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Tampa offers first demo of its connected vehicle technology project, launching with 1,600 cars in 2018

Tampa’s goal to become a smart city was on display on Monday, as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hosted the first public demonstration of a connected vehicle technology research project that will launch into pilot testing in 2018. The project involves outfitting a fleet of 1,600 …

A dangerous self-driving car is still better than a human driver

The death of a Tesla Model S rider in May 2016, which occurred while the car was operating on autopilot, was a jarring resurrection of the debate behind the safety of autonomous vehicles.<p>The death represented the only fatality in the history of the world from an autonomous vehicle—for comparison's …

The Future Of The Transport Industry - IoT, Big Data, AI And Autonomous Vehicles

Tremendous strides by innovators have resulted in some fascinating and intriguing enhancements to the transportation industry. In fact, in many ways, it feels like the future of the transportation industry is already here. These developments will cause transportation companies to rethink job …

Roads

Toyota is eyeing airless tires for its future electric cars

Many companies have shown airless tire concepts—Polaris is the only company to actually commercialize them—but the technology is yet to reach any sort of mass adoption in the automotive sector.<p>If Toyota has its way, future electric cars from the company will run airless tires to help offset …

Electric Vehicles

BMW Recalls 1 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Recommends Parking Outside

U.S. news<p>DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 1 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood, and it's recommending that they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.<p>A spokesman for the German automaker says the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but the …

BMW

A supercharging highway for electric vehicles is coming to Europe

A “supercharging” highway for electric cars across Europe will open for business this year after Germany’s BMW, Daimler and VW joined up with Ford.<p>The car makers have formed a joint venture called Ionity, which aims to build 400 charging stations over the next three years. The first 20 stations …

Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers' lives

The SafeCap tracks head movements to warn when they're dozing off at the wheel.<p>Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an occasional -- and sometimes lethal -- concern. That's why Ford helped develop the SafeCap, a hat …

Toyota's autonomous testing will soon get 'extreme'

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of testing your autonomous car, but the stuff you need to do isn't exactly safe for public roads, where do you turn? Toyota had this same question, which it's answered with a new partnership.<p>The Toyota Research Institute announced Monday that it signed an …

Autonomous Tech

Waymo shows off the secret facility where it trains self-driving cars

ATWATER, Calif. — If Google’s self-driving cars have a school, this is it.<p>Stretched across 91 arid acres here in the central part of the state is Castle, the name derived from a former air base that is now a private testing facility owned by Waymo, the autonomous car company run by search giant …

Autonomous Cars

These are the most bizarre cars at the Tokyo Motor Show

Automakers are showing off some wild concept vehicles at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, which kicked off Saturday and will run until November 5.<p>Here's a look at some of the most futuristic vehicles on display.

Consumer Reports' Top 10 most reliable cars

Consumer Reports has listed the Top 10 most reliable cars for 2017. We're counting them down, starting with the Infiniti Q70 Infiniti<p>In ninth place, Toyota Prius C Toyota<p>In eighth place in a five way tie, Toyota Prius V Toyota<p>In a five-way tie, in seventh place, is Lexus IS Lexus<p>Toyota RAV4 is also …

Top 10

US wants to remove 'unnecessary' barriers to self-driving vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration said Friday it is looking for input on how it can remove regulatory roadblocks to self-driving cars.<p>The auto safety agency said in a report that it wants to find any "unnecessary regulatory barriers" to self-driving cars "particularly those …

Nissan’s electric cars 'sing' to replace engine noise

Futuristic electric cars from Nissan could sing to warn pedestrians of approaching vehicles, using melodic sounds to replace the noise of petrol engines.<p>The Japanese carmaker has demonstrated its "Canto" car song, derived from the Latin word for sing, which uses an electronic buzz rather than the …

Do driverless trucks signal the end of an American era?

