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New cars far less fuel efficient than manufacturers claim, research finds – The Guardian

Monday, March 27, 2017

New cars are using vastly more fuel on the road than in laboratory tests, raising further questions about the veracity of car manufacturers’ claims in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The Australian Automobile Association-commissioned research found fuel use was on average 25% higher than claimed on the government-mandated fuel consumption label displayed on all new cars. In some cases, they were 60% above the fuel use claimed on…

Uber has taken its self-driving cars off the road after one flipped over in Arizona – Quartz

Sunday, March 26, 2017

In the photos, Uber’s gray self-driving Volvo SUV is on its side, headlights still blasting. The car behind it is badly dented. The pictures depict the aftermath of a three-vehicle collision that occurred Friday night (March 24) in Tempe, Arizona. Local police say there were no injuries and Uber’s vehicle was not responsible for the incident. Another car failed to yield to Uber’s vehicle, police told Bloomberg, causing the Volvo…

Smart cities need smart cars: In the future, your car will be able to “see” through buildings – Salon

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Automotive technology is evolving so fast these days that it’s difficult to predict the features vehicles will have by the end of the next decade. But we do know that wireless connectivity will play a much more important role than it does now, primarily offering passengers an internet connection and GPS navigation. Whether it’s the cars we drive or cars that drive us, these vehicles will be much more aware…

Cars stolen in West Town after being left unattended with engines running – Chicago Tribune

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Residents should not leave their cars unattended with the keys inside, police said Sunday, noting that six such vehicles were stolen in the West Town and Tri-Taylor neighborhoods in the past month. The thieves drove away in the cars, which were left out in the afternoon and evening hours with the keys inside and the engine running. Five of the incidents occurred in the West Town neighborhood of the city….

More than just cars at Lehigh Valley Auto Show – WFMZ Allentown

Sunday, March 26, 2017

VIDEO More than just cars at Lehigh… BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Auto Show is all about the cars, but there’s more to it than that. Different people have different reasons to be there. Local auto dealers want to get people into their showrooms. “Every time that we have the show and we participate in the show, those next weeks and months after we have constant traffic coming through…

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash – BBC News

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uber said the car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side. Pictures posted online showed the car on its right side on an Arizona street, next to another badly damaged vehicle. The car – a Volvo SUV – was in self-driving…

BMW 740e charges flagship sedan segment – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Sunday, March 26, 2017

BMW is plugging into the electrified future of automobiles by offering a plug-in variant across its product line. The 740e full-size sedan benefits from the same lightweight carbon core construction and impressive list of technology features as the redesigned luxury flagship, but it has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine along with an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack. Plug-in hybrids differ from traditional hybrids such as the Toyota…

Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars after Arizona crash – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The conspicuous cars with the spinning tops will now be conspicuously absent on the streets of Pittsburgh. Six months after it first rolled out its fleet on Pittsburgh, Uber has indefinitely suspended testing of driverless cars following a crash involving one of its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, an Uber spokesperson confirmed Saturday. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company is investigating the circumstances of…

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…