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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…

Uber Is Testing Its Self-Driving Cars on a Fake City in Pittsburgh – Inc.com

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Uber is testing its self-driving cars in a fake city it built in Pittsburgh called the ALMONO.  The fake city has a giant roundabout, fake cars, and roaming mannequins that jump out into the street without warning.  Uber also uses the ALMONO to train vehicle operators before allowing them to monitor the cars in the real world.  Uber’s self-driving-car pilot isn’t without its controversy, but the program is still alive and well…

Watch These Virtual Cars Hit 100 Speed Bumps At 100 Miles Per Hour – The Drive

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Computer simulations are amazing tools. You can use them to test new car designs without building a physical model. Police officers can practice high-performance driving in a much more accessible environment than a race track. And then there are the most important questions that only virtual reality can feasibly answer. For example, what would happen if you drove over 100 speed bumps at more than 100 miles per hour? Such…

Sacramento auto show rolls into Cal Expo – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Many of the latest-model cars consumers will be seeing on dealer lots next year will be on display Friday through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show at 1600 Exposition Blvd. is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This…

Six Favorite Cars from the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Sale – Automobile

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It’s October, and that means the collector car extraordinaires over at Barrett-Jackson are gearing up for one of its largest sales of the year, held at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The docket isn’t usually filled with vintage Ferraris or Pre-War Bugattis, but Barrett-Jackson has long remained a magnet for top-tier Americana and cutting edge supercars. We shuffled through the extensive list of available cars and picked out…

Uber built a fake city in Pittsburgh with roaming mannequins to test its self-driving cars – Business Insider

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An aerial view of Uber’s fake city in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Uber Uber is testing its self-driving cars in a fake city it built in Pittsburgh, called Almono. The fake city has a giant roundabout, fake cars, and roaming mannequins that jump out into the street without warning. Uber also uses Almono to train vehicle operators before allowing them to monitor the cars in the real world. Uber’s…

Shell launches fast-charging stations for electric vehicles – The Independent

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell has launched a fast-charging service for electric vehicles at three Shell service stations near London and in northern England, the company said on Wednesday. The service, which charges most electric vehicle batteries from zero to 80 per cent within half an hour, is the oil major’s first foray into fast-charging electric vehicles, whose use is set to grow with consumers’ demand for cleaner cars. Shell will expand the…

Huge Piccadilly Circus screen will target ads at certain cars – New Scientist

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Know your audience Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/eyevine TARGETED advertising isn’t confined to the internet. Later this month, a mammoth 790-square-metre electronic billboard in London’s Piccadilly Circus will start displaying ads based on the make, model and colour of passing cars, identified by cameras hidden in the screen. Companies can choose which kinds of vehicle trigger their ads. It’s not the first case of targeted ads in the physical world….

Self-Driving Cars Could Come to Manhattan – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The driverless trials will include two passengers: an engineer sitting behind the wheel to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat, according to the governor’s announcement. Such tests were recently made legal with legislation passed as part of New York’s 2018 budget. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “The spirit of innovation is what…

Cobalt stand-off key to future of electric vehicles – Financial Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Building Cars Is Hard – Jalopnik

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: It’s Hard Out There For A Startup We’ve seen this time and time again: new startups and tech giants think they can do car manufacturing. How hard can it be, they must wonder, until they discover that…

Driven: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, The Italian Marque’s First Premium SUV – Forbes

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s latest car, a mid-size SUV It is named after Italy’s most famous mountain pass. That alone raises expectations. Then for Alfa Romeo, a car marque generally associated with crafting sporty, sexy little cars, to venture down the more sensible sports-utility path, is altogether another. So, it was with little trepidation that I took to the wheels of the Stelvio. Incidentally, Alfa did flirt with…

New Audi A7 coming October 19, teaser shows familiar shape – CNET

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

One of the original swoopy-coupe four-doors is ready to enter a new generation. Audi tweeted out a teaser for its next-generation A7 hatchback. The tweet also promised that the new A7 would be unveiled on Oct. 19. The company gave out a teaser with its tweet, showing off the A7′s new-but-still-familiar fastback rear end. Enlarge Image Don’t mess with success. Audi While there isn’t much to glean from the teaser,…

Daimler plans revamp to prepare for electric vehicles – Financial Times

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

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Daimler recalls 400000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK – BBC News

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Daimler is recalling about 400,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK over a potential airbag safety issue. The problem affects certain A, B, C, and E-Class models, together with CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, built between November 2011 and July 2017. The recall is not related to the exploding Takata airbag scandal, and there have been no fatalities. The fix for the airbag issue takes only an…

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have become far less polluting. Their fuel efficiency has practically doubled and their tailpipe emissions have been reduced by more than 95%. Yet cities such as London and Paris…

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

THE FACTS BMW X3 30d TESTED 2,993cc, six-cylinder turbodiesel, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive PRICE/ON SALE range £37,980 to £50,530 (as tested £44,380)/November POWER/TORQUE 261bhp @ 4,000rpm /457lb ft @ 2,000rpm TOP SPEED 149mph ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 5.8sec FUEL ECONOMY 49.6mpg/42.8mpg (EU Combined/Urban), on test 39mpg CO2 EMISSIONS 149/km VED £200 first year, £450 for next four years, then £140 VERDICT Nothing exactly new, more a raised game from this…

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Overdrive it though, and after an adroit turn-in the tyres squirm and it has a top-heavy yaw, which feels horrible. This is the handling writing cheques the high-riding, heavyweight nature of an SUV can’t honour. If you are looking for fine handling and fast distribution of lots of stuff, BMW produces a more than adequate 5-series Touring estate. The X3 rides nicely over broken surfaces, even the M40i on its…

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Overdrive it though, and after an adroit turn-in the tyres squirm and it has a top-heavy yaw, which feels horrible. This is the handling writing cheques the high-riding, heavyweight nature of an SUV can’t honour. If you are looking for fine handling and fast distribution of lots of stuff, BMW produces a more than adequate 5-series Touring estate. The X3 rides nicely over broken surfaces, even the M40i on its…

Volkswagen Avoids Effort to Beef Up Oversight in German State Election – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Christian Democrats promised to give the state’s two seats on the carmaker’s 20-person supervisory board to business experts rather than politicians, as has been the case. Critics contend that weak oversight by the supervisory board helped create an environment where wrongdoing could fester. Photo Stephan Weil, the prime minister of Lower Saxony in Germany and the leader of the Social Democrats in the state. He holds a seat on…