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Sick of Long Commutes? These Cities Have the Worst Traffic

No matter how you do it—by car, rail, or foot—commuting can be a hassle. More>>

These 20 Cities are Home to the Fastest Drivers

It's common knowledge that many drivers are liberal with speed limits once they hit the road. More>>

Lime splashes $3M on a campaign to encourage safer electric-scooter rides

Keen to boost its image and keep local communities onside, scootersharing outfit Lime is spending $3 million on a campaign to teach its users how to ride more safely and responsibly. More>>

GM is getting into ebikes and it wants you to help name them

General Motors has just unveiled its first-ever electric bikes and has launched a $10,000 public contest to help name them. Tip: It's probably not worth suggesting "Bikey McBikeface." More>>

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tennis ball bots, eco-straws, smart swear jars

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk! More>>

2019 BMW 3 Series doubles down on tech with voice assistant, digital key

The 2019 BMW 3 Series represents the seventh generation of BMW's bread-and-butter luxury sedan. Where previous generations emphasized the driving experience, the 2019 3 Series focuses more on tech than ever before. More>>

Drivers expect more than semi-autonomous cars can deliver on real-world roads

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars... More>>

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan aims to offer sharper handling, better tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan gets the same upgrades as the recently-introduced Corolla hatchback, including a firmer foundation, new engine, and more tech features. Will that be enough to keep the long-lived Corolla... More>>

The most reliable cars of 2018

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available. More>>

Winterize your car with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits. More>>

The most fuel-efficient cars of 2018

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup... More>>

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design. More>>

Study suggests autonomous cars could become red light districts on wheels

Fully autonomous cars can change the way we commute, but they can also have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry. Two researchers published a study that outlines how self-driving technology could create a new... More>>

How to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units. More>>

Ford teams up with Walmart to study consumer response to autonomous delivery

Last week it was Ford and VW, and this week Ford and Walmart are signaling a desire to work together on autonomous vehicles solutions. Ford and the giant retailer will study consumer reactions to self-driving delivery... More>>

Lime’s first carsharing service motors into Seattle this week

Lime may be better known for its app-based bike and scooter rental services, but in Seattle, Washington this week it's launching its very first carsharing service, similar to Car2go and Zipcar. More>>

Car parts maker ZF is using drones to deliver components to its factories

ZF recently became the first entity in Germany to receive approval to use drones to deliver spare parts, and the company now uses them to deliver parts from its central warehouses to its workshops. More>>

The DBX SUV will go where no Aston Martin has gone before

When it launches in 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will be the British automaker's first SUV. In the meantime, camouflaged DBX prototypes will undergo strenuous testing around the world. More>>

Google Maps is testing crash and speed trap reports in Navigation

Google Maps is testing a feature that lets drivers report crashes and speed traps so the app can plan efficient routes for others in the area, or warn of upcoming hazards. Waze, which Google owns, already offers such a... More>>

Tesla appoints Robyn Denholm as chairwoman, Elon Musk steps down

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk agreed to step down from his role as chairman as part of a settlement deal with the SEC. Tesla has named a 55-year old Australian businesswoman named Robyn Denholm as his successor. More>>

Tesla raises prices and simplifies options on Model S and Model X

Tesla is making changes to its offerings of the Model S and Model X. The lower-range 75D models will increase in price, while the higher-range 100D models will decrease in price. More>>

Tesla brings track mode to Model 3 Performance

The new Track Mode introduced for the Tesla 3 Performance model adds stability to the drive while you're behind the wheel and is specifically designed for driving on closed track courses. More>>

Camaro vs. Mustang: Differences and similarities between two premier pony cars

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang are two of America's favorite sports cars. In this comparison piece, we highlight the main differences between the two machines when it comes to their design and performance, among... More>>

Waymo will launch its commercial autonomous ridesharing service in December

Waymo will launch a commercial ridesharing service using self-driving cars in December, according to a new report. As previously discussed by Waymo, the service will operate in specific areas around Phoenix, Arizona. More>>

