Great Drive: Colorado
Jun07

Great Drive: Colorado

It has been far too long since I took a great drive, let alone wrote about one. With a few spare hours after work on a business trip to the Boulder, Colorado area, I set off earlier this week on a drive for which I had done minimal research.  The scenery far surpassed my expectations, though the trip was slower than I had expected due to speed limits.

Prior to my departure, I had quickly scoured Google Maps for curvy, mountainous roads near Boulder, and found plenty. I decided to head up Baseline Road from its intersection with US-36, which led me to Flagstaff Road. Boulder (elevation 5430 feet) sits in a high valley flanked by tall mountains, and almost immediately from its intersection with US-36, the route began climbing steeply. Shortly thereafter, Flagstaff Road began, with incredible vistas around every (incredibly-sharp) corner. Flagstaff Road is posted 20 MPH, and it’s not possible to go much faster due to vehicle and bike traffic, combined with narrow lanes and shoulders (often with precipitous drops off the downhill side).

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Photo Gallery: Detroit Belle Isle IndyCar Dual
Jun04

Photo Gallery: Detroit Belle Isle IndyCar Dual

Last weekend was the Belle Isle IndyCar Dual race in Detroit.  Photographer Steve Lagreca attended the event on behalf of Autosavant and has shared a number of photos with us.

The races were the first ever IndyCar “dual” race – which is basically a weekend doubleheader, with separate races on Saturday and Sunday, with a different winner each day. The photos are from both days’ races; Steve has compiled some bullet point facts from each day of racing.  Enjoy the facts and the amazing photos!

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How Wet Roads Affect Stopping Distances

Although there have been calls for elderly drivers to retake their tests in the past, including one from former Formula One driver, , very little attention has been paid to bad drivers in general.

Despite the fact that many people are calling for the elderly to retake their tests, in 2011 the AA asked 17,000 drivers whether they thought that would pass a test if they were to retake it.

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Electric Vehicle Parking: Etiquette and the Law
May10

Electric Vehicle Parking: Etiquette and the Law

Several months ago, Ford PR sent out a somewhat humorous press release about etiquette at public charging stations for Electric Vehicles, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. The point was that electric vehicles take longer to refuel than combustion vehicles. Cars that run on dino-juice can pull up to any gas station and refill the tank in around five minutes. Electric vehicle take much longer to recharge; anywhere between four and sixteen hours depending on the supply voltage and the state of charge. Such lengthy charging times require the EV drivers to plan ahead, and possibly plan trips around availability of charging stations.

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SMMT Test Day 2013: Part II
May07

SMMT Test Day 2013: Part II

Continuing from Part I of the SMMT Test Day 2013 series, where I test drive the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, the 2013 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC, the 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid, the 2013 Toyota GT86 and the Toyota AE86.

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SMMT Test Day 2013: Part I
May06

SMMT Test Day 2013: Part I

I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to the 2013 Test Day of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), given our relatively minor presence among the British press. It is a great step for Autosavant, a golden opportunity to network with motor manufacturers as well as to drive the latest cars in the market.

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