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Part of being a safe driver is knowing when to use a car horn and to what degree. It's a skill that's lost on many drivers, who instead use the horn as an outlet for their frustration at other motorists rather than a warning signal that something bad is about to happen. Google's determined to teach its fleet of autonomous vehicles the correct way to use the horn. Like so many other aspects of Google's self-driving cars, horn use relies on an algorithm. This is something Google developed slowly over time—at first, the horn would only be played inside the vehicle so that test drivers could offer... Read more...
Few things will force a smile the way a throaty V8 engine will when revving it even just in neutral, but the downside to muscle cars and sporty vehicles such as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is gas mileage. Best case scenario is twenty-something miles per gallon. Compare that to Toyota's 2016 model Prius, which goes farther on a gallon of gas than any vehicle Consumer Reports has ever tested.The new model Prius averaged 52 MPG during testing, besting the record held by Honda Insight's 51 MPG set all the way back in 2000 when a gallon of gas ran in the neighborhood of... Read more...
Not all jobs at Google entail crunching code or having familiarity with APIs. If you have a clean driving history, excellent written and verbal communication skills, can type at least 40 words per minute, and a BS or BA degree, you could end up working for Google in a position on one of its self-driving car teams (and no, not the San Andreas team). The gig pays $20 per hour to test Google's autonomous vehicles. It entails driving (or riding) in an autonomous Lexus for six to eight hours per day as it roams the city streets of Arizona. However, you wouldn't be able to just kick your legs up and... Read more...
Mitsubishi Motors has fessed up to "improper conduct in fuel consumption testing" for hundreds of thousands of vehicles spanning four minicar models sold in Japan over the past several of years. The motor company intentionally manipulated the testing method that's required for certification by Japanese law so that it could advertise higher fuel efficiency for certain model vehicles. Affected minicar models include the eK Wagon and eK Space, both manufactured and sold direct by Mitsubishi, and the Dayz and Dayz Roox, which Mitsubishi built and supplied to Nissan Motors Corporation. Over 600,000... Read more...
Wondering what happens when you task a group of college students with designing an automobile for the modern era? You end up with the uBox, a concept car that was designed, engineered, and hand-built by graduate students at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The uBox is the result of a two-year "Deep Orange" collaboration between Clemson University's geeky gearheads and Toyota Motor North America designers and engineers. It's unlike any other vehicle out there, and it's intended to appeal to the next generation of car buyers, the busy and environmentally... Read more...
Imagine trying to drive at night in a secluded area with the headlights turned off. It's not something anyone should be attempting, though that's the condition Ford tested its self-driving Fusion Hybrid, and it did surprisingly well. With the headlights disabled, the Fusion Hybrid successfully navigated desert roads, highlighting the effectiveness of Ford's LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. Don't worry, Ford isn't out in the wild testing its fleet of cars in dangerous conditions where you might run into one. This latest test took place at Ford's Arizona Proving Ground, a non-public... Read more...
Toyota this week announced that it's partnering up with Microsoft in various ways to push new connected car technologies to the masses. The initiative begins with the launch of Toyota Connected, a new company that will serve as a data science hub for Toyota's operations around the world. "Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity," said Zack Hicks, Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Connected and Chief Information Officer at Toyota Motor North America. "From telematics services that learn from your... Read more...
We occasionally highlight interesting muscle cars and other exotic vehicles that catch our attention, like Lamborghini's 750HP Aventador LP-700-4 Superveloce Roadster and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. If I had to pick just one, however, it would be the brand new Firebird Trans Am Bandit Edition. Pontiac produced the Trans Am line over the course of three and a half decades from 1967 to 2002. Then in 2009, Pontiac stopped producing cars altogether for General Motors. So how is it possible that a new Trans Am is being made? Four years ago a company called Trans Am Depot licensed the name and... Read more...
While Google and other companies work to improve autonomous vehicle technologies, legislatures and lawmakers are busy adopting rules and regulations to ensure that testing self-driving cars is a safe endeavor. Be that as it may, the one inescapable reality is that at some point, there's going to be a fatality involved. "There is no question that someone is going to die in this technology," Missy Cummings, a roboticist and associate professor at Duke University, stated in testimony to the U.S. Senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation. "The question is when and what can we do to... Read more...
It would appear that one of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident that's not the fault of the other driver, tarnishing what's been a blame-free driving record up to this point. Based on a police report posted to California's Department of Motor Vehicles, the incident involved one of Google's Lexus models and a public bus.The report states that Google's vehicle was traveling in autonomous mode headed east in the far right lane on El Camino Real in Mountain View. As the vehicle approached an intersection, it signaled its intention to turn right and then moved into the right-hand... Read more...
The robot revolution will just have to wait, at least if Mercedes has anything to say about it. In a refreshing change of pace, Mercedes is handing out pink slips to part of its automated robotic work force, giving those jobs instead to actual human workers. Mercedes is essentially flipping the script on modern trends, and it has good reason to do so. As it turns out, robots can't do quite everything better than human hands can. This is especially pertinent to Mercedes' highly customizable S-Class sedan, which is loaded with options like heated and cooled cup holders, no less than four types of... Read more...
Remember when Samsung had big ambitions of taking over the mobile handset market with Tizen, its home brewed operating system? Well, that didn't happen, but instead of scrapping Tizen, Samsung's breathed new life into its OS by pushing it into other mobile markets. One of those is the automobile industry, for which it's new Connect Auto is intended. Connect Auto is a small dongle that plugs directly into the OBD II port that sits somewhere underneath the steering wheel in your car—it's the same port that auto mechanics tap into when trying to decipher why your 'Check Engine' light is on, along... Read more...
Score a victory for Google and all the work it's put into its self-driving vehicle initiative. Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informed Google that the artificial intelligence (AI) system controlling its fleet of autonomous vehicles qualifies as a "driver" under federal law, which is no small thing. To understand the significance of this, we have to go back to December of last year when California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) drafted a set of rules and restrictions for self-driving cars. Among the restrictions was that a licensed driver would have to be behind the... Read more...
Does the name Thomas Parker ring a bell? He electrified the London Underground more than 100 years ago and is generally credited with inventing the first production electric car back in 1884. Gasoline-powered combustion engines would eventually seize the day, and despite recent efforts to return to an era of electric powered vehicles, including those by President Barack Obama, the market for such things isn't yet ready to make the switch.In 2008, gas prices were hovering around $4 per gallon with no signs of letting up. Then in 2011 during a State of the Union address, Obama announced his goal... Read more...
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