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  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by nigelf30
    Video/Audio
    +16 +1

    JFK assassination (22 Nov) 1963

    John F Kennedy travelling in the presidential Lincoln Continental convertible was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 52 years ago today (22 November). He was shot twice, and an hour after his death Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime. No serving US president has travelled in an open top car since. The car is now at the Henry Ford museum in Michigan.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +30 +1

    VW cars can also cheat European emissions tests, BBC learns

    A laboratory test carried out for BBC Panorama shows that Volkswagen diesel cars programmed with a "defeat device" can cheat official European pollution tests, as well as tests in the US. The company told the BBC it believes this is the first time the cheating software has been filmed in action. VW has admitted it used the device to rig tighter pollution tests in America. But it's been more ambiguous about whether it used the same tactics to actively cheat official European tests.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    Tesla wants to make fully self-driving cars happen way ahead of schedule

    A week and a half ago, we learned that Tesla is on a quest to hire more engineers to accelerate the development of its self-driving car technologies. Tesla was already no slouch in the autonomous-vehicle world, having released its Autopilot feature into the wild just over a month ago. We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +50 +1

    Volkswagen's U.S. sales plunge 25% in wake of emissions scandal

    Volkswagen said U.S. sales plunged 25% in November in the wake of the German automaker's massive emissions cheating scandal. The company admitted in September that most of its diesel cars in the U.S. had software that allowed it to pass emissions tests, even though the cars dumped 40 times the allowed levels of pollutants into the atmosphere. The EPA ordered it to stop selling those cars in the U.S.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by collude
    +31 +1

    The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

    The competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +54 +1

    Driverless cars could spell the end for domestic flights

    Self-driving cars could disrupt the airline and hotel industries within 20 years as people sleep in their vehicles on the road, according to a senior strategist at Audi. Short-haul travel will be transformed and the hassle of getting to and from airports eliminated, said Sven Schuwirth, vice president of brand strategy and digital business at the German car brand. Business travellers will be able to avoid taking domestic flights to meetings and will sleep and work in their cars en route...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +41 +1

    Ford Recalling Up to 452,000 Cars Because Fuel Tanks May Crack

    Ford Motor Co. will recall as many as 451,865 cars, including 411,205 in the U.S., because their fuel tanks may crack and leak gasoline, potentially leading to fire. The company will recall its 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models and won’t charge customers if parts need to be replaced, according to a notice posted Saturday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford said it isn’t aware of accidents...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +2

    U.S. government pushes for self-driving cars

    The Obama administration on Thursday proposed a 10-year, $4 billion push to spark the development of self-driving cars, hoping to one day eliminate roadway deaths altogether. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulators said they would seek unified national regulations on self-driving cars. They will also encourage automakers to claim an exemption to safety standards allowing companies to test new...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +31 +2

    How Elon Musk Stole My Car

    With a new baby on the way, I was in the market for a new vehicle. I scheduled a test-drive with Tesla Motors (Tesla) in mid-November, and was on the fence about purchasing a Tesla. I had some questions which I emailed my test-drive consultant, but didn’t receive any response and I wasn’t particularly in love with the car, so I let it go. A few weeks later, I was talking to a friend of mine who had just leased a Tesla. I explained my experience, and how I felt the price...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by cone
    +49 +2

    Volvo promises deathproof cars by 2020

    Volvo has made a shocking pledge: By 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car or SUV. Seriously. "If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine," said Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars North America. "They don't say things when they don't believe in it." There is one big caveat. If someone really wants to hurt themselves, or is just really, really stupid... well, Volvo can't do anything about that. But, assuming you're not a suicidal...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +41 +1

    Electric car industry to 'suffer' from cheap oil, Elon Musk says

    Plunging oil prices are set to hit the electric car industry hard, but Tesla vehicles won't be the worst affected, says CEO Elon Musk. "[The] industry as a whole, I think, will definitely suffer from lower oil prices," Musk told CNN's Kristie Lu Stout on Monday. "It just makes economic sense." The drop in the cost of fuel has already filtered through into the U.S. auto market, where sales of gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs rose last year. Oil has continued its steep...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +21 +1

    With Growing Investments, China's Influence In Autos Is Expanding

    For the first time on a mass scale, a car built in China will be on sale in the United States — the Buick Envision.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +57 +1

    Electric Fantasy: Will the Next Tesla Sell for $25,000?

