Autos

Lyft to offer rides in self-driving cars in San Francisco area – Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A self-driving car will soon be one ride option available from Lyft in the San Francisco Bay Area, as the ride-services company ramps up its efforts to become a serious player in autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft said on Thursday that self-driving cars will soon be dispatched to certain passengers who request a ride through the app in the area. The cars will come from Drive.ai, a…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Auto and technology giants, including Ford Motor, General Motors and Waymo, Alphabet’s driverless division, have pushed hard for the new law. They have also pressed regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clarify safety guidelines covering self-driving technology. Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce revised guidelines for the vehicles next week in Michigan. In recent years, dozens of states have passed laws related to…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Exclusive: an Army of Tow Trucks Tackles Houston’s Flood-Damaged Cars – U.S. News & World Report

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover to make only electric or hybrid cars from 2020 – The Guardian

Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest large carmaker to say it will stop building cars solely powered by internal combustion engines, two months after Volvo pledged to do so. The UK-based manufacturer promised that all new models from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid, a year later than Volvo’s target, but a big step beyond its unveiling last November of a single electric concept car. The plan comes…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Auto and technology giants, including Ford Motor, General Motors and Waymo, Alphabet’s driverless division, have pushed hard for the new law. They have also pressed regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clarify safety guidelines covering self-driving technology. Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce revised guidelines for the vehicles next week in Michigan. In recent years, dozens of states have passed laws related to…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Exclusive: An army of tow trucks tackles Houston’s flood-damaged cars – Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) – How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Auto and technology giants, including Ford Motor, General Motors and Waymo, Alphabet’s driverless division, have pushed hard for the new law. They have also pressed regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clarify safety guidelines covering self-driving technology. Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce revised guidelines for the vehicles next week in Michigan. In recent years, dozens of states have passed laws related to…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Exclusive: an Army of Tow Trucks Tackles Houston’s Flood-Damaged Cars – U.S. News & World Report

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Self-Driving Cars’ Prospects Rise With Vote by House – New York Times

Auto and technology giants, including Ford Motor, General Motors and Waymo, Alphabet’s driverless division, have pushed hard for the new law. They have also pressed regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clarify safety guidelines covering self-driving technology. Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce revised guidelines for the vehicles next week in Michigan. In recent years, dozens of states have passed laws related to…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Exclusive: An army of tow trucks tackles Houston’s flood-damaged cars – Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) – How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Google’s Street View cars are now giant, mobile 3D scanners – Ars Technica

reader comments 45 Google’s got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and—surprisingly—a set of Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) cans! Google doesn’t have anything up officially about this, but Wired has the scoop on the new vehicles. The new cars are all Hyundai Elantra GTs with a sweet paint job (ok, probably a vinyl wrap) featuring—what else?—Street View imagery of beautiful vistas. The…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

A ‘Harvey Effect’ could produce a new-car sales surge at the end of 2017 – Business Insider

Flooded cars in the Houston area. AP/David J. Phillip As many as 500,000 vehicles could have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and the floodwater that ravaged the Houston area. Those cars and trucks will be replaced, and the dynamics of the market in the US could point consumers toward new rather than used vehicles. “Buyers looking to replace vehicles destroyed by Harvey are stepping into a tough used…

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

BMW’s electric Mini is coming in 2019 — here’s everything we know – Business Insider

BMW BMW’s electric mini is officially on the way! BMW released images of its electric mini concept ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens to the public on September 16. We have yet to see final specs for the mini, but we got a glimpse of what’s to come in 2019. Here’s what we know so far:

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Exclusive: an Army of Tow Trucks Tackles Houston’s Flood-Damaged Cars – U.S. News & World Report

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The House approved a bill to put more self-driving cars on US roads — but the Senate will be another story – Recode

The U.S. House approved a bill on Wednesday that could soon pave the way for Ford, Google, Uber and other companies to deploy hundreds of thousands of new self-driving cars on the country’s roads. But the measure isn’t yet law — it still has to survive the slow-moving Senate, where lawmakers continue to wrangle over fine policy details and already seem overwhelmed with a heavy legislative workload this fall. For…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Google’s Street View cars are now giant, mobile 3D scanners – Ars Technica

reader comments 37 Google’s got a hot new ride. The company has a new Street View car with updated cameras, and—surprisingly—a set of Lidar (Light, Detection and Ranging) cans! Google doesn’t have anything up officially about this, but Wired has the scoop on the new vehicles. The new cars are all Hyundai Elantra GTs with a sweet paint job (ok, probably a vinyl wrap) featuring—what else?—Street View imagery of beautiful vistas. The…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

A ‘Harvey Effect’ could produce a new-car sales surge at the end of 2017 – Markets Insider

Flooded cars in the Houston area. AP/David J. Phillip As many as 500,000 vehicles could have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and the floodwater that ravaged the Houston area. Those cars and trucks will be replaced, and the dynamics of the market in the US could point consumers toward new rather than used vehicles. “Buyers looking to replace vehicles destroyed by Harvey are stepping into a tough used…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

2018 Nissan Leaf Preview – Cars.com News

CARS.COM Competes with: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Tesla Model 3 Looks like: New EVs have spurred one of the earliest mainstream electric cars to up its game Drivetrain: 147-horsepower electric motor and 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Early 2018 Starting price: $30,875, including $885 destination charge The Nissan Leaf was one of the first mainstream electric cars when it debuted for the 2011 model year,…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – The Independent

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles. The SNP leader also said there were plans to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road and that an innovation fund would be set up…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Fiat Chrysler set for parts-unit separation – The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne cooled speculation of a pending deal to tie up with a competitor.(Photo: Andrej Isakovic / Getty Images) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, lacking a potential deal to combine with another carmaker anytime soon, will push ahead with separating from its components business, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Marchionne, who has actively sought a partner for Fiat Chrysler in the past, cooled speculation of a pending deal to…

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017