| Feb 3, 2014
| 11:49 AM
The Department of Transportation will push the development of a short-range radio system aimed at stopping crashes by allowing cars to exchange basic facts about speed and direction to other vehicles as fast at 10 times a second.
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Nothing seemed to underscore the revolving door between federal regulators and the companies they regulate as vividly as the two milestones marked on Jan. 17 at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One was NHTSA's announcement that it was...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Cars of the future will know when they're about to get hit — and how to speak up about it.
U.S. auto safety regulators on Monday took the first steps toward mandating that automakers build cars that talk to one another. They would speak in short-...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:18 AM
Mayor Bill De Blasio had been in office just one day when it happened: A 53-year-old man was hit and killed by a van while crossing a Queens street in the early evening.
Eight days later, it happened again, this time on Manhattan’s Upper West...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 2:34 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israeli soldiers fatally shot a young Palestinian man on a West Bank road Wednesday, and a dispute immediately arose about the circumstances of the confrontation.
The Israel Defense Forces said the man, identified by...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community’s time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 3:38 PM
In the middle of a brutal winter, states throughout the country are grappling with a new crisis, a shortage of rock salt to melt ice on roadways. Here's a look at what's being done to combat limited supplies.
What's the big deal about salt?
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:55 PM
A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:00 PM
I learned two things when Deborah Murphy of Silver Lake sent me an email in mid-December.
First, there's a pedestrian-advocacy organization in our car-crazed metropolis, and it goes by the name of Los Angeles Walks.
Second, there's a city of L.A....
| Jan 18, 2014
| 11:00 AM
As crazy as it sounds, you may one day get into your car and head to the coffee shop, to work, to the gym or the beach without ever putting your foot on the brake or the gas pedal.
No, you're not going to have a chauffeur. Your car is going to drive...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The recent report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission paints a bleak picture for Los Angeles, with a laundry list of ills facing the city. Our concern is that the commission will recommend options, to come within 90 days, that mimic those of the past:...