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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim …
Tags: Auto, Design, Animals, Environment, Cars, US, Tech, Nature, Insects, Google Translate, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Wittgenstein, Automotive Design, Language Theory




A Refined Point of View: trashhand’s Chicago

We tap the architectural photographer to help launch the 2020 Range Rover Evoque The 2020 Range Rover Evoque is all about refinement—it’s entirely redesigned, but immediately recognizable. Land Rover’s city-focused compact luxury SUV makes its US debut today at the Chicago Auto Show and we tapped local architecture and street photographer trashhand to help us explore what refinement means to him. “People call Chicago a …
Tags: Auto, Sponsored, Photography, Design, Cars, US, Chicago, Architecture, Land Rover, Street Photography, Range Rover Evoque, Chicago Auto Show, Evoque, Range Rover, Rover Evoque, Compact SUVs


Test Drive: 2020 Porsche 911

We get behind the wheel and see how the brand is improving an icon There’s no tougher design mandate than keeping something the same while simultaneously making it better. That has been the mission of Porsche for decades: to keep 911 purists happy while making the car faster, safer, and more comfortable. Ferdinand Porsche penned the design for the vehicle in the early 1960s and one wonders if …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Automotive, Porsche, Driving, Ferdinand Porsche, Porsche 911, Test Drives, Auto Design, 2020 Porsche 911


Speed Read Supercar

Speed Read Supercar: The History, Technology and Design Behind the World’s Most Exciting Cars is an in-depth guide to some of the finest impeccably produced, fast and beautiful cars in the world. Logically formatted, each entry includes plenty of specs, historical facts and information about key people in its creation. With retro-influenced images, this book is a mini encyclopedia on all things supercar.
Tags: Auto, Books, Design, Cars, Supercars, Motorbooks, Speed Read Supercar


Interview: Rivian Founder, RJ Scaringe at Aspen’s X Games

Positioning the trucks as adventure vehicles, moving production to Michigan and more We’re nestled indoors in Aspen Village and, while it’s frigid outside, this home—which is serving as a basecamp for the Rivian team—is inviting. The brand recently debuted its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, but their presence here in Aspen, Colorado, coinciding with the X …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, La Auto Show, Trucks, Pickup Trucks, Aspen, X Games, Aspen Colorado, Electric trucks, Rivian, RJ Scaringe


Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz G550 is an Uncompromised Reinvention of a Cult Classic

Putting the all-new G-Wagen through the paces in the SoCal desert “Make sure all of your change is out of your pocket because it will be, eventually,” Matt Bowerman, product manager for Mercedes-Benz’s classic off-roader, the G-Class, says right before we pile in to drive three hours from San Diego to Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area in Borrego Springs, California. “It’s like a flying …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, San Diego, Driving, Mercedes Benz, SUVs, Off Road, G-wagen, G550, Test Drives, G-wagon, Matt Bowerman, Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, Borrego Springs California


Test Drive: Volvo V60 is the Goldilocks Wagon

Shrinking the V90 design, but maintaining its integrity Wagon enthusiasts will rejoice when Volvo’s latest model hits dealerships this year, especially now that there’s more of it to enjoy. The 2019 Volvo V60 mid-size wagon flaunts a significantly larger footprint than the outgoing version. Measuring nearly five inches longer, the second-generation model gets two more inches of legroom and a larger trunk that can accommodate …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Driving, Volvo, Wagons, V60, Test Drives


Driving to the Arctic Circle in Mazda SUVs

Conquering threatening terrain and a race against time to experience this remote corner of the world A car in our caravan of Mazdas careened into a snow drift, the sun wouldn’t emerge for another 30 days, and we were still hours from Inuvik—the last Canadian city before the banks of the world’s northernmost ocean. Welcome to the Arctic Circle. Temperature: -22 Fahrenheit. The Mazda CX-5 …
Tags: Auto, Design, Canada, Road Trips, Arctic, Driving, Arctic Circle, SUVs, Mazda, CX-3, Inuvik, CX-5


