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Self-driving cars tackle tropical storms at Singapore test center
Self-driving cars tackle tropical storms at Singapore test center

In Singapore, self-driving development cars are getting a far tougher shakedown than they are in gentle real-world testing in places such as Arizona. IEEE Spectrum on Monday opened the doors to the Center for Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs, or CETRAN, in Singapore, a 200-acre facility...Read More»

2019 Subaru Forester Sport
Crossover SUVs compared, Building a Volvo, Fisker Karma recall: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester: Compare Cars A road in the woods diverges, and compact crossovers take the one more traveled. NYC not happy with its first on-road facial recognition tech trial New York City played host to the state's first attempt at using facial recognition camera...Read More»

2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Subaru Forester: Compare Cars

A road in the woods diverges, and compact crossovers take the one more traveled. At least, some of them do. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Subaru Forester both hook a left and head up dusty trails with truckier-looking soft-roaders compared to their rivals. Both crossover SUVs are mega-popular among...Read More»

New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)
NYC not happy with its first on-road facial recognition tech trial

New York City played host to the state's first attempt at using facial recognition camera trials on its bridges and tunnels, but the trial didn't go quite according to plan. In fact, it failed miserably. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that it had obtained a Metropolitan Transportation...Read More»

Wayve self-driving car prototype
British startup says its self-driving car doesn't need fancy tech

A British startup says it doesn't need the expensive sensing tech found in most self-driving cars and has opted instead to use cameras and artificial intelligence software that learns how drivers react to real-world situations Medium reported Monday that Wayve fits its test cars with a camera, a...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
Philadelphia looks at adding a congestion fee

Philadelphia may follow in New York City's tire tracks by adding a traffic congestion fee in busy parts of the City of Brotherly Love. Local NBC News affiliate NBC 10 reported last week that there are no proposals or timelines on the table, but the Philadelphia mayor's office is considering a...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG, Mid-engine Corvette, Kia Soul EV: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG debuts: A stylish 302-hp firecracker Don't let its suave looks fool you: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG that debuted Monday is a 302-horsepower muscle machine in a tight-fitting track suit. London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution Beginning last...Read More»

BYD London double-decker bus
London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution

Beginning last week, drivers of most diesel vehicles and all older cars will pay an extra charge to enter certain parts of London. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone rules went into effect, which are intended to discourage driving older, higher polluting cars into central London. According to a report...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG debuts: A stylish 302-hp firecracker

Don't let its suave looks fool you: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 AMG that debuted Monday is a 302-horsepower muscle machine in a tight-fitting track suit. The hottest version yet of the automaker's redesigned CLA four-door sedan retains the CLA300's elegant roofline, but it swaps in a high-output...Read More»

2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road
Redesigned Nissan Frontier due for 2021

The Nissan Frontier is finally ready an overhaul as the mid-size truck segment grows increasingly crowded. The 2019 Frontier has been on the market since 2004 and it looks like it'll stick around until a redesigned model arrives with more power in September 2020 for the 2021 model year, Automotive...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 VW Jetta crash test, Spring car cleaning, Ford Explorer Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt A trial program that launched Tuesday in...Read More»

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
California sues EPA over Trump's emissions rollback

The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt

A trial program that launched Tuesday in California and Arizona may provide new-car buyers saddled with student debt with up to $900 toward their education loans if the take delivery of a new Hyundai by September 30. Hyundai dubs the program Student Assurance, and for now it's only available at...Read More»

Texas legislator Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) unveils an 80 mph speed limit sign
Higher speed limits mean more road deaths, study finds

Rising speed limits in the U.S. are to blame a spike in highway fatalities, the IIHS said Thursday. The IIHS published new findings that showed an estimated 37,000 more drivers died due to increases in speed limits compared to if the limits hadn't been raised at all. On average, around 10,000...Read More»

Argo AI self-driving car
Self-driving car agreement, Mercedes-AMG E53 driven, Audi e-Tron's range: What's New @ The Car Connection

Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars Three rival automakers and the car industry's international standards-setting organization joined together to create a new group that aims to create a set of rules to govern development and implementation of self-driving cars. 2020 Jeep Gladiator...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Though it didn't ace the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests, the 2019 Jetta earned four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma: Compare Trucks

It’s hard to imagine two more versatile vehicles than the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. These two pickup trucks offer seating for five in a pinch, plenty of storage, good towing ability, and serious off-road chops. Neither is perfect, but we think the Jeep Gladiator is more...Read More»

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Uber spent $2M to champion NYC's new congestion charge

Ride-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Automakers band together to govern self-driving cars

Three rival automakers and the car industry's international standards-setting organization joined together to create a new group that aims to create a set of rules to govern development and implementation of self-driving cars. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium is tasked with setting best...Read More»

Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Congestion charges, VW self-driving cars, Tesla sales down: What's New @ The Car Connection

LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about...Read More»

2020 Jeep Gladiator
2019 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Compare Trucks

If you must have round headlights and a seven-slot grille, Jeep now offers three ways to get your fix. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is offered in short- and long-wheelbase configurations with two or four side doors. The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator joins the automaker’s showrooms as much more than just...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
2019 Audi Q8 earns five-star crash-test scores

The 2019 Audi Q8 earned top marks NHTSA's slew of crash tests last week. The high marks follow a similarly impressive performance in the insurance-funded IIHS crash tests for the crossover SUV. The NHTSA awarded the crossover SUV five stars after assessing frontal and side impacts and four stars in...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los...Read More»

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