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Big boost for self-driving cars: Osram cuts lidar cost to less than $50

Big boost for self-driving cars: Osram cuts lidar cost to less than $50 Could this be the order-of-magnitude cost drop that enables self-driving cars?The system comprises a laser bar using four individually controllable laser diodes and control circuitry surface mounted on a single module.

Acura Precision Cockpit: Futuristic? Check. Suitable for production? Just about

Acura Precision Cockpit: Futuristic? Check. Suitable for production? Just about Some of the precision cockpit is futuristic and awaits several more years of development, plus cars equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle communications.A car with APC would do away with Acura’s longstanding cockpit controller mounted on the center stack.

The best cars of the 2016 LA Auto Show

The best cars of the 2016 LA Auto Show LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Auto Show has morphed into a tech conference/exposition and car show in order to improve its stature among the world’s major shows.Here’s our favorite new cars from the press days of Los Angeles Auto Show and its new trade show / conference called Auto Mobility LA.

Why VW pulled the plug on diesels in the US: It's time to focus on EVs

Why VW pulled the plug on diesels in the US: It's time to focus on EVs This week VW brand chief executive Herbert Diess issued the gloomiest statement yet about diesel’s future here, more strongly than he’d spoken just weeks before.Even a company as big as VW has finite R&D capabilities and now may be the time to put research dollars into electric vehicles.

Cold, dead fingers: Will motorists give up in-car cellphone access without a fight?

Cold, dead fingers: Will motorists give up in-car cellphone access without a fight? But only the driver’s phone would be crippled, not the passengers’ phone, in NHTSA’s proposal.Since then, the death rate (total fatalities) has been flat or gone down in 26 of 46 years.

Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration

Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration This week Intel joined Delphi and Mobileye in a partnership that would produce the sensor components and autonomous driving software, some of it embedded on Intel chips, that would let automakers create self-driving cars.The self-drive technology package would be turned over to automakers in 2019, with the expectation vehicles would go on sale a year or two later.

VW's 13th brand: Moia, for ride-hailing (and maybe self-driving) electric shuttles

VW's 13th brand: Moia, for ride-hailing (and maybe self-driving) electric shuttles Add Volkswagen to the major automakers who are creating a mobility services company.Our sights are set on becoming one of the global top players for mobility services in the medium term.

Hands on with Audi's exciting (no, really) traffic light countdown timer

Hands on with Audi's exciting (no, really) traffic light countdown timer When the traffic light ahead turns red, if your car has Audi Traffic Light Information, an indicator shows up in the instrument panel: a traffic light icon and a countdown timer with the predicted time to green.The information is transferred to Audi, which then sends it via Audi Connect to cars equipped to receive Audi Traffic Light Information.

Feds push hard for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, at least until Jan. 20

Feds push hard for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, at least until Jan. 20 Using dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) radios, the cars would exchange information up to 10 times a second and share the most crucial information with the driver.Each car would digest the information and issue warnings about a car crossing from the left (photo above), or all the traffic ahead suddenly slowing.

How will cars, car tech, and clean air fare under the Trump presidency?

How will cars, car tech, and clean air fare under the Trump presidency? There’s interest in how much the new administration supports self-driving cars, and whether fuel economy limits and clean air initiatives will continue to move forward.Not much is known about how Trump sees self-driving cars and smart highways; he didn’t talk about them during the election campaign.

Hyundai Ioniq self-driving car: flawless, all right turns, no danger of speeding tickets

Hyundai Ioniq self-driving car: flawless, all right turns, no danger of speeding tickets LAS VEGAS – The Hyundai Ioniq Autonomous Concept drove circles around Las Vegas last week.The Hyundai Ioniq test cars don’t have anything hanging off the roof or side that suggests this is a self-driving work in progress.

MIT study: Driverless truck platoons will save fuel and money, especially if they tailgate

MIT study: Driverless truck platoons will save fuel and money, especially if they tailgate The more trucks in the convoy, the better the efficiency — because the first and last don’t garner the full effects of drafting.Traveling in close proximity boosts fuel efficiency.

Five reasons you should buy a car right now

Five reasons you should buy a car right now So it doesn’t hurt to buy a car that’s not top-rated, or a brand that’s been through sales or financial reversals.At lease end, if the car is still unpopular, the residual value will be lower than calculated and you can walk away or dicker to buy the car for less.

10 almost-perfect tech cars to buy in 2017

10 almost-perfect tech cars to buy in 2017 Here are 10 cars with tech savvy you should consider buying in 2017, if you’re in the market.They’re good, they’re worth buying, and like so many of our heroes today, they each have some kind of flaw.

Bosch's view of the future car: truly keyless entry, haptic feedback, smart parking, cybersecurity

Bosch's view of the future car: truly keyless entry, haptic feedback, smart parking, cybersecurity In a crowded city, a driver might spend half an hour and drive several miles before finding a parking space.Over-the-air updates from the city parking bureau would clarify parking and no-parking areas and times, such as when odd-even parking regs are suspended for religious holidays.

Top 10 tech cars of the 2017 Detroit auto show

Top 10 tech cars of the 2017 Detroit auto show Here’s our take on the top cars of NAIAS 2017, especially those with technical appeal.The Detroit show’s public days run Saturday, Jan.

Trump blasts BMW for, er, building almost 50,000 more cars in the US than it sells in the US

Trump blasts BMW for, er, building almost 50,000 more cars in the US than it sells in the US In verbal retaliation, Germany’s economy minister said the US needs to build better-quality cars if it wants to sell overseas.The reality is that BMW already builds a lot of cars here — thousands more than it sells in the US.

Hands on with BMW's self-driving 5 Series

Hands on with BMW's self-driving 5 Series And BMW actively plans to make the most of the free time afforded the drivers as well as the passengers.This self-driving BMW employed existing technology to show what’s possible even today.

Why you should skip the Toyota Prius for the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

Why you should skip the Toyota Prius for the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid The mainstream Prius hybrid long ago used up its allocation of federal tax credits.The hybrid Toyota Prius runs $25,730 to $32,585 (with $865 shipping) and ranges from the Prius Two through the Prius Four Touring with the Premium Convenience Package.

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.