Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

2 Nov
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceCalifornia granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and comes as a result of new regulations passed...

Study: active safety tech increases collision repair costs

31 Oct
The windshield-mounted sensors of Volvo's City Safety system.A new study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) last week found that vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic emergency braking can cost twice as much to repair following a collision than those without the technologies. Even minor accidents that damage the sensors and cameras in the front, windshield...

Study finds drivers trust active safety tech but are unaware of limitations

30 Oct
Tesla Enhanced AutopilotA study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety in September found that drivers of vehicles with advanced driver assistance system technologies in their vehicles found them to be generally helpful and trustworthy, but failed to understand the limitations of the system. The study surveyed owners of 2016 and 2017...

Autonomous vehicle testing with V2X technology reaches Australian roads

30 Oct
Cohda Wireless self-driving Lincoln MKZ sedansA self-driving car reached Australian roads for the first time, where it was operated in Adelaide Sunday by Cohda Wireless as a demonstration of its “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) technology. According to ABC (the Australian one), the government blocked off roads in a certain section of the city center so the vehicles could be tested...

American brands take 11 of bottom 12 spots in Consumer Reports reliability survey

29 Oct
2019 Buick EnclaveAmerican brands such as General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and even Tesla had a rough showing in the results of Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey released last week, which gathered data on half a million vehicles this year. Volvo was dead last in 29th place, but every American marque occupied the next 11 worse spots, from...

Tesla Model S, Honda Odyssey and more lose Consumer Reports recommendation

26 Oct
2018 Tesla Model SA few new cars that have been regulars on Consumer Reports' list of recommended models didn't make the cut for 2018 due to quality issues, the publication said Wednesday. Tesla’s Model S, usually a darling of CR’s rating system has lost its recommended status for problems with the standard air suspension which was added in 2017, but...

GM’s Maven car-sharing service extends to 10 new cities by the end of the year

25 Oct
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, CaliforniaGeneral Motors will allow even more owners of its cars to rent their vehicles out for money through its Maven car-sharing service. On Tuesday, GM announced an expansion to 10 new cities by the end of 2018. The service, which launched this summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Detroit, will be expanding to Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los...

British firm Addison Lee plans self-driving London taxis for 2021 launch

24 Oct
Frazer-Nash Metrocab London taxiThe iconic London cab could soon lose its most iconic feature: the cabbie. British firm Addison Lee announced Monday that it plans to introduce self-driving taxis in the English capital by 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company, which has about 5,000 taxis currently in service in London, signed a strategic partnership with software firm...

Ford becomes first automaker to test self-driving cars in Washington, D.C.

23 Oct
Ford Fusion autonomous car prototypeFord on Monday said that it will test its autonomous vehicle technology at the federal government’s doorstep in Washington, D.C. Ford also evaluates its experimental technology in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami. According to a post by the company on Medium, the intent of the program is to study how autonomous vehicles can be deployed across...

2019 Toyota Prius shuffles its trim levels

22 Oct
2018 Toyota PriusThe 2019 Toyota Prius ditches its previous trim level naming structure going forward, swapping numbered trims—One, Two, and Three—for conventional Toyota car and SUV trim level names like L, LE, and XLE. Toyota’s city-sized Prius c received the same change just a few months ago, but Toyota is shuffling options around as well as...