Automotive News

Want a 4C Spider? It Won’t Come Cheap

How much would you expect to pay for a 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider? We’ll give you a minute to come up a price—no peeking ahead to the next paragraph! Now that you have a figure in mind, let’s see if it matches up to the actual retail price… For those wanting to own a 4C Spider when the Italian import lands in North American Fiat Chrysler dealerships this August, pricing starts (yes, starts) at $63

A Tale of Two Batmobiles

Most kids grow up wanting to be Batman—after all, what’s cooler than fighting crime in a sweet ride like the Batmobile? The look of the Batmobile is typically among the most anticipated aspects of any Batman film, which explains the considerable excitement surrounding the reveal of the new Batmobile that will appear in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. The new

Future Fuel: Electric Cars

With fuel wars looming, the future of the personal car is murky. The dominant propellant; gasoline; is under heavy scrutiny from countless directions. The supply is dwindling, excavating and using it is not environmentally friendly, nor is cheap. However, it will be quite a few long years before it is overtaken by any of the minority sources. Every alternative claims to be a panacea, but each has

Avoiding Death in a Mazda6

After teaching my friend to drive standard yesterday, I tested out his car. Jonathan drives a 2014 Mazda6. Currently it is ranked as the best family sedan in its market. In fact, I have actually been trying to get my hands on the 2016, because it is the first year that the 6 is available with a standard transmission. However, the trip I had in the 2014 Mazda6 had a more of a focus on avoiding deat

BMW Dynamic Parking Predicts Your Next Parking Spot

If you live in a major metropolitan city like Houston, finding public parking is a difficult, if not seemingly impossible, endeavor. BMW may soon be able to provide a solution for beleaguered drivers in the form of an experimental program that utilizes movement data to predict the availability of public parking. The program is called Dynamic Parking Prediction and, according to BMW, is designed t

How to Drive Standard

Many people are afraid of driving standard. But it really is not that hard. I have taught at least half a dozen people. The trick is to make comfort standard, when teaching someone how to drive manual for the first time. The underlying problem is, everyone at some point has heard a horror story or two about it. I actually had the exact learning to drive cliché happened to me when I first le

Android Auto: Patenting the Future

A user friendly in-car infotainment system has been a long time coming. Android, Microsoft and Apple have made it easy, but all of the initial attempts by car makers have been thoroughly underwhelming; awkward interfaces and touchy touch screens add up to a big distraction in a 2 ton death machine. Infotainment systems are easily the most consistently flawed aspect of the modern automobile. But th

SideCar: Cannabis Sharing

Transportation is such an important facet of human existence, and companies like SideCar, Uber, and Lyft are trying to make it easier. Everyone needs to go places now that subsistence farming has become unfeasible. However, travel is not getting any easier, it is still a tedious process. Even if you are fortunate enough to have the resources to own your own car; a traffic jam can crack a Buddhist'

Uber Joins Autonomous Auto Race

Uber is the biggest of the main ride sharing companies. Ever since it officially changed its business model from a being a black car taxi service to a ridesharing company, it has jumped from headline to headline. It is not only flattering stories either. They have had huge crimes and controversies surrounding the company, but none of the bad press can stop Travis Kalanick’s gravy train. If his lat

Google’s Self-Driving Vehicles Go on the Road

Nearly five years after it was first announced, The Googleself-driving car project is finally a go. The company is ready to road test their line of prototype vehicles starting this summer. Google’s fleet of robot cars are set to hit the roads near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. As a precaution, safety drivers will be aboard the vehicles, whose speeds will be capped at