After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced the Echo Auto, an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars. But the device has remained in pre-order status, even as other products also unveiled at the same event — like the Fire TV Recast, AmazonBasics microwave and various Echo devices for the home — went on sale and shipped to customers. The Echo Auto, meanwhile, is still only available on an invite-only basis. But Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that it has begun to ship the de...
Tags: Amazon, Auto, Echo, Europe, Hardware, Cars, Tech, Automotive, North America, Alexa, Bloomberg Amazon, CES 2019, Echo Auto, Amazon 's Echo Auto, Transportation at CES 2019, Steve Rabuchin VP Alexa


Toyota’s Newest Autonomous Technology, “Guardian”

The brand's new system will work in tandem with the driver to prevent accidents but take over in learned situations While the capabilities of autonomous technology continue to expand, Toyota is emphasizing the importance of a balance in responsibility. The Toyota Research Institute is testing its 100% autonomous “Chauffeur” system, but it’s the “Guardian” program that is garnering a large portion of the brand’s attention, …
Tags: Auto, Design, Technology, Cars, Tech, Autos, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Driving, Toyota Research Institute, Automotive Design, CES 2019, Newest Autonomous Technology


Best of CH 2018: Cars + Tech

Electric innovation, computational photography, smarter homes and much more from the year Innovation is oftentimes at the center of a topic we deem worthy of exploring and writing about. Whether it’s brand new or an inventive update, we pay close attention to advances in cars and tech—whether it affects our daily lives or is an abstract, but fascinating concept. We understand that not all our readers …
Tags: Apple, Auto, Wearables, Design, Technology, Cars, Watches, Automotive, Driving, Lincoln, Audi, Leica, Test Drives, Monterey Car Week, Mercedes Benz EQC, Smartians


Best of CH 2018: Most Popular

From sustainable living to tech upgrades and enduring motorcycle brands, our most-read articles this year Like each year in COOL HUNTING’s history, 2018 offered an immensely varied collection of content—from Escher wallpaper to hydroponic vertical gardens, Apple Watch upgrades, sustainable architecture and beyond. With this in mind, it’s always fascinating to explore our analytics at the end of the year and find what resonated most with …
Tags: Coffee, Auto, Gardening, Design, Interviews, NYC, Environment, Cars, Sustainability, Architecture, Driving, Wineries, Escher, Silver Oak, Distilleries, Best of 2018


Test Drive: 2019 BMW 3 Series

We take the revamped next-generation 330i through Portugal’s dramatic Algarve region Skirting along the craggily cliffs in the next generation of BMW’s most important car right now—the 3 Series—the wild Atlantic surf pounds the rocks and picturesque coves below. In a few months, this region of Portugal will be flooded with sun-seekers splayed along its beaches, but at the moment, we have its roads to ourselves. …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Atlantic, Portugal, Driving, Bmw, Automobiles, Bmw 3 Series, Test Drives, Auto Design


This $12 Tire Inflator Will Fit Perfectly In a Stocking

This tiny tire inflator has been a hit with our readers, and now you can get it for just $12. Toss it in your glove box, or even in your spare tire well, and you’ll never again be forced to scrounge together quarters to use the air pump at a gas station.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Auto, Lifehacks, Suaoki


Report: A manager at Uber’s self-driving unit warned executives about safety issues just days before fatal crash

Less than a week before a Uber self-driving SUV prototype struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last March, a manager sent executives an email cautioning that its autonomous vehicle unit needed to “work on establishing a culture rooted in safety,” reports The Information. Robbie Miller, then a manager in the unit’s testing operations, was preparing to leave the company when he warned that “cars are routinely in accidents resulting in damage” and backup drivers, who sit behind the w...
Tags: Google, Auto, TC, Uber, Safety, Tech, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Miller, Phoenix, PHOENIX Arizona, Otto, Tempe, ATG, Tempe Arizona


