Lexus recalls 115,000 cars for potential fuel leak

29 Jun
2010 Lexus IS C F Sport accessoriesOwners of certain Lexus models should be on the lookout for a recall notice in early August. This week, Toyota Motor North America announced it would recall certain Lexus models including 2006-2013 Lexus IS 350 sedans, 2010-2014 Lexus IS 350C convertibles, 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 mid-size sedans, and GS 450h vehicles. Altogether,115,000 vehicles...

Saudi Arabia finally lets women hit the road and drive

26 Jun
The Range Rover Sport takes on Saudi Arabia's Empty QuarterOn Sunday, women finally took to Saudi Arabia’s roadways for the first time, marking a major step toward gender equality in the conservative middle eastern country. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful royal described as both liberalizer and authoritarian, has been pushing a series of reforms to modernize the Arab state. It was...

Self-driving car pioneers link up to study “human impact” of driverless future

21 Jun
2019 Volvo S60Millions of jobs could be eliminated by driverless cars in the future. A newly formed organization announced Tuesday—The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO)—combines the forces of the major firms building and testing on self-driving cars with the intention of studying the "human impact" of driverless cars...

Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

19 Jun
Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister HigginsSelf-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will collaborate on a self-driving van set to transport...

Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

15 Jun
Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseA new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed asphalt. The Telegraph reported Monday that some fixes...

2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch

13 Jun
2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance EditionGraphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. With the 2019 Yukon, buyers have the the option of going with the regular Graphite Edition which features a long list...

Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

12 Jun
2019 Mini CooperAll it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for optional equipment to upgrade the car with automatic...

Uber costs less than driving in some major cities

6 Jun
Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DCIn four of the five largest U.S. cities, it may be cheaper to replace car ownership with a ride-sharing service such as Uber. Results of a study released last week released found that commuters in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C.. and Los Angeles spend less weekly commuting and running errands using Uber than they would owning a car. In...

California’s new $700 digital license plates can relay messages to other drivers

2 Jun
California digital license plateFuture license plates in California may be powered by the same technology used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader—but not as a touchscreen device, of course. The state of California said Monday that it will test the nearly $700 digital license plates on 24 state-owned vehicles before approving them for public use, reported The Sacramento Bee...

Uber’s app now reminds riders to buckle up

24 May
Uber driver (photo by Uber)Under the direction of its new CEO, Uber is on a mission to clean up its reputation. The latest step? The cellphone app that summons its ride-share service now reminds both drivers and passengers to buckle up for safety. Uber drivers will receive a notice asking them to ensure that passengers are buckled up, while riders see a reminder that "seat...