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Most Americans are afraid of autonomous cars, even though many already drive them
Most Americans are afraid of autonomous cars, even though many already drive them

A new study from AAA says that 75 percent of motorists are afraid of self-driving cars, and only 20 percent would trust an autonomous vehicle to chauffeur them around town. The funny thing is, even though fully autonomous cars haven't yet rolled into showrooms, many drivers already own cars with...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Study: 70% of you talk on the phone while driving (and that's not all)

For untold millennia, people have tried to set good examples for their family, friends, and neighbors. And for just as long, family, friends, and neighbors have been busting such people for doing the very things they've told others not to do. It's one thing to take the "do as I say, not as I do"...Read More»

2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study
2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study: Technology Problems On The Rise

J.D. Power has unveiled its 2016 Dependability Study, and while some of the findings seem unsurprising, the study's brand rankings hint at interesting changes. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study is one of the company's best, gathering a wealth of information about vehicles during their third year...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Technology More Important Than Car Color For 77% Of Shoppers

Over the past decade and a half, much of the world has changed the way that it consumes media. We download music in seconds, rather than visiting record shops. We use gadgets like Roku and apps like Sling instead of keeping pricey cable TV subscriptions. And most of us emptied our gloveboxes of...Read More»

2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index
Study: Toyota Corolla Is Most Reliable Car In America, But Fords Are Cheaper To Repair

December means many things to many people. Chief among them: holiday meals, shopping for gifts, and socializing with family members and co-workers you'd ordinarily never speak to. December also means that it's time for year-end wrap-ups. CarMD has just published one that should be of interest to...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, shot by Dan Wang
Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet Produce The Best-Loved Cars In America

How much do you love your car? Could you put a number on that? Market research firm Strategic Vision posed similar questions to thousands of car owners across the U.S., and their answers reveal the best-loved cars in the country. ALSO SEE: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, Denim Models Go Vintage Smart...Read More»

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
How Do You Encourage People To Buy Hybrids & EVs? Offer HOV Lane Access

Not so long ago, many analysts and eco-advocates were bemoaning the slow adoption of hybrids and electric cars. The sales stats just didn't make sense: consumers prioritized fuel economy, prices of hybrids in particular had become very competitive, and most folks agreed that cutting emissions was...Read More»

AAA Foundation study on hands-free technologies (October 2015)
AAA: Hands-Free Phones & Infotainment Systems Are Major Distractions For Drivers

We've spent plenty of time talking about the dangers of texting and driving, and the data on that seems clear: taking your eyes off the road to type out a message on your smartphone is a recipe for disaster. But what about using hands-free, voice-to-text systems? If you ask Siri to send a text to...Read More»

AutoNation infographic on first cars, based on Instagram posts (detail)
What Was Your First Car? We're Guessing A Ford Mustang Or A Honda Civic.

The auto industry is worried about Millennials. Study after study, survey after survey has shown that the 18-to-35 demographic doesn't care as much about cars as their parents and grandparents did. But that doesn't mean that Millennials aren't buying vehicles at all. Many are, and they're happy to...Read More»

Car accident
The Safest & Deadliest States For Car Accidents

We've spilled a lot of ink discussing the most congested cities for drivers. But what about the most dangerous states for auto-related deaths? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute asked themselves the same question -- and unlike us...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...Read More»

ACSI Automobiles Report 2015
Survey: Lexus Is Tops In Customer Satisfaction, Fiat Brings Up The Rear

Every few days, it seems like there's another survey about automobiles and how satisfied (or dissatisfied) we are with them. This week's study was carried out by American Customer Satisfaction Index, and it's called the ACSI Automobile Report 2015. ALSO SEE: GM's Ignition Switch Findings: 124...Read More»

Automobile accident, Washington, D.C., 1923
Ouch: Our Cars Earn Just 4 MPG More Than They Did 92 Years Ago

Fuel economy is a hot topic among auto shoppers Even with today's lower pump prices, efficiency remains one of the top criteria for folks in search of new rides. After more than a century of making cars, you'd think that the auto industry might've made serious headway on the fuel economy front, but...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Study: People Don't Want Autonomous Cars To Do All The Driving

By now, everyone seems to understand that autonomous cars are the way of the future. Self-driving vehicles promise to reduce the number of automobile accidents on our roads, keep traffic humming along, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ALSO SEE: Another Study Agrees: Autonomous Cars Will...Read More»

2015 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index
Mercedes-Benz Is Tops In Shopper Satisfaction, But Tesla? Not So Much [UPDATED]

Updated with info from Pied Piper regarding Tesla. See below. Today's auto market is a tough one for consumers. There are loads of great cars on the lots, and the differences between those from Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and most other mass-market automakers are disappearing. ALSO SEE: Toyota RAV4...Read More»

Zipcar
Who Uses Zipcar? Baby Boomers, That's Who

Some of you may have spent your long, Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. Others may have used the extra off-time to squeeze in a few overdue errands. And in either case, if you live in a large city, there's a chance you called on the services of Zipcar. We tend to think of car-sharing as...Read More»

Otocycles' retro electric bicycle
How Do You Get To Work? In A Major City, You Probably Drive Alone For 25.8 Minutes

Centuries from now, our descendants may look back in wonder and amusement at the automobile. (Assuming humanity hasn't destroyed itself, of course.) Cultural anthropologists will give tours of history museums, announcing with dramatic flair, "Back then, people had to leave their homes for work, and...Read More»

Accenture Automotive Survey: What Digital Drivers Want
Survey: 76% Of Shoppers Would Consider Bypassing Dealerships & Buy Cars Online

If you're like many folks, you have an aversion to conventional car dealerships. (Honestly, no one likes haggling.) Also, if you're like many folks, you buy a lot of things online. So, you might not be surprised to hear about a new survey, which shows that 76 percent of consumers around the globe...Read More»

From the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study
J.D. Power: Younger Drivers Will Pay Nearly Twice As Much For In-Car Tech Than Older Shoppers

J.D. Power has released its 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which surveys consumers to gauge their opinions on in-car technology. As interesting as the study is, though, we can't say that it's full of surprises. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 To gather data for the study, Power polled over...Read More»

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