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Here's where your new car lands on the self-driving scale

Most modern rides rank around level 2 of 5 when it comes to automation.<p>Just about every car on the market here at the beginning of 2018 has both pedals and a steering wheel. That may sound like an obvious statement, but self-driving cars are coming, and GM has already announced a 2019 model year …

Transportation

Why driverless cars may mean jams tomorrow

THE most distractingly unrealistic feature of most science fiction—by some margin—is how the great soaring cities of the future never seem to …

Transportation

Who needs a battery? Pricey Alpha is first ebike powered by a hydrogen fuel cell

French company Pragma Industries has released a new electric bicycle that could eliminate one of the biggest challenges of a traditional ebike – the …

Alternative Fuel

Nvidia’s newest AV processor: 30 trillion operations per second on 30 watts

At CES 2018, Nvidia reveals details of its powerful Xavier autonomous-vehicle processor, as well as the even more-powerful Pegasus chipset.

Palo Alto

Ford Finally Makes Its Move Into Electric Cars

A Mustang and an Explorer wheel into a Detroit factory. This is not, tragically, the beginning of a joke. Rather, it’s a new (and weirdly ‘80s …

Electric Vehicles

Peugeot plans 100 percent electrified vehicle lineup by 2025

European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to offer electric and hybrid electric powertrain options for all of its vehicles by 2025, according to CEO Carlos Tavares. The chief executive also said that PSA will seek to re-enter the U.S. market, according to Reuters, and revealed that they company …

Electric Vehicles

5 things non-car people need to know about the car scene

With the North American International Auto Show about to open to the public in Detroit, diehard car enthusiasts are finding plenty to talk about.<p>There are, however, millions of people who aren't "gearheads." They may be positively blase about cars. They might know more about horses than horsepower …

Trucks

What We've Already Learned About the Future of Cars in 2018

2018 may be so new that you're still complaining about how rough 2017 was, but these early weeks have already changed the course of the auto …

Transportation

Unique Rumble Electric Bike Offers A Range Of 60 Miles

Rumble Motors has created a very unique electric bike aptly named the Rumble e-bike, which is equipped with a 1500w hub-wound motor that is capable …

Electric Bikes

For Mazda, the future of driving is not electric

Hitomi’s comments contrast with plans by the world’s biggest car makers including Volkswagen, Ford and BMW, to invest billions of dollars to …

Volkswagen

After leading electric car adoption, Norway now aims to lead electric flight

Norway has been leading the world for electric car adoption for years now. In December, EVs represented over 50% of new car sales – something that no other country can come close to at this point.<p>But now they have the ambition to also move to electric flight with a new goal to have all short-haul …

Alternative Fuel

Elon Musk will make driverless cars a reality sooner than you think

Elon Musk has promised the world that a completely automated Tesla will be available by the end of 2018. Although other companies revise their …

Tyrion Lannister

Ford Electric Vehicle Charging Up on Mustang Mach 1 Heritage, Due in 2020

Amid a series of Mustang reveals at the Detroit auto show this week, Ford hinted that the name Mach 1 is being considered for its affordable crossover electric vehicle, due in 2020.<p>Sherif Marakby, Ford Motor Company vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, confirmed it: “There is …

Electric Vehicles

BMW wants to charge drivers an annual fee for CarPlay

Up until now, Apple’s in-car platform CarPlay has been offered as a one-off payment if you want it in a BMW vehicle. That could soon change, however, according to a new report, suggesting that BMW is looking to switch to a subscription-based system.<p>BMW added CarPlay back in 2017 as a one-off $300 …

Transportation

A Trio Of Concept Cars Debuts At Detroit Auto Show

“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle,” explains Kevin Hunter, “embracing crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top saloons (sedans).” The president of the Lexus Californian design studio CALTY is referring to the LF-1 Limitless …

Trucks

Nissan Wants to Help You Drive by Reading Your Mind

As I sit down in Nissan’s simulator, I prepare myself for the fact that a cohort of researchers could scrutinize my skills as a wheelman with more …

Transportation

Infiniti To Go Electric And Hybrid After 2021, Leaving Radical Engine Plans Up In The Air

When Infiniti showed off the sleek Q Inspiration Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, it was actually moving under its own power thanks to the radical …

Electric Vehicles

Mitsubishi's mirrorless car cameras highlight distant traffic

Mirrorless cars, terrifying as they may sound, are coming. In 2015, the United Nations gave the go-ahead for carmakers to replace mirrors with cameras and display systems, so the race is on to design tech that's fit for the job. Now, Mitsubishi Electric says it's developed the industry's …

Transportation

The American Sedan Is Dying. Long Live the SUV

With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs …

Transportation

Google nipping at Big Auto’s heels in the race to build self-driving cars

GM leads, Waymo surges, Ford slips, and Tesla brings up the rear<p>Last year, the company that arguably made the biggest splash at the North American International Auto Show wasn’t even a company that made cars. Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, came to Detroit with its …

Transportation

Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

<b>By Peter Holley | Washington Post</b><p>DETROIT – Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy …

Privacy

AirSpaceX's autonomous, electric air taxi lands in Detroit

According to AirSpaceX, US$300 billion dollars in fuel and productivity costs a year are wasted in traffic jams and other delays in the United States …

Transportation

Detroit Motor Show Drives Global Carmakers Higher Amid Electric Investment Shift

Global automakers are extending gains Tuesday amid upbeat sales reports from some of Europe's biggest manufacturers and pledges on new electric car …

Electric Vehicles

Rolls-Royce Reveals Its Finest Bespoke Cars Of 2017

Part of the Rolls-Royce charm is that it can create highly bespoke motor cars for clients, no matter how complex or outrageous the request. Visiting Goodwood, the house of Rolls-Royce in England, it is fascinating to see how a group of highly-skilled designers, engineers and craftspeople work …

Luxury

These 13 Slow-Selling Cars Will Be Future Classics

Last week, Road & Track published a list of ten slow-selling cars that they love, noting that each inclusion is a massive bummer for enthusiasts like …

Mercedes-AMG GT

The Enverge is a deadly looking electric car from a company you’ve never heard of

GAC says it’s primed to enter the US market by 2019<p>You probably haven’t heard of GAC, the Chinese automaker with big designs on the US market. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GAC is seeking to up its profile in advance of its 2019 US launch with — what else? — an …

Electric Vehicles

Honda, Lincoln, Volvo win North American car, truck, SUV of the year

DETROIT -- The Honda Accord, a midsize car that underwent a big revision last year that impressed auto critics, was named Monday to the auto industry's most highly sought honor, North American Car of the Year.<p>The Lincoln Navigator won Truck of the Year and the Volvo XC60 is SUV of the Year as the …

Trucks

SpaceX Will Test the Engines of the World's Most Powerful Rocket Today

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is one step closer to liftoff.<p>On Monday afternoon, the company will test fire the engines on its newest rocket at the Kennedy …

SpaceX

Forget The Hype About Self-Driving Cars: At The Detroit Auto Show, It's All About Pickup Trucks

The dawn of self-driving cars might have been the focus of last week’s CES tech extravaganza in Las Vegas, but this week in Detroit it’s all about the trucks that Americans are buying today and which generate the profits that fund tomorrow’s innovations.<p>Americans love their pickups, and the truck …

Trucks