Car Trends and Innovation

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Will the programming of truly driverless cars prevent them from violating traffic laws? That might actually make traffic move faster.

Autonomous vehicles could prevent a lot of car accidents from occurring. And that's good news — except for one particular population relying on organ donations.

Thanks to some open source software on the internet, other people are trying it too.

Racecar driver Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a car crash in 2000. Nevada just issued him a first-of-its-kind license to take his special car on the road.

Graham is what you get when an artist, a trauma surgeon and a collision expert team up to imagine what humans would like if we evolved to fit cars.

People fall asleep, have heart attacks or are otherwise incapacitated while driving all the time. How does that work in the world of semi-autonomous and autonomous cars?

On May 7, Joshua Brown died while driving his Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system engaged. What, if anything, does that mean for the future of driverless cars?

A proposed bill in New York would give police access to drivers’ phones after car accidents. Yes, texting while driving is a problem — but could this be the solution?

The Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire, a spherical design, was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show — a tire for future autonomous vehicles.

Scientists propose extracting carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to make carbon nanotubes, and then using those to make batteries, also counteracting climate change.

Looking for a smooth new ride? Ford's newest performance sedan, the 2017 Fusion V6 Sport, features pothole detection technology — allowing it to skip over potholes.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.