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Police find stolen BMW SUV with baby inside – Sun Sentinel

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Police found a stolen silver BMW SUV in North Lauderdale about half an hour after it was taken with a 9-month-old baby inside. “The child appeared to be uninjured and in good health, said Sgt. Efrain Suarez, of the Margate Police Department. At about 5:15 p.m. a woman reported that she left the silver BMW X1 running with a baby inside when she went into the post office at 5094…

Hyundai changing its approach to selling cars – SFGate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caption Close DETROIT — Stung by falling U.S. sales, Hyundai is pushing its dealers to modernize the new-car shopping experience, conceding that customers are well-armed with information from the Internet before they step on the showroom floor. The Korean automaker said Tuesday that dealers will post “fair market pricing” on their websites that includes company discounts offered to consumers. Dealers, which are independent businesses, will be encouraged to add incentives…

Hyundai changing its approach to selling cars – SFGate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caption Close DETROIT — Stung by falling U.S. sales, Hyundai is pushing its dealers to modernize the new-car shopping experience, conceding that customers are well-armed with information from the Internet before they step on the showroom floor. The Korean automaker said Tuesday that dealers will post “fair market pricing” on their websites that includes company discounts offered to consumers. Dealers, which are independent businesses, will be encouraged to add incentives…

Porsche’s $2000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand – Engadget

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just be prepared to pay a lot for the privilege — and don’t count on getting access to every car in the Porsche stable. The $2,000 per month “entry” Launch plan gives you access to eight vehicles, including the Boxster, Cayman S, Cayenne and Macan S. If you want Passport’s full 22-car roster (including the 911 Carrera S and Panamera 4S), you’ll have to step up to the $3,000 Accelerate…

Porsche’s $2000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand – Engadget

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just be prepared to pay a lot for the privilege — and don’t count on getting access to every car in the Porsche stable. The $2,000 per month “entry” Launch plan gives you access to eight vehicles, including the Boxster, Cayman S, Cayenne and Macan S. If you want Passport’s full 22-car roster (including the 911 Carrera S and Panamera 4S), you’ll have to step up to the $3,000 Accelerate…

NVIDIA introduces a computer for level 5 autonomous cars – Engadget

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

But while automakers are still dropping level 2 and sometimes level 3 vehicles into the market, NVIDIA’s first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently capable of level 5 autonomy. That means no pedals, no steering wheel, no need for anyone to ever take control. The new computer delivers 320 trillion operations per second, 10 times more than its predecessor. Before you start squirreling away cash for your…

Mapbox raises $164M to expand its location platform to cars, VR, AR and Asia – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Location and mapping been two of the key features underpinning a wide array of smartphone services. Now a startup that has been at the center of building those location services for mobile devices has picked up a large round of funding to take its tech to newer frontiers in hardware, specifically in automotive and virtual / augmented reality. Mapbox, a company that competes against Google and Here to work with…

Are Electric Vehicles Pushing Oil Demand Over a Cliff? – InsideClimate News

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A research note from Barclay’s Bank last week summed up what the boom in electric vehicles, along with gains in fuel efficiency, might mean for oil demand—a reduction, by 2025, almost as large as Iran’s total production. And if electric vehicles seize a third of the car market by 2040, the drop in demand would be nearly as much as Saudi Arabia produces. That kind of jaw-dropping outlook has become…

Can LeBron James make us less afraid of self-driving cars? – The … – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

To be human is to fear the unknown. And since only a tiny fraction of people have ever had the experience of riding in a self-driving car, most fear them: the loss of control, the distrust of the technology, the fear of malicious hacking, etc. The companies that hope to eventually make lots of money on autonomous vehicles realize their promised riches will never materialize if they can’t convince ordinary…

Alphabet’s Waymo launches public campaign to build trust in self-driving cars – The Verge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Waymo, the self-driving car unit spun out of Google last year, is launching a public education campaign today called “Let’s Talk Self-Driving” aimed at addressing the skepticism many people have about autonomous technology. The company is teaming up with a host of safety and disability advocacy groups to promote its self-driving car pilot in Arizona, as well as raise awareness around a technology that remains inaccessible to most people. The…

