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Will we drive on underground automated highways?

If life is a highway, get ready to take a long subterranean trip. Underground automated highways will allow drivers to relax while self-driving vehicles steer, and tunnels could help conserve land.


10 Features We Want to See in Self-driving Cars

10 Features We Want to See in Self-driving Cars

There's a new world of self-driving automotive technology coming in the next decade. Learn about the future of self-driving cars at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Self-cleaning Paint Works

How Self-cleaning Paint Works

Will self-cleaning paint be an option on your next new car? Learn about self-cleaning automotive paint at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Smart Rearview Mirrors Work

How Smart Rearview Mirrors Work

Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror allows you to see behind your vehicle while you're driving. Learn about Nissan's all-new mirror at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Robotic Gas Pumps Work

How Robotic Gas Pumps Work

Robotic gas pumps will work with all car models, no matter their shape, size, or gas cap height. Learn more about robotic gas pumps at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Cars to Watch in 2014

10 Cars to Watch in 2014

Looking for a hot new car in 2014? Discover the new cars that are the ones to watch in 2014 at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Rotating Detonation Engine Works

How the Rotating Detonation Engine Works

The U.S. Navy intends to retrofit its ships with rotating detonation engines. Learn more about rotating detonation engines at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Problems Cars Can Diagnose By Themselves

10 Problems Cars Can Diagnose By Themselves

Limiting this list to just 10 problems cars can diagnose by themselves was the difficult part. Learn how cars diagnose themselves at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How an Electronic Sun Visor Works

How an Electronic Sun Visor Works

An electronic sun visor can block the sun's rays and keep you entertained at the same time. Learn all about electronic sun visors at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you buy a car with Siri built in?

Can you buy a car with Siri built in?

Can you buy a car with Siri built in? Keep reading to discover if you can buy a car with Siri built in. See more »

How Automatic Braking Systems Work

How Automatic Braking Systems Work

How much do you know about automatic braking systems? Keep reading to discover How Automatic Braking Systems Work! See more »