A half-century of regulation has greatly increased the fuel efficiency of US-made cars.
Do high fuel economy requirements make the US auto fleet less safe? The Trump administration says yes and is moving to freeze these standards, but auto experts and US car makers disagree.
Whatever’s driving the popularity of SUVs like the Toyota Kluger, crash tests and accident data show people are mistaken if they think they increase safety on the road.
Perceptions about safety might be one of the reasons more and more people are buying SUVs. The evidence from crash data, though, is troubling – particularly for other road users.
Many major U.S. cities have hidden cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.
Hundreds of US cities have red light cameras to try to catch traffic violations and prevent accidents. But research shows that the cameras may encourage other types of accidents.
Good for you, bad for the air?
New research is spotlighting personal care products, such as shampoos and skin lotions, as a significant source of chemicals that contribute to urban air pollution.
We need to plan for electric cars, but at this stage we need incentives - not extra taxes.
Warnings that a tide of electric vehicles will cut Australia's tax income put the cart well before the (low-emissions) horse.
At any given moment, roughly 1-2% of Australian drivers are estimated to be using their mobile phone while driving.
Road safety campaigns targeting mobile phone use among drivers should emphasise how perceived social pressure is not an acceptable excuse for engaging in the behaviour.
Without a comprehensive network of recharging stations, like this one in Berlin, it’s little wonder that Australia is lagging behind other countries.
While other countries race into the distance, Australia is still on the starting grid when it comes to electric cars. Why so slow? Because we don't have a proper recharging network.
When will cars be able to talk to their surroundings?
If all the elements in the transportation system are going to talk to each other, the people at the companies and government agencies that make those items need to talk to each other too.
We don’t know what the car of the future will look like – but that’s no excuse to delay transport reform.
Australia needs to 'embrace uncertainty' on the future of transport, with flexible, holistically focused policy.
When we look at the latest car models we want fast cars, all-terrain cars or cars to fit the whole family. What about an environmentally friendly car?
The Australian market is awash with highly polluting cars. But there are a couple of key resources to help you find the best vehicle that fits your needs.
Lada Niva: still going strong.
The Lada Niva is 40 years old – and it could just be the best 4x4 ever made.
Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Australia needs stronger policy aimed at curbing air pollution, but the options currently on the table fall short. For now, we could all aim to drive less and turn off the engine when the car is idle.
The launch of a Tesla Model 3 sedan, aimed at the mass market.
Tesla's new Model 3 may be the kick the electric car industry needs to expand, with pre-orders exceeding expectations.
Motorists in New South Wales must now keep a minimum distance of one metre when passing cyclists.
Cyclists have voiced their opposition to some aspects of the Go Together package to ensure their safety on NSW roads.
Hot on the tail of the VW emissions scandal, Australia will next year tighten diesel emissions standards.
Diesels typically have good fuel economy, but hot on the heels of the Volkswagen affair, Australia is set to tighten the rules for diesel car emissions - which will put a dent in engine performance.
When your car becomes a computer, your problems just got much bigger.
car by Denys Prykhodov/shutterstock.com
Drive-by car hack suggests auto manufacturers seem unprepared for the security risks unleashed from internet-connected cars.
It’s still early days for cell therapy.
You might have heard about Darek Fidyka, the paralysed man from Poland who recently walked again after an experimental cell transplant. It made headlines around the world and raised the hopes of many people…
If press coverage is any measure, it appears that electric vehicles (EVs) have finally arrived. Tesla’s Model S was named Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, the Nissan Leaf is topping the EV sales…
A cheap or costly drop? You might be surprised to find out how Australian taxes on petrol compare to overseas.
UPDATED ON TUESDAY 22 JULY: See editor’s note below for details on the updates. In this year’s federal budget, the Abbott government moved to restart automatically increasing the fuel excise in line with…
Two-stroke scooters are “super-polluters” in developing countries, according to a study from Switzerland. The study found…