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Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work? – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016

From self-driving cars to robot lorries, autonomous vehicles are the future of road transportation. But who’s in pole position, who’s stuck in the pit lane and how far away is the starting grid? How far along are we? Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. At the cutting edge there are self-driving cars being tested in pilot programmes, and they are proving perfectly capable of motoring alongside human drivers. But…

Yes, millennials actually want to own cars: Study – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The results stand in contrast to prior auto industry rhetoric, which contends millennials are not interested in purchasing their own vehicles. The data also come a few months after a separate report found that Americans ages 17 and younger have a greater desire to buy a new vehicle than millennials did at their age. “With unemployment among millennials improving, coupled with lower interest rates and low gas prices, the share…

Off-street parking: Florence road collapse sinks row of cars – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A stretch of street has collapsed in central Florence, dropping a row of parked cars into an underground pipeline and cutting water supplies to part of the ancient city. About 200 metres (650ft) of road running up to the famous Ponte Vecchio caved in when a major waterpipe it was sitting on broke, the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, said. Around 20 cars fell into the water-filled ditch, but no one…

How San Francisco Plans to Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix Its Housing Crisis – Gizmodo

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Surface parking lots, even at transit stops, are choking San Francisco. (Image: SFMTA) For a minute, try to forget the hype you hear about self-driving cars and think about the single-occupant, human-driven vehicle like this: A very inefficient way to use expensive city land. Not only do extra-wide roads take up a lot of space, there’s far too much property allocated to parking—about 20 percent of the land in many…

Tesla Tests Self-Driving Functions with Secret Updates to Its Customers’ Cars – MIT Technology Review

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When Tesla Motors introduced the Model S sedan in 2012, one of its many notable features was an always-on cellular Internet connection. A Tesla executive explained today that it has turned into a powerful advantage in the company’s contest with other carmakers and Internet giants such as Google to get self-driving cars onto public roads. Tesla can pull down data from the sensors inside its customers’ vehicles to see how…

This country has hit a major milestone for electric cars—here’s how – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Other than lower emissions, less air and noise pollution and reduced reliance on non-renewable energy sources, electric car users enjoy a quieter and smoother drive and say the engines are more reliable than petroleum-powered internal combustion equivalents. Another benefit is electric vehicles can be charged from home if one has a suitable inlet and are economical to run in countries where electricity is cheap. However, electric cars are expensive to…

Puny ponies? How muscle cars do in crash tests – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 of 6 2 of 6 3 of 6 4 of 6 5 of 6 6 of 6 Last SlideNext Slide The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Dodge Challenger and 2016 Ford Mustang GT.(Photo: Evan Sears, Cars.com) It’s a question safety experts get asked often: How do muscle cars perform in crash tests? The answer, it turns out,…

Suspect intentionally slams into cars at Linden police station, cops say – WABC-TV

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A suspect is in custody after authorities say he intentionally rammed several cars Tuesday at police headquarters in Linden, New Jersey. The man drove into the parking garage on North Wood Avenue at a high rate of speed and rammed several cars, including a police vehicle, before driving away and slamming into several more cars, including another police vehicle. Neighbors caught the dramatic final crash on camera, just before the…

This country has hit a major milestone for electric cars—here’s how – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Other than lower emissions, less air and noise pollution and reduced reliance on non-renewable energy sources, electric car users enjoy a quieter and smoother drive and say the engines are more reliable than petroleum-powered internal combustion equivalents. Another benefit is electric vehicles can be charged from home if one has a suitable inlet and are economical to run in countries where electricity is cheap. However, electric cars are expensive to…

Honda rolls out first Acura NSX supercar in Ohio factory – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

From left, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group, takes delivery of 2017 Acura NSX, VIN 001, from Acura NSX Engineering Large Project Leader Clement D’Souza.(Photo: Acura, Wieck) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Workers cheered as the  first 2017 Acura NSX — a highly anticipated supercar that is expected to boost sales of Honda’s premium brand — came off the assembly line at a plant here Tuesday. The event…