Quick! Someone petition Ferrari to make this luscious tribute to the F40

Ferrari looks toward the future as it designs hypercars like the LaFerrari. Designer Samir Sadikhov turned his eye toward the past to create a modern interpretation of the 1987 F40 without venturing into full retro territory. More>>

VW will use Siri as the designated driver for its connected car party

Volkswagen of America added Apple's Siri to help drivers control and interact with their cars. Owners can customize voice commands to tell Siri to change access settings such as interior climate, vehicle lock status, and... More>>

Lyft’s new rewards program promises ride discounts and comfier cars

If you're always hopping in and out of a Lyft car, then you'll be pleased to hear that the ridesharing service is about to launch a rewards program. Perks include discounts on future trips and upgrades to comfier cars. More>>

DT Daily: John Oates, custom cars, and DT’s latest show

Episode 2 of Digital Trend's latest show, Behind the Wheel. features John Oates, Tim Walbridge, and a Porsche GT3RS, as the two take to the streets to discuss cars. Oates also discusses his custom Porsche 356 on today's... More>>

Bright idea: this motorcycle jacket has built-in lights that sync with your bike

Motorbike leathers are there to protect riders from injury, but they can make bikers difficult to see in the dark. A stylish new LED-equipped leather jacket hopes to change all that. More>>

Behind the Wheel episode 3: Tim Walbridge’s ’65 Volkswagen Bug named Rusty

This Volkswagen Beetle may still look like a barn find, but it's actually an award-winning restoration project. The paint, or lack thereof, will continue to patina, but under the hood and inside, it's a reliable daily driver. More>>

Spare Your Wallet: 3 Tips for Getting Seriously Cheap Auto Repair

It costs an average of just over $700 a month to own a vehicle. If you’re a car owner, we know that you’re always looking for the best gas prices, the most affordable car washes, and other ways to save money. ... More>>

Ford buys scooter-sharing service Spin as it looks to expand beyond cars

Ford has acquired San Francisco-based scooter-sharing company Spin. The Blue Oval believes mobility services like scooter sharing can complement its existing car business going forward. More>>

Drunk Driving Capitals of the U.S.

Drunk driving has, overall, subsided as a national habit. More>>

These 10 States are in Dire Need of Road Repair

The least we can expect from our roads is functionality. More>>

Car Theft Capitals of the U.S.

Check your pockets—do you have your keys on you? More>>

The 10 Most Stolen Cars in America

With the national car theft rate at a near-fifty-year low, car owners may not always take theft statistics into account when choosing a new or pre-owned vehicle. More>>

This hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Silverado looks like it’s straight out of Halo

General Motors' defense division has released video footage of a rugged, Halo-like truck called Silverado ZH2. The pickup is powered by the next evolution of GM's hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain. More>>

The best trucks of 2018

Pickup trucks have evolved to meet the demands of a shifting marketplace. They now have to compete with cars and crossovers, as well as other trucks. Here are the best trucks currently on the market. More>>

Honda HR-V vs. Honda CR-V: The differences explained

The Honda HR-V and CR-V may overlap in some regard, but they're not the same vehicle. In this comparison, we highlight the design, technology, performance, and fuel economy unique to each ride. More>>

Porsche knows not to mess with the 911, but also knows how to weave in progress

We're getting our first look at the next-generation Porsche 911. Called 992 internally, the model will get evolutionary styling upgrades and bigger changes under the sheet metal. We expect it will make its debut at the... More>>

Uber wants to restart self-driving car tests in Pennsylvania

Uber is seeking to resume testing self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following a fatal crash in Arizona that shut down on-road testing for months. Uber claims to have made safety improvements. More>>

Behind the Wheel episode 2: Musician John Oates drives the Porsche GT3RS

On this episode of Behind the Wheel, Tim Wallbridge is joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates. Taking a day off while touring, he jumps at the chance to drive the 2016 Porsche GT3RS. More>>

Austria gives electric car drivers a Go-Faster card, raising the speed limit by 30 percent

An Austrian speed limit policy amendment lets all-electric vehicles travel faster than non-EVs under certain conditions. Home to the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV production facility, Austria hopes to encourage more people to... More>>

