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Toyota chairman looks to embrace change without losing the love for driving
A hybrid car was never the first option. But when Uchiyamada's bosses shot down an initial pitch to develop a car with 50 percent better fuel efficiency, he says he knew he had to think outside the box....
Uber is scaling back on US car leases as expenses pile up
Uber is planning to close out or sell its car-leasing businesses in the U.S. by the end of this year, a source told CNBC. A person familiar with the matter told CNBC that Uber will shut down, sell to...
One of the world’s longest electric highways is revving up in Australia
Queensland’s State Government has announced that it will be constructing a $3 million network of vehicle charging stations along the East Coast, hoping to incentivise the use of electric cars in the region.Steven...
Electric car subsidies in Ontario and Quebec costly and inefficient: report
OTTAWA – Provincial subsidies to encourage the use of electric vehicles are the most expensive, least effective way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Montreal Economic Institute says in a new...
There's a new biggest Tesla bull on Wall Street: Analyst sees nearly 30% rally in 12 months
Forget the tech wreck the past two days. Berenberg decided to use the pullback to raise its price target for Tesla to the highest on Wall Street, saying the car maker will dominate the electric vehicle...
Robotic valet service secures backing to park your car for you
French start-up company, Stanley Robotics, has raised 3.6 million euros ($4 million) to advance the development of its signature automated valet service. The Paris-based start-up firm has created giant...
Apple asks California to change its proposed self-driving car testing policies
Apple asked the state of California to make changes in its proposed self-driving car policies, the latest sign the company is pursuing driverless car technology.In a letter made public Friday, Apple made...
You will soon be able to purchase a flying car
If you were to ask any sci-fi writer of yesteryear what the future was going to look like, flying cars would undoubtedly rank pretty high in the list of must-have accessories. Now it looks like that fantasy...
Real flying cars could take to the skies by 2022 - beating the not-real Jetsons by 40 years
Just like robot butlers and personal jetpacks for all, flying cars are a technology we’ve all been promised since we were kids, mainly thanks to the Jetsons.Well, finally, they could be taking a step...
'Green' police car fights crime and saves planet
The Ford Motor Company says its new Police Responder hybrid sedan - a modified Ford Fusion - is the first "gasoline-electric" car to be "pursuit rated", which means it can race through city streets and...
Uber suspends self-driving program after car gets rolled in Arizona
Enlarge / Uber is hitting the big red "Stop" button after a crash in Tempe, Ariz., left one of its self-driving Volvos beached on its side.ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 0 Share this...
Uber halts driverless car tests after smash
The accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, and pictures posted on Twitter showed the autonomous car on its side next to another vehicle which was badly dented with its windows smashed.Despite the severe...
Uber hits brakes on self-driving car program after Arizona crash
Uber suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said. Story...
Uber Suspends Self-driving Car Program After Arizona Crash
Uber Technologies Inc suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday (March 25th) after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company...
Chevrolet’s Bolt makes its ride-sharing debut in Los Angeles with Maven
Enlarge reader comments 0 Share this story Everybody who's anybody in the car industry is getting down with mobility, and General Motors is no exception. GM's invested heavily in Lyft and it's also got...
Autonomous Car Technology Was Plentiful at CES 2017
NEWS ANALYSIS: Promising autonomous vehicle technology was everywhere you looked at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, but sorting out which promises might actually be fulfilled took some exploring. LAS VEGAS—I peered...
Ford aims for self-driving car with no gas pedal in 5 years, CEO says
Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields on Monday explained the automaker's ambitious plan to create the autonomous vehicle of the future. By 2021, Ford hopes to have a self-driving vehicle with "no gas pedal" and...
Meet the 1.5 tonne unmanned drone capable of flying a human being at nearly 200 kph
After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it can finally get its 1.5 tonne people-carrying drone off the ground and into the market.The Cormorant aircraft, billed as a flying car...
Startup plans digital license plates
[...] a San Francisco company called Reviver wants to reinvent the plates, with an interactive digital display called rPlate that can automatically update DMV registration, display messages and images...
This is what it’s like inside Toyota’s Concept-i
We’ve seen more than a few driverless concept cars over the recent years at CES, but Toyota’s crazy cool Concept-i at CES 2017 is one that – after spending some time inside – we wish were for sale right...
