Self-driving cars could hit public roads in the United Kingdom by early 2015.
California drivers - consider yourselves warned
A appellate court in the state has ruled that it’s illegal to do anything with your phone while driving. So that’s not just a ban on texting or talking - that’s a ban on looking at texts, reading emails, flinging just one more Angry Bird, etc.
From Judge W. Kent Hamlin:

“Our review of the statute’s plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”

Read more from columnist Robin Abcarian.
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

California drivers - consider yourselves warned

A appellate court in the state has ruled that it’s illegal to do anything with your phone while driving. So that’s not just a ban on texting or talking - that’s a ban on looking at texts, reading emails, flinging just one more Angry Bird, etc.

From Judge W. Kent Hamlin:

“Our review of the statute’s plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”

Read more from columnist Robin Abcarian.

Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

The center of the hot rod universe

Pomona, home to the highest-profile hot rod races and shows in the world, boasts a culture of speed like no other. It’s not about haphazzard late night drag racing, but the display of well-honed hot rods, some costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to build.

It’s the engine that drives not just those who drive over to the city for events like the National Roadster Show, but the local economy, with an estimated 3,600 jobs depending on the continuation of hot rod traditions.

Read more on Pomona, and one team’s struggle to get a restructured 1932 Ford back up and running, here.

Photos: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times