Behind the Wheel episode 1: Martell Webster’s Tesla Model X

The most advanced SUV on the planet gets pushed to its limits in this episode of Behind the Wheel. Former NBA player Martell Webster joins Tim Wallbridge in testing the tech inside his Tesla Model X. More>>

Behind the Wheel episode 4: Ex-NBA star Martell Webster’s Ferrari 458 Spider

Former NBA player Martell Webster loves his Ferrari's 458 Spider. It's not his daily driver, but in this episode of Behind the Wheel, he tells us why he always dreamed of owning this ride. More>>

Behind the Wheel episode 5: Brit rocker takes a spin in a ’48 Ford convertible

British rock star Luke Spiller of The Struts took a break from touring while in Portland, Oregon. and jumped into Tim Walllbridge's '48 Ford Convertible for a spin around town -- and the stories started flowing. More>>

Audi gets animated with a cartoon concept car for ‘Spies in Disguise’

Audi went to the drawing board and mocked up a futuristic car that you might never be able to buy but you'll definitely be able to see in theaters. The car will star in the animated film 'Spies in Disguise.' More>>

World’s first drone-equipped motorcycle features a special space for the Spark

If your sidecar is missing a drone or your drone a sidecar, then check out how the two machines have been brought together in this unique design from Ural Motorcycles. Only 40 have been made, though that may turn out to be... More>>

Elon Musk shows off Boring Company‘s ‘disturbingly long’ tunnel under Los Angeles

Elon Musk has tweeted a trance-inducing video showing a ride through the Boring Company's test tunnel that's set to be officially unveiled in December, 2018. Musk described the two-mile tunnel as "disturbingly long." More>>

Dine and dash(board): Make a Yelp reservation from your car’s control panel

Already in the car, but can't decide where to eat? Yelp Reservations can now be added to some dashboard touchscreens. Yelp Reservations searches for restaurants within 25 miles of the vehicle's location. More>>

Porsche 911 GT2 RS retakes Nürburgring lap record, with an asterisk

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has reclaimed its Nürburgring lap record, but that isn't the whole story. Porsche turned to Manthey-Racing to produce a specially modified version of the car for its latest record attempt. More>>

Waymo receives first-ever permit to test fully driverless cars in California

Waymo has been given the green light by California to test fully driverless vehicles on the state's public roads. The permit is the first of its kind to be granted to an autonomous-car company in the Golden State. More>>

Tesla Summon turns vehicles into giant RC cars

Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce a new Tesla feature: Summon. It will allow Tesla owners to have their car come to them or control it like a big RC car. The feature should arrive in about six weeks. More>>

Muji and Sensible 4 collaborate on ‘friendly’ autonomous shuttle bus design

Design brand Muji and autonomous driving company Sensible 4 have combined forces to design the world's first autonomous shuttle bus for all weather conditions. The Gacha shuttle will be unveiled to the public in Finland... More>>

GM’s luxury brand hits the pause button on Book by Cadillac subscription service

Referring to its subscription service as a pilot program, a Cadillac spokesperson confirmed that Book by Cadillac will cease December 1. Promising a comeback after making "adjustments," Cadillac said it gained insights... More>>

Waze’s new Audio Player aims to make your commute more bearable

Waze is launching a new Audio Player as part of its navigation app, offering easy access to streaming services that include Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR One, and TuneIn, as well as Spotify, which is already integrated. More>>

With benefits — and risks – software updates are coming to the car

Automatic over-the-air updates have been happening for years on laptops, phones, even TVs. They remain rare in the automotive industry, partly because companies are afraid of opening the door to hackers, but they're slowly... More>>

From the road to your wrist, see how Android has evolved over the past 10 years

Android started out as just a mobile operating system, but 10 years in it's pretty much everywhere. Check out our round-up of all the different Android variations that have cropped up so far, and what might be coming in... More>>

Uber now offers a $15 monthly plan for access to cheaper fares

Uber riders in five cities across the U.S. can now pay a monthly fee of $15 ($25 in Los Angeles) for access to cheaper fares. Called Ride Pass, the subscription service is available for UberX and UberPool. More>>

Figuring out How Much Car You Can Afford (and the Cost of Overestimating)

Easy transportation continues to be a necessity for most of us. About 9% of U.S. households have no vehicle at all, although some adults choose to forgo a car and use public transportation. But if you're in the market to purchase a car, you'll need to figure out how much you can afford.

