Transportation and travel

Robots and self-driving cars could deliver packages efficiently. But will they create new hazards?
Krystal Vasquez, Contributor
New research recommends allowing pilots to choose their own routes on trans-Atlantic flights to reduce carbon emissions.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
There’s now a microscopic plastic cycle that works like any other environmental cycle -- moving from oceans to sky to land and back again.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
The finding illustrates the value of regular weather observations made by commercial airplanes.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
A simple equation based on a series of experiments from the 1950s still serves as the rule of thumb for estimating road damage.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Driverless cars may soon routinely join human motorists on roads around the world.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Drinking alcohol or taking certain medications can make us unfit to drive, but what about marijuana?
Sofie Bates, Contributor
The problem could be particularly bad in rental cars.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Researchers used radar to provide new insight into how precipitation raises the chances of deadly car crashes.
Bailey Bedford, Contributor
New proof of concept could guard against the disorienting effects of laser pointers invading the cockpit.
Chris Gorski, Editor
A new plane about the length and width of a car propels itself by electrifying air molecules to create an ionic wind.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Results from a new survey reveal cultural differences in whom participants prefer to be spared in fatal accidents.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor