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Amazon Ponders Self-Driving Vehicles for More Efficient, Cheaper Delivery

Amazon Ponders Self-Driving Vehicles for More Efficient, Cheaper Delivery Instead, it wants to see how driverless vehicles would improve package delivery and make Amazon more efficient.The think tank, as Amazon calls it, is part of a larger and more ambitious plan that would have Amazon transport more Amazon packages itself.

Why Cars Are Moving to 48-Volt Electrical Systems

Why Cars Are Moving to 48-Volt Electrical Systems Many cars will soon have 48-volt electrical systems.They’ll handle accessories ranging from mechanical or hydraulic power to electric power such as power steering, power brakes, water pump, radiator cooling, and air conditioning.

Tired of Waiting for Update, Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Model S' Top Rating

Tired of Waiting for Update, Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Model S' Top Rating After delaying for months a software update enabling automatic emergency braking on Consumer Reports‘ brand new Tesla Model S 60D (and other Teslas sold since October 2016), CR ran out of patience.Wednesday, Consumer Reports knocked 2 points off the score of the Model S, dropping its score among luxury sedans from 87 points (on a 100 scale) to 85.

Manual Gearboxes Are All but Dead. They’re Worse in Every Way Possible.

Manual Gearboxes Are All but Dead. They’re Worse in Every Way Possible. The deathwatch for manual transmissions started more than a decade ago, when the first cars began to deliver better EPA results with automatic transmissions than with stick shifts.Even BMW sees the change to automatics coming, especially as some BMW engines approach 500 hp — something its manual gearboxes can’t easily handle.

Hands on: Can the Nissan Rogue Sport Dominate the Subcompact SUV Market?

Hands on: Can the Nissan Rogue Sport Dominate the Subcompact SUV Market? The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport extends the Rogue brand down to the subcompact crossover market and gives Nissan a chance to sell a half-million Rogues in the next year.Enter the Nissan Rogue Sport, on sale May 11.

With Toyota, Nvidia Racks Up Another Autonomous Car Design Win

With Toyota, Nvidia Racks Up Another Autonomous Car Design Win Multiple platforms in parallel would allow for fully autonomous driving, meaning self-driving on any road.Previously, Mercedes-Benz and Audi agreed to work with Nvidia on autonomous driving.

2018 Honda Odyssey First Drive Review: Tech Makes It the Ultimate People Hauler

2018 Honda Odyssey First Drive Review: Tech Makes It the Ultimate People Hauler The 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan may be the long-distance cruiser of choice for larger groups, rather than an SUV.The Magic Slide second-row seats slide left-right to allow super-easy third row access if you remove the narrow middle seat of the second row.

Why BMW, Intel, and Mobileye Invited Delphi to the Self-Driving Party

Why BMW, Intel, and Mobileye Invited Delphi to the Self-Driving Party It has sold off the powertrain part of its business and concentrates now on electronic and software solutions, including self-driving technologies.Even before the four-way partnership announced this week, Delphi has worked since 2016 on autonomous driving with Mobileye, and then also with Intel, without BMW (in a separate partnership).

Mercedes Joins Tesla in Selling Whole-House Battery Power

Mercedes Joins Tesla in Selling Whole-House Battery Power The home energy storage system will hold up to 20 kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to keep the average home in power at least until the sun comes up next day.It will be the first time for Vivint offering an energy storage system.

Ford's CEO, Now Gone, Didn't Push Fast Enough Into the Future

Ford's CEO, Now Gone, Didn't Push Fast Enough Into the Future In 2001, Ford axed CEO Jacques Nasser for pushing Ford too quickly into the future of connected cars.This week, Ford dismissed CEO Mark Fields for not delivering on the future, which includes connected cars, autonomous vehicles, EVs, and shared mobility.

Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Partial Credit for a Partial Fix

Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Partial Credit for a Partial Fix Consumer Reports restored one of the two ratings points lost by the Tesla Model S when its automatic emergency braking wasn’t enabled.The scoring reduction and restoration also affects the Model X, which is mired in the lower rank among luxury mid-size SUVs.

Tesla Factory: Unsafe at Any (Line) Speed?

Tesla Factory: Unsafe at Any (Line) Speed? At Tesla’s factory in Fremont, CA, injury rates in 2015 were 31 percent higher than at the average auto factory: 8.8 injuries per worker in 2015, versus 6.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Tested: Formula 1-Style Shocks Make the Difference

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Tested: Formula 1-Style Shocks Make the Difference Shock absorbers designed for Formula 1 race cars have found a home in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup truck.Despite all this, the ZR2 Colorado is pleasant to drive on the highway.

Bionic Carbon Fiber Arm From Lamborghini? It Could Happen

Bionic Carbon Fiber Arm From Lamborghini? It Could Happen The automaker known for go-fast cars will partner with Houston Methodist Research Institute to create live-better humans.They’ll collaborate on the development of carbon fiber composites that could be used for medical purposes.

First Drive Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV Steers You Away From Trouble

First Drive Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV Steers You Away From Trouble The 2018 Volvo XC60 SUV adds a new layer of safety technology called Steering Assist, which steers the car out of the way of trouble on the highway and in town.As with other premium automakers, however, Volvo puts some desirable driver and safety assists in $1,000-$2,000 options packs.

Apple Sees Self-Driving Car as a Massive AI Project

Apple Sees Self-Driving Car as a Massive AI Project The latest information comes from a reliable source, Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a video interview with Bloomberg TV.We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects.

Tesla Overtakes BMW, Now Fourth Most Valuable Automaker

Tesla Overtakes BMW, Now Fourth Most Valuable Automaker In the last three months, it has passed GM, Ford, and now BMW to become the world’s fourth most valuable automaker on the stock market.While the world’s biggest automakers deliver 2 million to 10 million vehicles a year, Tesla delivered 76,230 vehicles last year.

Tesla Model S Hypermilers Get 560 Miles on a Single Charge

Tesla Model S Hypermilers Get 560 Miles on a Single Charge A pair of Tesla fanatics in Belgium proved you can drive a Tesla Model S more than 560 miles (900 kilometers) on a single charge.According to a post by Peeters, the previous endurance record for a Tesla was 452.

Driver in Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash Wasn't Paying Attention: Feds

Driver in Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash Wasn't Paying Attention: Feds The Tesla driver who made history as the first man to die at the wheel of a semi-autonomous vehicle was not distracted by a movie while driving.According to the NTSB report, Autopilot, Tesla’s semi-autonomous system, was on for the majority of the trip, near Williston, Florida.

WannaCry Virus Shuts Down Honda Factory for a Day

WannaCry Virus Shuts Down Honda Factory for a Day Earlier, Nissan and Renault were hit by WannaCry and had to suspend production and plants in Britain, France, India, Japan, and Romania.Some reports said the US National Security Agency (NSA) knew of WannaCry early on, but rather than report it publicly, reshaped WannaCry to do the NSA’s bidding.