Kristen Hall-Geisler

Writer, Editor, Explainer

I've been working in automotive publishing since 2002, and I've been a freelance journalist since 2006. My mission is to find reliable, interesting sources for my stories and then present solid reporting without boring the reader out of her ever-loving mind. I've succeeded so far.

Portfolio

The Future of Transportation

Quadriplegic Driver Gets the First Autonomous Vehicle Driver's License
A few months ago, Sam Schmidt drove more than 150 mph in the semiautonomous Arrow SAM Car during demonstration laps at the Indy 500. Now, he's been granted the nation's first...
Travel apps: Getting around with tiny square boxes | InMotion
Apps have changed everything about the way we live our lives. Today we can monitor everything from our daily steps to our calorie intake. We can share our thoughts as easily as...
More cars than phones were connected to cell service in Q1
Millions of people in the United States have mobile phones, and we've had them for years. We may upgrade phones or change plans, but cell phones and plans are generally sold to...
Robot Cars Parallel Park Better Than You
We've all eyeballed a parking space at the curb and decided to go for it, despite the fact that it's a bit too small for our car, or maybe traffic is heavy and might rush our...
Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only
Uber driver Michael Pelletz is launching a new ridesharing service with a twist: All the drivers and passengers will be women. Chariot for Women will be active in the Boston...
After Volkswagen: Where Does Diesel Go From Here?
Volkswagen has done its reputation no favors by hiding lines of code in its diesel cars' programming to defeat federal regulators' emissions tests. Those lines of code made the...
Forget Faraday Future's Crazy Concept Car. It Has Bigger Plans
Until a few weeks ago, no one knew very much at all about Faraday Future. The startup is backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the founder of "China's Netflix," LeTV. It...
Batteries and all, EVs are greener than gasoline
Electric vehicles come out of the gate with green cred. They don't even have tailpipes because they don't have any emissions while they're driving. But do EVs deserve their...
Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk To Travel More Than 6000 Miles
Billed as the largest electric rally in the world, the sixth WAVE Trophy Rally will take place June 10-18. It begins in Germany and ends in Geneva - for most of the 80 projected...

Automotive History

New App Seeks to Improve Timing at Traffic Lights | JSTOR Daily
As new drivers, many of us were taught to beware the stale green. If you're approaching a traffic light that's been green for a while, should you speed up to try to catch it?...
10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century
Worst Cars of the 20th Century We live in a time when most cars are pretty good, and lots are pretty great. The days of cars that would rattle apart as you drove, and radio...
5 Automotive Brands That Came Back from the Dead
Want to give a new car company some instant gravitas? Pick an old name and bolt it to a shiny new car.
Squeezing 4-Wheeled Masterpieces Into the Museum
The Earliest Electric Vehicle Adopters: Women in Corsets
Electric vehicles are getting a lot of press these days. While these things appeal to tree-huggers and tech geeks alike, there were even earlier early adopters: the rich urban...
5 Myths about How Cars Used to Work - HowStuffWorks
Introduction to 5 Myths about How Cars Used to Work You can wash your engine with a hose. You've gotta blow the carbon out of your car's engine by driving fast and hot and near...

Automotive STEM

Solar Car Powers Your House When It's Parked
A team of twenty students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands entered the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013, a six-day solar race across...
5 NASA Inventions You Won't Believe
Batteries on the Track
Portland, Ore. THE racecars were lined up two abreast at Portland International Raceway, but when the starter waved a green flag and yelled, "Go! Go! Go!" his voice was almost...
How Black Ice Works - HowStuffWorks
It's the most ironic of morning weather forecasts: "Watch out for black ice on your morning commute." You can't watch out for black ice, Mr. Meteorologist. It's nearly...
In Georgia, Preparing for an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Miniature Proportions
Team Shift
How an Atkinson Cycle Engine Works

Cars!

Biggest New Car Debuts of 2017 | U.S. News & World Report
There are two big trends in new cars for 2017: SUVs and electrified vehicles. Those might not seem compatible, but this list shows that manufacturers are thinking of new ways to...
Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Head to Head | U.S. News & World Report
The 2016 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander have much in common. They’re both midsize SUVs, they’re similarly priced, and they both have third-row seating. The...
5 supercar secrets starring the 2017 McLaren 570GT
Supercars are called super for a reason: these are not everyday sedans. They're more powerful, more strikingly designed, and more expensive than the cars we usually drive to...
The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars
When presented with a list of cars to test drive, the 2017 Toyota Yaris might not jump out at most people as the top choice. It's not fancy, and it's not a status symbol, but...
Faraday Future: "Tesla Model 3 is fantastic news."
Nick Sampson, head of the startup electric vehicle company Faraday Future, spent a busy day as the title sponsor of the Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix April 2.

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