Driving

  • 2.5 percent of the population can drive and use their phone at the same time. That means 97.5 percent can't.

    2.5 percent of the population can drive and use their phone at the same time. That means 97.5 percent can't.

    A new study from the University of Utah suggests that a very small percentage of people are able to drive safely while using a cellphone. The actual percentage, 2.5 percent of the population, isn’t high enough to affect policy, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Well, kinda. Read More

  • Cup holder, schmupholder – you need a full tray for your morning commute

    Cup holder, schmupholder – you need a full tray for your morning commute

    What an odd array of breakfast items in this product shot: Egg McMuffin, sure. Apple juice, okay. Fries? You might be on to something there. Whatever the case, if you’ve been eating food out of a bag while careening down the highway on your way to work maybe it’s time to class things up a bit with this $11 Swivel Car Tray. Read More

  • Nationwide no texting law goes into effect for buses and commercial trucks

    Nationwide no texting law goes into effect for buses and commercial trucks

    Newsflash: Sending text messages while driving is dangerous. There’s really no safe way to send a text while behind the wheel unless you’re at a stoplight or pulled over. And while there’s no nationwide texting ban for regular drivers, Uncle Sam has just decreed that anyone driving a large commercial truck or bus anywhere in the country can be fined up to $2,750 if caught… Read More

  • Texting and driving now banned in New York State

    Texting and driving now banned in New York State

    Residents of New York State, beware: texting and driving is now 100 percent banned. No, it’s not the first state to enact such a ban—far from it, actually—but sometimes things don’t register till they happen in your backyard. The law goes into effect today, and infractions carry a maximum fine of $150. Read More

  • Robots taking over role of backseat driver

    Robots taking over role of backseat driver

    Meet AIDA, the Affective Intelligent Driving Assistant. This is a prototype robot that utilizes sensors inside and outside the car to create “a platform comprising of a personal robot and an intelligent navigation system that aims to bring an innovative driving experience.” I don’t own an automobile, so practically every driving experience is innovative to me right now! Read More

  • Steering wheel table increases productivity, fast food intake

    Steering wheel table increases productivity, fast food intake

    Perhaps your job has you driving miles and miles and miles in a relatively straight line. You might as well rig your steering wheel up with a surface suitable for eating, computing, and playing solitaire. Whup, wait, scratch the solitaire. You can play solitaire on your computer instead — the computer that rests on this $25 Wheelmate Steering Wheel Desk Tray. Read More

  • UPS, FedEx drivers to square off at 2009 National Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championships next month

    UPS, FedEx drivers to square off at 2009 National Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championships next month

    King of Queens Season Five, Episode 20 (titled Driving Reign) finds Doug Heffernan and his cousin Danny squaring off in an IPS truck race. Hilarity ensues — see the video clip below. But did you know that the friendly men and women of the United Parcel Service, upon which the fictional International Parcel Service is based, have their very own real-life driving competitions? It’s true! Read More

  • Programmable license plate cover finally affordable for the rest of us

    Programmable license plate cover finally affordable for the rest of us

    License plate covers with scrolling LED messages used to be the playthings of kings, CEOs, and hotel owners! Now you, too, can get in on the fun for far less than you think. GraveyardMall.com is selling the “E-Plate Scrolling License Plate Frame” for just $14 plus shipping. Read More

  • Your finger’s all sweaty, you been drinking tonight?

    Your finger’s all sweaty, you been drinking tonight?

    A couple of grad students in China have developed a method for testing someone’s blood alcohol level directly from a middle finger. The system consists of a small box mounted inside of a car, connected to the vehicle’s ignition. A would-be motorist sticks his or her swear finger into the box for twenty seconds and the system first checks the fingerprint to identify the driver and… Read More

  • Allstate testing video games to lower insurance rates

    Allstate testing video games to lower insurance rates

    Drivers in Pennsylvania between the ages of 50 and 75 will get to test out a new program by Allstate that’ll attempt to determine whether playing video games makes for better drivers. The pilot program will be open to 100,000 people who will be asked to play at least ten hours of memory-type games aimed at improving alertness. These drivers will then be compared to other 50- to 75-year… Read More