Driver circuit, in electronics
Device driver, a software component used to interact with hardware devices, or used in electronic or pneumatic equipment as a force for cohesive equipment or individual machinery components
Speaker driver, a transducer in a loudspeaker
Driver (sail), a type of sail
Driver Group, an Australian bus company
SS Empire Driver or SS Driver, Empire ship Driver
HMS Driver, two British Royal Navy ships:
HMS Driver (1797), a sloop
HMS Driver (1840)
Driver (video game series), series of video games
Driver (video game), the first game in the series
Driver 2, the second game in the series
Driv3r, the third game in the series
Driver: Parallel Lines, the fourth game in the series
Driver 76, a PSP game
Driver: Vegas, a mobile game
Driver: LA Undercover, a mobile game
Driver San Francisco, the fifth game in the series
Car and Driver was founded as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955. In its early years, the magazine focused primarily on small, imported sports cars. In 1961, editor Karl Ludvigsen renamed the magazine Car and Driver to show a more general automotive focus. 2005 marked the 50th anniversary of Car and Driver.
Car and Driver once featured Bruce McCall, Jean Shepherd, Dick Smothers and Brock Yates as columnists, and P. J. O'Rourke as a frequent contributor. Former editors include William Jeanes and David E. Davis, Jr., the latter of whom led some employees to defect in 1985 to create Automobile Magazine.
Rather than electing a Car of the Year, Car and Driver publishes its top ten picks each year in its Car and Driver 10Best.
Car and Driver is home to the John Lingenfelter Memorial Trophy. This award is given annually at their Supercar Challenge.
Today, Car and Driver is also published in Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Spain. The Spanish version just makes use of the Car and Driver name; no editorial direction is shared. China had an edition called Car and Driver. The Middle Eastern edition is issued by ITP Publishing based in Dubai.
The magazine is notable for its irreverent tone and habit of "telling it like it is," especially with regard to underperforming automobiles ("Saturn folks like to point out that the L200 has little in common with the Opel Vectra from which it borrows some platform architecture, and we have to wonder why. Could the Opel be worse?"Feb 2003). The magazine also frequently delves into controversial issues, especially in regard to politics. The editorial slant of the magazine is decidedly pro-automobile. However, the intrusion of politics into editorial columns rarely intrudes into reviews of cars themselves or feature articles. For example, the columnists have been highly critical of SUVs on the basis that minivans or car-based utes are almost always better, more drivable choices.
The magazine was one of the first to be unabashedly critical of the American automakers. However, it has been quick to praise noteworthy efforts like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Corvette.
The magazine has been at the center of a few controversies based on this editorial direction, including the following:
Their instrumented testing is extremely rigorous compared with other automotive magazines. It has twice revealed false power claims by manufacturers: Both the 1999 SVT Mustang Cobra and 2001 Mazda Miata tests showed these vehicles not producing performance equivalents to their claimed power output. In both cases, the manufacturers' claims were proved wrong, forcing buybacks and apologies.
Their tests of radar detectors often declare the Valentine One detector, a major Car and Driver advertiser, the total point winner. The magazine contends that its tests are accurate, while some question its objectivity. Yet, other major advertisers, such as Escort, the winner of C/D's sister pub radar detector test, usually finishes alongside the V1 in the same test.
Car and Driver and Road & Track are sister publications at Hearst and have for many years shared the same advertising, sales, marketing, and circulation departments. However, their editorial operations are distinct and they have separate publishers.