Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

7 May
Updated Android Auto user interface, 2019Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. Android Auto's first major overhaul turns the interface into a sexier system with a cleaner menu and more controls placed in user-friendly portions of the screen. Google said the most important goal with the redesign was to show more...

Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

3 May
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceWaymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software must be able to identify differences in cyclists and...

British startup says its self-driving car doesn’t need fancy tech

9 Apr
Wayve self-driving car prototypeA British startup says it doesn't need the expensive sensing tech found in most self-driving cars and has opted instead to use cameras and artificial intelligence software that learns how drivers react to real-world situations Medium reported Monday that Wayve fits its test cars with a camera, a GPS tracker, and a computer to analyze collected...

Australia introduces emoji license plates

25 Feb
Australian license plates with emojiThe Australian state of Queensland takes texting so seriously that it'll soon put emojis on car license plates. The state's third-party vanity license plate vendor, Personalised Plates Queensland, said last week that it will soon offer one of five emoji designs as a license plate theme in addition to other layouts with bright colors or rugby team...

Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

25 Feb
Waymo self-driving carSelf-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the self-driving car's view with the real-world view in the...

British hospital uses miniature cars to ease kids’ worries ahead of surgery

23 Feb
Toy cars for children patients at British hospitalThe last place kids want to spend time is in the hospital, but one medical center in Britain has a fleet of miniature cars to help kids keep their minds off of surgery. The BBC reported on the mini cars used at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, highlighting a frequent visitor named Alfie. Alfie requires constant medical...

IIHS: 2019 Ram 1500 aces crash tests but has subpar headlights

19 Jan
2019 Ram 1500 crash test, via IIHSThe 2019 Ram 1500 aced the IIHS' slew of crash tests but missed out on its top award due to headlights that don't provide good coverage at night. The IIHS found that the new Ram scored "Good" ratings in each of the instrumented six tests it administers including small-overlap front, moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints...

Self-driving car engineer drove cross-country without touching steering wheel

21 Dec
Pronto.AI self-driving car systemEx-Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski could have dozed off as he made a coast-to-coast trip behind the wheel of a self-driving test car. He claims to have not touched the steering wheel of the car when it was on the highway between San Francisco and New York City, a 3,009-mile distance. The milestone trip was to promote Levandowski's Pronto.AI...

Meet the woman who drove a 2013 Hyundai Elantra 1 million miles

10 Dec
2013 Hyundai Elantra goes 1 million milesMost owners celebrate when their car's odometer turns over 100,000 miles, but for Farrah Haines that was a mere early footnote in the life of her 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Haines' Elantra recently clocked 1 million miles—in just five years. She's a delivery who puts on about 200,000 annually. According to her story she shared with the automaker...

2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUV crashes well, scores Top Safety Pick+

18 Sep
2019 Subaru Ascent first driveThe 2019 Subaru Ascent earned top marks from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded crash testers said Tuesday. In its barrage of crash tests, the IIHS said that the 2019 Ascent earned "Good" marks in every test. Additionally, the IIHS said that the Ascent's child-seat anchors rated "Good" and that its automatic emergency braking rated...