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.


The next time you're at the grocery store, take a moment to glance at the stacked shopping carts -- their space-saving design may be the basis for automobiles of the future.

If life is a highway, get ready to take a long subterranean trip. Underground automated highways will allow drivers to relax while self-driving vehicles steer, and tunnels could help conserve land.

High gas prices have many of us feeling the pinch, but for truckers, the situation may be even more serious. Can a German visionary transform the semi and get the trucking industry back on the road?

If pressed upon to name features in the luxury cars of the future, Japanese Zen garden might not be the first thing to come to your mind. But perhaps it should be. What concept cars are influencing future autos?

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.

Speed is a constant: 100 mph will always be 100 mph. But the source of speed is up for grabs -- especially since we may have reached peak oil. Will high-speed hydrogen or all-electric cars dominate our roads one day?

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?

Maybe you budget for oil changes and new tires, but setting aside $1,600 for new headlights is a little steep. If cars are expensive to repair now, what does the future hold?

Lowriders are decked-out cars with lowered suspensions that rumble, growl and even dance their way to parks, streets and cruise-ins. So how do you lower and raise a car's suspension?

People drive underwater all the time in movies. But this isn't the movies. In reality, your car would stop running almost immediately.

The GMC PAD is basically a futuristic motor home -- part apartment, part vehicle, and part telecommunications center.

Each year, cars seem to get more and more complicated --cars today might use as many 50 microprocessors! Although they can make it more difficult for you to work on your own car, some microprocessors actually make your car easier to service.

Will we ever have spaceships parked in our garages so that we can fly to the moon whenever we feel like it?

What does the computer in a car do? What was the Y2K scare about our cars starting?

I would really like to know how people can make their cars jump up and down with their front wheels like they do in movies like "Boyz in the Hood."