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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.

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How Car Ergonomics Work

Logging long hours behind the wheel of your auto can take a toll on your psyche and your body. How are engineers working to make your car rides more comfortable?


10 Hottest New Cars for 2013

Will 2013 be a decent year for the auto industry? Well, if these 10 cars can make it to production, there should be a lot of happy motorists out there.

Could shape memory alloys harness heat energy from cars?

In an age of diminishing fuel resources and increasing gasoline costs, auto manufacturers are doing everything they can to make cars more energy efficient.

5 Future Car Technologies That Truly Have a Chance

It's no secret that technology changes fast -- and the auto industry is no exception. So what's in store for future cars?

Top 5 Most Important Upcoming Car Technologies

No doubt about it -- today's cars are highly advanced pieces of machinery. Believe it or not, even more sophisticated technology is on the way. So what can we expect to see in the upcoming years?

How Car Ergonomics Work

Logging long hours behind the wheel of your auto can take a toll on your psyche and your body. How are engineers working to make your car rides more comfortable?

How are cars becoming more user-friendly?

Fred Flintstone had a car that he had to power with his own feet; by that standard, all of today's cars are pretty easy to use. But cars are becoming even more user-friendly -- so user-friendly, in fact, that they may not even require a user at all.

How do hybrids utilize eco-plastics?

Hybrid manufacturers tend to keep their focus on gas mileage and power, but that's starting to change as eco-plastics debut in some of the market's most popular cars. Where might you find eco-plastic in your hybrid?

Are hybrids manufactured in a green way?

It seems as if hybrid cars are all the rage these days. Everyone wants to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, but are hybrids as green as they look?

Can you assemble your own car?

When most people are ready for a new car, the process typically involves a local car dealer or a few hours of online auto shopping. For others, it's the start of a project that may take years to finish.

What's new in synthetic oil technology?

Synthetic motor oils have evolved rapidly in recent years to improve gas mileage, increase time between oil changes, clean out harmful engine deposits and more.