    Tesla Motors Inc. was built with one overriding objective: to bring electric cars to the masses. After more than a decade of work, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk believes it’s just about time. The company is set to begin taking pre-orders on its $35,000 Model 3 next month—and by $35,000, Tesla really means as little as $25,000. Tesla has confirmed that the $35,000 price tag on the Model 3 doesn't include the significant federal...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +41 +1

    Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses

    A new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype has been launched with a claimed fuel economy equivalent to 250 mpg (0.9 L/100km). Dubbed "Rasa," the new car has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque shell, in-wheel electric motors, a bank of supercapacitors charged by braking-regeneration, and a host of other features that enable it to travel up to a claimed 300 miles (483 km) on just a 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) tank of hydrogen.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jackthetripper
    +29 +1

    Volvo recalls 7,000 cars over faulty software which can shut down engine and electric system

    Volvo is recalling 59,000 cars, including 7,000 in the UK, over faulty software which can briefly shut down the engine and electric system while driving. The affected models are five-cylinder diesel models: S60; V60; V60 Cross Country; XC60; V70 and XC70 from mid 2015. There have been no reported accidents due to the glitch, Volvo said.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by hiihii
    +40 +1

    Michigan Says Its Potholes Make It the Best Place to Test Driverless Cars

    Michigan and California, vying for control of our driverless future, are each proposing crumbling World War II military sites as ideal locations to test robot cars. Michigan’s secret weapon? Better potholes.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +37 +1

    The self-driving utopia we almost had

    Half a century after its heyday, the Alden StaRRcar clearly wasn’t made for its world. It looks like a white flatiron with wheels or a sleek, plastic bullet, dwarfed by the regal sedans of 1960s Detroit. It belongs in one of Buckminster Fuller’s domed cities, a vehicle for traveling under the geodesics of a bubble-topped Manhattan. Its future wasn’t one of highways, but of narrow cement tracks looping gracefully between city and suburb...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +50 +1

    Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving car hit bus

    Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Monday it bears "some responsibility" after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the self-driving car. The Mountain View, California-based Internet search leader said it made changes to its software after the crash to avoid future incidents.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by zritic
    +31 +1

    AAA says 75% of drivers are scared of self-driving cars

    Automakers and tech companies are working hard to offer the first true self-driving car, but 75% of drivers say they wouldn’t feel safe in such a vehicle.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +19 +1

    'Someone is going to die': experts warn lawmakers over self-driving cars

    The robot car revolution hit a speed bump on Tuesday as senators and tech experts sounded stern warnings about the potentially fatal risks of self-driving cars. “There is no question that someone is going to die in this technology,” said Duke University roboticist Missy Cummings in testimony before the US Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation. “The question is when and what can we do to minimize that.” Automotive executives and lawmakers sniped at each other over whether...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +29 +1

    Automatic Braking Systems To Become Standard On Most U.S. Vehicles

    Some 20 carmakers have committed to making automatic emergency braking systems a standard feature on virtually all new cars sold in the U.S. by 2022, according to a new plan from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Automatic brakes are designed to stop a vehicle before it collides with a car or another object. Experts say that making them standard could prevent...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +40 +1

    Uber reportedly bought at least 100,000 Mercedes Benz S-Classes

    Quick recap: ride-sharing behemoth Uber is famous for connecting passengers with people who have their own cars. (Well, among other things.) Uber doesn't own a fleet of cars for would-be drivers to use, which makes the fact that the company seems to have purchased least 100,000 Mercedes Benz S-Classes from Daimler all the more fascinating. What gives? Germany's Manager Magazin, which broke the story earlier today...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +34 +1

    Google Self-Driving Car Will Be Ready Soon for Some, in Decades for Others

    Project director Chris Urmson now says a fully-featured Google self-driving car might be 30 years away. If you're one of the millions of people pining to own a Google self-driving car, you better make yourself comfortable, because you may be in for a much longer wait than you ever expected. Not only that: There's a distinct chance that once you get behind the wheel of the first commercial version of the Google car, it may not take you where you need to go.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by capoti
    +43 +1

    The Scary Efficiency of Autonomous Intersections

    As you know if you've driven anywhere ever, traffic lights are part of a vast conspiracy designed to make it as difficult and time consuming as possible for you to get where you want to go. Lights change from green to red because someone might be coming from another direction, which isn't a very efficient way to run things, since you spend so much of your travel time either slowing down, speeding up, or stopped uselessly.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +24 +1

