AAA: Infotainment systems increase distractions, risk of accidents

9 Oct
2019 Audi A8 Maneuver AssistAs the infotainment systems—those increasingly large screens sprouting up in every dashboard—gain ever more functionality, drivers spend more time looking down rather than at the road. Even voice-activated features can make for a dangerous distraction, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Some...

Study: Americans aren’t giving up driving anytime soon

6 Oct
2019 Audi A8Despite many indications otherwise, we're still a nation of drivers. The Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) is out, and the data supports conclusions that might run contrary to general conceptions. Chief among them is the idea that, despite fluctuations in gas prices, increased usage of ride-sharing apps, and environmental...

Report: Waymo could launch self-driving ride-share service as early as this fall

5 Oct
Waymo self-driving prototypeReports based on information obtained from people briefed on Waymo’s plans suggest the Google spinoff could be planning to launch a rideshare service composed of self-driving cars as early as this fall. Citing sources Silicon Beat and The Information claim that the service would involve self-driving vehicles “with no human safety...

Dyson amps up drive toward electric cars

4 Oct
James DysonFresh off the major announcement that his eponymous vacuum company is aiming to produce its own electric vehicle, James Dyson has expounded on his plans. He’s also gone on a bit of a hiring spree which has seen Dyson poach executives from the likes of Aston Martin and Tesla, a clear warning shot across the bow of the boutique car market. In...

German state appealing ban on diesels

4 Oct
2018 Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel Sport TurismoThe German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is set to appeal a ruling that would prohibit diesel vehicles from entering the capital city of Stuttgart. The ban, which was slated to begin at the start of 2018, will now be suspended while the appeal process takes place. German environmental lobby Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) filed the original lawsuit late...

Report: Over a quarter of all CarMax cars have open recalls

3 Oct
 CarMax auto superstore in Raleigh, North Carolina (pic by Ildar Sagdejev)More than one in four vehicles for sale at used car titan CarMax's megastores could have outstanding recalls. That’s according to a new report from the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) Foundation. The data includes a survey of nearly 1,700 CarMax-advertised vehicles in California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Of those...

Vacuum maven Dyson plans electric car by 2020

27 Sep
James Dyson with digital motors  [image: Dyson]Sir James Dyson, best known for his eponymous bagless vacuum cleaner company, has announced plans over Twitter to build an electric car by 2020. In his emotionally-charged statement, Dyson stressed a decades-long flirtation with the automotive industry. The fundamental basis of Dyson’s bagless vacuums, the cyclonic filter, was adapted in the...

Freightliner to test automated “tailgating” technology on US roads

26 Sep
Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck conceptMercedes-Benz and Freightliner parent company Daimler will begin using self-driving trucks on American roads as it trials so-called “platooning” technology. Platooning is a means of increasing fuel efficiency wherein automated vehicles drive together in a very tight single file formation, called a “road train.” It's...

Uber CEO apologizes for “mistakes we’ve made”

26 Sep
Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo CarsIn the wake of London’s bombshell decision last week to deny Uber’s licence renewal, the embattled company’s new CEO has struck a conciliatory tone. In an open letter, Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber “got things wrong along the way,” and offered an apology. Transport for London (TfL) cited “public...