Building a car that's also a boat is hard, but their numbers are increasing.
A timeline of micro cars.
The outlaw duo died May 23, 1934. Their stolen Ford V8 could be relevant once more.
How to recreate auto tech from 60 years ago.
Luxury supercars, hydrogen fuel cells, and fully autonomous cars -- in 15 years
Little cars flopped in the 1950s. Today, failure isn't an option.
Survival tips from the Popular Science archives
#TBT to single-cylinders
The car has greatly evolved over the past century, and Popular Science has been along for the transformational ride.
It works by detecting the radio waves used to send SMS messages.
See copies of the results of the Google car's driving test at a Nevada DMV
Each light consists of one million tiny independent beams
Its makers are hoping to have it assembled and ready to roll by the end of the week.
Businessman Zong Yi bought a Tesla Model S. Then he bought 20 charging stations to help him get home from Beijing to Guangzhou.
We're collecting news reports of tests of autonomous cars on public roads.
For now, this is only possible in a Tesla. In the future, who knows?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration missed its own deadlines for making a decision on mandating car-to-car communications, but says it will come soon.
Baby, you can drive my car -- whether I like it or not.
It's not made by Google.
Our favorite Lambos through the decades, from the Popular Science archive.
A deer detector could be next.
They produce only water as exhaust.
In a parallel universe, our cars glide over grass highways and park themselves.
The long road to the modern car's smooth ride
Gyroscopic speed-demons, one-wheeled war tanks, and more
PopSci's old-school guide to maintaining your tires, troubleshooting your carburetor, and driving without accidentally killing anyone
Would you take these seaplanes and other vehicles out for a ride? We'd take our chances on the marsh buggy, but would probably strap on a life vest (or two) while riding the amphibious bicycle
The good, the bad, and the hideous
PopSci's earliest coverage of Model T's, sleazy car salesmen, and the must-have automobile accessories of the 1920s
If only our Thanksgiving travel plans included rides on cross-country high-speed rails, propeller-powered monorails, and the mythical Long Island bullet train
Winged tanks, a torpedo-shaped aerobile, and flying cars designed by the 20th century's most renowned aviation minds
Electric cars are nothing new: From lever-powered hybrids to generator-towing luxury cars, we've tracked their progress for nearly a century
A dog-powered car, a plastic bike sail, and a merry-go-round rowing machine are just a few of the quirkier inventions documented in PopSci's archives
German automakers plan a full re-imaging of a Cold War East German relic
PopSci has been looking toward the near and distant future of the car for over 135 years. To coincide with car month here, see how some of our past predictions have survived the test of time.
Cars that think for us! Cars that change shape at will! Cars that scream along underground at twice the speed of sound! Itâ€™s a cinch to predict the future of the automobile. But how do we get there?
Auto enthusiasts envisioned high-speed tankers that pumped on the go. The idea did not catch on -- except in the air.
Radar, lasers, wireless radio networks and other embedded tech will enable our cars to sense faraway traffic and stop accidents before they happen. But who will be in the driver's seat?
Under the hood of the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron is a 16-cylinder tale of big egos, aggressive engineering and media sniping.
Greener than a Prius and hotter than a Maserati, the Fisker Karma promises to change the way the world thinks about electric cars. The only problem is that nobody outside the company has driven one yet. Will Henrik Fisker tempt buyers into the electric age, or is he already a relic of the past?
What would happen if an architect renowned for his unruly, twisted-metal structures decided to craft a new kind of automobile? We´re about to find out.
A new generation of smarter-car technology is helping drivers — and cars — manage trips more efficiently, preventing gridlock, avoiding wrecks and ameliorating 5 p.m. road rage
How Silicon Valley engineers are transforming cars into very smart, very fast and increasingly opinionated information systems
An inside look at the DeltaWing, the boldest--and most polarizing--racecar design in decades
Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.
A millennial responds to his automobile-loving, autonomy-wary critics
Hybrid electric coupes are fashioned for efficiency—with fangs
They look like lawnmowers on steroids, but superkarts can keep pace with million-dollar Ferraris--150 mph on the straights and crazy Gs in the turns. The best value in racing is starting to get respect.