GM Buys a Lidar Startup That Could Deliver Its Self-Driving Future – WIRED

Monday, October 09, 2017

General Motors just took another step to prepare itself for the future of driving, acquiring a startup that makes what could prove a key technology to unlock self-driving cars for use in fleets. Cruise, GM’s self-driving car startup, will now source its lidar laser sensors from Strobe, a Pasadena-based startup that the Detroit automaker just acquired. GM did not disclose the terms of the deal, which it announced Monday morning,…

Can LeBron James make us less afraid of self-driving cars? – The Verge

Monday, October 09, 2017

To be human is to fear the unknown. And since only a tiny fraction of people have ever had the experience of riding in a self-driving car, most fear them: the loss of control, the distrust of the technology, the fear of malicious hacking, etc. The companies that hope to eventually make lots of money on autonomous vehicles realize their promised riches will never materialize if they can’t convince ordinary…

2018 BMW i3s only $3000 more than standard i3 – CNET

Monday, October 09, 2017

BMW gave its electric i3 city car a refresh for the 2018 model year, and with it came an entirely new and sporty model. Thankfully, it won’t cost you much more than the normal one. The base 2018 BMW i3 will start at $44,450, before any sort of government incentive. This trim comes with a 170-horsepower, 184-pound-foot electric motor that will send the i3 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds…

Ferrari CEO says electric cars may not be as clean as they seem – CNBC

Monday, October 09, 2017

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2018 Buick Enclave offers serenity for every passenger – CNET

Monday, October 09, 2017

Buick’s original Enclave lasted for eight years. While that’s old in automotive terms, sales of the large crossover SUV stubbornly kept on rising. You’d think that General Motors wouldn’t want to mess with success, but it has. Fortunately, that’s good news, because this new model is pretty darn good. The 2018 Enclave builds on Buick’s popular three-row SUV in a smart way: It takes all the stuff that wasn’t so…

Woman in BMW shot dead after allegedly striking Miami Beach … – CBS News

Monday, October 09, 2017

MIAMI BEACH — A female driver was shot and fatally wounded by a Miami Beach police officer Sunday evening after she allegedly ran over another officer. CBS Miami reports it was about 6:15 p.m. when the driver of a black BMW struck two or three vehicles as she drove from Ocean Drive to Washington Avenue on 12th Street. She was confronted by police officers near Washington and 12th who surrounded…

Blue roads and glowing signs—how this startup’s tech lets cars see the world – Ars Technica

Monday, October 09, 2017

reader comments 13 In the past couple of years, a number of intersecting trends in the automotive and technology worlds have come to be grouped together as mobility. This is not a reference to an IoT-enabled version of those scooters you see people riding at the grocery store but is instead a catch-all covering electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and ride-hailing services—either on their own or packaged together. It’s shorthand for…

Secrecy around air pollution controls in cars faces legal challenge – The Guardian

Monday, October 09, 2017

New EU rules that allow car manufacturers to keep pollution control systems secret from the public should be declared illegal, according to environmental lawyers. The systems can legally cut emissions controls under certain conditions on the road, meaning more pollution is produced. But keeping these strategies secret risks another “dieselgate” scandal, according to ClientEarth lawyers, who announced on Monday that they are seeking to challenge the regulation in the European…

Opinion: Ban on selling new gas-fueled cars would have unintended (bad) consequences – The Mercury News

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Last year Americans drove nearly 3.25 trillion miles. Those miles released dangerous emissions harmful to the environment and our public health. Related Articles Yes! Ban sales of new gas fueled vehicles in California by 2040 Vacuum maker Dyson is building an electric car California may adopt bigger incentives for electric cars Over time, however, our cars have become safer – thanks to new technologies – and cleaner – thanks to increased CAFE…

Maybe It’s Time to Cede US Freeways to Driverless Cars – WIRED

Sunday, October 08, 2017

By now, you’ve seen the renderings and heard the promises. Someday, robocars will dominate American roadways, each racing along just inches from its neighbors, safely under the control of a computer that never makes mistakes. No more congestion, fewer atmosphere-choking emissions, and crucially, a drastic drop in deadly crashes. Someday. Autonomous vehicles are truly on the way, but until they complete their conquest, they’ll have to share the road with…