Test Drive: 2019 Audi e-tron

Why it matters that their first production electric vehicle looks and feels like the car you're used to driving The idea that the near-future will be radically different from the present might be false. Yes, we’ll see progress and innovation, however broad acceptance of new technologies only really occurs when they’re delivered in a familiar format, and only when these semi-cloaked new technologies are widely …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Tech, Sustainability, Electric Vehicles, Driving, Mobility, Abu Dhabi, Audi, e-Tron, Test Drives, Audi E-tron


Electrifying Design from Audi’s e-Tron GT Concept Car

First impressions of the battery-powered vehicle from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show Audi design boss Marc Lichte prefers to clear his head on the deck of a boat in the Baltic Sea, but when he’s in the studio, he must imagine himself behind the wheel of an electric car. Unveiled at the LA Auto Show last week, one such car is the German luxury brand’s …
Tags: Auto, Design, Interviews, Cars, Driving, La Auto Show, Concept Cars, Audi, Baltic Sea, Concept, Car Design, Marc Lichte, Los Angeles Auto Show Audi, Audi E-tron Gt


Notes: Sunrise to Sunset GT

The first time behind the wheel of a McLaren is a euphoric adventure West Hollywood’s Sunset GT is an ambitious gathering of ludicrous machinery in the heart of a town where ludicrous is the name of the game. Every second Sunday morning (from 9AM to 11AM), Sunset Plaza is full of supercars, hypercars, classics and more—and too many auto enthusiasts to count. I’ve been to countless …
Tags: Auto, Notes, Design, La, Cars, Automotive, Supercars, Driving, Mclaren, West Hollywood, Car Shows, McLaren 570GT, Auto Design


Lincoln’s All-New 2019 Aviator SUV Comes With An Orchestra

The brand's newest SUV ups the ante with musical alerts composed and played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, hybrid performance and the ability to use your phone instead of a key Lincoln‘s all-new 2019 Aviator is a large, three-row SUV that sits just below the brand’s largest SUV, the Navigator. It’s the first vehicle from Lincoln that’s been designed from the ground up using the brand’s …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Lincoln, La Auto Show, Los Angeles Auto Show, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Aviator, Detroit Symphony and Orchestra


How to Give Back by Tipping Your Auto Mechanic

Here in the U.S. we tip waitstaff at restaurants, baristas when we get coffee and valets when they park our cars. Because these are common situations, we don’t think twice about tipping and even give a bit more during the holiday season. What about less common situations, like when you have your car serviced? It is nice to let your auto mechanic know that you appreciate their hard work, especially during the holidays. There are no hard and fast rules about tipping mechanics. Here are a few thi...
Tags: Work, Auto, Thanksgiving, Advice, Christmas, Holiday, Help, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Hanukkah, Tipping, Seasonal, Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanic


President Trump Threatens to Pull Electric Car Subsidies Over GM Plant Closures

Trump has expressed anger over GM’s plan to close five North American factories
Tags: Auto, News, White House, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Gm, Trump, Onetime, Pull Electric Car Subsidies Over GM Plant Closures


Here Are 10 Great Gifts For Your Car Lover

Shopping for a car geek? We’ve got your back with a list of 10 great gifts for the car lover in your life: Amazon Alexa Echo Auto Artificial intelligence (AI) technology has taken the world by storm, and at the forefront is the Amazon Alexa product line.  If you drive a car that is past its warranty, chances are that you probably don’t have the most up-to-date infotainment system at your disposal. Echo Auto brings the power of Alexa to your car! Echo Auto can connect to any car th...
Tags: Work, Auto, Tools, Winter, Diy, Christmas, Holiday, App, 10, Car, Gifts, Repair, Ideas, Giving, Tips, Autos


Surecall N-Range Voice, Text & 4G LTE Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster Unboxing Review

