Car Trends and Innovation

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What makes a digital car digital?

We're not just talking about Hollywood cars like K.I.T.T. -- computerized cars are on our roads today. They're outfitted with high-tech features, but why are they called digital?


Chrysler Builds the First Plug-in Hybrid Minivan (You Know You Want It.)

This might be the minivan that finally changes your mind about minivans. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid delivers 535 miles of range and up to 80 MPGe.

High Tech at High Speeds: Cars of the Future at CES

Looks like a sweet ride, doesn't it? Yep, these days, cars at CES rival any other crazy products on display at the massive event.

Kia Throws Its Hat Into the Autonomous Vehicle Ring at CES

One of the coolest things it's working on? Driverless valet parking, or a system that can drop you off at the curb and then find its own parking space without you.

Your Car Is a Tattletale

A driver recently tried to flee the scene of a hit-and-run, but her car turned her in.

Hands Free But Holding the Barf Bag: Driverless Cars Could Mean More Carsickness

Depending on how you spend your time in a driverless car, your likelihood of experiencing carsickness could drastically increase.

Google's 14th Autonomous Car Accident — Still Not Its Fault

If you'd been involved in 14 fender-benders, you'd probably want to reconsider driving.

10 Features We Want to See in Self-driving Cars

It's arriving in bits and pieces, but there's a whole new world of automotive tech coming in the next decade. The future of self-driving cars has the potential to be pretty amazing.

How Self-cleaning Paint Works

Nissan, along with nanotechnology firm Nano Labs, has created an automotive paint that repels water and oil. Will it be an option on your next new car?

How Smart Rearview Mirrors Work

Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror is the world's first LCD monitor that helps you see more clearly what is behind your vehicle when you're driving down the road.

How Robotic Gas Pumps Work

This robot may be a one-trick pony; but what it does, it does so well. It fills your fuel tank faster and better than you ever could, puny human.