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Newly Licensed Teen Drivers are Eight Times More Likely to Have a Potential Collision

Parents do their best to protect their kids and keep them safe through every stage in life—but when it comes to driving, it gets more complicated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), teens are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash or near collision in the first three months of becoming licensed than during the previous three months, when they drove under supervision with a learner's permit.  How can parents protect their kids behind the wheel.

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Top 20 Cities with the Worst Drivers

Is your city known for bad driving?

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Help Wanted: These Occupations Boast the Worst Drivers

Your line of work doesn’t wholly define you. But it might give insurance companies an idea of how well you drive. More>>

Lime gearing up to add cars to its fleet of bikes and scooters

It's already operating bike and scootersharing schemes in multiple cities around the world, and now Lime is gearing up to add electric cars to its range of transportation options. More>>

Tesla’s lane-change feature goes live in North America

Tesla's 'Navigate on Autopilot' feature, which goes live tonight, will assist drivers by guiding the car from the on-ramp to the off-ramp of a highway, including making suggestions for lane changes and navigating highway... More>>

Yikes! These cars shouldn’t bother dressing up for Halloween

The first thing you notice about a car is its design, not its horsepower output or its infotainment system. There's no widely accepted definition of what makes a car beautiful or ugly, but some designs offend more eyes... More>>

What car wouldn’t be better with this 1,000-horsepower ‘Hellephant’ engine?

The "Hellephant" is a 1,000-horsepower Hemi V8 "crate engine" that can be dropped into any pre-1976 car. It references one of the greatest muscle car engines in history, but incorporates modern tech from Dodge's Hellcat... More>>

Chevy Bolt vs. Volt

The Chevy Bolt and Volt overlap in multiple ways, but they're two completely different cars. Here, we pitted the two vehicles against each other in multiple categories, including design, tech, and performance. More>>

Honda turned its Ridgeline truck into a larger-than-life ATV

The Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept is a Ridgeline pickup truck with the body stripped off to create the feel of an oversized side-by-side ATV. It's exactly the kind of craziness you get from the annual SEMA show. More>>

Ford’s GT supercar goes on a carbon fiber diet to keep its performance edge

The 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series is the latest iteration of Ford's race-proven supercar. Ford claims the Carbon Series sheds unnecessary weight without sacrificing creature comforts. More>>

Electriq-Global wants to power cars with zero-emission, water-based fuel

Australian-Israeli startup Electriq-Global claims to have developed a water-based fuel that offers zero emissions, with greater range than batteries or fuel cells, and at a lower cost to boot. More>>

Volkswagen and Mobileye plan autonomous ridesharing service for Israel

Volkswagen and Mobileye plan to launching a ridesharing service in Israel using autonomous electric cars. Development work will begin in 2019, with full-scale commercialization in 2022, according to the partners. More>>

Elon Musk hails ‘incredibly historic quarter’ as Tesla announces profits

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk kept his promise of steering the company into profitability during the second half of 2018. Tesla posted a net income of $311 million for the third quarter. More>>

This 2019 Ford Edge ST camera car is ready to capture all the action

A 2019 Ford Edge ST was transformed into a camera car for Hollywood films by specialist firm Pursuit Systems. The matte-black crossover sports a roof-mounted rig that can house a remote-control camera. More>>

Chevrolet mulling over a hybrid Camaro with 1960s performance, 21st-century tech

Chevrolet has started polling Camaro owners to get their feedback on two gasoline-electric hybrid variants of the muscle car. One would use the turbo four, while the second would rely on the V8. More>>

