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Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts
Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

Self-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

A new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed...Read More»

2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition
2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition packs underhood punch

Graphite is the new black, at least at GMC. On Monday, the truck maker revealed its 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages that follow in the footsteps of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Edition. With the 2019 Yukon, buyers have the the option of going with the...Read More»

2019 Mini Cooper
Improved headlights net 2019 Mini Cooper IIHS Top Safety Pick award

All it took was a revised headlight design to earn the 2019 Mini Cooper two-door Top Safety Pick accolades from the IIHS after the 2018 model missed out on the award, the insurance industry-funded safety group said Monday. Not every 2019 Cooper earns the award. Buyers will need to pay extra for...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
Uber costs less than driving in some major cities

In four of the five largest U.S. cities, it may be cheaper to replace car ownership with a ride-sharing service such as Uber. Results of a study released last week released found that commuters in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C.. and Los Angeles spend less weekly commuting and running...Read More»

California digital license plate
California's new $700 digital license plates can relay messages to other drivers

Future license plates in California may be powered by the same technology used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader—but not as a touchscreen device, of course. The state of California said Monday that it will test the nearly $700 digital license plates on 24 state-owned vehicles before approving...Read More»

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Uber's new Panic Button helps riders summon 911

Uber is trying to make amends one step at a time. As a follow-up to the ride-sharing company's new seat belt warning, its cellphone app now includes a direct method to allow riders to contact 911 at the press of a virtual button. The Panic Button, as Uber calls it, is located in a "safety center"...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Uber’s app now reminds riders to buckle up

Under the direction of its new CEO, Uber is on a mission to clean up its reputation. The latest step? The cellphone app that summons its ride-share service now reminds both drivers and passengers to buckle up for safety. Uber drivers will receive a notice asking them to ensure that passengers are...Read More»

Uber self-driving car
Survey finds public trust in self-driving cars declined after fatal crashes

Consumer confidence in self-driving cars is on the decline, according to a new survey. Nearly three-quarters of 1,014 Americans polled by AAA last month said that they’re afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle. Willingness to ride in a self-driving car dropped from 64 percent late last year...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
2018 Tesla Model 3 scores "Superior" rating for its crash-avoidance tech

Though it hasn't yet been subjected to instrumented crash-testing, the Tesla Model 3 has aced its first safety assessment. On Tuesday, the IIHS said that it gave the Model 3 electric car its highest rating of "Superior" in its front crash prevention tests and an “Acceptable” rating for...Read More»

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