Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Home coffee roasters, wooden coding bots, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Airstream ditches aluminum for fiberglass in new Nest trailer

The Airstream Nest is finally ready for customers to order and it looks like it was worth the wait. Its lightweight body makes it easy to tow, and inside it has all of the living space and amenities that campers need.

What crash? Waymo to test autonomous cars without safety drivers

Already testing autonomous cars without safety drivers on the streets of Arizona, Waymo is vying to become the first company to conduct similar trials on the streets of California.
Car Review

All grown up and no longer fun, VW's new Jetta is the Jim Carrey of cars

The redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedan has been to finishing school, boasts more interior space than before, and bristles with tech features. But this updated compact car lacks a soul.

VW leans toward SUVs, but it stresses the next Passat will be worth the wait

As Volkswagen beefs up its line of high-riding models, it's planning a re-imagined Passat that will help it grow on the North American market. The model will make its debut next year.

Citing broken rules, agency boots Tesla from fatal accident investigation

The NTSB removed Tesla from the investigation of a March 23 fatal accident involving a Tesla Model X, claiming company violated its agreement to withhold opinion or analysis until the final report.

VW says battery-swapping stations are a pipe dream, not an imminent reality

Years ago, several companies promised to bring battery-swapping stations to the market. It's promising idea on paper but it's not going to happen anytime soon, according to Volkswagen.

Mercedes’ new subscription service lets you drive a luxury car without buying

Mercedes-Benz Collection is a subscription-service pilot launching in Nashville and Philadelphia in June. Customers will get access to a choice of Mercedes vehicles for a single monthly fee.

Sweden is fitting electric rails along its highways to power EVs

Sweden has opened its first electrified road in Stockholm. It plans to fit electric rails along its highways so electric vehicles can maintain power as they motor along, though EVs will need to be modified to use the system.

Porsche could build its own charging network as it bets big on electrification

We sit down with the Joe Lawrence, the chief operating officer of Porsche's North American division, to get more insight on what the all-electric Mission E means for the brand on a broader scale.

Uber is stepping up its game on passenger safety features

On Thursday, April 12, transportation giant Uber announced "several new improvements to double down on safety" in the app, including a plan to improve its screening process for drivers and a new adviser.

Xing Mobility promises an electric supercar quicker than a Tesla Roadster

Taiwan-based Xing Mobility is developing a 1,341-horsepower "rally-inspired" electric supercar that it claims will out accelerate the upcoming Tesla Roadster. But will this new supercar actually see the light of day?