bicycles
Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic (If You Put Them in the Right Place)

The battle against bike lanes has turned into an all-out culture war over in the US, with NIMBYs shrieking about ceding a few feet of precious road while squawking about the apocalyptic congestion that change will bring. But here's a deep, data-driven investigation into the truth about bike lanes and traffic. Read More >>

hacking
Hackers Can Now Create Fake Traffic Jams

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. While it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town. Read More >>

cities
London Trialling "Intelligent" Pedestrian Crossings to Protect Dawdling Tourists

Transport for London has announced a plan to launch a new form of pedestrian crossing in the city, with the Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique using cameras to count how many people are waiting to cross and adjusting its timings accordingly. Read More >>

transport
5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad—even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honour of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history. Read More >>

cars
West Midlands Traffic Cops Build Fantasy McLaren 12C Patrol Car

We wouldn't mind being pulled over for doing 76mph on the motorway by one of these, a custom McLaren 12C Spider decked out in traditional traffic police patrol colours by West Midlands Police. Read More >>

cars
Audi's Traffic Light Assistance Ensures You Never Hit a Red Light

The only thing more annoying than having to obey the speed limit when driving is having to frequently stop at red lights. So in an attempt to become the world's cleverest automaker, Audi has created a new in-dash system that tells you how fast or slow you need to drive in order to hit as many green lights as possible. Read More >>

internet
More Than Half of Internet Traffic Is Just Bots

People attribute a lot of annoying internet stuff to bots. Twitterbot followers, bots that sneak past spam filters, bots that send weird gibberish on messaging services. It sounds kind of tired, but maybe the situation is exactly as bad as everyone thinks. Read More >>

streaming
Bittorrent Traffic Drops 20 Per Cent in Six Months -- Is Hoarding Media on the Way Out?

The US has seen its Bittorrent traffic levels plummet by 20 per cent over the last six months, leaving the favourite distribution method of the film and music pirate absorbing just seven per cent of America's broadband capacity. Read More >>

cars
EU Says Non/Nein to Reports of Compulsory 70mph Speed Restriction

The Jeremy Clarksons of the internet were recently enraged by claims that the EU may be planning to enforce a camera and GPS combo that would limit cars to a top speed of 70mph. However, the EU's taken to its blog to say that the reports are "quite simply not true." Read More >>

google
Five-Minute Google Outage Caused 40 Per Cent Plummet in Internet Traffic

Google's globe-spanning systems suffered a brief but calamitous failure over the weekend, with everything from Gmail to the company's omnipresent search boxes failing to respond for a period of between two and five minutes. This brief downtime caused a staggering 40 per cent collapse in internet traffic. Read More >>

maps
This Deceptively Pretty Map Shows Every Traffic Death on Earth

Death by car is random and sudden—which, unfortunately, means it tends to fall into the category of "accidental," and hence, unpreventable. But with traffic deaths set to outpace AIDS/HIV and malaria in the developing world, the UN is trying to change that perception—and this shocking interactive map ought to help. Read More >>

announcements
Giz UK's July Specs-Sheet: This Is You

July might've closed shop two days ago, but already the few days of summer sun seem but a distant memory. We also saw the crowning (literally) of a new prince; another Twitter shitstorm, and Danny Dyer impress the pants (not literally, mind) off Susie Dent in Countdown's Dictionary Corner. But what happened on Giz? Is that one lone Amazon Silk-using reader still hanging around from June? Read More >>

announcements
Giz UK's June Specs-Sheet: This Is You

June saw Kanye West assault the world with his latest interpretation of "music"; as a result of his influence we ate a tonne of croissants, and then we either decried those watching Mumford & Sons at Glasto, or simply read about pensions while watching them. Oh, and we obsessed about cronuts; the start of Wimbledon, and -- as per usual -- the lack of sun here in Blighty. But what about here on Giz? Read below for what floated your boat last month. Read More >>

wtf
Sometimes Having a Small Car Is So Much Better

Don't you just hate it when you get stuck in traffic? You watch the motorbikes whizz through the gaps between the cars turning green with envy. But if you had a car like the Fiat Cinquecento you could do the same, just like this absolutely insane Russian. Read More >>

google
Why Google Buying Waze Will Keep You Out of Gridlock Hell

As anticipated, Google expanded its burgeoning global empire on Tuesday by buying the Israeli social traffic and mapping service Waze. You might recognise Waze as the GPS app with a soul. Pretty soon you're going to know it as the thing that made your commute bearable once and for all. Read More >>

ISPs
EU to Ban ISP Throttling and Site Blocking as Part of Cross-European Net Neutrality Laws

European vice president Neelie Kroes is looking to block some of the more anti-competitive practices carried out by ISPs, thanks to a proposed EU-wide net neutrality law that would stop ISPs limiting bandwidth used by troublesome or competitive apps and services. Read More >>

Login
X

Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?