Fri August 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:31 pm

Reggie Shaw killed two men while he was texting on a Utah highway. He now speaks to groups about the dangers of texting and driving.
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Thu August 15, 2013

Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On Its C-Max Hybrid

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 4:05 am

A Ford C-MAX hybrid vehicle goes through assembly at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, last November.
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(Updated 8:40 p.m. ET)

Ford on Thursday backpedaled on the stated fuel economy for its C-Max hybrid after customer complaints and an EPA investigation found that the vehicle wasn't living up to its advertised 47 mpg.

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Thu August 15, 2013
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Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 3:25 pm

Teenagers turn to their phones and social media to find rides.
Tanggineka Hall Youth Radio

Part of a series of stories produced in collaboration with Youth Radio on the changing car culture in America.

Back in the 1970s, my mom turned 18 and got her dream car.

"A Super Beetle, silver, with red and black racing stripes and a sunroof with a cassette AM/FM in the dash," she says. "You really couldn't tell me much after that."

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Tue August 13, 2013
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A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:59 am

A rendering of a Hyperloop pod.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.

The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles per hour, which could get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

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Mon August 12, 2013

After Much Hype, Elon Musk Unveils His High-Speed 'Hyperloop'

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 4:03 pm

Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" vehicle.
Elon Musk

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. Introducing Hyperloop:

Bloomberg scored the big scoop and got Elon Musk — the founder of Tesla, SpaceX and Paypal — to explain his vision for a high-speed mass transit vehicle that could deliver you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in an astonishing 30 minutes. Musk explained that the Hyperloop pods would leave every 30 seconds and would run inside "low pressure" tubes. Bloomberg continues:

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