More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.
Auto insurers are unprepared for the changes self-driving vehicles will create for their business and most don’t think the technology will have a significant impact for at least a decade, according to a study released Wednesday by consulting firm KPMG.
Tokyo (AFP) — U.S. electric car maker Tesla is developing technology that could see vehicles run on “full auto pilot” in as little as five or six years, according to its chief executive Elon Musk. The colorful entrepreneur said his firm was stepping on the accelerator in the race against rivals such as Google and […]
Washington (AFP) — The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the third straight month in July helped by gains in exports especially from the automotive sector, Commerce Department data showed Thursday. The monthly trade balance came in at a negative $40.5 billion, down from a $40.8 billion deficit in June. Exports rose $1.8 billion to $198.0 […]
New York (AFP) — Tony Stewart missed Sunday’s NASCAR event after striking and killing a sprint car driver who left his damaged vehicle mid-race to confront the motorsport veteran. Stewart, one of the most popular drivers in American stock car racing, ploughed into 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr during a race in upstate New York on […]
Washington (AFP) — Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it’s so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results. From 1998 through 2013 in the United States, officials say, an average of 38 children a year have died of heatstroke in cars — the overwhelming majority of […]
By Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Since restoring their 1964 Mercury Park Lane two years ago, the Jedryczka family has entered the car in several auto shows, but Sunday will be the first time it appears in the Concours d’Elegance of America, an annual show in Plymouth, Mich., now in its 36th year. The palomino-colored […]
By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times Chrysler Group is recalling about 895,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicles because of a wiring problem that could start a fire. The automaker said if one of these vehicles needs a repair that includes servicing the vanity mirror and/or headliner, the wiring — located inside the […]
New York (AFP) – General Motors announced a new round of recalls Thursday, totaling nearly three million vehicles worldwide, as the U.S. automaker works to speed up its response to safety issues. GM said that five recalls affected 2.99 million vehicles, with most of them — 2.71 million — in the United States. The company […]
New York (AFP) – Japanese automaker Nissan is recalling nearly a million of its vehicles in North America over a defect that could cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in an accident. The company did not indicate whether the defect was involved in any reported accidents in the letter it sent to the […]