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Drinking and Driving Unsafe at any Level, Study Says

Bad news buzzed drivers: Even a .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) can impair driving, reports a new large-scale study, which found small amounts of alcohol made drivers nearly twice as likely to be at fault in an accident with a sober driver. Read more

Russian Meteor: What’s With All The Dash Cams?

If, like me, you were sitting dumbstruck watching Youtube videos depicting a raging ball of fire falling out of the sky in the early hours this morning, you may have been equally dumbstruck by the sheer number of eyewitness videos. There are videos of the object exploding into a bright orb, there’s dramatic footage of the moment when the shock wave blew out windows, but above all, there’s a crazy number of videos shot from the dashboards of cars. What’s that about? Read more

i’ve got goosebumps.

The Shuttle’s Last Mission: LA

Last weekend, the last shuttle went on its last mission ever.

The shuttle Endeavour went from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center last weekend. The trip took two days as NASA engineers working with utility crews, police and other personnel moved the shuttle through the streets of the city of angles.

With the parking of this shuttle, so ends the 30 year mission of the shuttle program. The end of an era of regular, United States-led space travel. The success of the shuttle program is so well known and the image of the shuttle so iconic, it’s almost surreal to see it sharing the same screen as Randy’s Donuts or Roscoe’s chicken and waffles.

This time lapse video of the shuttle’s journey is moving and jaw-dropping. I don’t often say this, but if you watch only one online video this week, it should be this one.

seriously, goosebumps

I’d love to drive one of these though a desert (in space would be fun, but let’s keep it a little attainable).

thedailyfeed:

Even space explorers need wheels! We collected a few of the coolest vehicles NASA has created for tooling around in space.

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Google’s self-driving car gets a thumbs up from the California Senate to be road eligible.

Not long now…

alexob:

The California Senate unanimously passed a bill favoring autonomous vehicle operation on the roads of the Golden State.

Now the bill has to be approved by the State Assembly, which is expected to give it the green light within the next month, and then eventually head to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. 

It’s exciting to see how quickly things are moving for autonomous vehicles to become available in light of how regulated transportation is in the US. 

Full report here.

It may be hard to believe, but Curiosity hasn’t driven anywhere yet. It was placed on Mars with the skycrane on August 6, and has not moved since. They’re very careful with their new toys.

Mars Rover Curiosity Ready for Test Drive

After acing a steering test, NASA’s new Mars rover will go for short drive on Wednesday, its first move since reaching the Red Planet.

Curiosity won’t break any distance records during its test drive, which is expected to last about 30 minutes. The one-ton, six-wheeled rover should travel about 10 feet forward, pivot its wheels and back up, reparking at a 90-degree angle from its starting point inside Gale Crater.

drive on…

This might be the cutest way to move potentially deadly spears… Well, maybe ever. #want

Mini Coopers Helping Out At The Throwing Events

Rather than return shotputs and javelins to throwers by, you know, walking them back, the Olympics are using remote-controlled Mini Coopers. It’s fun.

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The Two Most Dangerous Hours to Drive

A team of researchers from Spain analyzed traffic patterns on a highway and figured out the worst times to drive.

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Photo Credit: Dermot Conlan/PPSOP/Corbis

Hover Car Is No Hallucination

While you may feel like you’re smoking PCP when looking at the concepts included in the People’s Car Project, I promise you, you’re not hallucinating. Yes, that’s a hover car design and yes, it does look like a translucent yo-yo.

The concept car is one of three designs Volkswagen culled from 119,000 unique, user-submitted ideas of the People’s Car Project (PCP) that the company debuted in China nearly a year ago. The company recently displayed the ideas and concepts at the Beijing Motor Show.

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Fold-Up Car of the Future

A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain’s Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled Tuesday before hitting European cities in 2013.

The “Hiriko,” the Basque word for “urban,” is an electric two-seater with no doors whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child’s collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking.

The car was dreamed up by Boston’s MIT-Media lab.

The DeLorean Returns

This time around, it’s electric.

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FORD EVOS IS CLOUD-CONNECTED

Ford’s newest concept car is one of the first from a major manufacturer that will store data on and retrieve it from the Cloud. 

The Internet-connected vehicle could provide access to the Web to scan weather and traffic reports in real-time in order to suggest routes, warn of accidents ahead or even alter the suspension and handling to fit the road conditions. A rainy, wet road might require more responsive steering.

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