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BMW headquarters raided in EU antitrust probe – Financial Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Human Touch – WIRED

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Amidst the robocar hype, it’s easy to forget that for all their powers, computers are still lousy drivers compared to humans. This week, Eric Adams introduced us to the people working to interpret hominid behavior for driving robots. Turns out perception is a remarkable, variegated thing, and cars need to learn how to do all the cool stuff we the fleshy can before performing seamlessly on the road. The same…

Auto matchmakers: How Cars.com uses decades of data to match consumers with dealers – Built In Chicago

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

If you’re ever in the lobby of Cars.com’s building, don’t be surprised if you run into a stranger with a sketchpad in one hand and a Starbucks gift card in another. As part of its efforts to accelerate new feature delivery, the Chicago tech titan encourages its designers to get their ideas down on paper and ask passersby what they think. The Cars.com tech team deploys new code 30 times…

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Consumer Reports: Toyota tops for reliability — and Cadillac is last – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

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US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better: report – Reuters

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

DETROIT (Reuters) – New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models, Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more likely than older models to…

Volkswagen Attending Pikes Peak for First Time in 30 Years, This Time with an Electric Car – The Drive

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

The engineering that went into the car was mesmerizing for the time. Engineers utilized electronic throttle position sensors, despite the motor being fit with mechanical cable-driven throttle bodies, in order to match throttle between both engines. Sadly, by the end of the race, the car suffered a transmission failure. Then, Volkswagen went radio silent for 30 years. Fortunately, fans kept the name alive by building period-correct cars to aide in…

After submarines and baby strollers, Aston Martin is branching into luxury condos – Quartz

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

In the world of luxury one-upmanship, “my other house is an Aston Martin” is a boast you might hear soon. The venerable British luxury sportscar brand, immortalized in James Bond movies since the 1960s, is getting into real estate. The company broke ground on a 66-story sail-shaped glass and steel apartment building in downtown Miami yesterday (Oct.18). Racy. (Aston Martin Residences) From the company description, living in the Aston Martin…

New engines, infotainment bugs hurting auto reliability – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan – CNNMoney

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns. The automaker said Thursday that it had halted production of vehicles for the Japanese market after discovering that inspections were not carried out properly at several factories. “Certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan’s own processes,” the company said in a statement. The stoppage won’t affect cars produced…

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Almost A Third Of All New Cars Don’t Have Spare Tires: Report – Jalopnik

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

It used to be that if tire grievances happened to you on the road, you simply pulled over, got out the jack and spare tire and changed the the thing yourself. Then you’d be back on the road once more. Easy. But this isn’t the case anymore for an alarming number of people in new cars, a new AAA study finds. The reasoning itself is innocent enough: automakers want to…

Volkswagen to take on Pikes Peak with a purpose-built electric racer – Ars Technica

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

reader comments 5 The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest races in the world, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. For much of its history, the 12.4-mile (19.9km) course was a dirt road that played host to rally-bred machines, but since the route was fully paved over in 2012, slick tires and stiff suspension have become the order of the day. And the very fastest…

To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls…

AAA Survey Shows 28 Percent of New Cars Don’t Come With a Spare Tire – The Drive

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

In 2017 car manufacturers are in a constant battle to have the lightest and subsequently the most fuel efficient vehicle possible. Unfortunately, that means manufacturers are quick to take out the spare tire to save the extra 50 pounds or whatever it comes out to be.  According to a recent survey done by AAA, 28 percent of 2017 model year cars have no spare tire as a standard option and…

AAA Survey Shows 28 Percent of New Cars Don’t Come With a Spare Tire – The Drive

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

In 2017 car manufacturers are in a constant battle to have the lightest and subsequently the most fuel efficient vehicle possible. Unfortunately, that means manufacturers are quick to take out the spare tire to save the extra 50 pounds or whatever it comes out to be.  According to a recent survey done by AAA, 28 percent of 2017 model year cars have no spare tire as a standard option and…

New Kensington fire strikes 2 houses, auto body shop – Tribune-Review

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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New York City needs to get ready for driverless cars – New York Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rather than turn Gov. Cuomo’s OK of self-driving car testing in the city into another episode of their “Bickersons” act, Mayor de Blasio should seize the chance to consider the future. After months of negotiations with the state, General Motors will soon start testing automated Chevy Bolts cars in a five-square-mile patch of lower Manhattan. City Hall erupted in fury over safety, labor and traffic concerns and complaining that the…