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Self-driving car engineer drove cross-country without touching steering wheel
Self-driving car engineer drove cross-country without touching steering wheel

Ex-Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski could have dozed off as he made a coast-to-coast trip behind the wheel of a self-driving test car. He claims to have not touched the steering wheel of the car when it was on the highway between San Francisco and New York City, a 3,009-mile distance. The...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe fingerprint scanner technology in China
Hyundai introduces fingerprint scanner to unlock cars in China

Chinese drivers will be able to lock and unlock the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe just as they do their smartphones and laptop computers. Hyundai revealed the Chinese-market 2019 Santa Fe at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition last weekend and it also unveiled fingerprint-scanning technology...Read More»

2019 Nissan Maxima
2019 Nissan Maxima priced, Daimler and BMW merge mobility operations, no Chevy Volt successor: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Nissan Maxima updated, starts at $34,845 The 2019 Nissan Maxima ushers in a mild refresh for the new model year that'll cost a little more than last year's model, too. Buyers looking at the refreshed Maxima will find the starting price bumped to $34,845, which includes an $895 destination...Read More»

Uber self-driving car
Pennsylvania gives Uber green light to resume self-driving car tests

Nine months after an Uber self-driving car was involved in a deadly crash in Arizona, the company has received the OK to restart testing thousands of miles away near Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania agreed to allow the company to begin self-driving car tests again, though it's still banned from operating...Read More»

2019 Nissan Maxima
2019 Nissan Maxima updated, starts at $34,845

The 2019 Nissan Maxima ushers in a mild refresh for the new model year that'll cost a little more than last year's model, too. Buyers looking at the refreshed Maxima will find the starting price bumped to $34,845, which includes an $895 destination charge, Nissan said Monday. The price reflects a...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade driven, Morgan's last V-8, Trump's fuel economy standards: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive review: Enter Sandman Sleep is underrated. Underrated like Vermont as a state, pepper as a spice, or veggie as a pizza. Many of us sleep on, well, sleep. 2019 Nissan Maxima first drive review: Sports sedan subtly reworked Depending on who you ask, 2019 is either...Read More»

Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, Tennessee
Lidar tech could help make winter road de-icing more effective

Lidar is a technology that helps self-driving cars "see" the world around them, but researchers in Tennessee think the tech could be a boon to help treat snow and ice covered roads more effectively. According to a Digital Trends report last week, the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, has introduced a...Read More»

2019 Nissan Maxima
2019 Nissan Maxima first drive review: Sports sedan subtly reworked

Depending on who you ask, 2019 is either the worst time to offer a four-door-sedan—or the best. In a stroke of good timing on Nissan’s part, both of its mid-size sedans are new for 2019. The 2019 Altima arrived earlier this year, and now its bigger brother, the 2019 Nissan Maxima, is...Read More»

GM Lordstown Ohio
Schoolchildren write letters to GM CEO, plead to reconsider Ohio plant's future

School districts near an assembly plant General Motor said in November it plans to close have teamed up with the United Auto Workers union to carry out a letter-writing campaign to the automaker's CEO. The students were tasked with penning their "Christmas wish" of keeping the facility open...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive review: Enter Sandman

Sleep is underrated. Underrated like Vermont as a state, pepper as a spice, or veggie as a pizza. Many of us sleep on, well, sleep. Any parent, new or old, will tell you that bed time is a sacrosanct ritual, Holy Communion with Oreos and milk. If I’m saying the 2020 Hyundai Palisade makes me...Read More»

2019 Nissan Murano
Restyled 2019 Nissan Murano price rises to $32,315

The 2019 Nissan Murano hauls its updated looks and now costs $32,315, a price that includes a $1,045 mandatory destination fee. That's about $270 more than the outgoing model. Nissan announced full pricing for the refreshed mid-size crossover on Monday, which pegs the vehicle squarely in the sights...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger driven, Buick Enspire, 350-kW fast-charger: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Ford Ranger first drive review: The global pickup truck goes American The 2019 Ford Ranger looks all-American, but it waves more flags than just the stars and stripes. 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Edition ushers in the return of suicide doors Lincoln on Monday announced that suicide doors...Read More»

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 with off-road performance package
2019 GMC Sierra AT4 receives optional off-road performance package

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 enters winter with the option of some extra underhood oomph. On Monday, GMC debuted its new Off-Road Performance Package available for the Sierra AT4. With the optional package, the most rugged of Sierras makes 435 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque. That's up 15 hp and 9...Read More»

Lyft self-driving car communication system
Lyft patents pedestrian notification system for self-driving cars

Self-driving cars pose a variety of challenges for automakers and technology companies, and Lyft has patented new technology to help make pedestrians more comfortable around autonomous vehicles. The ride-sharing company received a patent for technology that turns the windows into screens to display...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger first drive review: The global pickup truck goes American

The 2019 Ford Ranger looks all-American, but it waves more flags than just the stars and stripes. Its chunky looks blend Detroit swagger with southeast Asian swoopiness because it was initially designed for places like Thailand where workhorse trucks sized like the Ranger make sense. Underhood, the...Read More»

2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition
2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Edition ushers in the return of suicide doors

Lincoln on Monday announced that suicide doors are back—at least for the 80 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Edition sedans the automaker commissioned a coach builder to create next year. At around $100,000 each, the cars are more than double the price of a base 2019 Continental, but they...Read More»

2019 BMW X5 M Performance parts
US-China trade war, Lincoln Continental Coach Edition, VW electric dune buggy: What's New @ The Car Connection

China to temporarily cut on tariffs for US-made cars China confirmed it will cut tariffs on American-built cars as part of a ceasefire temporary agreement in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. 2019 Nissan Murano first drive review: Steady as she goes Way back in 2003, Nissan brought...Read More»

Ford Mustang in China
China to temporarily cut on tariffs for US-made cars

China confirmed it will cut tariffs on American-built cars as part of a ceasefire temporary agreement in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The country's Ministry of Finance said Friday that the temporary reductions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. China will slice the tariff from...Read More»

2019 Nissan Murano
2019 Nissan Murano first drive review: Steady as she goes

Way back in 2003, Nissan brought out the first Murano, a nimble car-based crossover that banked on style as much as it did substance. It was different from most SUVs because it was car-based and avoided the trucklike ride of its body-on-frame competitors while still retaining a commanding view from...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma recalled for brake fluid leak; Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 for seatbelt sensor error

Toyota on Thursday issued two new recalls for its pickup truck and its largest SUVs. The recalls affect the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, and the Toyota Land Cruiser and its Lexus LX 570 twin. The recalls are separate from one another; the Tacoma recall involves leaking brake fluid, while the Land...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris
Mercedes-Benz Metris van recalled for leaky fuel hoses

Mercedes-Benz issued a new recall for the Metris van over leaky fuel hoses due to the improper use of a tool to affix the clamp during production. In documents filed with the NHTSA in late November and published this week, the German brand said 12,383 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans from the 2016-2017...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo's self-driving cars, Lincoln Continental revives suicide doors, Hyundai Santa Fe diesel dead: What's New @ The Car Connection

Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have...Read More»

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems

A new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light surfaces on the dashboard. The findings, released on Wednesday, showed the average repair for a Mazda vehicle cost $285.70 for check engine light-related repairs. The company looked at 10 makes and 100...Read More»

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