6 Simple Things Google's Self-Driving Car Still Can't Handle

Self-driving cars are most definitely the future. They have been for decades. For Google, that future isn’t quite as close as you might think — as of right now, its autonomous vehicle would fail a driver’s licence test before it ever got out of the parking lot.

Rally Drivers Escape From Car On Fire In Terrifying Video

Video: Watch Robert Consani and copilot Maxime Vilmot escaping a sudden fire quickly spreading inside their car at the 2014 Geko Ypres Rally, in Belgium. Thanks to their quick reaction and the help of the race marshals and other drivers they managed to survive unscathed.

Adelaide And Uber Are At War

The mudslinging in the Australian hire car/taxi business continues afresh, with Uber’s limited rollout in Adelaide facing criticism from local politicians. Uber’s not exactly sitting quietly on this score either.

One Queensland Speed Camera Earned $150,000 On Its First Day

One motorist speeds along Heeb Street in Ashmore every 30 seconds, leading to a record tally of fines in a single day.

If You Had $100,000, Which Three Cars Would You Buy?

Here’s a fun way to waste a few minutes (or a few hours) on your Monday afternoon — if you had a stack of $100 bills to waste on a garage full of pure motoring joy, which cars would you pick? The Gizmodo team took that challenge on. After setting out a few ground rules, we each had half an hour to choose.

Scaling Everest: How Ford Designed Its Futuristic SUV Concept

Here’s something that might surprise you: if a car company announces a concept car or even a production model tomorrow, it’s a fair bet that the vehicle has been in production for at least two calendar years before it rolls out onto the floor of some international motor show. And yet, car companies manage to produce incredibly forward-thinking, futuristic designs that continue to knock our socks off. One such beauty is the gorgeous Everest Concept: Ford’s idea of how the future of four-wheel drives and SUVs bearing the blue oval should look. Birthing a concept is no easy task. Here’s Ford scaled its Everest.

Audi A3 e-tron: Australian Hands-On

Hybrid petrol-electric cars are evolving at a rapid pace, but early examples like Toyota’s Prius weren’t as earth-changing and fuel-saving as we’d all hoped. Ingolstadt is taking care of that last point, though — it doesn’t want to be massively revolutionary, but Audi’s new A3 e-tron city car marries an electric motor to a regular fossil-fueled engine, and it can travel 50km without using a drop of petrol. When it does use dinosaur juice, it does so frugally and sensibly.

I Almost Wept In Ford Australia's New, High-Tech Visualisation Lab

Three of the smartest people I’ve ever met just went from ecstatic genius-mode into sombre, contemplative silence. It’s not because someone just dropped one of the most advanced motion-capture gadgets Ford has ever created, but because of a question I asked about the art on the wall. “Well, that’s a special story,” a boffin explains to me.

Seeing F1 Cars Race In Thermal Vision Is So Freaking Cool

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that racing F1 cars is pretty much insanity. The ridiculous speeds, the punishing G-forces and not to mention the beasts of a machine they call cars. But when you look at a F1 car under thermal vision, you’ll never forget how scary it is: they’re driving fire-breathing monsters.

Daytona Rising: From Ageing Track To Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 36 million tonnes of steel, miles of fibre and an eye towards the future will take an ageing behemoth — one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole.

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