Ford’s self-driving cars hit the streets of the nation’s capital

Ford is deploying self-driving cars in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate their capabilities to lawmakers and ordinary citizens alike. The automaker plans to launch a production autonomous car in 2021. More>>

Jaguar Land Rover finally gives cars support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

The 2019 line of vehicles from Jaguar and Land Rover will finally offer support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in-car smartphone mirroring systems from Google and Apple, as part of the optional Smartphone Pack. More>>

Transdev ordered to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has intervened and shut down operations of Transdev's autonomous school bus project in Florida, calling the project "unlawful." More>>

Zero Motorcycle’s latest electric bikes boast more power, longer range

Zero Motorcycles has a new line of electric bikes for 2019 that boast a significant improvement in horsepower, new top speeds and extended range. The new specs make them comparable with some engine competition bikes. More>>

Volkswagen’s next-generation lights will keep you safer, look good doing it

Volkswagen's new smart LED headlights, called IQ.Light, don't just light up the road in front of you to keep you, other drivers, and pedestrians safe. They also look dang good while doing it. More>>

Quicker, sharper, and meaner: Audi rejuvenates the R8 for 2019

Audi has updated the coupe and convertible variants of its range-topping R8 sports car for the 2019 model year. Quicker and sharper-looking than before, the updated R8 will go on sale in 2019. More>>

Advanced driver assistance tech can more than double your repair costs

Advanced driver assistance systems in new cars can multiply collision repair costs, AAA reports. Replacing cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors, and other collision detection equipment from minor accidents can be... More>>

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster. More>>

How VW plans to leave its dirty diesel past behind with its own EV charging network

We sat down with VW of America’s CEO, Hinrich J. Woebcken, who explains how the company plans to support its new line of electric vehicles with a factory-backed charging network in collaboration with start-up Electrify... More>>

Wirelessly charging an EV in 15 minutes sounds crazy, but it’s getting closer

Researchers at the Department of Energy want you to be able to wirelessly charge your electric vehicle in just 15 minutes. And they've recently passed a major milestone on the journey to that goal. More>>

This glow-in-the-dark, scorpion-skinned Fiat 500 Abarth helps fight cancer

Fiat's Abarth division has teamed up with a Dutch artist to create a one-of-a-kind 500 painted with pieces of scorpion skin. Rest assured that no scorpions were harmed to create this hot hatch; a scorpion molts 16 times in... More>>

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine technology?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the... More>>

Terrafugia Transition flying car will finally go on sale in 2019

The Terrafugia Transition flying car will go on sale next year, roughly a decade after the first prototype rolled out of its hangar. Terrafugia promises improvements, including a hybrid powertrain, to make up for the long... More>>

Google Maps is now a lot more useful for electric-vehicle owners

Google Maps now lets electric-car owners find the nearest charging station with ease. It's also added data on the number and types of ports available, charging speeds, and notes on the business where the station is located. More>>

Tesla drops Full Self-Driving option from online configurator to spare ‘confusion’

Tesla no longer offers a Full Self-Driving (FSD) option for Models S, X, and 3 in the company's online configuration tool. CEO Elon Musk said the FSD option caused confusion. Its software validation and regulatory approval... More>>

Mustang-like and electrified. What did Ford just show a preview of?

Ford briefly flashed an enigmatic new model in a minute-long commercial starring Bryan Cranston. Its front end borrows styling cues from the 2019 Mustang but it doesn't have a grille and its emblem is back-lit. More>>

Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second electric car will fill a new niche

Porsche surprised us at the Geneva Auto Show with an electric station wagon named Mission E Cross Turismo. Though it's a concept car, it could become a production model after the Mission E sedan arrives in showrooms. More>>

Get twice the juice with Nomad’s Tesla Model 3 wireless charger

Nomad's wireless charger for the Tesla Model 3 fits the EV's charging dock exactly. If you plug both of the Nomad's into the Model 3's two front USB ports you can charge two smartphones quickly or one phone twice as fast. More>>

