May 24, 2017

How Silicon Valley Spurred Bill Ford Jr. to Replace His CEO

Silicon Valley has played an outsize role in shaping Bill Ford Jr.’s thinking about the future of the auto industry. Although he didn’t know it at the time, two experiences in recent years left signature impressions that would ultimately lead to this weekend’s shakeup at the Ford Motor Company. The first came toward the end […]

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New York State Greets Autonomous-Car Testers with a Welcome Mat of Red Tape

New York’s governor signed legislation last week that paves the way for the testing of autonomous vehicles, a development trumpeted by state officials as an official welcome mat for the self-driving industry in a sought-after location. But manufacturers interested in testing on the state’s roads may find the process about as easy to navigate as […]

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In California, a Failed Fight for Car Owners’ Privacy Rights

California state law permits car owners to cover their legally parked cars to protect them against weather and incidental damage. It’d be easy to assume that, because cars can be covered in their entirety, it would also be perfectly okay for motorists to keep only their license plates covered on those same legally parked vehicles. […]

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It’s Time for Congressional Action on Autonomous Vehicles, Think Tank Says

Ever since self-driving vehicles leapt from the pages of science fiction and into the realm of reality, transportation experts and industry officials have warned that government regulation might prevent autonomous technology from reaching the road. Even when their intentions have been to encourage the adoption of autonomous vehicles, those concerns have only grown more pronounced. […]

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GM Launches New Program to Capitalize on Growth in Freelance Economy

Freelance workers comprise an ever-growing portion of the overall job market, and General Motors wants to rent them cars that they can make money by driving. The company launched a new program last week called Gig. It allows freelance drivers to rent all-electric Chevrolet Bolt vehicles at $229 per week and use the cars for […]

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Cities Need to Wake Up and Start Planning for Self-Driving Vehicles, Policy Group Says

Automakers and tech companies are closer than ever to delivering self-driving technology to the masses. The urban areas that will host these vehicles, by contrast, aren’t quite up to speed. With many companies firming up deployment plans within the next two or three years, cities are still figuring out how to brace for the first […]

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Are Voice Assistants Like Alexa Making Your Car Less Secure?

Amazon’s wildly popular voice assistant, Alexa, is making her debut in several cars this year. But as seductive and convenient as many consumers have found her in the living room, Alexa could open up a Pandora’s box of potential risks in the automotive realm. Numerous automakers, including BMW, Hyundai, and Ford, and telematics firms, including […]

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Automakers Soon Will Have New Ways to Profit from Driver Data

There’s so much data streaming from modern cars that automakers have had trouble making sense of it all. An estimated 250 million vehicles worldwide are expected to contain connected features within the next five years, and automakers—inundated with detailed information on drivers’ whereabouts, in-car entertainment selections, and vehicle diagnostics—are searching for ways to harvest and […]

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Despite Concerns, Cadillac Presses Forward with Super Cruise Semi-Autonomous Tech

General Motors intends to launch a semi-autonomous feature called Super Cruise later this year despite the fact that federal safety regulators have already expressed concern about a key aspect of the system’s design. Under certain highway conditions, according to company officials, the Super Cruise system can follow lanes, brake, and control speed. Slated to make […]

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Huge Rise in Pedestrian Deaths a Big Cause for Concern

Some of the same behaviors that pose well-known dangers for drivers are contributing to a staggering rise in pedestrian fatalities. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association says drinking and distractions are two factors in a pedestrian death count that stands on the verge of surpassing 6000 people for the first time in […]

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