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Feds: Crashes fell 40 percent when Tesla installed Autopilot

Feds: Crashes fell 40 percent when Tesla installed Autopilot Specifically, the crash rate on Teslas fell by almost 40% after Tesla installed and activated its semi-autonomous Autopilot software.In the same report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration exonerated Tesla of responsibility in the May 2016 fatal crash of a Tesla Model S running Autopilot that T-boned a tractor trailer crossing in front of the Tesla.

V2X (vehicle-to-everything) conquers tough roadway curves, construction zones, red lights

V2X (vehicle-to-everything) conquers tough roadway curves, construction zones, red lights We approached the construction zone at 40 mph, what the feds call a Reduced Speed Zone Warning / Lone Closure Warning, or RSZW/LC.The in-car transceiver combines the road information (curve radius, dry road surface, asphalt, zero-degree bank angle) with its capabilities (centripetal force and stability/rollover possibilities for the road currently).

No need to wait for Tesla: the Chevrolet Bolt is excellent (and already shipping)

No need to wait for Tesla: the Chevrolet Bolt is excellent (and already shipping) The new Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback may be everything you want in a compact car.The Bolt EV is quick, it’s roomy (front and rear seats both), and you don’t have to pay for navigation.

2016.5 Mazda CX-5 long-term update: rock solid, great people hauler in a compact footprint

2016.5 Mazda CX-5 long-term update: rock solid, great people hauler in a compact footprint That’s not something you can say for every vehicle in the compact car or SUV category.The CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling car, with its 112,235 sales accounting for just over a third of Mazda’s 300,000 sales in 2016.

Ford unveils tech-heavy 2018 Ford Expedition: a rolling entertainment palace

Ford unveils tech-heavy 2018 Ford Expedition: a rolling entertainment palace The 2018 Ford Expedition was unveiled today as the ultimate rolling infotainment center.The 2018 Expedition “offers more driver-assist technology than any other full-size SUV,” Ford says.

2.28 seconds: Tesla Model S sets production car record for 0-60 mph

2.28 seconds: Tesla Model S sets production car record for 0-60 mph A Tesla Model S P100DL just recorded the fastest time ever for a production car to reach 60 mph: 2.Last November, Tesla chairman Elon Musk Tweeted, “Looks like the Model S P100D Easter egg will allow it to do 0 to 60 mph in 2.

Buick joins the torque-vectoring, goes-in-the-snow, all-wheel-drive show

Buick joins the torque-vectoring, goes-in-the-snow, all-wheel-drive show The Active Twin Clutch system is on the Buick Envision, a just-shipped compact “world class luxury crossover” (Buick’s words) and the refreshed 2017 Buick LaCrosse, a midsize sedan.But more torque vectoring systems are on all-wheel-drive systems, a combination of electronic and mechanical systems, such as Audi’s Quattro system, Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, or BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control.

Top 10 cars of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Top 10 cars of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show The Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place is the envy of the nation’s auto dealers: the largest attendance of any US auto show, and enough room for multiple indoor test tracks.Still, Chicago generates its fair share of new car introductions (that is, midlife refreshes) as opposed to “all new” cars (a new model), model variants such as convertibles or off-road versions, and hints of new models.

What's behind Ford's $1 billion on artificial intelligence: self-driving excellence

What's behind Ford's $1 billion on artificial intelligence: self-driving excellence Why is Ford investing $1 billion over five years in a Pittsburgh startup called Argo AI?It’s looking to gain an edge in self-driving car technology in the four-year countdown to 2021.

Is texting to blame for 2016's increase in vehicular deaths?

Is texting to blame for 2016's increase in vehicular deaths? In raw data, National Safety Council data shows an increase of 6% in 2016 over 2015.But if you factor for the growing population and/or the number of miles driven, it’s 3%.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq first drive review: hybrid, EV, plug-in, no gas-only engines

2017 Hyundai Ioniq first drive review: hybrid, EV, plug-in, no gas-only engines The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the first car purpose-built to offer three different electric drivetrains and no gasoline-only engines.The hybrid Ioniq has the best mileage of any hybrid to date, 58 mpg combined, which tops the equivalent Toyota Prius by 2 mpg.

Harman, Ultrahaptics team up for mid-air haptic feedback

Harman, Ultrahaptics team up for mid-air haptic feedback Mega-big automotive supplier Harman and British startup Ultrahaptics are partnering to create a haptic driver feedback system.The work of Harman and Ultrahaptics extends the feedback to mid-air for when the user is gesturing.

How a college student built a self-driving car for $700

How a college student built a self-driving car for $700 The kids these days: Brevan Jorgenson, a college senior, has built a self-driving car using $700 in parts and free access to hardware designs and software.The Neo system is built from a OnePlus 3 Android phone, the now-free Openpilot software, a circuit board linking the Neo and the car’s electronics, and a 3D-printed case.

Tesla Model 3 on track for September volume production

Tesla Model 3 on track for September volume production Good news for the 375,000 fans on the Tesla Model 3 waiting list: CEO Elon Musk said Tesla will deliver the first Tesla Model 3s to customers in July, reach volume production of 5,000 units a week in the fourth quarter, and 10,000 vehicles “at some point in 2018.This time Musk said only that it will be 47,000-50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles (the two models it sells now) in the first half.

How does lane departure warning work?

How does lane departure warning work? There are now three major forms of lane departure warning: Lane departure warning.It’s also called lane keeping system, lane assist, side assist (Audi),  lane departure alert with steering assist (Toyota), or lane departure prevention (LDP is sometimes applied also to lane centering assist).

Ford tests 3D printing of big car parts

Ford tests 3D printing of big car parts to 3D-print prototype car parts and potentially specialty parts for low-volume cars in the near future.The Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer, as its name suggests, is capable of building a car part of any size.

The CIA may be hacking cars, as well as phones and TVs, according to WikiLeaks

The CIA may be hacking cars, as well as phones and TVs, according to WikiLeaks The most current dump of secrets via WikiLeaks says cars are among the devices the CIA has hacked or has been trying to hack.This claim is in the so-called Vault 7 dump of 8,761 documents Tuesday that WikiLeaks said came from the Central Intelligence Agency.

Top 10 cars at the Geneva auto show

Top 10 cars at the Geneva auto show The Geneva Motor Show is the Switzerland of auto shows.Here’s our look at the best cars of the Geneva Motor Show.

2017 Mazda CX-5 first drive review: Will more tech, quieter cockpit match Audi, BMW?

2017 Mazda CX-5 first drive review: Will more tech, quieter cockpit match Audi, BMW? The second-generation Mazda CX-5 compact crossover / SUV marshals stands as the best choice for driving enthusiasts who need an affordable crossover to haul gear or family members.“We know we’re already better than [Honda] CR-Vs and such, so we benchmarked upscale,” Mazda’s chief engineer proclaims.

EVs with 100-mile range may be all you need, some automakers say

EVs with 100-mile range may be all you need, some automakers say The Clarity EV may get just 80 miles per charge.11 per 100 miles.