Cynics ridicule Uber’s plan for flying cars
The human race has been trying to produce flying cars for a century. Now Uber says it will engineer them within three years. But will the future really be that different from the present?
City roads go silent on World Car Free Day
Yesterday streets around the world were flooded with bicycles and pedestrians as part of a campaign for a more sustainable future. More will follow this weekend. But are cars really so bad?
MPs approve ban on smoking in cars with children
In a move that delighted doctors and health campaigners, the House of Commons has voted to protect children in cars from passive smoking. Is the state meddling too much in family life?
Flying cars set to transform society by 2030
The 500-year-old dream of the flying car is on the verge of becoming real, according to a top US investor. Seismic changes to society will follow. But will life be better?
Cars face ban in new ‘green-networked’ city
Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, will ban cars from its urban centre under plans to cover the metropolis in a new ‘green network’ by 2034. Are drivers’ liberties under threat?
Top politician and wife brought low by lies
He was once a cabinet minister, and very nearly leader of a political party. Now Chris Huhne is a disgraced ex-MP facing jail. Why would he risk everything for the sake of a lie?
Driving in decline in the Western world
In countries all over the rich world, people are turning away from their cars – and young people are using them less than anyone. Have we come to the end of the open road?
Google hits the road in self-driving car
Google has been licensed to bring a driverless car to the roads of Nevada. The high-tech ride will mean fewer accidents and less stress – but do we want to give robots the wheel?
Seven killed in ‘horrific’ motorway crash
Britain has suffered its worst road accident in 20 years, after a huge multi-car pile-up on the M5. The crash will reopen a heated debate on road safety, and the price of a human life.
‘War on motorists’ drives cars off the roads
The world is divided on what to do with cars. Some countries want to help motorists. Others want to make their lives impossible. The debate has deep cultural roots.