Robots and Regulations

Automated trucks in constant communication with vehicles all around

Riding Motorcycles Among the Robots - You're going to need a transponder

A little while back we had a pretty lively discussion about robots on our roads, but, even with the rapidly approaching technology, you still have a little time before the mass adoption of robotic vehicles makes every trip a chance to catch up on your sleep, but, near term, there may be some intermediate steps […]

Remember these?

When's the last time you looked at some of The Kneeslider's past articles? I thought I would put a mix of old and new out here on the front page to remind you of what's back there. Really interesting stuff! I especially like reading some of the comments. You're a smart bunch of guys.

Motorcycle Builders

Workshops and tools

Tools

Do You Have the Right to Repair and Modify Your Own Vehicle? Should You?

Yes. Next question? — Unfortunately, there are those who don’t agree and in the past few days the discussion of whether you and I should be able to fix or modify things we own has been getting a lot more attention. Right now, cellphones are the issue, there’s quite a debate and some pending legislation […]

Home workshop

Interesting Times and Self Reliance in the New Normal Economy

It’s been an interesting week, and if you’ve been around here for a while you know that when I say interesting like this, I’m using the meaning inferred by the old Chinese curse of, “May you live in interesting times.” While my computer was sleeping I was rather involved and, while so occupied, it made […]

3 wheelers

Elio autocycle next to Cadillac CTS

Elio Motors Follow Up – Will They Fulfill the Promise?

A little over a year ago, we looked at a new company in Louisiana called Elio Motors. They were promising to build a new, enclosed three wheeler with two tandem seats, capable of 84 mpg on the highway, meeting automotive crash standards at a price of $6800. I was a bit skeptical that it would […]

Engines

CoAxe opposed piston diesel engine

CoAxe Opposed Piston Diesel Engine

Opposed piston engines are getting to be the rage and this one, the CoAxe, from a company in Australia, looks like another interesting entry. It’s initially being developed as a 100 horsepower unit for use in unmanned aerial vehicles. The unit is relatively small, lightweight and low maintenance. It’s also extremely low vibration since all […]