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A White House proposal to tax crude oil would address the U.S.’s perennially underfunded highway maintenance program. scottummy/flickr

How should America fund its highways in the 21st century?

Obama's proposal to add $10 tax to crude oil raises the thorny question of whether the U.S. can continue to fund its highway infrastructure with a fuel tax that hasn't changed since 1993.
Young drivers are at high risk of fatal crashes, but it’s wrong to just blame the problem on youth ‘recklessness’. AAP/Julian Smith

Young driver crashes: the myths and facts

It is widely believed that youth recklessness is often the cause of young driver crashes, but is this simply a myth?
The first driverless car tests are set to commence in South Australia this year. Volvo

Where we are on the road to driverless cars

Trials of autonomous vehicles are set to kick off in Australia this year. So how far down the road to driverless cars are we today?
There was no joy for the creator of the DeLorean – the car was a failure. Reuters/Andrew Kelly

How Hollywood saved a futuristic car from obscurity

Few would remember this fantasy car as a model of motoring excellence. It owes its success instead to a fantasy film that has turned 30.
The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered. flickr/Schu

The ‘fatal five’ causes of road trauma: who’s in control?

The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.
Flock/Bloodhound

How to build the world’s fastest car

One of the engineers behind Bloodhound, the UK's anticipated world land speed record attempt, explains how they created a car to reach 1000mph.

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