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18 February 2019: Boom Supersonic’s Sound Barrier Breaker
10 January 2019: Beta Technologies eVTOL Prototype
My Facebook group for the 2017 and 2024 U.S. total solar eclipses: World’s largest public eclipse discussion group!
Wired (07 January 2018): Wanna Master the Crafty Aerodynamics of a Humongous Telescope? Call Boeing
Wired: 20 August 2017): The Most Extreme Way to Watch the Eclipse? Chase it in a Jet
Gear Patrol (March 2015): Eclipse-Chasing in the Faroe Islands
Gear Patrol (19 January 2016): A Guide to the Bucket-List Spectacle of the Decade: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
The New York Times (27 March 2013): Packing the Family for a Solar Eclipse
FEATURES, GENERAL REPORTING
Wired (01 September 2018): Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America’s Secret Mail
The Drive (12 march 2018): 5 People Died in a Helicopter Crash in New York City's East River. I Was There.
Popular Science (08 August 2018): A fatal helicopter crash exposes the complexities—and risks—of influencer marketing
The Drive (03 August 2018): In Mongolia, Drones Look Deep Into the Past in a Hunt for Dinosaurs Fossils
Wired (08 April 2018): Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash
Entrepreneur (25 May 2017): What Gary Vaynerchuk Learned by Experimenting on Himself
Wired: (06 July 2016): Eight Lessons for Fixing the Cities of the Future
Men’s Health (April 2015): The Most Important Thing You Can Do This Weekend Is Take a Long Drive by Yourself
Popular Science (June 2004): Is This What War Will Come To?
Wired (15 November 2018): THE ‘BABY BOOM’ CHARTS A RETURN TO SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
The Drive (13 November 2018): Inside the Massive Firefighting Aircraft in California
The Drive (07 November 2018): Lion Air Crash Investigation Shows Troubling Signs in Boeing's New 737 Max
The Drive (22 October 2018): DJI Demands Researchers Retract Drone Vs. Plane Wing Crash Test—But Is It Truly Inaccurate?
Wired (25 June 2018): VR Pilot Training Now Comes With a Sense of Touch
Wired (19 July 2018): The Head-Spinning Challenge of Making Helicopters Autonomous
Popular Science (22 May 2018): Getting on an Airplane? Here's How They're Inspected to Keep You Safe
Wired (31 May 2018): Airbus's New H160 Helicopter Helps Save Pilots From Their Own Mistakes
The Drive (15 May 2018): The Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 May Never Be Solved—But We Shouldn't Stop Searching
The Drive (02 January 2018): Will Blue Origin Beat SpaceX to Manned Space Flight in 2018?
The Drive (19 December 2017): The HondaJet Ride-Along Review: Honda Takes the Slow Track to a Fast Plane
The Drive (20 November 2017): Your Outrage Over Business Jets Is Silly
Forbes (29 March 2019): No, Car Ownership Will Not Die
Wired: (12 March 2019): CRACKING THE DEVILISH AERODYNAMICS OF NEWFANGLED FLYING CARS
The Drive (4 March 2019): We Take Sikorsky's Ground-Breaking Experimental Autonomous Helicopter For a Test-Flight
Wired (29 January 2019): THE NEED FOR CARBON FIBER COULD GROUND THE FLYING-CAR FUTURE
The Drive (11 January 2019): Beta Technologies, a Vermont Air Taxi Start-Up, Might Be About to Change the Aviation World
Wired (10 January 2019: SNOW CAN'T STOP THE EDWARD SCISSORHANDS OF FLYING CARS
Wired (7 January 2019): BELL REVEALS A SURPRISINGLY DOWN-TO-EARTH AIR TAXI
The Drive (13 December 2018): For Bell Helicopter, the Future of Flight Lies in Air Taxis Anyone Can Fly
The Drive (11 November 2018): What3Words Aims to Redefine Everything You Know About Navigation in 3 Little Words
The Drive (29 October 2018): Air Taxi Start-Up Lilium Boldly Claims Uber-Like Service Will Start 'Much Sooner Than' 2025
The Drive (03 October 2018): Here's How the Autonomous Air Taxi of Tomorrow Won't Let You Die
Wired (27 September 2018): Inside the Secret Conference Plotting to Launch Flying Cars
Wired (14 September 2018): To Solve Flying Cars’ Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines
The Drive (20 August 2018): Icon A5 Aircraft Test Flight: Flying Into What the Future of Mobility Should Be
The Drive (4 June 2018): How Much New-Tech Transportation Death Will We Tolerate?
