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Our self-driving car future may be farther away than the hype suggests. Besides Tesla, self-driving car developers depend on an expensive piece of technology called LIDAR, a laser-based radar that allows an autonomous vehicle to see the road.

There are cheaper options, but the MIT Technology Review explains that these more-affordable solutions won't deliver the kind of data that's necessary for self-driving cars to operate at highway speeds.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


We're required to have insurance, but what that insurance covers can vary from company to company, policy to policy, and even person to person. The result is you could think your insurance covers something it doesn't, and this list helps separate fact from fiction.


Let's say you have $10,000 to spend on a car. But you want something fun -- a car that, while it isn't necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we've rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.


Dear Lifehacker, After doing my research and crunching the numbers, I've purchased a brand new family car -- a Subaru Forester. One factor I didn't consider is the potential toxicity of the "new car smell". I can't find any recent research in this area, but I wanted to know: Are 2016 cars still susceptible to the same problem? Will the new car harm my infant baby? Am I going into overdrive and worrying about a non-issue? Also, if new car smell is dangerous, how can I reduce or eliminate the risks?


Suspicious that you've got a leak in your tire but not sure. Try this simple tried-and-true tip from the pros. Blogger Pinny Cohen's mechanic taught him this painless method for quickly and easily detecting leaks, no special equipment required:

The last time I thought a tire had a hidden leak, he whipped out a spray bottle with a 20/80 mix of liquid soap and water. I was about to tell him "thanks, but I just got a car wash done the other week" when he started spraying the tire. In a small area by the rim, I noticed a neat effect. Bubbles started growing and bursting at a fast rate - a leak!

It's not a new idea, but it's one of those clever little tricks that's always good to know. Photo by modenadude.

Check For Tire Leaks With Liquid Soap


If you've got a hankering to hit the road and take an all-American scenic road trip this summer—despite the astronomical gas prices—Yahoo Travel rounds up a few editor-favourite routes. The article highlights:

...everything from the obvious Highway 1 in California to the less-obvious — but brilliantly named — Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana. We've picked routes for their history; for their natural scenery; for their romantic appeal; and for their remote wild beauty.

Got a favourite stretch of road in your neck of the woods? Let's hear about it in the comments. And before you're taking that drive, check out our many tips for saving on gas. Photo by cadmanof50s.

Best Scenic Drives in the U.S.


Car and Driver magazine knows a thing or two about getting pulled over, so they asked seven state troopers from across the Us what they want and don't want from you, the driver, during a routine traffic stop. For example, rather than preparing your licence, registration, and insurance information before the officer asks for it, "most cops don't want you to do anything except rest your hands on top of the steering wheel until directed otherwise."


A crafty user at DIY web site Instructables makes a car dock for the iPhone or iPod touch from materials primarily found in your device's packaging. Throw a little bit of glue and some velcro into the mix, and you've got a clean, attractive dock for your car for virtually nothing. On the other hand, if you prefer shelling out a little cash to taking the DIY route, check out the previously posted guide to iPhone car integration.

Iphone car stand doc for iPhone or iPod Touch


Everything-iPod web site iLounge walks through several setups for integrating your iPhone with your car, from the barebones budget setup to the pricier "optimal" solution. Each setup comes with its own assortment of pros and cons, and the solution that works best for you will likely depend on a combination of your budget and your car stereo. In the end, though, you should end up with a very workable solution for integrating your iPhone's music and phone capabilities with your car. Got a tighter integration? Let's hear about it in the comments.

The Complete Guide to iPhone Car Integration