Automakers have spent decades at work to improve passive safety, that is, functions to ensure occupants remain safe in the event of a crash. However, a new external airbag concept promises to further increases occupant safety by as much as 40 percent.
German automotive supplier ZF showed off its concept exterior airbag system at the Airbag 2018 Symposium in Germany last week. In the event of a side impact, an exterior airbag deploys to provide extra cushion for the driver and passenger side of the car. When tested, the extra crumple zone helped reduce injury severity by 40 percent, ZF said.
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New autoworker jobs are headed to Detroit as Fiat Chrysler plans to add a new assembly plant in the city to build SUVs. Reports earlier in the day noted that the new SUV would be for the 2021 model year.
FCA plans to revamp its Mack Avenue Engine II plant, turning it into a vehicle assembly plant to produce a new three-row Grand Cherokee. Meanwhile, the nearby Jefferson North Assembly plant, which makes the current Grand Cherokee, will eventually be retooled in line with future production plans. Mack II has been offline since 2012.
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With DrivActiv microlessons from Driving Dynamics your drivers get great safety training in only 3 to 4 minutes - and by requiring these microlessons at regular intervals you can make sure that drivers are getting constant reminders to stay safe on the roads.
The 2019 Honda Insight was named the Green Car of the Year, during a news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The hybrid sedan had to share the stage, however, with two other winners, the Jaguar I-Pace taking home a trophy as Luxury Green Car of the Year, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was honored as SUV Green Car of the Year.
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Alphabet's Waymo on Wednesday launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares. Waymo has begun charging passengers to use its driverless vehicles in a roughly 100-mile zone in four Phoenix suburbs where it has been testing its technology since 2016.
Producing revenue is a strategic milestone, putting Waymo ahead of U.S. rivals, primarily General Motors Co's Cruise Automation and Uber Technologies, which have yet to launch their own paid self-driving services. All are racing to win customers and recoup billions spent developing the technology.
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