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BMW, Microsoft team up to improve in-car voice recognition
BMW, Microsoft team up to improve in-car voice recognition

BMW and Microsoft have forged a partnership to improve in-car voice-recognition systems. Both companies announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference on Thursday a partnership for improved machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal is to create an open-source platform for voice...Read More»

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Lyft to let riders hail Waymo self-driving taxis from its app

Lyft users in the Phoenix area may soon be able to hail a self-driving car from Google's Waymo division directly from the ride-sharing service's smartphone app. The two firms announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will see Waymo autonomous vehicles deployed as part of the Lyft network. The...Read More»

2019 Honda Accord
Honda to dial back option, trim, and color combinations on its cars

Future Honda vehicles will come in fewer color and trim level combinations as the automaker seeks to reduce the complexity of building cars for all markets globally. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Wednesday that the the automaker will seek to streamline versions of the cars its...Read More»

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Uber, Lyft drivers strike over low wages, limited benefits

Frequent Uber and Lyft users may have a more difficult time hailing a ride this week as drivers go on strike to protest low pay. CNBC reported Tuesday that the strike is intended to raise awareness that drivers are vital to Uber and Lyft operations. The strikes started Tuesday across numerous U.S...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 diesel owners eligible for up to $3,075 in settlement

Owners of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models fitted with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine will be eligible for up to $3,075 because their vehicles did not comply with federal emissions regulations. A federal judge on Friday approved the $307.5 million between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and...Read More»

Traffic in China
China to begin exporting used cars

The Chinese government approved the exportation of used cars for the first time as it seeks to jump-start its new-car market. Reuters reported Monday on China's decision to begin exporting cars in an effort to drive global trade and domestic auto sales. China's auto market declined last year for...Read More»

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Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

Florida may be the next state to make self-driving cars without a backup driver legal on its roads. Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most...Read More»

2018 Zotye T600
Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell a crossover SUV in US

When Chinese automaker Zotye opens up its dealers in the U.S., the first car it plans to sell may be aligned with American consumer tastes. The automaker's sales chief said Thursday that a version of the T600 will be its launch product when it expands in the U.S., but he didn't say when it will go...Read More»

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Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

Waymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software...Read More»

2020 Chevy Equinox
Diesel-powered 2020 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain ditch AWD

General Motors will drop all-wheel drive from its diesel-fueled 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and 2020 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. CarsDirect reported Monday that crossovers with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine will only be offered with front-wheel drive. A Chevrolet spokesman confirmed the news and said...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
Dealers scramble to deal with growing new-car inventories

Abandoned factories, forgotten shopping malls, and undeveloped parcels of land have become parking lots full of new cars as dealers try to figure out what to do with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles. As of April 1, dealerships in the U.S. had 4.2 million unsold new cars waiting to find...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility retrofitted, the automaker said last week. Toyota, once staunchly opposed to third-party infotainment solutions, climbed aboard the Apple CarPlay bandwagon first with its 2019...Read More»

2019 Smart Fortwo
Smart to leave US market after 2019

The Smart city car experiment in the U.S. will conclude at the end of this year. Daimler, the parent company of Smart and Mercedes-Benz, will pull its its tiny cars from the U.S. and Canadian markets after the 2019 model year. In an email, Smart spokesperson Catherine Gebhardt cited a "declining...Read More»

Odometer
Odometer rollback still a big problem even in the digital age

Odometer tampering remains a major concern even though automakers switched from analog to digital displays years ago. According to a new report from NBC affiliate NBC 12, millions of cars wander local roads with odometer fraud. The TV channel worked with CarFax to investigate how widespread...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Study: Americans spend 18 days in their car per year, forge close bonds with a vehicle

Americans spend so much time behind the wheel that a new study showed drivers actually forge close-knit bonds with their cars. The average American spends 18 days driving per year, with an average of eight hours and 22 minutes per week, a OnePoll study conducted on behalf of Cooper Tire found. The...Read More»

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car gets into the car subscription game

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will use its massive fleet of cars to square off against major automakers with a new car subscription service. The car rental company said Wednesday its service will launch on a trial basis in three states and will include access to nearly two dozen makes and models of cars...Read More»

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Minnesota considers new tax based on mileage driven

Minnesota will mull a different way to tax drivers in the state over a potential increase to the gas tax: a mileage tax. According to a report from Alpha News last week, Democratic Rep. Raymond Dehn has proposed a tax based on the miles an individual drives. His new piece of legislation would...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, Arizona
Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

Google's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Traverse
2019 Chevrolet Traverse drops optional turbo-4 engine

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse will no longer offer a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine option. Instead, buyers will only find a 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood. GM Authority reported Sunday on the powertrain change for Chevy's largest crossover. "Based on customer feedback, we decided to adjust the...Read More»

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