Google is taking its driverless car technology on the road: after unleashing a new generation self-driving prototypes on the streets near its California home recently, the company says there’s a new driverless vehicles that will be tooling around Austin, TX.
Ah, the Great American Road Trip! An open highway, stretching before you across the states, giant balls of yarn and mystical sights awaiting the moment you drive up to see just how awesome that one cornfield in Iowa actually is. In an effort to woo drivers willing, ready and able to cruise the 2,000+ miles from New York City to Los Angeles, Tesla is tripling the number of its supercharger stations across the country. [More]
Rising gas prices be darned, it’s Labor Day weekend and that means travelers are getting ready to hit the roads, rails and airways of our fair country in one last attempt to savor the summer. The Automobile Association of America says about 33 million Americans are preparing to venture 50 miles or more from home this weekend, which is a 2.9% increase from last year.
According to the Census Bureau, residents of the New York area have the nation’s longest commutes, with the average trip taking about 35 minutes. However, New York also ranks highest in usage of public transportation, so a lot of those people can catch some rest on the way to and from work.
We like Consumerist reader Justin’s optimistic attitude. He sent a package to a destination two miles away, via the ever unpredictable US Postal Service, and seems pretty amused by the fact that it went across the country first.