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Waymo uses its own fake city to push the limits of self-driving car technology
Waymo uses its own fake city to push the limits of self-driving car technology

Waymo, the self-driving car technology company that spun off from Google, developed its own artificial city for its fleet of test vehicles. Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cooperate on their development of self-driving vehicles, and FCA recently announced a further collaboration with BMW and...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen may partner after all--on an SUV

Everyone knows that Fiat Chrysler's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has the urge to merge--or maybe even sell off one of FCA's best-performing brands. Everyone also knows that Volkswagen's mass-market VW brand is struggling in the U.S.--not just because of Dieselgate, but also because the company offers...Read More»

Jeep Yuntu concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo: Ronan Glon]
Would the U.S. really let Fiat Chrysler sell Jeep to Great Wall?

A week ago, we learned that Chinese automaker Great Wall is very, very interested in purchasing Jeep from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. If Great Wall were to make a formal offer, there are perfectly good reasons that FCA might accept it (e.g. moolah) or reject it (e.g. more moolah from another...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
Self-driving car ethics, Toyota's performance division, Tesla charging: What’s New @ The Car Connection

German self-driving car ethics: humans above animals If an impact is unavoidable, German guidelines could suggest that a self-driving car should be programmed to run over a dog or smash into a house, rather than risk killing a human being. Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either...Read More»

2015 Audi A4
Audi may have produced thousands of cars with the same VIN, but why?

Bavarian prosecutors discovered thousands of Audis produced with identical vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, according to a new report out of Germany. The Audis were primarily exported to China, Korea, and Japan—but the question is, why did they exist in the first place? The findings...Read More»

ZF self-driving car prototype
German self-driving car ethics: humans above animals

If an impact is unavoidable, German guidelines could suggest that a self-driving car should be programmed to run over a dog or smash into a house, rather than risk killing a human being. At the behest Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, an ethics committee has...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either

Germans have had a long, lusty love affair with diesels. While motorists in some parts of the world have largely ignored diesel vehicles (looking at you, America), in Germany, consumers have snapped them up as quickly as homegrown companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz could turn them out. But not...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Solar roof panels, 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, 2018 Chevy Equinox diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Audi developing transparent solar roof panels Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Audi engineer implicates top...Read More»

Audi and Chinese firm Alta Devices team up to develop a glass solar roof panel
Audi developing transparent solar roof panels

Audi and and a Chinese technology firm are teaming up to develop a panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells capable of powering ancillary systems like air conditioning and seat heater, the automaker said on Wednesday. Working with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese tech firm Hanergy, Audi...Read More»

Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
Nissan sells its electric car battery division to Chinese company set to go global

Nissan is selling its electric vehicle battery manufacturing operations to Chinese venture capital firm GSR. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) will come with a price tag of around one billion dollars, according to reports, and the deal has the potential to create a shock wave through the...Read More»

Volvo lane departure warning
Lane departure and blind spot warnings keep drivers safe, says IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published data from a new report showing that lane departure warning and blind spot warning systems help keep drivers safe on the road. That's not an especially bold or surprising statement--in fact, it's probably the opposite. But the study is...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi engineer implicates top brass in Dieselgate coverup

In the U.S., Volkswagen's Dieselgate drama has been largely resolved, but in Germany, the plot is thickening as a formal investigation uncovers more details about the company's wrongdoing. Most recently, a former Audi engineer has confessed that top Volkswagen officials knew about the company's...Read More»

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Hyundai's pickup, Ferrari Portofino, Electric car range: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Hyundai turning to trucks to pick up sluggish U.S. sales Get ready for a Hyundai pickup truck. The real cost of owning a vehicle in America Owning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of...Read More»

Uber app
Uber may enlist the former head of GE to combat its “brain drain”

Uber, which for months has been operating without a CEO following Travis Kalanick’s unceremonious exit, is considering former GE CEO Jeff Immelt, with a deal possibly in place as early as Labor Day, according to multiple reports. The potential move comes after a period of turbulence for the...Read More»

Daniel Craig as James Bond, Agent 007, in Skyfall, with Aston Martin DB5
Brexit is causing big headaches for UK automakers

Last June, voters in the United Kingdom faced a very serious question: should the UK remain a member of the European Union as it had been since 1973, or should it back out of the political and economic alliance, going it alone? When all the votes had been counted, 51.9 percent had chosen the latter...Read More»

Gas pump
The real cost of owning a vehicle in America

Owning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of having a car (or truck, or SUV, or minivan) in her driveway. There's good news and bad news to be found in the study. Let's get the bad out of...Read More»

Total solar eclipse in Aurthur, Nebraska
Chasing the eclipse, Porsche's carbon fiber wheels, 2018 Nissan Leaf: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse Nebraska shouldn’t be this loud. Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China In the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more...Read More»

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Hyundai turning to trucks to pick up sluggish U.S. sales

Get ready for a Hyundai pickup truck. That’s the word according to Hyundai’s US VP of corporate and product planning, Michael J. O’Brien. Speaking to Reuters, he confirmed that a small pickup is now officially greenlit for development. While sales of Hyundai’s sedans are...Read More»

Total solar eclipse in Aurthur, Nebraska
2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term test: small town, big van, bigger eclipse

Nebraska shouldn’t be this loud. At least, that’s what I thought in the midnight hours between Sunday night and Monday morning before the so-called "Great American Eclipse." The sounds from the I-80 Lakeside Campground near North Platte, Nebraska, were a contradiction of what I knew...Read More»

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