November 17, 2017

A Hyperloop-Inspired Pod May One Day Help Drivers Skip Denver Traffic

In searching for ways to reduce crippling congestion on its highways, Colorado is looking beyond roads and traditional vehicles. State officials have announced the formation of a public/private partnership with Los Angeles startup Arrivo, an engineering company intent on building a hyperloop-inspired transportation system that runs along a track and can be used by both […]

Car News , Cars

Feds Take Hands-Off Approach to Driverless Tech, Worrying Consumer Groups

Most Americans aren’t ready to trust self-driving vehicles. If that’s going to change as automated travel nears, consumer advocates say that federal regulators responsible for protecting the motoring public must set and enforce rigorous safety standards for the fledgling technology. But there are growing concerns the government is doing little to ensure autonomous vehicles are […]

Car News , Cars

Self-Driving Shuttle Returns to Service, but NTSB Wants to Examine Vegas Crash

The basic elements of the collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a human-driven delivery truck this week in Las Vegas are straightforward. According to police officers, a passenger, and officials from the company which manages the bus, the eight-passenger electric shuttle detected the truck in its path and yielded. It came to a complete […]

Car News , Cars

Delphi Will Acquire nuTonomy in Latest Autonomous Push

In the realm of autonomous technology, Delphi and nuTonomy already had a lot in common. Both established pilot projects involving automated cars in Boston and Singapore. Both believe the commercial-vehicle market holds more short-term promise for widespread deployment. Both have been searching for ways to reach that market faster. One solution: Join forces. Delphi announced […]

Car News , Cars

Not Dreamin’: California Paves Way for Driverless Cars in 2018

California has inched one step closer to permitting the testing of fully driverless vehicles on its public roads, a development that could come as soon as 2018. Officials with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles have unveiled long-awaited revisions of proposed regulations that pave the way for further testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in the state, […]

Car News , Cars

New Stats Show Traffic Deaths Continue Their Stubborn Climb

Even as more new cars are equipped with crash-avoidance systems and advanced safety technology, traffic deaths on U.S. roads are rising at a pace not seen since the 1960s. The number of Americans killed in traffic crashes increased 5.6 percent to 37,461 in 2016, according to figures released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. […]

Car News , Cars

Flying Cars Sound Cool, but They Could Bring Hellish Reality

High above Los Angeles, flying cars cruise through skies darkened by pollution, transporting passengers between landing zones located atop maximum-security skyscrapers. That’s the dystopian opening scene in Blade Runner, a 1982 science-fiction classic, and it turns out the film’s creators were on to something. Thirty-five years later, at a time when flying-taxi prototypes are officially […]

Car News , Cars

Delphi’s Self-Driving-Focused Spinoff to Be Called Aptiv

Delphi Automotive is getting a makeover ahead of an era when technology for autonomous vehicles is expected to be a big chunk of the supplier’s business. On Wednesday morning, the company unveiled its new name—Aptiv—for its business centered around next-generation cars that are steeped in software. Its powertrain division, which is being spun off into […]

Car News , Cars

Hands-Free Caddy: 2018 Cadillac CT6 Launches Super Cruise Semi-Autonomous Feature

Hands-free autonomous driving is no longer the stuff of Silicon Valley dreams and bug-eyed research vehicles. With Cadillac’s long-awaited Super Cruise feature, which launches this month in the 2018 CT6, drivers will be able to buy a car that can drive itself on many highways. Unlike existing semi-autonomous driver-assistance systems from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo, […]

Car News , Cars

Just Three Words Can Get Drivers Exactly Where They Want to Go

You need to pick up friends at an airport, but you don’t know where along the arrivals curb they’re waiting. You’re meeting a client, but you are unsure which entrance to use at their sprawling corporate headquarters. You’re headed to a wedding in a scenic park, but you don’t know exactly know where the ceremony […]

Car News , Cars