Road Rave

Where cars and tech collide

On Road Rave, our weekly car-tech column, we introduce or critically discuss the latest automotive technological innovations and trends, both from the big car makers and third-parties seeking a spot in the passenger seat. Self-driving technology? You got it. Lasers? Oh, we have lasers. Connected cars? You bet.

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Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…
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Peloton’s tech lets truckers play follow the leader to boost fuel economy

Peloton Technology can help semi trucks save fuel by running close together on the highway. Using short-range wireless communications, the trucks get a kind of super cruise control.
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You don’t need to go autonomous to make trucking safer

Long haul truckers are very good at their jobs, but they face long hours and unpredictable conditions. Autonomous tech may be coming, but here’s how lidar technology companies are working to enhance trucking safety today.
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How autonomous ridesharing will reshape our cars, cities, and lives

Ridesharing is a growing phenomenon, and it’s closely linked with developments in autonomous and connectivity technology. In the coming decades, shared mobility will even change the way cities around the world develop.
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Hydrogen cars are here. Now how long until you can actually fuel one near you?

Until recently, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been a science fair project. We met with the California Fuel Cell Partnership to learn how they plan to make hydrogen mainstream.
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Your next car will talk to crosswalks, pay your tolls, and find its own parking

Automotive connectivity is more than bringing your Pandora stations into your car. V2X means your car can connect with other cars and the roadway. This tech will help keep you moving, and it’s coming in the next few years.
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Who's at fault when a self-driving car crashes? Insurance hasn't figured it out

Recent autonomous driving fatalities involving pedestrians and human operators have raised the attention of America’s insurance companies. Who will be responsible when autonomous cars crash? We asked an expert at J.D. Power to share the…
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Lithium metal batteries could triple EV ranges, and they’re getting closer

New research into lithium metal battery technology by the University of Waterloo in Canada could lead to 3X improvement in EV range. The work is just part of a global effort to improve battery performance.
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How an Oregon man’s fight for traffic camera fairness reached a federal court

Oregon resident Mats Jarlstrom looked into the math behind red light cameras, but when he tried to speak up, the state government tried to shut him down.
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New Skyactiv-X engine uses diesel tech to reduce emissions

Mazda wants to deliver next-generation fuel economy and reduced emissions, and it’s betting improvements to the internal combustion engine will help it achieve its goals. The new Skyactiv-X engine suggests the company is right.
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How Chevy pickups evolved from glorified carts to high-tech workhorses

Chevrolet pickup trucks are among the hottest collectible vehicles on the market. It doesn’t matter what time period, though each era has its distinct appeal
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Bike sharing is the latest big thing in urban America

The idea of bikesharing systems dates back decades, but it never really worked before because of theft and vandalism. Now technology is enabling networks of accessible bicycles by holding riders accountable for their use.
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Why VW’s remarkable I.D. Crozz EV is only the the start of its electric plans

VW has confirmed that an electric crossover SUV based on their I.D. Crozz concept will be sold in America in 2020, but that’s just the beginning. A sedan, bus, and more models are coming.
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Looking for a new set of wheels? Here’s our guide on how to finance a car

After slumping through the Great Recession, the auto industry is back to booming times as millions of people (17.55 million, to be approximate) bought new cars and trucks during 2016. Planning on joining them? Here's how to finance a car.
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An inside look at Jaguar’s goals and directions

We sat down with Jaguar Land Rover designer Ian Callum and David Larsen, General Manager for Product Management for Jaguar Land Rover North America and asked where the brand is headed, and what we can expect to see.
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Breathing dust and hanging on for dear life at this year’s Baja 1000

The Baja 1000 is an all-out sprint down the length of the Baja California peninsula. Drivers will pilot everything from 900-horsepower Trophy Trucks to stock VW Beetles. It’s insane, but sitting it out is unthinkable.
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I was on the self-driving bus that crashed in Vegas. Here’s what really happened

The Internet blew up with third-hand reports of the crash involving the Las Vegas self-driving shuttle bus, but only Digital Trends had a reporter on board when it happened. Read on to learn what really went down.
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Ghost hunting with the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition

We took Chevy’s new Midnight Edition Tahoe on a bona fide Ghost Hunt at one of America’s creepiest locations – the notorious Pennhurst Asylum. Now the spirits are about to speak.