While other college kids study, sleep, and party, disciplined teams of gearhead geniuses-in-training duke it out for trophies-and the chance to build the cars of tomorrow-at the premier university-level car race
It's Bentley's bid, seven decades later, to reclaim the Le Mans throne. It's an experimental car. We're going 190 mph.
Import tuners, once kid brothers to small-block chevys, have grown up.
Sony and other unlikely car designers.
The inside account of how GM stole the Detroit auto show by hustling its Pontiac Solstice off the sketchpad and onto the stage in record time.
How do you completely disassemble a classic sports car and rebuild it better than new? You take a deep breath and dive in.
This is the engine, fuel tank, and transmission of a revolutionary new kind of car. In this feature, we offer a first peek at the cool designs it makes possible.
Zero to 60 in under five seconds: World's fastest grocery-hauler from Mercedes hot-rod division. Also tested: the fantastic new S65 AMG.
Our intrepid reporter recaps the coolest concepts, plus some models you (or your rich uncle) can actually buy.
You shouldn't need a degree in computer science to understand whatâ€™s going on under the hood of your next car. Here's your no-nonsense guide to the latest automotive -- and the coolest cars that showcase them
Racing technology, now and in the future
It's a moment fraught with exquisite anticipation and dread-the moment when your car's true power is laid bare for all to see.
U.S. automakers are thinking big -- and building small.
Old tech & new materials intricately combined for insane speed: the ingenuity of the top fuel dragster.
If racecar designers werenâ€™t constrained by speed-stifling rules, theyâ€™d create monsters of suction capable of doing 300+ mph ... upside down.
The pricey, small-batch lithium-ion powered Mini E has arrived. And it looks and drives like, well, a really quiet Mini Cooper
At the height of the automotive industry crisis, carmakers tried to smile through the pain
“Party for a Solar Powered New York” yields some innovative solar-powered toy cars
Does the hotly anticipated plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt have a shot at rejuvenating General Motors? We took a prototype version for a spin to find out.
A British steam car overcomes vapor lock to beat a 1906 record
Gordon Murray may have been responsible for some of the most highly prized race cars and one legendary sports car, but his latest trick will be far more fuel-efficient, with space enough for a threesome
Toyota looks to its past for an excitement transfusion. It also raids the Subaru engine laboratory, but it's OK. Toyota's a part-owner
A smaller but surprisingly less depressing North American Auto Show features a shaken industry seeking a fresh start
Will Honda's natural-gas-powered Civic GX blow other "green" cars off the road? See the first reports from our year-long in-depth test
And if so, what does that future look like?
We cover all the bases: droolworthy visions, dramatic departures, genre-defining pioneers and true forehead-slappers (a nuclear-powered Ford sedan? Why not!).
For 64 years, concept cars have wooed and wowed the driving public. Many made empty promises, but the best foreshadowed real technological change.
Youâ€™re pushing 185 mph. The trees to your left have melted into a green blur, the tachometer needle shakes frenetically as it nears the end of its ascent, and the engine is screaming.
See automotive editor Eric Adams's photo-guide to the slickest new rides and concepts unveiled at the industry's premier event in Detroit
The team at Terrafugia is about to fulfill the fantasy of every driver pilot: a consumer vehicle that can take to the highways and the skies. All they have to do is finish the first one
Nissan has produced a quick, fun-to-drive, technologically sophisticated pure-electric car. But inevitably, limited driving range makes it a daily commuter, not a road-tripper
Behind the wheel, we find that GM's highest-profile concept car has become a refreshing, radically different kind of production vehicle
See what happens when a 1927 Model T and a 1986 Mustang come together in an unholy (but fast!) union
Leave it to a human to crash an autonomous car
Five technologies that will shape the cars of the future
Welsh design star Ross Lovegrove helped create the nature-inspired Twin'Z city car.
Hacked cars are unlikely to be an assassin's weapon of choice.
The first production plug-in hybrid sedan from Porsche
Fun with high-pressure hoses
Before you try stunt-jumping your car over the nearest chasm, read up on the physics of why you're doomed to fail
Britain's Richard Noble, the reigning king of land speed, is building a rocket on wheels to shatter his own record. The only problem: A ragtag American team might beat him to it
At a Colorado course, electric machines are the new performance vehicles.