Car Tech

New in-car safety tech could help reduce crashes, save lives and millions of dollars

In an effort to address the estimated 37,000 traffic fatalities on U.S. roads annually, in-car crash prevention systems are beginning to take hold in new models. More than 20 percent of 2014 cars now have a front-crash prevention system with automatic braking.

Car Tech May 30, 2014

California, NY among states that want 3.3 million electric cars on the road by 2025

We’ll be seeing more electric cars on the roads of California and New York. The two states are joining six others in an effort to bring more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles to roads within 11 years.

Car Tech May 31, 2014

Vehicular crashes cost Americans $871 billion a year

Americans are paying $900 every year to shoulder the cost of car crashes, says the NHTSA, and much of that accounts for the costs of speeding and drunk driving.

Car Tech May 30, 2014

Why Google's driver-less car may not be so welcome

Google's driver-less cars have entered into beta, but are they really going to take off worldwide? Some pundits think Google has its work cut out for it if it wants to see these cars released onto the streets.

Car Tech May 29, 2014

Uber CEO talks of raising money, sees self-driving fleet in the future

Uber CEO has revealed the company’s many plans in the recent Code Conference 2014. He discussed three things: hiring a campaign manager, raising funds and self-driving cars in the future.

Car Tech May 29, 2014

Google self-driving car boasts no brakes, steering wheel as prototype development begins

Google has revealed a prototype driver-less vehicle that boasts no pedals or a steering wheel. It plans on creating about 100 of these vehicles.

Car Tech May 28, 2014

Volvo wants to build electric roads that can charge city buses

A future where cars, trains and buses are charged while running on the road may happen very soon, thanks to Volvo’s plan to build a public electric road slated for 2015.

Car Tech May 30, 2014

Bentley goes melodramatic in latest SUV teaser video

The highly anticipated Bentley SUV, which is yet to be named, will launch in 2016.

Car Tech May 29, 2014

Google will make cars and they will not have pedals, steering wheel

Google has created a new self-driving car prototype from scratch, unlike the previous versions of the project that modified Lexus cars.

Car Tech May 28, 2014

Hyundai, not Honda, is the 'greenest' automaker: Here's why

Hyundai is now the greenest automaker in America. New study shows it has taken over the top spot from Honda.

Car Tech May 29, 2014

Fiat Chrysler CEO doesn't want you to buy its 500e electric car: Here's why

Don't buy the Fiat 500e, says the company's CEO. He argues it costs the company too much and they are losing revenue.

Car Tech May 26, 2014

Defective GM ignition switch may have caused more than 13 deaths, accidents: NHTSA

General Motors is sticking to its numbers, says only 13 died from its faulty ignitions, but authorities and watchdog groups say the number is too low.

Car Tech May 27, 2014

California DMV makes rules for self-driving cars

California's DMV has issued a set of rules for self-driving cars. They go into place on Sept. 16, 2014.

Car Tech May 24, 2014

Segway releases three-wheeled public safety patroller

Segway is releasing the SE-3 Patroller, a three-wheeled vehicle that is designed for use in the public safety sector.

Car Tech May 23, 2014

California DMV sets regulations for testing self-driving vehicles. Hello, robo-cars!

California DMV sets rules for autonomous cars. Self-driving cars may soon make way to public roads in the near term.

Car Tech May 23, 2014

India sets standards for car crash tests, increasing prices but saving lives

The Indian government hopes to reduce car crash casualties by implementing a new program that enforces car makers to subject their vehicles to rigorous crash testing, all while transferring the cost of testing to customers, of course.

Car Tech May 24, 2014

GM going downhill? Automaker adds 2.42 million vehicles to record recall list

GM continues to recall vehicles, bringing the total this year to 13.5 million. That's four times as many cars sold in the U.S. annually.

Car Tech May 22, 2014

Amazon's #giantlocker in San Francisco is a marketing stunt for Nissan

Amazon has dropped a giant Amazon Locker in downtown San Francisco as part of a marketing stunt. Participants of the promotional offer have a chance to win Nissan Rogue.

Car Tech May 18, 2014

Bentley loves Apple, films 'Intelligent Details' ad with iPhone 5s and edits with iPad [Video]

Is the recent short documentary of Bentley featuring its flagship model Mulsanne a real advertising for the car manufacturer or for Apple's iPhone capabilities? Watch the video below and decide.

Car Tech May 17, 2014

GM must pay $35 million for fatal ignition switch defect: DOT

GM has agreed to pay $35 million over its slow recall after a fatal ignition switch was discovered. It is part of the DOT's investigation into the automaker.

Car Tech May 17, 2014

Aero-X is a cool hover bike that can be yours in 2017... for $85,000

Aero-X hover bike may cost about $85,000. Customers can reserve the hover bike for $5,000, with expected delivery in 2017.

Car Tech May 16, 2014

Audi UK salesmen claim five-star safety rating for vehicle models without Euro NCAP screening

Audi salesmen in the UK make false claims about safety ratings of cars. Audi says that its dealers do not have any intention to mislead customers.

Car Tech May 16, 2014

Elon Musk: 200 gigafactories must be built to lower lithium battery prices

The world needs hundreds of massive battery factories to meet the demand for more energy-efficient vehicle battery packs in the future, according to Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.