Faraday Future unveils the FF 91 to take on the auto industry
Faraday Future has unveiled its first production vehicle, the electric FF 91, at CES 2017. This comes exactly one year after Faraday raced onto the scene, announcing its intent to shake up the industry...
Faraday Future unveils electric vehicle in Las Vegas to kick off CES
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future showed off its first production vehicle prototype in Las Vegas on Tuesday as the China-backed company strives to win credibility in the crowded...
Watch Tesla Autopilot mode predict and avoid a nasty car crash
If ever you've needed a reason to be excited by the prospect of driverless cars, well here it is. Amazing footage taken from a Tesla's dashcam shows the incredible, potentially live saving benefits of...
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication rule finally proposed by the government
US Department of Transportation reader comments 4 Share this story Nearly three years after it was first mooted, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on...
U.S. letter reveals details of GM self-driving vehicle system
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically...
Fiat Chrysler teams up with Amazon to sell cars online
MILAN Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon to start selling cars online at prices up to a third cheaper than available elsewhere.Initially only Italian...
World’s most flamboyant vehicle restored
Pink panthermobile has been restored to its former glory. Picture: Galpin THE world’s most flamboyant vehicle has been restored to its former glory. Costing half a million dollars to make in 1969, the...
California issues more self-driving permits, Iowa creates testing corridor
Google is adding some Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its test fleet of autonomous vehicles. FCA A Wheego EV, based on a Smart Car. As long as it ditches that terrible semiautomatic gearbox it's...
How to become an Uber driver
How to become an Uber driverThe Uber taxi service is taking the world by storm – hailing an Uber driver for a trip is easy, and often cheaper than regular taxis. But did you know that it's also easy to...
BMW will make an electric Mini and an electric X3 SUV after all
It says “Mini” but every generation gets bigger and bigger.Jim Resnick reader comments 10 Share this story BMW confirmed to Bloomberg today that it will start work on an electric Mini and an electric...
BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models
(Reuters) - German luxury auto maker BMW AG said Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in...
Karamaba Raises $2.5M in Funding, Bolsters Autonomous Car Security
Karamaba adds new in-memory attack prevention capabilities to its Carwall security platform with the goal of limiting vehicle security risks. Vehicle security vendor Karamba Security today announced new...
Business News Roundup, Sept. 20
Google says three of its self-driving vehicles were involved in crashes in the Phoenix area in August. The Mountain View company says its drivers were manually controlling the vehicles during two of the...
Road Tested: Range Rover HSE TD6: luxury, off-road dominance, and shockingly great fuel economy
Do you need a $95,000 SUV? Probably not. But, strangely, we've managed to find one that's worth it. Land Rover's off-road prowess needs no introduction, but even after all these years, the company has...
Tesla says Netherlands crash vehicle not operating on 'Autopilot'
FRANKFURT A Tesla electric car involved in a fatal crash in the Netherlands this week was not using the "Autopilot" function at the time of the accident, Tesla said on Thursday."Thus far, we can confirm...
Tesla releases quickest, safest SUV in Australia
Tesla has released its luxury SUV Model X in Australia. TESLA officially released its SUV Model X in the Australian market on Wednesday as the company expands its luxury offerings Down Under, giving Aussies...
Tesla Model S battery bursts into flames, car “totally destroyed” in 5 minutes
Enlarge reader comments 53 Share this story A Tesla Model S has burst into flames during a test drive in the southwest of France. Four people were in the car, including a Tesla employee; they all escaped...
In depth: How the developers of the Driver series are turning their hand to Watch Dogs 2
Despite receiving a fair amount of positive reviews upon its release, the original Watch Dogs does not have the greatest legacy. More often than not the hacking boiled down to a simple case of waiting...
One day pretty soon, your car will be as smart as your phone
Imagine driving to an important meeting when a traffic jam puts a wrench in your schedule. You wonder if leaving the house earlier would have made a difference, as vehicles slowly crawl along the road....
Family of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin sues Fiat Chrysler for wrongful death
Gary Dordick reader comments 54 Share this story Further ReadingStar Trek actor Anton Yelchin, 27, killed in freak accidentThe family of the late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin filed a wrongful death lawsuit...
