Self-driving Ubers, Lucid's 1,000-hp electric sedan, Renault-Nissan engineering: What's New @ The Car Connection

December 15, 2016

In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that might please many Bay Area techies, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles isn't so enthusiastic. 

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications promises to be a very big deal. Allowing automobiles to "talk" to one another could dramatically improve traffic flow and slash the number of car crashes by more than half. Working hand-in-hand with self-driving systems, the benefits could be even bigger. 

Almost exactly one year ago, we reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet, planned to spin off Google's self-driving car program in 2016. With about two weeks to go on the calendar, Alphabet has finally announced that it's doing just that.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

Lucid Motors unveils 1,000-hp Air electric sedan

The Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors, formerly Atieva, revealed what appears to be the production version of its electric sedan today, and our suspicions have been confirmed. The standard battery pack will have 100 kilowatt-hours of power and offer more than 300 miles of range. An optional pack will come later with 130 kwh and 400 mi of range.

The Takata airbag recall is a massive mess that makes Dieselgate look like amateur hour in scandal city. We're dealing with a recall of product now numbering as high as nearly 50 million units. Over the next few years that number will climb to nearly 70 million, and the entire recall process will take us well into the 2020s. While your standard car can certainly fall into that group of recall-affected vehicles, you probably weren't expecting some of these high-dollar exotics to also wind up on the same list.

BMW is in the final stages of development of a new M5 and we hear the car will be unlike any of its predecessors.

nuTonomy autonomous Renault Zoe in Boston

nuTonomy autonomous Renault Zoe in Boston

From Green Car Reports: 

The Renault-Nissan Alliance currently leads all other makers in total global sales of electric cars.

There's no single silver bullet that will reduce the energy consumption and emissions from the 80 million new road vehicles sold globally each year.

This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

A major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them.

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