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Car ownership on decline in Japan, but what does that mean for American drivers?
Car ownership on decline in Japan, but what does that mean for American drivers?

Japan may be one of the largest new car producers and consumers, but vehicle ownership—and apparently interest in driving—is on the decline. According to Japan’s Automobile Inspection and Registration Information Association, car ownership in the island nation is now at its lowest...Read More»

Highway sign: 'Expect delays'
America, we have an infrastructure problem, and this documentary is here to explain it

Infrastructure isn't a sexy topic. When many people hear the word, their eyes glaze over and they begin thinking about to-do lists or vacation plans or anything other than the state of our highways and byways. But ignore it all you want, the fact remains that America's infrastructure has been rode...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.
London ups congestion charge on older cars

Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating...Read More»

New Delhi traffic, by Flickr user denisbin (Used under CC License)
And the most congested city in the world is...

Traffic congestion wreaks havoc on productivity, the environment, and, of course, travelers. Last year, mapping and traffic service TomTom revealed that commuters were wasting an average of 100 hours each year stuck in traffic--and that's to say nothing of the folks simply running errands or...Read More»

BMW's EnLighten app
BMW's EnLighten App Tells You How To Time Stop Lights (And Helps Launch The V2G Revolution)

If you live in a city long enough, you get to understand its traffic lights. Some places, they're synchronized, so when your light turns green, you know how fast you can drive and hit the next one without slowing down. When it works right, it's a thing of beauty. BMW has now made the light-timing...Read More»

Google autonomous car prototype
Another Study Agrees: Autonomous Cars Will Annihilate City Budgets & Send Flo To The Poorhouse

Look at Google's adorable autonomous car up there. Isn't it cute? It looks as harmless as a wireless mouse or a koala wearing a fez. Precious. But do not be deceived, dear reader, for verily, that vile contraption is a harbinger of doom and destruction. It will unleash hell on Planet Earth, causing...Read More»

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The Worst Cities In The World For Rush Hour Traffic

How bad is your daily commute? Do you try to get to your desk early or leave late to avoid traffic? You're not alone: according to TomTom, Planet Earth's commuters waste an average of 100 hours each year sitting in their cars during crunch times -- and that's just during the evening rush. ALSO SEE...Read More»

Bosch automated driving system on Autobahn A81
Bosch Unveils Autonomous Driving System For Traffic Jams

We're still several days away from the opening of the 2015 North American International Auto Show, but car companies and suppliers are already making headlines well to the west of Detroit, in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. One of those companies is Robert Bosch GmbH, better known as...Read More»

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Transportation 2030: Study Envisions Autonomous Car Hell, Autonomous Bus Heaven, No Flying Cars

Look out the window. Are the roads in your city/town/hamlet clogged with traffic? Have they been that way for the past several decades? Do you wonder if things ever get better? New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management knows the answers to the first two questions...Read More»

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Labor Day Travel Rebounds To Pre-Recession Levels: 35 Million To Hit The Road This Weekend

If you're hoping to enjoy a quiet getaway over the upcoming holiday weekend, you might want to dial back your expectations. According to AAA, you're going to have a lot of traveling companions this Labor Day -- more than you've had in several years. In fact, based on AAA's projections, some...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
Atlanta, Georgia's 'Top End' Gets Variable Speed Limits This September

Computers have brought us many great things. Online shopping. Streaming movies. Minecraft. And, lest we forget, variable speed limits. If you're not familiar with variable speed limits, they're exactly what you'd think: traffic systems designed to change speed limits in a given area, based on...Read More»

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
TomTom Says That America's Most Congested Cities Are...

If you live in a major metropolitan area, you know that traffic snarls are a way of life. You can either rail at the heavens as you putter from Point A to Point B, or you can close your eyes (only at a standstill, please) and think of England. Well, maybe not London, where traffic is terrible, but...Read More»

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10 Most-Congested Highways & Cities In The U.S.

Earlier today, we told you about AAA's travel projections for Memorial Day weekend. (Spoiler alert: traffic's going to be heavy.) Of course, things will be busier in some places than others. Opting for back roads instead of beach roads is probably a good idea, as is avoiding the ten most-congested...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
Fasten Your Seatbelts, AAA Says It's Going To Be A Bumpy Weekend For Memorial Day Traffic

As Loverboy once said, everybody's working for the weekend. That's doubly true now, as Americans look forward to the long, Memorial Day holiday after enduring a some chilly winter temps. ALSO SEE: 10 Most-Congested Highways & Cities In The U.S. But while the idea of a beach retreat seems...Read More»

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Traffic Congestion Is Growing Three Times As Fast As U.S. Economy; Situation Worst In Los Angeles

When it comes to predicting and tracking traffic trends, INRIX is the go-to authority. The company says that traffic congestion surged in 2013, growing over three times as fast as the U.S. economy. According to INRIX, traffic in the U.S. reversed two consecutive years of declines with a six percent...Read More»

More than ten percent have participated in sexual activity while driving
Survey: 25 Percent Would Give Up Sex To Be Traffic-Free

The daily wear and tear of traffic really gets to us. So much, it seems, that we're willing to give up some things we treasure—and perhaps some stress relievers—in order to be free of the grasp of gridlock. In a recent survey, more than a quarter of those polled said that they would...Read More»

Traffic projections, U.S. Travel Association
Study: America Will Soon See Labor Day-Like Traffic, All Year Long

For those who hate heavy traffic -- and really, who doesn't? -- we've got some very bad news. According to the U.S. Travel Association, America's roads are clogging fast, and within the next couple of decades, some areas of the country could see congestion on par with Labor Day traffic all year...Read More»

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Driving In Chaotic Traffic Nearly As Stressful As Skydiving, Study Finds

Driving can be an escape from some of the stresses of life, and a task that some find relaxing or invigorating in itself. Yet far too often—when traffic snags on the morning commute, or when you see that door ding in the parking lot—driving ranks one of the most stressful activities in...Read More»

Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)
After 30 Years, LA Synchs Its Traffic Lights: Too Little, Too Late?

Is it just us, or does roadway construction seem like an exercise in futility? How many times have you seen crews pack up after adding an extra lane of highway, leaving the road just as clogged as it was before? Couldn't the team have added two lanes (or three), just to save time down the line?...Read More»

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