Wired (15 June 2018): Four Reasons We Don't Have Flying Cars Yet
The Drive (21 May 2018): Uber's Self-Flying Air Taxi Dreams Are a Delusional Fantasy
The Drive (25 April 2018): Wait, Who Even Asked for Self-Driving Cars in the First Place?
The Drive (13 April 2018): Can Big Automakers Be Trusted With Big Data?
Wired (11 April 2018): Raytheon’s New Radar Could Help Bring Flying Cars to Reality
The Drive (25 January 2018): Latest Tesla Autopilot Wreck Shows How Future Car Accidents Will Be Investigated Like Plane Crashes
The Drive (15 January 2018): Is All This New Automotive Safety Tech Working? Not If Drivers Don’t Understand It
The Drive (7 December 2017): How Long, Really, Until Self-Driving Cars Hit the Streets?
The Drive (21 November 2017): Science Confirms: New Tesla Roadster Will Be the Greatest Getaway Car Ever
The Drive (03 November 2017): Auto-Tech Investing Goes Insane, Becomes a Blood Sport for the Future
The Drive (23 October 2017): American Commuters Fail Miserably at Last-Mile Mobility
The Drive (19 October 2017): Puerto Rico Is a Testbed for Emergency Drone Cargo Deliveries
Wired (19 October 2017): To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans
Wired (18 September 2017): Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars that Watch Their Humans
Popular Science (2 December 2015): A Human Driver Vs. Robby The Autonomous Racecar
Gear Patrol (30 March 2019): 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: a Historic Nameplate Makes a Remarkable Return
Wired: (22 March 2019): SAFETY-OBSESSED VOLVO GOES AFTER DISTRACTED, SPEEDY DRIVERS
The Drive (5 March 2019): The Ins And Outs Of Everything-By-Wire
The Drive (4 February 2019): 2019 Chevrolet Blazer First Drive: A Crossover Comeback, With Mixed Results
The Drive (4 February 2019): Tesla Was the Exception: Electric Car Start-Ups Face Huge Challenges
The Drive (19 December 2018): The Audi E-tron Brings Groundbreaking Brake-By Wire Technology to Electric Cars
The Drive (7 December 2018): 2019 Audi E-tron First Drive: The VW Group's War on Tesla—and Gasoline—Starts Here
The Drive (30 November 2018): For Tuners and Hot Rodders, the Electric Cars of the Future Present a Host of New Challenges
Wired (28 November 2018): PORSCHE’S NEW 911 LISTENS TO THE ROAD TO WEATHER THE WET
Wired (06 November 2018): Audis A8 Sedan Rolls With the Punches to Make T-Bone Crashes Safer
Gear Patrol (31 October 2018): Hyundai Veloster N Review: A Very Worthy and Affordable Hot Hatch
The Drive (26 October 2018): Why Does Jaguar's Electric I-Pace Only Go 234 Miles on a Charge?
The Drive (18 October 2018): Testing the Audi E-tron's Virtual Side-View Mirrors: Is the Camera-Based System Ready?