Google Cars to Be Coated with Human Flypaper? – Discovery News

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This just in from the Didn’t See That One Coming desk: Google is planning to attach human flypaper to its self-driving cars. Well, maybe. According to a genuinely weird report at Silicon Valley newspaper the Mercury News, Google received approval on a peculiar patent this week. It describes a technique for reducing injuries to pedestrians by coating autonomous cars with an adhesive surfacing. Future of City Cars, Urban Mobility Revs…

How Tesla Is Rolling Out Self-Driving Cars – Fortune

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Eighteen months ago, Tesla Motors embarked on an initiative that would sow the seeds for its self-driving car project. The Elon Musk-led automobile company wanted to give its vehicles the ability to drive themselves, but it didn’t just want to introduce the technology without thorough testing, Sterling Anderson, Tesla’s director of autopilot programs, explained on Tuesday at an MIT Tech Review technology conference in San Francisco. So Tesla began to…

This country has hit a major milestone for electric cars—here’s how – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Other than lower emissions, less air and noise pollution and reduced reliance on non-renewable energy sources, electric car users enjoy a quieter and smoother drive and say the engines are more reliable than petroleum-powered internal combustion equivalents. Another benefit is electric vehicles can be charged from home if one has a suitable inlet and are economical to run in countries where electricity is cheap. However, electric cars are expensive to…

Study: Tesla, Jaguar highest in auto software defects – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 Last SlideNext Slide Tesla Model S, photo by Steve Jurvetson via Flickr Software glitches are increasingly bedeviling automakers with Tesla Motors and Jaguar Land Rover leading the pack when it comes to the highest rate of defects, according to a new survey released…

Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

For the first time in years, San Francisco’s Pier 80 — which in recent months has been the site of an emergency homeless shelter — will revert to its intended purpose: a working cargo terminal.

BMW i3 Gets Improved Trip Planning & Free Fast Charging – CleanTechnica

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cars Published on May 24th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan 1 May 24th, 2016 by Zachary Shahan  If you have or were thinking of getting a BMW i3, it should be noted that eligible BMW i3 owners in participating markets have access to 24 months of free charging sessions at participating EVgo…

Watch this straddle bus eat cars as it speeds down the highway – Treehugger

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Six years ago we showed the crazy Chinese 3D fast bus and everyone thought it was silly vaporware. Three years ago we showed an updated version, the Land Airbus which got to the animated video stage. Now it appears that it is at the model stage, zipping through the International High-tech Expo in Beijing the other day. Good idea to cut traffic jam&air pollution! Futuristic straddling bus, or land airbus,…

Self-driving cars? Nobody wants one – Yahoo Finance

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It’s probably the most revolutionary thing to happen in the automobile industry in a century. And apparently nobody’s interested. Self-driving cars could change everything about transportation in America, if you believe the visionaries working on the technology. Commuting could become productive instead of wasteful. Trucks could move goods much faster, since there would be no breaks for drivers to eat or sleep. The motor-vehicle death toll would plummet. The problem…

AT&T just took a big step to maintain its lead in wireless service for connected cars – Business Insider

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BII See Also This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. AT&T is the leading wireless carrier for connected cars, and it just took a big step to keep that lead. The company has debuted a new unlimited data plan for connected cars, reports RCR Wireless News. The plan lets customers with an existing AT&T unlimited data plan for their…

Safety, pah! We have robot cars powersliding, say US boffins – The Register

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Last month, Google, Ford and Uber started a lobbying group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets to promote autonomous vehicles on safety grounds, but boffins in Georgia are having far more fun with their hardware. While Google spends time pootling around Mountain View at 25mph, researchers at Georgia Tech, the state famous for Bo, Luke, and Daisy’s driving habits and their General Lee Dodge Charger, have been testing robot…