing a game on the Wii that involved driving a car. I saw it, and…

Would You Rather: Boyardee or Social Pariah Edition Would You Rather: Boyardee or Social Pariah Edition

Feel something exciting in the air? Does there seem to be a general sense of energy all around you? Perhaps a slight tingling in your armpits or groin? If so, don’t worry! It’s because it’s finally time again for automotive Would You Rather, and your body knows you need this. So pour some 10W-40 in your ears and lube…

A Car You've Never Heard of: The Triver Rana 500 A Car You've Never Heard of: The Triver Rana 500

As I believe I’ve made quite clear, I have a nearly debilitating soft spot for strange, forgotten, usually rear-engined little microcars. Desperate, cheap little things that I love even more if they look like they’ve been forced into reality from a cartoon drawn by a child. This time, I found out about one that fits…

There, I Fixed the Tesla Model Y for You There, I Fixed the Tesla Model Y for You

Tesla revealed its hopefully future biggest-selling car to the world last night, the Model Y. It’s notable in that it’s not really so notable— for Tesla, it’s a pretty straightforward design, in that there’s no crazy falcon/hawk/dragon doors or anything radical like that. The basic design, though, has a pretty…

You did it! YOU! You made it through another entire work week, and I can’t express how proud we all are of you here. You’re the chili in our chiliburgers, the odd liquid in the center of our Chewels, the cheese in the middle of our cheese-injected hot dogs. Please accept this 1964 Glas 1500 as a token of our esteem.

Watch a Semi Truck Get Knocked Over by Wind Because Nature Is Sick of Our Shit Watch a Semi Truck Get Knocked Over by Wind Because Nature Is Sick of Our Shit

That “bomb cyclone” that smacked into the middle of our country has a name that evokes goofy fun carnival rides, but is, quite defiantly, no joke. A good example of how un-jocular this thing is happened yesterday in Amarillo, Texas, when 75 MPH winds shoved this semi truck over like it was a big toy.

What It's Like to Drive a Car With a Transmission Half Made Out of Paper

I know that headline sounds like some insane click-bait horseshit, but in this case, it’s actually pretty true. In this end-of-season Jason Drives episode, I have the incredible pleasure of struggling to drive a 1913 Metz, and, yes, of the two major components in its incredibly simple transmission, one is mostly made…

These Renders of Rivian's Modular Truck Make a Great Argument for Modularity

You may remember that last month I pointed out that electric truck-building startup Rivian had a couple of patents that were very much in line with similar ideas I’d been thinking and writing about. Now, someone at the site RivianForums has taken some time to mock up what these modular rear pods would look like on the…

I don’t think I realized that Ford re-used the Maverick name in Europe on this re-badged Nissan Terrano II. The first one of my friends in high school to get his driver’s license was given an early ‘70s vomit-green four-door (U.S.-market) Maverick. This is a very different sort of car from that Maverick template…

This Is What Cars Built for Centaurs Would Be Like This Is What Cars Built for Centaurs Would Be Like

The world is a complicated place, and our lives are rich and complex as well. This means that it’s easy to get caught up in the involved business of living, with work and relationships and processing the outside world’s madness. The result is that far too often we find ourselves without the opportunity to tackle the…

Low Tunnel Causes Natural Gas-Powered Bus to Explode in Stockholm

We’ve all enjoyed a good schadenfreude-chuckle at tall trucks get their roofs sardine-canned by low bridges like the famous 11 foot 8 bridge. Occasionally, though, the consequences of a low bridge on a tall vehicle can be a lot more dramatic, as this natural gas-powered bus in Stockholm proved a few days ago.

This Rarely-Seen 1960s Volkswagen Concept Was One of the Best Cars at Amelia Island This Rarely-Seen 1960s Volkswagen Concept Was One of the Best Cars at Amelia Island

I just got back from the very fancy Amelia Island Concours, which was crammed full of fancy people and fancy cars. This year, though, there was a decidedly less fancy component: For the first time, a separate class of coachbuilt Volkswagens was featured. While pretty much everything in that class was remarkable (and…

Here's Some Proof That You're Wrong for All You Fools That Think Colored Tires Aren't a Great Idea  Here's Some Proof That You're Wrong for All You Fools That Think Colored Tires Aren't a Great Idea 

I’ve been pushing for colored tires since at least 2016. In these modern times of ham radios and soups that eat like meals and candy bars with cookie crunches, it seems insane we’re still stuck under the brutal, dark tyranny of black-only tires. If there’s anyone who disagrees with me, I submit the above photo as…

Toyota Is Planning to Get Into the Space-Car Business  Toyota Is Planning to Get Into the Space-Car Business 

Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced an agreement Tuesday to “consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration,” which, as far as agreements go, seems pretty soft. Hell, I’ll “consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration” right…

This Ford LTD II just showed up at your house. These two get out, and posed there, just like that, staring at you. “Hey, you!” they say, grinning. What do you think happens next? Consider this your important morning thought-experiment.

There's Something Very Weird Going on With Cars' GPS Systems at the Geneva Motor Show There's Something Very Weird Going on With Cars' GPS Systems at the Geneva Motor Show

As you may know, the Geneva Motor Show public days are this week, and while we’ve been covering a number of interesting concepts and cars at the show, there’s also something happening there that no one can really explain. For some reason, many of the cars are showing their location as being in Buckingham, England, and…

Volkswagen Could Have the Best Electric Lineup—and It's All Thanks to Dieselgate Volkswagen Could Have the Best Electric Lineup—and It's All Thanks to Dieselgate

You may recall the other day we told you about a new Volkswagen concept electric dune buggy, one heavily inspired by old dune buggies like the Meyers Manx. It’s now being reported that VW execs are seriously considering putting the ID Buggy into production, or at the very least selling its MEB platform so other…

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