Brian León, Contributing Writer

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

With the GLA, Mercedes-Benz shucked some of its reputation for stodgy small cars. The Mercedes-Benz GLA arrived in the 2015 model year and has since seen a few small refreshments, the most significant coming last model year. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class gets some humble updates, but...Read More»

2019 Cadillac XT5
2019 Cadillac XT5

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 doesn’t do much to set itself apart from other luxury crossover SUVs. Cadillac’s entry into this competitive market is a competent handler and feels luxurious enough inside, but some touches are lower-market than its price tag would suggest. We’ve...Read More»

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

California granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor...Read More»

The windshield-mounted sensors of Volvo's City Safety system.
Study: active safety tech increases collision repair costs

A new study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) last week found that vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic emergency braking can cost twice as much to repair following a collision than those without the technologies. Even minor accidents that damage...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Study finds drivers trust active safety tech but are unaware of limitations

A study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety in September found that drivers of vehicles with advanced driver assistance system technologies in their vehicles found them to be generally helpful and trustworthy, but failed to understand the limitations of the system...Read More»

Cohda Wireless self-driving Lincoln MKZ sedans
Autonomous vehicle testing with V2X technology reaches Australian roads

A self-driving car reached Australian roads for the first time, where it was operated in Adelaide Sunday by Cohda Wireless as a demonstration of its “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) technology. According to ABC (the Australian one), the government blocked off roads in a certain section of...Read More»

2019 Buick Enclave
American brands take 11 of bottom 12 spots in Consumer Reports reliability survey

American brands such as General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and even Tesla had a rough showing in the results of Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey released last week, which gathered data on half a million vehicles this year. Volvo was dead last in 29th place, but every American...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S, Honda Odyssey and more lose Consumer Reports recommendation

A few new cars that have been regulars on Consumer Reports' list of recommended models didn't make the cut for 2018 due to quality issues, the publication said Wednesday. Tesla’s Model S, usually a darling of CR’s rating system has lost its recommended status for problems with the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
GM’s Maven car-sharing service extends to 10 new cities by the end of the year

General Motors will allow even more owners of its cars to rent their vehicles out for money through its Maven car-sharing service. On Tuesday, GM announced an expansion to 10 new cities by the end of 2018. The service, which launched this summer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Detroit, will be...Read More»

Frazer-Nash Metrocab London taxi
British firm Addison Lee plans self-driving London taxis for 2021 launch

The iconic London cab could soon lose its most iconic feature: the cabbie. British firm Addison Lee announced Monday that it plans to introduce self-driving taxis in the English capital by 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company, which has about 5,000 taxis currently in service in London, signed a...Read More»

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