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Car Trends and Innovation

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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Is Your Junk in the Trunk or the 'Frunk'?

Frunks, usually reserved for VW Beetles and classic European sports cars, are moving into the mainstream, as trunks take a front seat.

You Can't Take Your Fancy Self-Driving Car Out of the City, Yet

You may be surprised to know that self-driving cars never go on country roads because so far companies have only done the necessary precise mapping on city streets. An MIT project is changing all that.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Be Able to Break the Speed Limit?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

New 'Textalyzer' Tech Aims to Catch Distracted Drivers

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 Reinvents the Wheel

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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