Uber’s toughest year yet

There are many ride sharing services that provide an alternative to traditional taxi cabs, but none larger than Uber. With backing from big names like Google Ventures, Goldman Sachs and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Uber has expanded globally and asserted its dominance in cities across the United States. They’re now worth an estimated $40 billion and still growing. But monumental growth does not come without growing pains.

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The same aggressive business and marketing strategies that made Uber a success have also got them into trouble several times this year. From shady business tactics, to neglecting passenger safety, to privacy issues, Uber has gotten almost as much bad publicity in 2014 as General Motors, the undisputed recall champ.

That’s why we’ve put together this infographic that shows the company’s public relations missteps throughout 2014. [keep reading]

Most expensive tolls in the United States

Nobody likes paying tolls, but they are a necessary evil. The money from tolls is used to fund the construction of new roadways, as well as maintenance. Unless you live in one of the 22 states that don’t collect tolls, or a state where you can get by without owning a car, you have no other choice but to pony up and pay the toll. We did some research and found the most expensive tolls in the nation. Here’s what we came up with.

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Most toll roads cost under ten cents per mile, but the price of tolls on a long road trip can add up quickly. At the end of your journey, you could easily spend $50 in tolls…or more if you live in a state with high gas taxes. There are some toll roads you should watch out for and they can add up to as much as $1.25 per mile. The cost is even greater for bridges and tunnels. Hopefully you don’t have to pay any of these tolls on your commute. [keep reading]

Cars in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment of The Hobbit series, and undeniably one of the biggest movie releases of 2014. Writer and Director Peter Jackson takes us on an epic fantasy adventure filled with Elves, Dwarves, Orc armies and giant bats. But as automotive enthusiasts, we’re most anxious to see what kind of cars they drive down in Middle Earth. That’s why we’ve put together this completely legitimate article of best cars from the film.

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Here we see Bard the Bowman face to face with Smaug, the bone-chilling dragon that invaded the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Luckily Bard has his own reptilian beast, a 545HP Nissan GTR known as Godzilla.  [keep reading]

Best cars for city driving

City life is tough for cars as well as their drivers. Cars have to deal with potholes, traffic jams and crazy cab drivers. Drivers have to deal with confusing signs, parking tickets and -hah- crazy cab drivers. That’s why many people choose to live where they can get by without a car altogether. And that’s why many people are looking forward to the day when you will be able to buy a driverless car.
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Nonetheless, having a car in the city makes getting around town easier and allows you to escape the concrete jungle on the weekends. The ideal urban vehicle is easy to park, durable and still has room for trips to Ikea. Whether you’re zipping around The Mission of San Francisco or braving the streets of Brooklyn, these cars will make city life a little bit easier. [keep reading]

Driverless Ubers could drop fares over 75%

The driverless car will improve traffic, make roadways safer, reduce fatalities, increase productivity and, one more thing, save people A LOT of money. Chances are, you’ll first see those savings reflected in your Uber bill. Experts predict that you’ll be able to buy a driverless car in the next five years, and Uber plans to be one of the first to sign the paperwork.

If you live anywhere but under a rock, you know that the Uber has repeatedly alienated journalists, customers and its drivers this year.  This month, the tech giant vowed to “become a smarter and more humble company,” but the company is still getting shelled by the media and drivers are protesting around the world. Luckily for them, the company might not need the drivers for much longer, and they might have a solution for customers who are sick of high fares and surge pricing. According to Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, “the reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car.”

In places with heavy traffic, like San Francisco and New York City, the introduction of an autonomous and electric Uber cars could reduce fares by over 75 percent! That ride from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side will go from $20 to $5 and you won’t even have to worry about tipping. A fare from Chinatown to the Financial District could cost less than a gumball.

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So how did we figure that driverless Uber could be so cheap? First we looked at the costs associated with operating an Uber vehicle. The big ticket items include insurance, driver salary and fuel. If Uber were to unleash a fleet of electric and driverless cars on big cities, the major expenses of fuel and driver salary would be wiped clean and the only major costs would be vehicle maintenance and insurance.

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How to prepare your car for winter

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Here in the Northeast, winter means fresh snowfall and donuts in the supermarket parking lot. But, it’s not all fun and games. Check out these GIFS if you want to see why. Winter weather tends to exacerbate car problems, so it’s smart to spend a few hours getting your car ready before the cold weather sets. Many of these suggestions are things you should already be doing year round, such as oil changes. But with the cold temperatures adding extra strain, it’s critical that your car is in good repair. [keep reading]

Gifts for every kind of car person

Car enthusiasts are a tough bunch, especially when it comes to buying them gifts for the holidays. And since you’ve resorted to the wisdom of the internet, we’re assuming you need some help. Give one of these gifts and you’ll make the car lover in your life as excited as this kid unwrapping Star Wars Legos.

We’ve put together a list that covers everyone from the racer to the mechanic to the commuter. [keep reading]

The real reason gas is cheaper in the winter

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Much of the country has been enjoying low gas prices lately, some states more than others. There are several factors contributing to this year’s dip, but gas prices are typically lower during the winter. If you ask your know-it-all uncle, he will probably tell you that gas prices drop when it gets cold because people are driving less, thus decreasing the demand for gasoline. To a certain extent, he’s right. People do most of their road trips during the spring and summer months. But that’s not the real reason gas is cheaper in the winter. [keep reading]

Become a car-shopping expert in 2 minutes

Finding the right car is complicated. Do you want to buy new or used? What’s your budget? Do you need an extra large cup holder for your venti latte? And that’s just the beginning. Once you get to the dealership, you’ve got to inspect the vehicle, wade through financing options and finally negotiate the deal.

Our Founder and CEO, Paul Nadjarian, has some advice for you. He might live in Harlem and drive a Honda Odyssey, but he is a true car guy who grew up racing souped on station wagons on Woodward Ave. He’s worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, serving as an executive at Ford and eBay Motors before starting Mojo.

Recently, Paul got together with the folks at State Farm and Gawker Media to develop the ultimate car-buying guide. If you’re shopping for a car, this video will prove about as useful as a swiss army knife. Still have questions? Leave a comment and Paul will get back to you with an answer.

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7 companies to launch driverless cars by 2020

We already showed you when you will be able to buy a driverless car using predictions from research companies and futurists. Since that article was published in July, automakers have been announcing when they anticipate to release their driverless vehicles. This was mostly done to ride the viral wave caused by Google’s sensational driverless car video. So, which company is going to be first to deliver an autonomous model to showrooms?

When Each Automaker Will Have a Self Driving Car

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We’ve grouped companies into four categories:

  1. Expected to launch a driverless car by 2020
  2. Expected to launch a driverless car after 2020
  3. Developing a driverless car, but no official launch date
  4. No expected launch of a driverless car

Companies in the first category have announced they will have a driverless car by 2020. To be considered “driverless,” the car must drive itself with no assistance from a person. As it stands, nearly all automakers have some sort of driverless technology in their vehicles, like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. These features aid a driver, it doesn’t make a car totally autonomous.

Our infographic also didn’t account for the fact that it is probably illegal to operate a driverless car in your state. Even Elon Musk has said the technology for driverless cars will be here by 2020, but legislation around driverless cars probably won’t be passed until 2022 or 2023. So if you can’t drive, hopefully you live in one of these states or have decent mass transit. [keep reading]

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