Tesla is bringing in a new leader for its human resources unit. Although the company hasn't given a specific reason for the change, it comes amidst a flurry of complaints about workplace culture at Tesla's California factory. Over the past few months, workers have reported an unusually high rate of injuries and incidents at the plant, and have also alleged racial and gender discrimination in lawsuits.
The more I think about autonomous cars, the more questions I have. And sometimes these questions can get pretty surreal. For example, the latest question I had sounds, on the surface, like a paradox: how should an autonomous car let us get around without completely limiting our freedom to wander and find new places?
Last week I was in Barcelona thanks to Volvo, who wanted me to devalue some of their first production XC60s by driving them. I was happy to oblige, and even happier to scrutinize, in conversation-killing detail, the cars of Barcelona's lovely streets. The big surprise? I saw a lot of cool vans. Come on, join me on this magical tour of whatever happened to be nearby me!
Our smartphones are pretty handy navigation tools, but fiddling with them while you're driving is not ideal. That's why every responsible driver should invest in a mount to keep their mitts on the wheel and far, far away from their phone. Thankfully, the ExoMount Universal Smartphone Car Mounts do just that with some no-nonsense engineering.
Sugar in the gas tank is one of those staples of miserable things you always heard that awful people do to other, often similarly awful people's cars. While nobody thinks sweeting your car's gas is a good idea, the actual results of putting sugar in a gas tank isn't all that well known. That's why it's nice to see someone actually give it a try, and evaluate exactly what happens.
Now, I don't know about you, but I don't have $25,000 to blow on a nine-day luxury rally in my nonexistent supercar. If I did, maybe I'd understand this better: Washington State Patrol stopped more than 10 cars at the Gold Rush Rally in just two counties for going over 160km/h on public roads.
Much haterade has been spilled about the new Ford GT. It should have had a V8! The application process was insane! It doesn't have enough horsepower! Enough is enough: one man who was lucky enough buy a new GT is here to say just drive the car first, because it's one of the best cars he's ever driven.
Chris Cornell's passing was the first death of a musical artist to really bum me out. I probably listen to his songs on a daily basis, so the news hit me hard. Most of the time I rock out from behind the wheel because Chris made awesome tracks for putting the pedal down and going for a drive.
During the Moto3 race at the MotoGP World Championship's French Grand Prix over the weekend, it was almost like some sort of weird, hypnotic spell had been put on the field. As if prompted, a huge group of riders began solo slides into a gravel trap along the race course in an almost surreal fashion.
Fernando Alonso's deal with the vengeful gods of speed and grace may be up. Fans noticed smoke pouring out of his car over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway right before a new Honda engine was wheeled out for his Verizon IndyCar Series ride for the Indianapolis 500.
"Understeer" and "oversteer" and terms we hear and use a lot in the automotive community, and sometimes actually encounter behind the wheel. If you're not completely sure what these words really mean and you're too embarrassed to ask or admit you don't understand physics, don't worry. Just watch this.
A lot of people get fired from Uber. One employee was reportedly fired last year for helping his female coworkers raise complaints about sexual harassment. Drivers get deactivated from the platform if their ratings slip below a certain number (Uber says the minimum rating varies by city, but driver forums say dipping below a 4.6 out of 5 is enough for deactivation). Even executives sometimes get axed — Uber senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal was asked to resign after sexual harassment allegations against him at a former job became public.
One thing I didn't mention in my writeup of the wacky Gambler 500 road rally was that my Jeep overheated, and it was all my fault. When I returned from the rally, I frantically shipped off an oil sample to a lab to have it tested. That decision may have saved my engine's life.
The ever-expanding operations of Uber are defined by two interlocking and zealously guarded sets of information: The things the world-dominating ride-hailing company knows about you, and the things it doesn't want you to know about it. Both kinds of secrets have been in play in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, as Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic investigator for Uber, has pursued a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the company.
Takuro Watanabe is a wacky tuning genius. He built a 2JZ-powered S14 Nissan Silvia that has four turbochargers, a hand-activated second throttle body, and a small jet engine on the rear wing for downforce. On top of that, he has a Fierarri F40, and an enormous jet engine that he plans to put into a car. He might be out of his mind, or he might be brilliant. I think it's the latter.
Waymo quietly dropped several of the patent claims in its explosive lawsuit against Uber yesterday, admitting in a new court filing that although it stands behind its allegations of trade secret theft and may pursue new patent claims later, it isn't moving forward with its current patent infringement claims against one of Uber's LIDAR devices.