Surecall.com SureCall’s N-Range cell phone signal booster for vehicles installs in 3 easy steps and increases voice, text and 4G LTE for a single device inside any car, truck or SUV. Using just two components – N-Range outside antenna and air-vent phone mount with built-in antenna – N-Range has revolutionized the vehicle signal booster to keep drivers connected to very distant and hard to reach cell towers. N-Range boosts all cell carrier signals in North America using Extended Range T...
Tags: Reviews, Auto, Mexico, US, Seo, Phones, North America, US Canada, Chris Voss, Surecall N Range Voice Text


4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready to Win Black Friday

Thanksgiving is in its final hours and now we’re on to the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s how some people feel. The holiday season officially begins with the annual shopping brawl universally known as Black Friday.  To win Black Friday, you need a strategy. And that includes your vehicle. Before you head out, here are some tips to get your car ready to help you win the day: Be prepared for anything with a full tank of gas It’s hard to get up early, and you may end up running ...
Tags: Black Friday, Auto, Shopping, Advice, Traffic, Help, Car, Autos, Truck, Trucks, Shop, Pack, Seasonal, Car Safety, Car Care, Openbay


Our Exclusive Insight Into the 2020 Range Rover Evoque’s Design

Tracing the evolution of the now-classic SUV with its designers The all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque premiers in London today, nearly eight years after the model made its debut. Clearly an Evoque—there’s no mistaking it for any other model—it’s a well executed study in design evolution and refinement (though there’s plenty of revolution too). In fact, the all-new Evoque shares only a single component with …
Tags: Auto, Design, London, Interview, Interviews, Cars, Automotive, Land Rover, SUVs, Evoque, Range Rover, Rover Evoque, Compact SUVs, 2020 Range Rover Evoque


Why you might want to tip your mechanic after work on your car

Here in the U.S., we tip at restaurants, hair salons and when we use a valet to park our car.  It is nice to let your mechanic know that appreciate their hard work, especially during the holiday season.  Some situations aren’t as common and it’s tough to know whether to provide a tip. Which leads us to wonder, do you tip your mechanic? There are no hard and fast rules about tipping mechanics, so here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.    Do you go to the same mecha...
Tags: Work, Auto, Thanksgiving, Labor, Advice, Christmas, Holiday, Help, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Hanukkah, Tipping, Seasonal, Vehicle Maintenance


What if two car companies merged their design styles?

We’ve looked at a lot of design-semantic switches where we imagine one company designing a product out of their usual catalog (but with their design style)… cases in point, a lot of PDF Haus’s work.Today we look at a design-language-fusion, if you will. Created by rendering firm NeoMam Studios, this series looks at cars that are a result of two companies coming together to fuse their styles. You’ve got a BMW + Lamborghini mashup right above that combines the Italian supercar manufacturer’s edgy ...
Tags: Auto, Transportation, Design, Smart, David, Automotive, Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, Bmw, Volkswagen, Dodge, Chevrolet, Nissan, Bentley, Mashup


Lyft is launching a rider loyalty program in December

Ride-sharing service Lyft is today announcing its new plan to encourage repeat use: the launch of a loyalty program for riders, Lyft Rewards. The program, which will begin rolling out next month to select riders across the U.S., will let riders earn points for each dollar spent, which can then be used for upgrades to nicer cars through or savings on future rides, among other things. The company already caters to its regular riders in several ways, including through its recently launched subsc...
Tags: Travel, Auto, TC, Lyft, Uber, Cars, Automotive, Delta, Rewards, Loyalty, Ride-sharing, Lyft Lux


Test Drive: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

Sporty and with a mean snarl, this updated model is a delight to drive In the middle of the desert, enveloped in dust clouds drifting off the dunes, is the Bahrain International Circuit. Built in 2004, the race track promptly hosted the Middle East’s first Formula 1 race on its Grand Prix Circuit—a 3.4-mile route with about a dozen late-apex corners, a layout requiring a car …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Porsche, Middle East, Bahrain, Porsche Panamera, Panamera, Test Drives, Sport Turismo, 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS, Grand Prix Circuit, Bahrain International Circuit Built