    Volvo North America CEO: Having No Fatalities in Volvos by 2020 Will Require Autonomous Tech

    Volvo has made quite a few ambitious safety pledges in the past year. In addition to accepting full liability in the case of accidents that involve autonomous vehicles, Volvo has also set a goal to have no deaths in the company’s vehicles by 2020. As Volvo’s CEO of North America Lex Kerssemakers would have it, autonomous technology will be a major factor in achieving that goal.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +31 +1

    Homebrew self-driving tech gets millions in backing

    George "Geohot" Hotz's attempt to put cheap, self-driving tech into any existing car raised eyebrows (and Tesla's ire) when it was revealed late last year. Now, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital funds is throwing its wallet behind Hotz's grand idea. Andreessen Horowitz has written a check for $3.1 million to help Hotz hire engineers and turn his jury-rigged system into a working product. He's joining some illustrious company, since the fund has previously...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +6 +1

    "They had created this remarkable system for taking every last dime from their customers"

    IN 2011, DON FOSS, perhaps the richest used-car salesman in the history of the world, commissioned a half-hour film about himself and posted it to YouTube. The Don Foss Story opens with one of his TV ads from the 1970s, ads for which Foss hired an actor to portray him. (The real Foss, who is portly and balding, says he might have played himself "if I looked like Robert Redford.") At the ad's conclusion, we meet the film's narrator: "Today I'm going to guide...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +28 +1

    US Cities Aren't Nearly Ready for the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

    When self-driving cars get here, they’ll make our commutes more efficient and allow us to get the kids to soccer practice without disrupting mom and dad’s work days. They’ll conserve resources, boost mobility for seniors and others who can’t, and make deadly traffic accidents all but disappear. It’s all great stuff. But the impact of self-driving cars will go deeper than even that, according to researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who’ve begun to study the potential...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +41 +1

    The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

    The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage. A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +30 +1

    Beverly Hills wants to upgrade its public transportation with self-driving cars

    Futurists have suggested that one day, self-driving cars might augment or even replace public transport, but for the town elders of Beverly Hills, this future is nearer than you'd think. Earlier this month, the city's council voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation,"...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +39 +1

    Self-driving cars may end gasoline era

    In 2014, in the USA alone, cars traveled an estimated 2,926 billion miles (4,740 billion kilometers) - not always safely. During that year, 32,675 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, and a much larger number were injured. This meant around $200 billion (175 billion euros) in insurance claims and another $670 billion of uncompensated losses in pain and suffering, lost work-time, damaged gear, emergency services costs...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +20 +1

    The connected car may be the dumbest idea ever, but it’s not going away

    As you might imagine, we at Ars get bombarded with PR pitches about connected cars. Devices that plug into your car's OBDII port. Smartwatch integration with new models direct from the factory. Cars that alert you if you've left your keys behind. These are just the tip of the iceberg, and more ideas like them are coming from both the tech and auto industries. LTE modems are becoming widespread in new models and not just in luxury cars—try buying a Chevrolet without...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +43 +1

    Car Alarms Don't Work. Why Are They So Common?

    In the animated TV show Rick and Morty, there is a car-security system that keeps passengers safe by inflicting psychological warfare on, and then destroying, anyone who so much as approaches the vehicle. That fictional system, as anyone who’s ever woken up to a car alarm blasting at 3 a.m. knows, is only slightly more irritating than the real ones.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by sasky
    +40 +1

    Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles

    The overwhelming majority of Americans don't want to own a fully self-driving car in the future, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan (U-M). The online survey involving 618 respondents showed that 37.2% were "very concerned" about riding in a completely self-driving vehicle, while 66.6% were "very or moderately concerned." Only 9.7% of respondents said they were not at all concerned about riding in a completely self-driving vehicle.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +31 +1

    Older cars will be banned from Paris as of July

    All cars registered before 1997 will be banned in Paris as of July 1st, under a new law aimed at curbing the city's chronic smog and traffic problems. As Le Monde reports, the older cars will be banned from the city center during weekdays, as will all motorcycles registered before 1999. The ban was announced last year as part of an anti-pollution measure that will become progressively stricter in coming years. By 2020, the ban will extend to cover cars that were registered prior to 2010. Those who violate the rule can face a fine of up to €35 ($39), or €78 as of January 1st, 2017.