Arguably, one of the best parts about driving a car is putting your foot on the gas and hearing that engine purr ever so sweetly. Well, that rumble may be gone forever — or at least replaced with a shallow, mechanical one.
At BMW’s only American production plant, they’ve imported the German tradition of apprenticeships. Paul Solman speaks with a BMW engineer now based in South Carolina about the differences between the working cultures of the two countries, and what the U.S. can learn from German pride in production. Continue reading
On some new car models, sensors can monitor outside surroundings and warn drivers of peril or kick in automatic braking. The Department Of Transportation is considering a mandate for all automakers to adopt this vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Gwen Ifill talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Neil about how “talking cars” could improve safety on the roads but at the expense of drivers’ privacy. Continue reading
The House rushed to inject $2 billion into the cash for clunkers program, and the Associated Press reported that thousands of decaying bridges are suffering under the stimulus package. Continue reading
The U.S. interstate system began in 1956, fulfilling the dream of Dwight Eisenhower, who spoke of it to Congress a year earlier. The interstate has transformed the American landscape and U.S. commerce. An author discusses the role the nation’s highways have played in charting its history. Continue reading