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of... More>>

Volvo plans to face the future without sacrificing its identity

Volvo is embarking on an ambitious push to fill its lineup with electric and hybrid cars, as well as an infotainment partnership with Google. Volvo Americas CEO Anders Gustafsson explains how the Swedish automaker plans to... More>>

The snake escapes: Ford’s 700-hp Mustang GT500 slithers online ahead of schedule

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return in 2019 with over 700 horsepower, Ford confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The GT500 will be the most powerful Ford production car ever. More>>

Race car or daily driver? Choose either with the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche has expanded the Panamera lineup with a midrange, GTS-badged model. Part race car and part daily driver, it's the variant we've been waiting for since the current-generation Panamera arrived in 2017. More>>

Arizona-Intel partnership aims to advance self-driving tech, safety standards

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM), partnering government, academic, and private organizations to develop self-driving tech and safety standards. Intel is the first... More>>

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips. More>>

At 503 mph, Turbinator II is the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle

The Turbinator II is a four-wheel drive streamliner powered by a 5,000-horsepower helicopter engine, and it just achieved 503.332 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's an unofficial record for a wheel-driven car. More>>

The best used car websites of 2018

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled... More>>

The best GPS for your car

Love hitting the open road but hate having to rely solely on your phone for getting around? Thankfully, the best in-car GPS systems will allow you to navigate and capitalize on a range of features sans your cellular... More>>

Ford imagines a future without traffic lights or stop signs

Ford is using vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) tech to allow cars to pass through intersections without stopping. The experimental "Intersection Priority Management" system basically acts as air traffic control for... More>>

Waze takes its carpooling service nationwide for dirt cheap rides

Following a tentative rollout over the last two years, Waze is now expanding its carpooling service to all 50 states, offering drivers a chance to fill their spare seats with riders heading in the same direction. More>>

Vanderhall Carmel adds creature comforts to the basic three-wheeler formula

The Vanderhall Carmel is the fifth three-wheeler from Utah-based Vanderhall Motor Works. It takes the basic design of the Vanderhall Venice and adds a handful of creature comforts, as well as a more powerful engine. More>>

From salt flats to sand dunes, adventuring off-grid in Audi’s electric E-Tron

Digital Trends traveled to the Namibian desert to get an early taste of the all-electric 2019 Audi e-tron. We drove prototypes on a variety of terrains, including dunes and a salt pan. More>>

How General Motors is preparing for an electric, autonomous, connected future

How does an established automaker like General Motors adapt to new tech trends? By looking for people and solutions outside the mainstream, says Ken Kelzer, GM VP of global vehicle components and subsystems. More>>

How to change your windshield wipers

If you can't see out of the front of your car, it's time for a new set of wiper blades. Thankfully, changing your car's windshield wipers is quick and painless if you know what you're doing. Here's what you need to know. More>>

The innovative Urmo hoverboard folds flat in just 2 seconds

The Urmo self-balancing electric scooter can deliver a top speed of 9 miles per hour, with a range of 12 miles. Decide to stow it, however, and it can fold flat it just a few short seconds. More>>

The best camper vans

Camper vans aren't just for pensioners. Check out the wildest creations that will go anywhere on the planet while keeping you comfortable no matter how far off the grid you end up. More>>

Are European-style self-dimming and glare-free headlights coming to the U.S.?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to allow adaptive LED headlights on vehicles sold in the U.S. Adaptive LEDs automatically lower headlight intensity when they detect pedestrians or... More>>

Porsche upgrades German factory to build Taycan electric cars

A Porsche factory that currently builds the automaker's popular sports cars will soon begin churning out Taycan electric cars. In preparation, Porsche is upgrading the factory to be high tech and low emissions. More>>

Tread lightly in Bollinger’s ruggedly cool electric pickup truck

New York-based Bollinger Motors has unveiled an electric pickup truck rugged enough for work or play. Named B2, it's a boxy beast with unusual specifications. It has 520 horsepower yet it can tow 7,500 pounds or haul 5,000... More>>

After Tesla’s ‘best car’ boasts, the NHTSA stresses its scale only goes to five

Tesla published a long blog post to announce the Tesla Model 3 is the best car the NHTSA has ever tested. The agency clarified that, while the Model 3 aced its crash test, its rating system doesn't go above five stars. More>>

