Texting While Driving Kills, and Virtual Reality look Is the Convincer

08.18.2016

AT&T is taking its driving simulator on the road--to schools, medical centers and businesses--to prove that It Can Wait. Turn that cellphone off.

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Five Steps to Being a Safer Driver

08.15.2016

None of this advice is new, but it's all common sense--and we commonly ignore it. These things really can save your life.

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Electric Cars and Green Power: A Clean Energy Loop

08.12.2016

Yes, electric cars like the Chevy Volt I'm driving aren't really "zero emission" if they're charging from fossil fuel plants. But that's why we need to build more solar, wind and hydro generation.

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Elvis' BMW: Lost and Now Spectacularly Found Again

08.08.2016

While he was famously in the Army, stationed in Germany, Elvis commuted to work in a BMW 507 roadster--a car that was lost for decades. Now it's back on the road, and headed for Pebble Beach.

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Why Do Gas Prices Vary So Much, State by State (And Even One Block to Another)?

08.04.2016

It's not a big oil company conspiracy, because gas stations are often locally owned. Blame refinery costs, rent, and what the market will bear.

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Delivering Those Fritos: Clean-Burning Natural Gas Trucks

08.01.2016

Frito-Lay is doubling down on natural gas trucks. It has more than 500--with a 23-percent greenhouse gas reduction--and they've covered 100 million miles. The challenges: volatile gas prices, and a need for more CNG/LNG stations.

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The World's Fastest Electric Car Is a Corvette

07.29.2016

Genovation took its plug-in 'Vette to the Space Shuttle launch runway in Florida--and set six world records (beating its own bar). How does 205.6 mph sound? 

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Five Firsts: From the Pioneer SUV to the Baby Seat

07.27.2016

To settle that argument with your brother-in-law, here are origin stories on the drive-in movie, the tow truck, the kiddie seat, the wraparound windshield and even the very first SUV.

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Our Roads and Bridges are Crumbling, and Nobody Wants to Pay to Fix Them

07.26.2016

The sensible thing, given a $14 billion deficit annually, would be to either raise gas taxes or impose a mileage tax. But politicians are allergic to the word "tax."

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America's Oddest Highway Attractions

07.21.2016

The Old Weird US of A still lives, out there on Route 66, the old Lincoln Highway, and byways across the country. 

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Infiniti's Entry-Level Crossover: The Brexit Problem

07.19.2016

Great Britain's exit from the European Union "complicates" the debut of the made-in-England QX30. At issue is how much the car will cost in a major market--Europe.

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Is the End in Sight for Gas Engines?

07.15.2016

Internal combustion won't disappear overnight, but it's making more and more sense to switch to simpler electric drivetrains--and automakers are thinking the unthinkable.

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Bye-Bye Blind Spots: Japan Green Lights Cameras Replacing Outside Mirrors

07.12.2016

It won't be long before the outside rearview mirror--primitive tech that's noisy, heavy and an aerodynamic nightmare--is history around the world. 

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First Fender Benders: Tales From the Car Talk Community

07.11.2016

Everybody has a first accident, and with luck we emerge sadder but wiser. Here are some first-person accounts from the Car Talk Community.

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One-Percenters: Electric Cars Hit a Big Sales Milestone

07.11.2016

Make no mistake, at one percent of national sales, EVs aren't ruling the road--that role goes to crossover SUVs. But a modest upward trend is encouraging.

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