Gear Patrol (18 October 2018): The New Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV Is a Sure-Footed Hulk and Glamorous to a Fault
Wired (16 October 2018): Audi Brings Drift-Happy Driving Dynamics to All-Electric SUV
The Drive (11 October 2018): 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan First Drive: Incongruous On the Trail, But Still Every Bit a Rolls
Gear Patrol (05 October 2018): The New Mercedes-Benz A-Class Punches Way, Way Above Its Entry-Level Weight
Gear Patrol (27 September 2018): The 13 Best Family-Friendly Car Features on the Market
The Drive (19 September 2018): 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class First Drive: A Well-Rounded Compact With a Bad Sense of Humor
Wired (18 September 2018): Audi at Last Unveils the E-Tron, Its First All-Electric SUV
Gear Patrol (18 September 2018): The Upstart Genesis G70 Is a Truly Worthy BMW Competitor
The Drive (06 September 2018) : Mercedes-Benz's All-Electric EQC Crossover Uses a Distracting Idea to Attempt to Boost Efficiency
Wired (04 September 2018): Mercedes Challenges Tesla With an All-Electric SUV
The Drive (31 August 2018): Automakers and Audio Companies Are Pushing In-Car Music Technology Farther Than Ever
The Drive (28 August 2018): At Aston Martin, Design and Engineering Build Off One Another to Create Sports Car Magic
Gear Patrol (15 August 2018): 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review: 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque… In a Wagon
The Drive (16 July 2018): Meet the Zombie Cars of West Africa
Popular Science (03 July 2018): This is Jaguar's first real attempt to take on Tesla
Gear Patrol (28 June 2018): The Porsche Panamera Executive Successfully Competes With the Big Boys
The Drive (12 June 2018): It's Michelin Vs. the AAA in Tire Safety
The Drive (11 January 2018): A Lesson from CES 2018: All These Screens in Cars Might Kill Us
The Drive (09 January 2018): The Secrets of Electric Cars and Their Motors: It’s Not All About the Battery, Folks
Gear Patrol (01 August 2017): First Drive: 2018 Bugatti Chiron, The World-Bending King of Cars
Wired (26 July 2017): Inside Dodge’s Face-Warpingly Fast Demon Dragster
Wired (29 December 2018): THE HEIR TO THE V-22 OSPREY FLIES THROUGH A YEAR OF TESTING
Wired (26 October 2018): Step Inside the Air Force’s Sound-Swallowing Anechoic Chamber
Popular Science (28 June 2018): Power-multiplying exoskeletons are slimming down for use on the battlefield
Popular Science (23 April 2018): It’s not just Syria—chemical weapons still pose a global threat
Wired (28 November 2017): US Fighter Jets Are Getting the Laser Cannons They’ve Always Deserved
Wired (20 October 2017): America’s Future War Trucks Don’t Need No Stinking Windows
Wired (11 October 2017): Humanity Gets a Laser-Shooting, Drone-Slaying Dune Buggy
Gear Patrol (26 October 2018): Peak Design’s New Travel Bag Is Perfect for Photographers
The Drive (8 June 2018): Shoot to Thrill: 14 Secrets to Taking Great Car Photos
Gear Patrol (25 April 2015): This Is What 400 Megapixels Looks Like: The New Hasselblad H6D-400c MS
I have a collection of such moments rattling around in my brain — and I’m not just talking about the scenes all shooters, pro and enthusiast, have where we mutter to ourselves, “Ugh, wish I had my camera.” I’m talking about the situations where we actually do have our cameras and are out on an explicit conquest for a great shot, but still miss the moment. There was, for instance, the beautiful, strikingly costumed witches walking to the Harry Potter convention in Philadelphia, their perfect alignment missed by mere seconds. There was the the F-22 Raptor fighter jet that materialized out of nowhere and buzzed right in front of the rising full moon in Nevada, but for which I didn’t have the right lens attached. There were more. Many, many more.
With Virtual Reality gear, you can engage in immersive experiences right in your living room, including climbing a steep cliff, floating around in a space station, racing cars, and even becoming a garage mechanic or short-order cook. Job Simulator is surprisingly satisfying. But in order for the technology to truly take off — for it to shoot past clunky goggles and the expensive gaming rigs needed to run them — it absolutely needs to appeal to the mass market. It’s not going to be video games that does that, or even jaw-dropping simulations of mountains and space. It’s going to be a whole new brand of narrative entertainment.
Drones may dominate the future of flying, but human pilots aren’t going extinct for a while: The ultra-high-tech F-22 and F-35A fighters are finally entering service, and should spend decades aloft. That’s why the US Air Force is launching a competition to find the jet that will educate its next generation of fighter pilots. Trainer jets are a bit like driver’s ed cars. Their two seats each offer a full set of controls, so the experienced Top Gun can mold noob pilots into air jocks without risking their lives. The Air Force’s current top trainer, the T-38 Talon, has been flying for 50 years; the youngest of the planes are in their mid-40s.
When critics met the all-new Cadillac CT6 earlier this year, they lauded the sedan’s sharp design, luxurious interior, and impressive performance. They generally paid less attention to the rearview mirror. Understandably; the rectangle of glass and plastic usually lacks the appeal of horsepower figures, of autonomous capabilities, of night vision. But the CT6’s mirror merits a closer look.