Car Tech May 15, 2014

Google self-driving cars enter a new phase of development

Google's self-driven car project may be entering a new phase. The company is said to be talking to auto makers about ways of bringing the cars to the mass market.

Car Tech May 15, 2014

Google driver-less car tours journalists around campus, neighborhood. Did anyone hit the kill switch?

Journalists taken on a 30-minute test drive onboard Google’s robot cars around Mountain View, California said the ride was uneventful – and that’s a good thing.

Car Tech May 14, 2014

GM announces pricing for in-car 4G LTE, starts at $10

We are indeed seeing slowly the interconnected future these days, with General Motors unveiling its 4G LTE broadband connectivity for vehicles. Will you take a slice of the pie?

Car Tech May 14, 2014

Ford recalls almost 700,000 Escape, C-MAX due to faulty airbag software

Ford has announced a recall of 620,000 Escape SUVs and 65,000 C-MAX hybrid cars due to faulty airbag software. The company has promised to reprogram the vehicles free of charge.

Car Tech May 10, 2014

Britain votes original Mini as best car of all time

Call it obsolete but the original Mini is still the best British car of all time. It even bested the supercars today.

Car Tech May 8, 2014

Smart cars part of Nokia's future? Finnish phone maker investing $100M in category

Nokia has created a $100 million fund earmarked for investing in firms that specialize in connected and smart vehicles.

Car Tech May 5, 2014

Here's how Google's driverless car avoid pedestrians, bikers on the streets (at least most of them)

Since its creation in 2009, Google's driverless car has made a lot of progress, including being able to detect multiple objects simultaneously and react according to these objects' movements. See what it can do now, out in busy streets.

Car Tech May 1, 2014

Google self-driving cars are now less dangerous on roads, thanks to improved sensors

Google continues self-driving car technology and is looking at urban environments. Still, despite innovations and improvements, it could be some time before driverless vehicles are a regular on city streets.

Car Tech April 29, 2014

Driverless cars hitting fast lane? Google now test-driving on city streets

After several years of testing self-driving cars on predictable roads, Google has shifted its focus to city street driving. Driverless cars may be coming to a road near you sooner than you think.

Car Tech April 28, 2014

Nissan's self-cleaning car may be car wash business owners' worst nightmare

Nissan is hard at work to make sure that automobile owners will never have to wash their cars again. No, it doesn't involve a robot, just a revolutionary new kind of paint.

Car Tech April 26, 2014

Get off the phone, your car is dead. No problem, you can jump both with same charger

Handheld device can charge your phone and jump start your car – all for just $70. And it's the heat that kills car batteries, not the cold.

Car Tech April 25, 2014

Nissan develops a self-cleaning car. Goodbye carwash! (Video)

Nissan uses a dirt-resistant paint finish to develop a car that can clean itself, after introducing a rearview camera that keeps itself dirt and dust-free.

Car Tech April 27, 2014

FTC backs Tesla direct-to-consumer sales policy, slams state bans

Tesla received a boost of hope in its battle for direct sales. Three FTC officials slammed state bans on the company's efforts to directly sell their electric cars to consumers.

Car Tech April 25, 2014

Bentley unwraps Mulsanne hybrid concept at Beijing Motor Show 2014

Bentley is combining luxury, speed and fuel-efficiency in its first hybrid concept car first introduced to the budding Chinese market.

Car Tech April 21, 2014

GM, NHTSA did not recall Saturn Ion for years despite knowledge of problems, consumer complaints

The national agency that is supposed to look after road safety has been criticized by safety advocates and lawmakers after having delayed actions on complaints against some General Motor vehicles such as the Saturn Ion.

Car Tech April 21, 2014

Awards, rare appearance, a big anniversary all part of NY Auto Show

The Mustang celebrates 50 years and the Camry gets kudos for redesign. All that plus lots of awards highlight this year's New York Auto Show.

Car Tech April 19, 2014

Free charging on electric cars. It's the next big push to buy one

Nissan rolls out "No Charge to Charge" initiative on battery-powered Leaf.

Car Tech April 18, 2014

Ford unveils 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang at New York Auto Show: Vroom, vroom!

In celebration of the Mustang’s 50th birthday, Ford has unveiled a new limited edition Mustang. The 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition is fast, furious and ready for action.

Car Tech April 17, 2014

Glow-in-the-dark roads may help Netherlands save tons of money

New technology in the Netherlands has glow-in-the-dark road markings that help keep highways illuminated for drivers and pedestrians. Up next is removing smog from the air.

Car Tech April 15, 2014

Land Rover pimps off-road vehicle with 'see through' hood [Video]

Land Rover has a new experimental technology that allows drivers to see through the car's hood and see what's in front and underneath the wheels.

Car Tech April 10, 2014

Tough times for Toyota continue as it recalls 6.4 million vehicles globally

Recalls come on heels of $1.2 billion settlement with U.S. Justice Department for hiding defect issues.

Car Tech April 9, 2014

Spider-infested fuel tanks force Mazda to recall 42,000 vehicles, software update solves problem

Mazda has issued yet another spider related Mazda 6 recall. The car manufacturer plans to fix the “bug” problem with a software update.

Car Tech April 7, 2014

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