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Where Will We Charge All Those Electric Cars We’ll Soon Be Buying? – NBCNews.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The auto industry is getting ready to plug into battery power in a big way. In recent months, virtually every major automaker has announced some form of “electrification” and, by the middle of the coming decade, conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure battery-electric vehicles could account for nearly one-third of all new vehicle sales — even more if California regulators ban the internal combustion engine entirely, as they’re now considering….

New engines, infotainment bugs hurting auto reliability – CNBC

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Aston Martin Moves Into Miami Condos in Push Beyond Sports Cars – Bloomberg

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.’s latest project swaps horsepower and acceleration for ocean views and private pools as the maker of slinky British sports cars pushes into real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand.  Teaming up with property developer G&G Business Development, Aston Martin broke ground on a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami on Wednesday. The facility, set for completion in 2021, will feature 391…

Almost A Third Of All New Cars Don’t Have Spare Tires: Report – Jalopnik

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It used to be that if tire grievances happened to you on the road, you simply pulled over, got out the jack and spare tire and changed the the thing yourself. Then you’d be back on the road once more. Easy. But this isn’t the case anymore for an alarming number of people in new cars, a new AAA study finds. The reasoning itself is innocent enough: automakers want to…

Uber drivers thought leasing cars would boost their credit scores. Wrong. – Quartz

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Like a lot of drivers, Anthony Plemonte turned to Uber’s Xchange Leasing program because his credit was bad. Uber leased him a 2017 Honda Civic last October in Boston for $163 a week, plus a down payment of $250. The lease came with unlimited mileage and basic maintenance but didn’t include auto insurance. Plemonte, 42, thought the price was steep, but he figured weekly payments to Xchange would help build…

New York City needs to get ready for driverless cars – New York Post

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rather than turn Gov. Cuomo’s OK of self-driving car testing in the city into another episode of their “Bickersons” act, Mayor de Blasio should seize the chance to consider the future. After months of negotiations with the state, General Motors will soon start testing automated Chevy Bolts cars in a five-square-mile patch of lower Manhattan. City Hall erupted in fury over safety, labor and traffic concerns and complaining that the…

New Kensington fire strikes 2 houses, auto body shop – Tribune-Review

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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This surreal Bugatti Veyron crash really happened – Autoweek

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This surreal image of a Bugatti in the rocks on the side of a mountain popped up on Reddit and might look like your run-of-the-mill Photoshop put together by a bored teenager, but it actually happened — at least, according to the folks at Auto Evolution, which showed more pictures of the banged-up Bugatti. The wreck occurred sometime during an event called The Bugatti Grand Tour 2017, where a group…

Watch These Virtual Cars Hit 100 Speed Bumps At 100 Miles Per Hour – The Drive

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Computer simulations are amazing tools. You can use them to test new car designs without building a physical model. Police officers can practice high-performance driving in a much more accessible environment than a race track. And then there are the most important questions that only virtual reality can feasibly answer. For example, what would happen if you drove over 100 speed bumps at more than 100 miles per hour? Such…

Uber Is Testing Its Self-Driving Cars on a Fake City in Pittsburgh – Inc.com

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Uber is testing its self-driving cars in a fake city it built in Pittsburgh called the ALMONO.  The fake city has a giant roundabout, fake cars, and roaming mannequins that jump out into the street without warning.  Uber also uses the ALMONO to train vehicle operators before allowing them to monitor the cars in the real world.  Uber’s self-driving-car pilot isn’t without its controversy, but the program is still alive and well…

Driven: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, The Italian Marque’s First Premium SUV – Forbes

Monday, October 16, 2017

Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s latest car, a mid-size SUV It is named after Italy’s most famous mountain pass. That alone raises expectations. Then for Alfa Romeo, a car marque generally associated with crafting sporty, sexy little cars, to venture down the more sensible sports-utility path, is altogether another. So, it was with little trepidation that I took to the wheels of the Stelvio. Incidentally, Alfa did flirt with…

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars – The Guardian

Monday, October 16, 2017

The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have become far less polluting. Their fuel efficiency has practically doubled and their tailpipe emissions have been reduced by more than 95%. Yet cities such as London and Paris…

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 16, 2017

However, it’s not particularly loveable and it’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you. You’d never be too far behind quicker rivals such as Alfa’s Stelvio or Porsche’s Macan, but you’d be more comfortable – and that feeling of high quality production and fine engineering is, I have to say, slightly addictive. THE FACTS BMW X3 30d TESTED 2,993cc, six-cylinder turbodiesel, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive PRICE/ON SALE range…

BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Monday, October 16, 2017

Overdrive it though, and after an adroit turn-in the tyres squirm and it has a top-heavy yaw, which feels horrible. This is the handling writing cheques the high-riding, heavyweight nature of an SUV can’t honour. If you are looking for fine handling and fast distribution of lots of stuff, BMW produces a more than adequate 5-series Touring estate. The X3 rides nicely over broken surfaces, even the M40i on its…

Self-driving cars and shipping containers | TechCrunch – TechCrunch

Monday, October 16, 2017

The most wonderful and most terrible things about new technologies are their emergent properties. The latest example is, of course, Fake News On Facebook; who would have thought that connecting everyone via social media would lead to wildly divergent narratives of (so-called) reality? And yet here we are. But if you think social media is messy and weird … just wait until we get self-driving cars. This isn’t a non…

Why would Google want to partner with Avis on self-driving cars? – CNBC

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Gas cars are like horses—one day we’ll just own them for fun (like Elon Musk) – Quartz

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Technology skeptics often fixate on how one technology will eliminate another. While it’s true fewer typewriters exist today than when word processors arrived on the scene in the 1960s, that’s often not how progress works. As lithium-ion batteries begin displacing the internal combustion engines, it’s worth remembering how new inventions often redefine, rather than replace, previous technologies, particularly ones that have been banging around usefully for centuries. Take books. Ebooks…

Audi is taking on Enterprise and Hertz with a rental service that delivers luxury cars to your door — here’s what … – Business Insider

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Audi Q5 was all mine … for a day.Melia Robinson/Business Insider Audi wants to put you in its vehicles — without the commitment of buying a new luxury car. The luxury automaker launched a rent-a-car-service called Audi On Demand in San Francisco in 2015. The service lets you rent an Audi vehicle for a day (or for as long as a month) from your smartphone. Car enthusiasts will find a huge…

WATCH: South Carolina QB Jake Bentley shows good sportsmanship to Tennessee QB after win – NCAA.com

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It took all 60 minutes to decide a winner in Saturday’s SEC showdown between South Carolina and Tennessee. The Volunteers faced a third and goal on the game’s final play from the Gamecocks’ 2-yard line when Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano rolled to his right and threw a pass intended for receiver Brandon Johnson. The pass fell incomplete, sealing a 15-9 victory for South Carolina. RELATED: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney…

Massive $23 million auto insurance fraud was an intricate operation – Sun Sentinel

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When the feds started scrutinizing two men accused of running a massive $23 million auto insurance fraud at chiropractic clinics in South Florida, their defense attorneys say investigators had a theory the ringleaders were part of the Russian mob. The two men, arrested this month, had much in common – they emigrated from Ukraine and became U.S. citizens more than 20 years ago, settling into South Florida’s Orthodox Jewish community….