Trucker culture is dying with automation – and with it millions of jobs. Christian Borys and his team travelled to California to meet the Americans who might be affected.<p><i>Video by Christian Borys, Quinn Gundersen, and Jack Crosbie</i><p><i>Editing by Tatiana Avery, Emily Okuda-Overhoff, and Monica …

Delphi buys Nutonomy for $400 million to scale and deliver autonomous vehicles

Delphi today announced it is purchasing the self-driving car company Nutonomy for $450 million. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Karl Iagnemma and Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, Nutonomy is Boston-based company that develops autonomous vehicle technology. The core thought behind this purchase is to accelerate the pace …

Daimler profits go into reverse as diesel and recall costs put brake on performance

Daimler has reported a drop in profits as the cost of recalling vehicles and work to reduce emissions from diesel engines weighed on the world’s biggest manufacturer of luxury cars.<p>The company said that in the third quarter vehicle sales at a group level rose to 824,000, up 9pc compared with the …

Daimler shows off what its automated Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks can do

Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks are an autonomous means to an end: The industrial vehicles can work without drivers, and without requiring a bevy of expensive sensors equipped on the truck itself. The service vehicles work by following the leader, along GPS mapped routes, providing high accuracy from a …

Toyota to test self-driving, talking cars by about 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles.<p>Toyota logos are seen at City Toyota in Daly …

Artificial Intelligence

Daimler plans new structure for Mercedes, truck business

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it is moving toward implementing a new structure in which its Mercedes-Benz car division and truck and bus business would become legally independent entities under Daimler's overall roof.<p>The company said Monday that the changes would give the …

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit<p>The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well …

Pollution

Hovering cars are one step closer to reality

A hovering vehicle nicknamed "Float" won a recent design contest by automaker Renault.

Automotive Industry

Take A Seat, Tesla; The Real Revolution In EVs For The Masses Is On The Bus

As Elon Musk struggles to smooth out assembly-line glitches with Tesla’s first semi-affordable electric car a very different effort to bring battery-powered vehicles to the masses appears to be moving faster.<p>China’s BYD and California-based startup Proterra are vying for leadership in the …

Los Angeles

US Senate bill tells humans to take a back seat: Self-driving cars don’t need steering wheels

There is a battle going on in the halls of US congress about self-driving cars: to trust humans, or not to trust them. Less trusting legislators have seized the upper hand.<p>On Oct. 4, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill allowing self-driving cars to be sold without …

Rezvani Tank: It's like a Hot Wheels car brought to life

Sports car builder Rezvani takes a stab at SUVs with the Tank<p>The car company Rezvani made a name for itself with some pretty radical sports cars with aggressive names such as Beast. But as far back as February of last year, the company has been considering adding an SUV to the lineup. Now it …

Could India’s crowded roads help us create better cars?

Half of Earth’s population lives in cities, and that number will hit 66% by 2050. Overcrowding streets are a key concern – but the wild roads of India could help us find solutions.<p>“In 60 seconds you have to consider 70 options,” says my rickshaw driver Raju, leaning over his shoulder as we weave …

Roads

These are the 15 most valuable car brands in the world

To calculate a brand's value, the agency combines a company's financial forecast with its proprietary "role of brand" and "brand strength" calculations from its analysts across the globe.<p>Together, these calculations give each brand a value number, which can be used to compare it to all of the …

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Massive opportunities in urban transportation are emerging as the industry transitions from per-vehicle to per-mile economics<p>Growing up, I dreamed of owning cars I would be proud to wax, polish, and cruise around my neighborhood. Today, I dread the prospect of being weighed down by a rapidly …

This is the future of driving

A number of countries around the world are looking to move away from fuel-burning automobiles. India, France, Britain and Norway all want to abandon gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles. Even in Germany, the country that literally invented the internal combustion car, there is talk …

Global shockwaves from electric cars will be here sooner rather than later

Governments, the oil industry and car makers are waking up to the profound changes battery-powered cars will bring<p>When Jaguar Land Rover followed in the tracks of Volvo last week with its shift to an electric-powered future, the car maker didn’t just talk about hybrids and batteries.<p>Its chief …

Automotive Industry

The Level 3 Audi A8 Will Almost Be The Most Important Car In The World

Don’t expect to chill with a movie while your car drives you home, even if a self-driving car proposal was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Right now, only one production car has the technology to do it and that car is Audi’s next A8, due on sale later this year.<p>And there …