Car Trends and Innovation

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Will there be a new kind of taxicab in the future?

If you've been sassed or swindled by a taxi driver, relish the thought that future taxis might be driverless. Personal rapid transportation may be coming to a city near you in the future.


10 Cars to Watch in 2014

Whether you're an all-around gearhead or you’re usually indifferent to cars, you're likely to find something on this list to spark your interest. These autos bring new (and awesome) features to the table for 2014.

How the Rotating Detonation Engine Works

How would you like to save $300 to $400 million on your annual fuel bill? The U.S. Navy is ready -- and they'll do it with rotating detonation engines.

10 Problems Cars Can Diagnose By Themselves

Modern cars and trucks can keep track of their own health. The problem often comes when they try to communicate their information to the driver. How does your car talk to you?

How an Electronic Sun Visor Works

A sun visor's primary role in any car is pretty straightforward, right? But as far as automotive designers and aftermarket electronics manufacturers are concerned, anything can be improved.

Can you buy a car with Siri built in?

She talks, she jokes, she knows where all the best restaurants are, and she's even handy with a map. Now Siri may be coming to your car.

How Automatic Braking Systems Work

Most auto manufacturers want to make it clear that they're not trying to take driving away from the driver. But research shows that we could use a little help in the braking department.

How Center-mounted Airbags Work

The design is a little odd, but a center-mounted airbag might keep you from smacking skulls with the other front seat passenger during a side-impact collision or rollover.

How MirrorLink Works

From a user's standpoint, MirrorLink is pretty slick. It's the magic that makes your smartphone's computer and the car's computer talk to each other.

How Run-flat Tires Work

Did you know that Goodyear has been making run-flat tires for NASCAR since 1966? Decades later, tire engineers are still perfecting the design for everyday drivers on public roads.

Are modern cars vulnerable to hackers?

Thieves and thugs will always find a way to take something they didn't work for. But just how vulnerable are modern automobiles to a high-tech attack?