Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
We know that your interest in cars probably goes beyond just prices and spec sheets, but that interests vary—significantly. And that’s why we provide this easy-to-digest (and hopefully smart) roundup of some of the themes and news we’ve covered this past week, looking back.
And here it is, The Week in Reverse, for Saturday, May 31:
Recalls continue to dominate at least part of the new cycle. This time Ford announced several, with the two most significant involving fail-prone electric power steering systems in its Escape and Explorer. And as we found out this past week with a recall of Ford Focus models, Mazdas doesn’t have the only vehicles with spiders getting into fuel systems.
And several headlines of the week looked ahead to that day when our cars might take the reins in some cases—perhaps freeing us of the boredom of slogging along in traffic. It might make us safer and save us some money, too. Meanwhile, Google probably made automakers a little nervous, as they showed a self-driving car, with plans to soon build 100 prototypes.
We saw more evidence that between automakers, governments, and regions, green-car strategies aren’t exactly going to match up. Toyota, it appears, is betting big on a hydrogen-car future, surprisingly soon. That, just as eight U.S. states in the West and Northeast have agreed to give electric cars a ten-year push.
Product announcements continued to roll in for 2015 this past week. And we caught wind that details for the 2015 Volvo XC90, like many all-new vehicles as of late, are going to be released in a tease of photos.
And finally, much of the new-vehicle buying process today involves reading and understanding what you want, and then researching which vehicles have those traits and features. Trying to understand which third-row layout makes the most sense, or what exactly is the difference between an SUV, a crossover, and a wagon—or between a CVT and a dual-clutch automatic? Well, read on.