Tagged With driving

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Since 2014, a 300km section of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs has had a "derestricted" speed limit. Basically, you could drive as fast as you like.

But that era is due to come to an end, with the Labor Party confirming it would reinstate a 130km/h speed limit on the road "as soon as possible".

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Way back in 2008 BMW revealed an especially outlandish concept car called the GINA Light Visionary Model that traded metal body panels for a flexible lycra-like fabric wrapped around the vehicle. It wasn't exactly pretty, which makes it harder to understand why Puma would use it as inspiration for a new shoe.

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The public plaza and bike lanes now found throughout New York City have affectionately become known to detractors as the "war on cars". But amazingly, a 1973 plan got very, very close to banning cars in Manhattan outright, thanks to a man known as "Gridlock Sam".

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At the Code conference this evening, Elon Musk joined Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher onstage to talk about his varied and eclectic pursuits. And when the talk turned to autonomous vehicles, Musk was sure to share his opinions on what he perceives to be Tesla's biggest competition.

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You're probably used to getting turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps, but there's also a pretty-well-hidden Driving Mode just for... well, driving. It alerts you to traffic problems, directs you to nearby gas pumps and stores, and is useful for those times when you already know your route or don't even have a destination in mind.

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Many of us have experienced prolonged stretches of driving where we're seemingly oblivious to our surroundings, and we're left dumbfounded that we didn't get into a serious accident. A new study suggests that a specific brain function protects us from these bouts of absent-minded driving — but that it completely breaks down while texting.

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Mother Nature always forgets to end winter in places like Norway so it's up to these giant snow blower tractors to clear the road. You can see how it works in the video below, the monster snow blower blasts through the layers of thick snow and carves out an open path, revealing the mountain road that was buried underneath.

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After settling two big lawsuits where drivers claimed Uber did not allow them to accept tips, Uber agreed to not get in the way of the practice any more. There was even speculation that Uber might start encouraging the act. Today, the on-demand ride app has answered that speculation with an unequivocal middle finger to its drivers: "Tips are not included nor are they expected on Uber."