As I arrived at the most recent Lehigh Valley Cars & Coffee event in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, one dude’s exuberant words echoed the loudest around the old Bethlehem Steel foundry buildings like a hammer pounding on freshly cooled I-beams: “WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT!?” he shouted over and over again with dumbstruck enthusiasm.
Porsche has re-engineered the Panamera for 2017, turning the pudgy, oft maligned sedan into a family car that can handle a day at the track as easily as a trip to the grocery store. And to crank out the best seller, Porsche also re-engineered its Leipzig, Germany, production facility. The $500 million expansion includes a 20,000-square foot quality center for testing parts, augmented reality, a computer-optimized system for just-in-time delivery of parts, and more.
The $98,300 Panamera may make 911 fans roll their eyes, but it makes Porsche piles of cash, so the Germans don’t hold back when it comes to making the cars just right. From the quality control room to the paint shop to the test track, here’s how Porsche builds the Panamera.
The road up the side of Mauna Loa — a 13,700-foot active volcano on the island of Hawaii — is a marvel. It’s a single-lane, undulating ribbon of clean black asphalt that stretches for 17 twisty miles to a small observatory near the mountain’s summit. You drive it slowly, otherwise the relentless up-and-down and side-to-side will send you and your rental car straight into vast, tire-shredding fields of hardened lava.
The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge is a wickedly cool car. Not that other Rollers aren’t cool — they are, but they also trend toward, well, color. Beautiful, rich colors like blue, maroon, grey, with abundant silver-chrome detailing; colors that provide a challenge for those who possess more somber, edgier personas. You can’t glare menacingly at your adversary in the dark of night from behind the wheel of a candy-colored rolling chandelier. Black Badge fixes that.
Every tire you've ridden on is balancing act, the triangulation of qualities that negate each other. Great-handling tires don’t last. Durable tires are loud. Quiet tires can’t handle. The rubber wrapped around the wheels on every new car is a carefully crafted compromise that favors some traits over others, because you can’t have it all.
In Ghana, women don’t ride bicycles. In China, chauffeured private cars are status symbols. In Morocco, many commuters don’t have credit cards. What’s an Uber driver to do? These are the sort of challenges hundreds of global transportation planners and analysts, government bureaucrats, and entrepreneurs pondered last month in Leipzig, Germany, during the International Transport Forum. The three-day gathering offered vital lessons to anyone eager to capitalize on the rise of open data, ride-sharing, autonomous cars, and more.
Mark your calendar: August 21, 2017. Crowds from coast to coast will scramble into position. News crews will fall over themselves. Music videos will be filmed on location, memes will be born, and while some hearts will swell, others will undoubtedly be broken. But you — reading this, now — you’ll be prepared when the eclipse rolls into town
It’s a sunny morning at Sonoma Raceway, north of San Francisco—a great day for a race. My driver, Robby, pulls up to greet me. Robby is not a person. It’s a car—an autonomous racecar, to be precise—and it’s ready for a fight. Outwardly, Robby is an Audi RS7 sport sedan, bright red and tarted up with black racing stripes and a giant logo. On the inside, however, it contains some of the most sophisticated autonomous-driving equipment—cameras, laser scanners, accelerometers, precision GPS receivers, microprocessors—on the planet.
The Faroe Islands — nestled smack in the middle of a triangle in the North Atlantic formed by Norway, Iceland, and Scotland — are, on the surface, a terrible place for a solar eclipse. They’re often cloaked in clouds. The weather’s erratic. And all the tropospheric volatility makes any attempt at prediction a crapshoot. Yet there I was, driving around the windswept islands in a tinny Suzuki rental car at dawn on Friday, March 20, searching desperately for any signs of blue sky on the horizon.
I found the road by mistake. I’d gone out for a brief drive late one Saturday morning last spring and, suddenly itching for a bit more alone time, decided to investigate a state park I’d heard good things about—170 miles away. So I drove. And drove—down the interstate, onto rural routes, and through twisty back roads in the forests of north-central Pennsylvania, for no other reason than that I had an urge. Wrapped up in my meditative solitude, I missed a turn and found myself at the head of a blocked-off road. The barricade bore a “Local Traffic Only” sign, and beyond it stretched a strip of fresh, inky asphalt, winding and unblemished. They hadn’t even painted the double-yellow yet. The virgin road beckoned.