Road rave: Take a deep dive into VW’s new EV architecture

VW’s new EV architecture is scalable and adaptable enough to produce anything from sports cars to cargo vans. MEB vehicles can be front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive, and will travel up to 350 miles on... More>>

Honda hands GM $2.75 billion so it can get the Cruise driving autonomously

American Honda Motor Company and General Motors will partner on GM's Cruise self-driving unit, showing that developing safe, autonomous vehicle tech is too big a task for even the largest automobile manufacturers to handle... More>>

Tesla’s referral program lets owners send laser-etched photos into space

Tesla has a referral program that provides its loyal owners who recommend the company's cars to others with rewards. The latest offer: Tesla will laser-etch a photo of the owner's choosing and shoot it into space. More>>

Waymo sees improvements ahead as its self-driving fleet logs 10 million miles

Waymo's fleet of self-driving cars has crossed the 10 million-mile mark. The company isn't resting on its laurels; it has outlined the improvements it wants to make over the next 10 million miles. More>>

Acura’s entry-level 2019 ILX gets the extensive makeover it sorely needs

Acura’s entry-level ILX compact sedan has been with us since 2012 as a 2013 model-year car. Now, Acura has finally given it a complete makeover for 2019 with new equipment, a completely revised design inside and out, and... More>>

One tweet cost Elon Musk his chairman job at Tesla and led to a $40M fine

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk has settled a lawsuit filed by the SEC. He got the fraud charges dropped by agreeing to step down from his role as Tesla chairman and pay a $20 million fine. The company will pay an... More>>

Vespa Elettrica: Piaggio’s first all-electric scooter is about to hit the road

Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio has launched online pre-orders for the Vespa Elettrico — its first all-electric scooter — with shipping starting in Europe toward the end of the year and in the U.S. in early 2019. More>>

The saga continues: Faraday Future sets a court date with its main investor

Faraday Future looked better than ever when it announced a $2 billion investment from a Hong Kong-based firm. The relationship hasn't gone as planned and the company is now suing its main investor over late payments. More>>

Vayyar’s sensors can detect passengers’ breath, watch for forgotten babies

Vayyar Imaging claims to have developed sensors that can monitor the inside of a car as well as the area around it. Sensors can do things like count the number of passengers and monitor their breathing. More>>

Indian’s dominating flat-track racer just showed up as a performance street bike

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Sexy at 70: Porsche announces limited-edition 911 Speedster for 2019

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Consumer Reports says Honda CR-V is plagued by an engine defect

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Volkswagen partners with Microsoft on connected car platform

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The White House will promote autonomous cars without forcing you to use one

The White House has published a policy initiative that outlines how it plans to promote the development of self-driving cars. It will make infrastructure upgrades when necessary, but it won't fund the technology. More>>

Cadillac Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot in Consumer Reports testing

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Hybrid, SUV, or both? Bugatti looks at ways to expand its family

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Ford wants to avoid chaos by teaching all self-driving cars a common language

Ford stresses communication will play a key part in the safe, orderly, and timely deployment of autonomous cars on public roads. It wants to create a common language they can use to signal their intentions. More>>

GM and U.S. Secret Service unveil new Cadillac Beast presidential limo

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SEC sues Tesla CEO Elon Musk for securities fraud, Musk calls suit unjustified

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2019 BMW i3 electric car gets a bigger battery pack, range boost

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This is the ultra-desirable Porsche race car you’d happily sell a kidney for

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Car owners have too much faith in advanced driver assistance aids, AAA says

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How Audi took its ambitious e-tron concept from dream to driveable

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Smart’s roofless Forease concept is a sun-loving city car

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Infiniti’s Project Black S prototype sports Formula One hybrid tech

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Mercedes opens U.S. factory to build Sprinter vans, Amazon is first in line

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans are getting a big dose of tech, and they'll be built at a new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina. Amazon has already ordered 20,000 for its Delivery Service Partner program. More>>

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