After years of delay U.S. safety regulators finally announced the long-awaited rule requiring all new vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by May 2018. The new rule which was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday enhances the safety of these vehicles by remarkably lowering [...]
Japanese automaker Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe by the U.S. government after a four-year inquiry into its reporting of safety issues that involved a sudden and automatic increase in acceleration in the vehicles that resulted in injuries and deaths. The criminal investigation began after Toyota recalled more than 10 [...]
A dream of driving without relying on anyone or anything is on its way to becoming a reality. Driverless cars could be commercially available by decade’s end. Before that, the DMV needs to decide how to integrate the cars onto public roads. On Tuesday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held an initial public hearing as it [...]
Several brands at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show will be incorporating Apple’s ‘CarPlay’ including Ferrari, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo. Apple is currently working with car makers on developing and installing an on-board operating system, which a number of manufacturer’s are expected to, adopt. In June 2013, Apple had announced that [...]
BMW has officially announced its line-up of cars to the upcoming Geneva Car Show 2014 in March. The most distinctive entry of all is the BMW i3, which is one of the two electric vehicles making it into the final seven for Car of the Year honors. Ever since its first teaser, reviewers have been debating whether the i3 adds up as one of BMW’s Ultimate Driving Machines. The i3 is BMW’s first fully electric car unlike any other BMW. The i3 is already seen as a hit amongst early adopters and ecology-minded drivers who want low running costs and are into plug-in electric cars.
Toyota has confirmed that it is developing a new sports car platform with BMW. It pretty much gives away a hint that a new Supra is on the way. The new Supra may sit on top of the trio supercars which are a GT 86/FR-S and a smaller sports car below the 86 models priced lower than $20K.
Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada of the GT 86/FR-S fame is said to be the brains behind the new sports car.
In case if you’re driving a Toyota Prius model from the year 2010-2014 then the probability is solid that Toyota recently reviewed your vehicle. Toyota Motor Corp. started a monstrous worldwide review of Prius to alter a programming glitch that could cause the car to stall, a forceful response to counter past feedback of its [...]
All the recent upgrades in automotive computing systems and the integration of Google’s mobile technology into vehicles have raised questions concerning if consumers’ habits are compatible with this kind of technology and if they will be able to control the massive compilation of personal data that android-powered cars are expected to generate in the years to come.
From wearable technology to electric cars, 2014 promises to be full of noteworthy technological leaps. Let’s take a look through some of the most relevant surprises that this year promises.
Science fiction keeps getting closer to reality as the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keeps unveiling recent inventions and high-end tech products. Now, it has been Audi’s turn for showing the audience its most recent upgrade: A book-sized computer capable of driving an automobile. Yes, self-driving cars are here!
As if smartphones and smartglasses were not enough, Google OS is preparing an auto alliance with different worldwide carmakers. The first android-powered cars will arrive this year.
Ford has unveiled its plans for a new prototype solar-powered hybrid car. The Ford C-Max solar Energi Concept features a vehicle solar panel system on the roof and a solar concentrator lens that tracks the sun’s position. The firm said it can draw power equivalent to a for-hour battery charge. Fully charged, the vehicle will be able to travel up to 21 miles powered only on electricity. The sample car will be exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, before testing begins to evaluate if production is viable.
According to reports Android was planning to team up with auto makers to get larger market share in information and entertainment market. However, the platform experienced fierce opposition. Many car makers want to defend their branding over their in-car systems. Google Inc. also plans to use Miracast, a Wi-Fi Direct integrated screen-casting standard to display apps from an Android smartphone on an in-car system.
Volvo is the company that has for decades enjoyed the reputation of the car producer that brings safest cars on the roads. Today with all this fast improving technology where future cars will be able to drive us by themselves, having the reputation of the safest one is more than desirable. Seems like main people in the company became aware of mentioned and Volvo has just joined other auto manufacturers that already launched cars able to drive us, without our control.
Oh dear Henry Ford, it is a good thing that you are not here to see the latest news. The respected Company you founded all the way back in 1903 is now going through some serious trouble if they want to maintain reputation worth of respect, or reputation of an automaker that justifies the prices of the cars. To be honest after seventh recall of 2013 model of Escape SUV, your Ford Company is putting its position of the second largest U.S. automaker under a huge question mark.
Latest news could lead you to one conclusion: Seems like Elon Musk is having fire trouble in last six weeks. After there was a third fire reported in Tesla Model S luxury sedan, fire problems lead to reasonable turn of events; huge concern among present and possible future owners of Tesla electrical cars. U.S. safety regulators are investigating fires in Tesla Model S electric cars, while Elon Musk indicates that he stands by the car and has no doubt in the safety of it, actually claiming the car is one of the safest anywhere, on the other hand he did decide to act and ordered three changes.
According to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 360 people are killed every year because of police chases. That includes officers, suspects, and bystanders. Therefore, in order to reduce the need of hazardous high-speed chases, police across the United States have adopted StarChase safety system, a discrete method which shoots GPS tracking cartridges onto vehicles attempting to get away.
Eight States pledge for Zero-Emission Vehicles. Governors of eight states announced a groundbreaking initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the roads by 2025. These eight states representing nearly a quarter of U.S. auto sales signed a pact to boost the number of electric- and hydrogen-fueled cars, trucks and buses. These states have the main mission to help make the highways friendlier for zero-emission vehicles. And California is helping lead the charge.
Europe’s car market flattened in early eight months to the lowest level since 1990. September merchant rebates or abatement in Germany rose to moderate 12 percent off the price tag from 11.6 percent in August, the topmost level in view of June. The outstanding transactions are accessible on Peugeot and Renault cars, with connected moderate discounts of 14.9 percent. Fiat presents enticement in proportion to 13.7 percent off the list price.