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Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars after crash – Washington Post

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A self-driven Volvo SUV owned and operated by Uber Technologies is flipped on its side after a collision Friday in Tempe, Ariz.. (Mark Beach/Fresco News via Reuters) Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side. Police in Tempe, Ariz., were called to a crash at approximately 6:25 p.m. Friday to find…

Car buyers and dreamers pack the the Lehigh Valley Auto Show – Allentown Morning Call

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Auto Show marks its 20th year with some new features — a fourth tent of automobiles, vintage car display, on-site test drives and more. The four-day event at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus draws thousands for a peek at vehicles that range from the practical family sedan to wish-list sportscars. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, sport utility vehicles and minivans cover 130,000 square feet of space at Stabler Arena, Rauch…

"Monster" F1 cars hitting peaks of 8G in Melbourne – Motorsport.com – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Drivers are nearing 8G in the new-spec Formula 1 cars at Albert Park, with the high-downforce cars described as “brutal” and “monsters” following the first qualifying session of the season. The unofficial Albert Park lap record was smashed today, Sebastian Vettel beating his old benchmark – set by the German back in qualifying for the 2011 Australian Grand Prix – for the first time during free practice 3,…

"Monster" F1 cars hitting peaks of 8G in Melbourne – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Drivers are nearing 8G in the new-spec Formula 1 cars at Albert Park, with the high-downforce cars described as “brutal” and “monsters” following the first qualifying session of the season. The unofficial Albert Park lap record was smashed today, Sebastian Vettel beating his old benchmark – set by the German back in qualifying for the 2011 Australian Grand Prix – for the first time during free practice 3,…

Uber crash raises question: How do self-driving cars deal with the other guys on the road? – Washington Post

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A self-driving Uber car in San Francisco. (Courtesy of Uber) One of Uber’s self-driving SUVs was left turned on its side with its windows smashed after colliding with another vehicle in Tempe, Ariz.; once again raising questions about the safety of autonomous driving technology and how it will interact with human drivers on the road. Police were called to a crash at approximately 6:25 p.m. Friday to find that the Uber SUV had been…

F1 new look quickens cars and pulses beyond Australian GP – The Guardian

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Whether or not Lewis Hamilton has opened the 2017 Formula One season on Sunday with a Melbourne victory that would suggest he and Mercedes are very much re-establishing F1’s old order, the pervading sense of optimism for the future of the sport is still unlikely to dissipate any time soon. Hamilton and Mercedes, who have dominated F1 for the past three seasons, winning all three drivers’ and constructors’ championships, looked…

F1 stars on the new season: ‘They will be the fastest cars we’ve ever driven’ – The Guardian

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fernando Alonso, McLaren “It’s a good step forward. Not only for us drivers but also for the spectators: for the people in the grandstands and watching on television, they look spectacular. When you arrive at the first grand prix of the year, you know that joy is shared if you are competitive.” Éric Boullier, McLaren principal “The drivers were the ones lobbying us to have a faster car, fastest cornering…

In break with Trump administration, California commits to cleaner cars – Christian Science Monitor

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017 —On Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to finalize new vehicle emissions rules for the model years 2022-2025. Eight years from now, new cars and trucks sold in the Golden State will be required to have an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon. The CARB rules will also mean more “zero emission vehicles” powered by batteries and fuel cells, and tough new standards on…

F1 stars on the new season: ‘They will be the fastest cars we’ve ever driven’ – The Guardian

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fernando Alonso, McLaren “It’s a good step forward. Not only for us drivers but also for the spectators: for the people in the grandstands and watching on television, they look spectacular. When you arrive at the first grand prix of the year, you know that joy is shared if you are competitive.” Éric Boullier, McLaren principal “The drivers were the ones lobbying us to have a faster car, fastest cornering…

BMW: Oh Shit Oh Shit Oh Shit – Jalopnik

Saturday, March 25, 2017

BMW got comfortable and sales have slipped behind the surging growth of Mercedes, so now BMW thinks this is not good. It’s pretty safe to say that its new plan of launching a hellstorm of 40 new models and variants over the next two years is the closest we’ll ever get to desperation from a German automaker. Advertisement Everything is fine for BMW, in the same way that everything is…

2017 BMW 530i review: – CNET

Friday, March 24, 2017

I’ve talked it over with friends and colleagues and most of us agree that this generation of the BMW 5 Series is the best looking car in the model’s recent history, but I just couldn’t fall in love with the looks. It’s handsome enough in profile or when viewed from the rear but something about the front end just doesn’t sit right with me. Others have likened the new 5…

How to Beat Tesla? Mercedes and BMW Take Different Roads – WSJ – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Friday, March 24, 2017

For two companies that make similar products in similar numbers, BMW and Daimler are placing radically different bets on the future of the car. The popularity of Tesla’s cars among rich and status-seeking Americans, historically among the German companies’ best customers, spurred them into announcing new electric-vehicle strategies last year. Both now expect electrified cars—whether pure battery-electric cars or plug-in hybrids that combine old and new technologies—to account for between…

Cars in Midtown catch fire – WABC-TV

Friday, March 24, 2017

Several cars were damaged after they caught on fire in Midtown Manhattan Friday morning. The incident happened around 9 a.m. on East 58th Street between First and Second avenues. The fire is believed to have started from a Golds Plumbing truck and quickly spread, with the flames extending all the way down the block and eventually damaging eight or nine vehicles. The driver of the truck was initially unaware, until…

German Parliament passes toll for passenger cars – ABC News – ABC News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Germany’s Parliament has passed a law introducing a road toll for passenger cars. The disputed law, which was passed Friday, had long been questioned by other European countries and European Union bodies who said it was discriminatory toward non-German car drivers as German owners of cars registered in Germany would have the toll deducted from their annual tax bill. Responding to criticism, the German transport minister introduced a compromise in…

German Parliament passes toll for passenger cars – ABC News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Germany’s Parliament has passed a law introducing a road toll for passenger cars. The disputed law, which was passed Friday, had long been questioned by other European countries and European Union bodies who said it was discriminatory toward non-German car drivers as German owners of cars registered in Germany would have the toll deducted from their annual tax bill. Responding to criticism, the German transport minister introduced a compromise in…

Best hybrid cars – CNET

Friday, March 24, 2017

One of the most interesting drivetrain developments of recent times, hybrids turn wasted kinetic energy into electricity and use it to help drive cars. Hybrid technology can be applied to any type of car, and the best show the most significant fuel economy improvements over a similar gasoline-only car. As a complement to the high-tech hybrid drivetrain, these cars also carry the latest cabin electronics and driver assist features. Chevrolet…

Tech Roundup: Why Regulation Benefits (Yes, Benefits) Electric Cars – New York Times

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Faster F1 cars means bigger, stronger drivers for 2017 – Artesia Daily Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Charged Up – Electric Cars Are Morphing Into Many Species – Forbes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation, a Vancouver-based Canadian designer and manufacturer, has developed an all-electric, single passenger vehicle, called the SOLO. Released in late 2016, the SOLO may revolutionize the way people commute in the urban world since it gets the equivalent of 150 miles per gallon, goes 80 mph and costs less than most economy gasoline or diesel-powered cars. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/ElectraMeccanica Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation, a Vancouver Canadian-based…