Verizon to buy GPS vehicle tracking company in a $2.4 billion deal
Verizon Communications said it will buy GPS vehicle tracking company Fleetmatics Group for about $2.4 billion in cash to expand into the connected vehicle and fleet management market. Verizon, the No....
Tiger attack caught on camera
A woman has been mauled to death and another seriously injured after they were attacked by Siberian tigers. The tiger prepares to strike. THE footage is terrifying. A woman emerges from a silver car, innocently...
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles wants you to hack its vehicles
Have you ever wanted to hack a vehicle legally? Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) announced a program through the public Bugcrowd system to ensure its vehicle security is staunch and is offering up a bounty of $150...
Tesla crash raises stakes for self-driving vehicle startups
DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Concerns raised by the first reported fatality in a semi-automated car were expected to speed adoption of more sensitive technology to help vehicles see and drive themselves...
'Squishy' motors and wheels give soft robots a new ride
A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels rolls over rough terrain and runs under water. Future versions of the versatile vehicle might be suitable for search and rescue missions after disasters,...
Meet the surveillance sedan: Cadillac’s CT6 and its 360-degree videocam
Integrated into the front grille of the Cadillac CT6 is a surveillance camera that the driver can secretly activate. There's one on the rear trunk lid, too. If the alarm system is triggered, these two...
Tesla wants to share your Autopilot data with the government
Hot on the heels of Tesla's announcement that it collected data for 780 million miles of the semi-autonomous usage, Elon Musk shared it offered to give that data to the US Department of Transportation...
Hackers break the connected Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid wide open
Remote functions via Wi-Fi, but easily hacked.MitsubishiAccording to research firm Forrester, 35 percent of Americans—few of them Ars readers, we think—want Internet connectivity in their next vehicle....
Student teams compete in EcoCAR 3 to make the best hybrid Camaro
The Ohio State University The Ohio State University is getting pretty good at EcoCAR, winning the last three years. The Ohio State University The Ohio State University is getting pretty good at EcoCAR,...
Paris bans pre-1997 cars from its streets during the week
Don't expect to see cars like this on Parisian streets after this summer (unless it's a weekend).Don O'Brien @ FlickrParisians with cars built before 1997 are going to need to head to the nearest car...
India’s shuttle-like reusable spaceplane makes its first test flight
The RLV-TD winged body spacecraft takes off Monday morning.ISROFor the last several years, India has been making steady progress with its space program, including the successful insertion of a spacecraft...
Google patents flypaper coating for self-driving cars
The idea sounds kind of crazy. A pedestrian gets struck by a self-driving car and then remains stuck to front of the vehicle by specially designed adhesive, kind of like flypaper. The idea is to reduce...
BMW's i3 electric vehicle can suddenly lose power: U.S. lawsuit
(Reuters) - A U.S. owner of a BMW i3 has filed a lawsuit claiming that the German automaker's electric vehicle can experience a sudden loss of power when a feature designed to nearly double its driving...
Daily Briefing, May 14
The Philadelphia Police Department admitted that its unmarked license plate surveillance truck was disguised as a Google Maps vehicle. In an email to Motherboard, Vice’s tech news site, the police said...
Philadelphia cops admit they put Google Maps sticker on surveillance vehicle
Further Reading We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops One citizen demands: "Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?" The Philadelphia Police Department...
Google, Fiat Chrysler Team on Self-Driving Minivans
Google's Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler last week announced that they would integrate autonomous vehicle technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as part of Google's testing program....
Apple is reportedly setting up a 'car lab' in Berlin
Apple is a company steeped in secrecy, but perhaps nothing more than its rumoured "iCar". Officially dubbed Project Titan, the Cupertino tech giant's plans to enter the electric vehicle market are – seemingly...
The car of Generation Z’s future
Not the sexiest car, but very practical. Apparently, Generation Z likes to think outside of the box, and drive one, too. The uBox is the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Clemson University’s...
This huge combat tractor is the ultimate multitasker
Meet the 32-ton armored combat vehicle that’s the ultimate tractor— albeit one that can punch holes through concrete, fire rockets, and carve safe passage through minefields for soldiers. BAE Systems’...
Ford After Dark: Self-Driving Car 'Sees' All
Ford on Monday announced that it has been testing its Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle with no headlights on remote desert roads at night. While such a task would be quite perilous for a human...
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