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Waymo Pacifica

Google’s “Waymo” autonomous-vehicle initiative includes evaluation of 100 specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

As seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Fleet Academy training exercise designed to test the character of cadets. The Maru simulation forces cadets to choose between ignoring a dire request for assistance by a stranded ship (the Kobayashi Maru), or staging a rescue of the ship–despite strong indicators that the distress call is a trap set by an enemy.

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Kirk contemplates captaining the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed.

Last time, we looked at the rides of Deanna Troi, Jean-Luc Picard, and Spock. This week, let’s check in with the original captain, the guy with the positronic brain, and the first Klingon to serve in Star Fleet. As before, we’re looking at production vehicles. Also, we’re assuming these guys don’t have budget issues.

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The Ford Taurus SHO: expressive, just like Counselor Troi.

Yeah, they live in space, but they have to come down sometime, right? Here we ask ourselves simply, “If the crew of the Enterprise needed wheels today, what would they buy?” Today, we look at two members of the Enterprise D crew as well as a legend from the original warp-ready vessel. It may be a while before we get to Quark or T’Pau, but we probably will.

2018 Subuaru Crosstrek Limited, Cool Gray Khaki

2018 Subuaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited in Cool Gray Khaki

2015 Audi Q52018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 361

Fuel used: 14.3 gallons

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

First Spin Subaru’s smallest crossover just keeps on getting better.

When introduced for 2013, the XV Crosstrek was essentially Subaru’s Impreza compact wagon set on stilts. Simplistic as that may sound, it was a formula the company had used nearly two decades earlier to turn the ho-hum Legacy wagon into the wildly successful Outback. And while the XV Crosstrek never quite matched its larger sibling in sales, the redesigned version arriving later this summer certainly has a chance to narrow the gap.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Although the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek starts at less than $23,000 including destination (that’s with manual transmission), our tester was the top-line Limited that starts at just under $26,000, and was boosted to a bit less than $29,000 with some useful options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Class: Compact SUV

Miles Driven: 154

Fuel Used: 6.8 gallons


2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring

Dates tested: 5/18/2014-5/25/2014

Miles Driven: 158

Fuel Used: 5.6 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 28.2 mpg

GM Key to the Future video

In the 1956 short film “Key to the Future,” General Motors predicted a hands-free driving system not unlike the Cadillac Super Cruise option due for 2018.

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is slated to offer Super Cruise–General Motors’ first true hands-free driving technology–when the car goes on sale this fall. That’s great, but we think GM had autonomous driving nailed more than 60 years ago. Well, maybe not nailed, but the company certainly had a good handle on what hands-free driving might look like one day. In the promotional film “Key to the Future,” GM explores the possibility of hands-free driving from the perspective of a family of vacationers. The film was first seen in 1956 as part of GM’s annual touring Motorama exhibition.

2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

In the Star Trek canon, Project Genesis was a program by which the Federation would take a dead and lifeless planet and convert it into a lush, ocean-and-plant-filled paradise ready for human inhabitance.

Damnation Alley Landmaster, Cool Trucks From Bad Movies

Damnation Alley Landmaster

What does it say about a movie if the best thing about it was a custom truck?

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