New York's "Texting Zones." If They Don't Work, Blame the Teenage Brain

10.10.2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo is cracking down, ramping up enforcement but also creating special rest-stop "texting zones." The challenge is getting teenage drivers to recognize the risk.

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What Chattanooga Needs: A Green Airport Link

10.07.2013

Chattanooga is proud of its record as a green city, and it it should be. But the hole in the sustainability doughnut is transportation--despite a downtown electric bus shuttle, visitors end up taking a lot of cabs. Needed: a better airport link.

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Car Borrowers Are Big-Time Snoops

10.01.2013

Don't leave anything in your vehicle you don't want friends, relatives and casual aquaintances to see. They're going through the guns, the CDs, the photographs, the illegal substances, and even your pill bottles.

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Fatal Teen Crashes Up Sharply - When They Have Friends in the Car

09.27.2013

Social media and texting are likely to be big culprits, a new study shows. In most states, there are big restrictions on driving with peers, but ignorance of those laws is widespread. 

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Saab's Best Bet: Going Electric

09.25.2013

The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.

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California Jump-Starts the Hydrogen Economy

09.18.2013

California, here they come. A new bill, soon to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, puts funding in place for 100 public filling stations for fuel-cell cars. 

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On Hawaii's Big Island, a Road to Nowhere

09.16.2013

Regular volcano eruptions in Hawaii bury the roads. Nothing here is permanent except change. It gives you great respect for Mother Nature and Pele, the angry female volcano god. 

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Electric Cars on Hawaii's Big Island: A Few Challenges

09.12.2013

Plugging in makes a lot of sense on Hawaii's largest island, but electricity is expensive, distances far, and the local Nissan dealer refuses to sell Leaf battery cars.

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The Bottom Line: A Japanese Butt Sensor to Protect Your Car

09.06.2013

Researchers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo are close to perfecting a new security device. If everyone could stop laughing, maybe it would actually work.

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90 Percent of Cars Will be Turbo-Powered...For Fuel Economy

09.05.2013

Turbocharging isn't about raw power anymore. It's an arrow in the automaker's quiver to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, along with variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, lightweighting and hybridization.

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Three Wheels, 84 mpg and $6,800

09.02.2013

Paul Elio, a GM-trained engineer, is planning to build his uniquely styled economy car in Louisiana, and sell it for a bargain price. Can he do it?

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After Two Almost-Rebirths, the Iconic VW Microbus is Finally Gone

08.29.2013

The Microbus, in U.S. production from 1959 to 1979, is finally rolling off its last global assembly line. But the car, a legend as cheap-and-cheerful transport for hippies, could live again with retro styling for the digital generation. 

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Tesla's Top Safety Score: The Answer is in the Stars

08.24.2013

Tesla Motors loves to tweak other automakers and say it's the best at everything, and it's often right. But NHTSA clarifies that nobody--not even Tesla--gets more than a five-star rating.

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Taming Blood Alley: A Tragic Hollywood Death, and a Film to Make it Safer

08.22.2013

Emily Rose Shane was just 13 when she was hit and killed on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, one of the most beautiful--and deadliest--stretches of road in America. Now her producer father is making a documentary about Emily and the dangers of the PCH.

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Back to Detroit: Time to "Reshore" the American Auto Industry

08.16.2013

The U.S. has the lowest natural gas prices in the world, and it's led to an amazing reverse migration--some of the companies that took plants and jobs overseas are now coming back. It's time for the auto industry to rebuild Detroit.

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