Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Car Trends & Innovations

How do self-parking cars and car computers work? What is drifting? Read the answers to these and other questions in the Trends & Innovations Channel.

What does the computer in a car do?

What does the computer in a car do? What was the Y2K scare about our cars starting?

Self-driving Cars May Have Unexpected Effect: Fewer Organ Donations

Self-driving cars could greatly reduce the number of car accidents. Learn about one possible consequence of a future populated by autonomous cars. See more »

College Student Turns His Honda Civic into a Self-Driving Car for $700

How easy is it to create your own self-driving car? HowStuffWorks shows you how to do it. See more »

Quadriplegic Man Gets Nation's First Autonomous Car Driver's License

Can a quadriplegic legally drive an autonomous car? Learn more about Sam Schmidt and driverless driving licenses in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

If Humans Were Built to Withstand a Car Crash, They Might Look Like This

What if, instead of evolving cars to fit people, we evolved people to fit cars? Learn what those evolved people might be like at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Out Cold and Behind the Wheel in Semi-autonomous and Autonomous Cars

You're driving your slick car with the full driver-assistance package. Suddenly, you're out. What happens next in this scenario? See more »

Here's Why Everyone's Talking About Tesla's Autopilot System

A fatal car accident involving a Tesla Model S has sparked a heated debate about the safety of autonomous cars. Get the facts at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

New 'Textalyzer' Tech Aims to Catch Distracted Drivers

A New York bill is proposing using ‘textalyzer’ technology to implicate distracted driving in car accidents. Learn about the law at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

The Goodyear Eagle-360 Concept Reinvents the Wheel

The Goodyear Eagle-360 is the company's latest concept tire design. Learn more about Goodyear's spherical tire concept at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

New Study: How to Build Batteries Out of Thin Air for Carbon-Negative Cars

Scientists propose removing CO2 from the atmosphere to build carbon-negative batteries. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport Will Skip Over Potholes

The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport can sense, and then skip over, potholes. Learn more about Ford's pothole detection technology at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »