Investors sank more than $1 billion into auto tech companies in 2016 alone.
With that kind of funding, the question isn’t whether self-driving cars will change everything about how we get around, but how soon.
Experts also predict a shake-up in the auto insurance industry, with self-driving cars leading to fewer accidents. Does this mean you can stop paying for car insurance as soon as your autopilot-enabled Tesla rolls off the line? Not quite.
Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards.
If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV, launched in 2013. Under European standards, Hyundai said the new vehicle can drive 800 kilometers (498 miles).
Fuel cell cars, emission-free like pure electric cars, can be refueled in two to three minutes unlike electric vehicles that can take several hours to fully recharge. But the dearth of hydrogen fueling stations is an obstacle for mass adoption.
Some cash-strapped states are considering taxing self-driving cars as they look for ways to replace revenue lost from gas tax collections that have dwindled as cars have become more fuel efficient.
State lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced legislation that would impose a 2.5 cents-per-mile tax on self-driving cars.
A similar measure that would establish a 1 cent-per-mile fee for self-driving cars, and a 2.6 cent-per-mile fee for autonomous trucks that have more than two axles has been approved by the state Senate in Tennessee.
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety launches interactive, Web-based Drive Safely Work Week™ tool-kit
NETS is sponsoring Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) October 5-9, a national workplace traffic safety campaign to educate employees on targeted issues in safe driving whether they drive for work or just to and from work.
This year’s campaign theme, “Drive Focused—Drive Smart—Get Home Safely” focuses on the issues of distracted driving and eco-friendly driving—driving smart to minimize the impact that driving habits can have on the environment.
The big promise of driverless cars is that they'll save lives by preventing crashes.
Computers don't fall asleep, get drunk, or glance at that tweet. Robocar technology could save tens, even hundreds, of thousands of lives each year. Such cars remain years away, of course, but you can find an autonomous vehicle saving lives on the road right now, in Colorado.
The irony is, this vehicle is designed to crash. That's how it saves lives.
The Volkswagen Microbus was an icon of the Hippie era.
Could the German maker score again in an age when the youth generation is focused on environmental issues? It’s certainly hoping so, as it confirmed widespread rumors that it will put a modern version of the Microbus, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, into production.
First shown at the January 2017 North American International Auto Show, the I.D. Buzz Concept picked up on many of the classic microvan’s design cues, starting with the relatively blunt nose and flat roof. But instead of the rear-mounted engine of the classic Microbus, the I.D. Buzz will rely on a pure battery-electric drivetrain.
It increasingly looks like Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is fueling interest in selling or spinning off the company’s brands as a way of maximizing shareholder value and finding new management leadership before he retires in 2019.
Trade weekly Automotive News reported Monday that the automaker rebuffed a bid by an unnamed Chinese automaker to buy the company.
The weekly also reported that representatives from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently met with counterparts at Great Wall Motor Co., and that Chinese delegations were seen last week at FCA’s Auburn Hills U.S. headquarters.
A sport utility vehicle crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina.
The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pa., grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance.
The next day in Cleveland, a rescue squad found an unconscious 43-year-old man who had driven off the road and hit a pole. An overdose antidote brought him back around, police say. He was seriously hurt from the crash and was cited for driving under the influence.