November 17, 2017

In Frankfurt, Angela Merkel Lectures Automakers over Dirty-Diesel Fallout

Allegations of cheating on diesel emissions controls were only days old the last time the auto industry gathered for the Frankfurt auto show, and the ensuing headlines overshadowed whatever announcements carmakers had planned. So it was understandable that organizers were eager this year to move beyond that sullied spectacle, preferring to focus on a fresh […]

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Touge Party: Driving Vintage Mazdas on the 2017 Touge California Rally

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Add Extra Cheese and Hold the Driver: Autonomous Pizza Deliveries Have Arrived

In the future, there may no longer be a need to tip the pizza-delivery guy. Of course, you may have to work out how to tip an autonomous car: Ford and Domino’s Pizza are working together to develop self-driving vehicles that handle autonomous deliveries. The two companies will conduct tests of the vehicles over the […]

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Consumers on Self-Driving Cars: They’re Freaked Out, but They Can Be Persuaded

Even as carmakers and tech companies make bold plans for an imminent autonomous future, consumers are greeting the notion of self-driving cars with trepidation. High levels of apprehension have been documented among prospective riders in recent years, and two recently released studies further underscore the uphill climb faced by companies with deployments on the horizon. […]

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NTSB Will Focus on Tesla Autopilot Crash Next Month

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet next month to determine the probable cause of a fatal car crash in 2016 that involved the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature in a Tesla Model S. Following an investigation that has lasted more than a year, NTSB officials said Tuesday that the five-member board will meet […]

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Wyld Stallyns: The 12 Greatest Ferraris of All Time

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Announces Another Big Autonomous Partnership

Whichever company winds up owning Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will likely inherit the underpinnings for a self-driving future. One day after reports circulated that the perennially for-sale automaker was shopping itself to a Chinese company, FCA said Wednesday it will join a major alliance working to develop an autonomous-driving platform that could be used across the […]

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Uber App Gets a Chat Function to Better Connect Drivers and Riders

Beginning today, Uber is rolling out a new chat feature to allow drivers and riders to communicate without ever leaving the Uber app. This promises to smooth interactions and eliminate some disincentives built into the way the Uber service and app were configured. Consider this example: My wife and I went flew to Paris last […]

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Researchers Find a Malicious Way to Meddle with Autonomous Cars

While automakers focus on defending the systems in their cars against hackers, there may be other ways for the malicious to mess with self-driving cars. Security researchers at the University of Washington have shown they can get computer vision systems to misidentify road signs using nothing more than stickers made on a home printer. UW […]

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Self-Driving Cars Cross International Borders, Raising More Questions Than They Answer

Two global automotive suppliers sent a pair of sedans—a Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300—equipped with self-driving technology on a roundabout journey of roughly 350 miles, a trip that included a tricky tunnel and a long steel bridge. The cars drove in fully autonomous mode for about 92 percent of the route, but what really set […]

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