All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cars’

Google’s Driverless Cars Feel the Need for Speed (Cause It’s Safer!)

Try using this excuse the next time you get pulled over for speeding. According to Google, exceeding the speed limit is actually safer than strictly obeying the law in some circumstances. For this reason, the company’s autonomous vehicles are allowed to break the law, ever so slightly, if the situation warrants it. Dmitri Dolgov, the lead software engineer on Google’s …

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Driverless Cars Will Hit UK Roads in January 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the UK Department for Transport have just announced a “fast track” initiative for driverless cars, saying that the autonomous vehicles will hit public roads in about six months. As the BBC reports, The Department for Transport is a little late on its own projections. The technology was supposed to hit roads in 2013, but up …

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Hyundai Cars Rank High in J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power has released its yearly Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study, grading vehicle manufacturers on the customer appeal of their new vehicle models. According to the study, Hyundai vehicles are some of the most appealing non-premium brand vehicles on the market. The study, in which new car owners rate their vehicles across 77 different metrics, found that brands …

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Volkswagen Passat, Beetle Go Fuel-Efficient

Volkswagen this week announced its 2015 car model lineup. The company is continuing to iterate past models while introducing what could very well be the future of the company. Some of the most popular Volkswagen models will remain largely the same. Certain models of the Volkswagen Passat (the S and Wolfsburg Editions) are getting a new “Technology Package” option that …

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Tesla Confirms Model 3, Its $35,000 Car Slated for 2017

Tesla Motors has confirmed the name of its third-gen electric car. It’ll be called the Model 3 and will retail for around $35,000 – much cheaper than the Model S. Tesla confirmed a report from Auto Express on Twitter, noting that it will hit showrooms after their Model X SUV. Confirmed: Our Gen III car, due out after Model X, …

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Hyundai Recalls Elantra Touring Vehicles Due To Airbag Support Bracket Defects

Hyundai Motor Co. said that they will be recalling 35,000 2010-12 Elantra Touring vehicles in the U.S. and 23,600 vehicles in Canada due to faulty support brackets for airbags. According to them, the support bracket of the airbag can come loose and the airbag can be unintentionally deployed causing injury. According to the company’s spokesman Jim Trainor, there have been …

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Honda Recalls Nearly Three Million Cars Due To Faulty Airbags

Airbags are now a main concern for top automakers. On Monday, Honda Motor and other automakers recalled nearly three million cars that had faulty airbags. Takata Corporation supplied the airbags and the recent recall increases the total recalls to around 10.5 million vehicles in the last five years. Last year, BMW recalled 3.6 million cars for having faulty airbags. Toyota …

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Jeff Gordon Gets New Panasonic Sponsorship Deal

The Hendrick Motorsports auto racing team this week announced a new, expanded multi-year sponsorship deal with Panasonic. The deal includes primary sponsorship of Jeff Gordon‘s number 24 car in two Sprint Cup races each year through 2016 and an associate-level sponsorship for other races. Panasonic and Hendrick Motorsports have had a technology partnership deal since 2007. Jeff Gordon is a …

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Tesla Opens Up All Its Patents, Which Elon Musk Calls ‘Landmines’ of Innovation

On the heels of news that Tesla Motors would be opening up its Supercharger patents in order to help speed up the electric car revolution, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has apparently decided what the hell, let’s just release all the patents. Musk has made the announcement in a Tesla blog post entitled All Our Patent Are Belong To You …

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Vacuum Maker Not Impressed With Google’s Driverless Cars

Neato Robotics put out a fun late Friday press release asking what the big deal is about Google’s driverless cars. As you’ve probably heard, Google has been showing off a new prototype for the future of automobiles, which goes so far as to remove the steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals. “What’s the big deal? We’ve had a self-driving …

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Google’s New Self-Driving Cars Eliminate Steering Wheel, Gas And Brake Pedals. Just Trust Them.

Google has been busy building some new self-driving car model prototypes without steering wheels gas pedals or brake pedals, or the need for human intervention. Yikes. With Google’s original self-driving cars, humans were able to take over. This takes things another step forward. The company says its software and sensors do ALL the work. Let’s hope they’re more reliable than …

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The Best Volvo Ad of All Time Doesn’t Come from Volvo

As a member of the Volvo-owners club since 2001, I can attest to the inexplicable draw of the Swedish-made automobile. There’s just something about a Volvo, man. No, there’s just something about this Volvo. According to the legend of the owner’s grandfather’s father’s grandchild’s grandchild child, at least, it’s haunted. If you’re near Malmö, Sweden and have 7,500 Swedish crowns …

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