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Pretty much all electric-car enthusiasts have been waiting for this moment for a long time: the official launch of the the latest Tesla Motors vehicle – the Model X crossover. After being delayed several times over the past two years, the Model X is finally here, with Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, unveiling it at an event near the company's factory in Fremont, California. This was the first chance for the public to take a good look at the production version of the highly-anticipated all-electric SUV, and for the first couple of owners to get their keys.
“The mission of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. As you guys know, it is incredibly important that we move to a sustainable world, sooner rather than later. The sooner we do it, the better itmore »
The fact that self-driving cars will be safer than conventional vehicles is no longer up for debate, with automakers having proven that by taking the driver away from the equation, autonomous driving technology will drastically reduce the risk of accidents. But, there is still one thing that raises concerns when talking about the prospect of having cars moving along our roads completely independently. It's the question of how they will react when faced with having to make tough choices involving various road hazards, that would potentially require deciding between protecting their owners and other road users.
This ability to make ethical decisions is the focus of amore »
The Tesla Model S has been immensely popular among wealthier, environmentally-conscious Americans for a couple of year, which should suggest that customers are pretty satisfied with the service and the products they are getting from the Palo Alto-based electric-car manufacturer. But, a recent study reveals that Elon Musk's company lags far behind other automakers when it comes to shopper satisfaction, which seems a bit surprising at first glance, but when Tesla's disruptive business model is taken into consideration, it does make a lot of sense.
The Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI), which shows results from a recent study conducted bymore »
The leading Japanese automakers consider hydrogen as the car fuel of the future, and are betting big on hydrogen-powered vehicles, as they believe that electric cars are not practical enough to present a good alternative to conventional vehicles. But, they also know that the number of publicly available fueling stations in the countries that fuel-cell cars are sold in needs to be drastically increased before they can become mainstream. Building an extensive supporting infrastructure is conditioned by a strong demand for hydrogen vehicles, which will not occur before there are sufficient refueling stations in place, making for a classic chicken-and-egg situation that presents a major barrier for themore »
One of the main reasons behind Google's commitment to driverless cars is their ability to avoid accidents and improve traffic safety, as they eliminate human error, which is the single most common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Up until a few weeks ago, the tech giant's self-driving car prototypes had covered a total of 1.8 million miles without causing any accident, but their crash-free record was on a brink of being tarnished recently, with a report claiming that one of the cars almost hit another vehicle while being operated on a public road in California.
As reported by Reuters, one of Google'smore »
Car sharing, peer-to-peer accommodation and other sharing economy services have been making a huge impact on many cities around the globe, and especially in the United States. Companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb have become important contributors to cities' economies, providing extra income for thousands of people and generating demand for new services that didn't use to exist and helping bring additional revenue to cities.
On the other hand, there are a lot of opponents of the sharing economy who claim that it has negative economic implications due to the fact that it violates various rules and regulations, and presents unfair competition to companies offering similar services, but operate within and adhere to an existing regulatory framework. However, a recent study reveals that American cities don't have a problemmore »
Greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles have an exceptionally harmful effect on people's health, causing chronic respiratory disease, heart disease and lung cancer, among other things, but the negative impact of the automobile goes beyond air pollution. On top of carbon dioxide, motor vehicles emit substantial noise that is generated by engines, exhaust systems, horns, alarms, as well as tires contacting the road.
Noise pollution has been known to cause stress, headaches, fatigue, hearing loss, and sleep disturbances. Now, a new study reveals that exposure to noise pollution from traffic has severe long-term effects on people's health, as well, reducing life expectancy and increasing the risk of stroke.more »
There are various factors that put teen drivers at a greater risk of being in a crash than older drivers, with inexperience and lack of skills being the most common ones. But so far, no one has been able to pinpoint what specific driving skills teens need to acquire in order to become more well-versed drivers and reduce their risk of crashes. That's exactly what researchers with the The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) wanted to do when they conducted a study involving teens on a driving simulator, that was supposed to help them determine the most common driving errors committed by teenagers.
They found that passing road skills test doesn't automatically make teens good drivers, and they are at a very high risk of accidents during the first 2-3 years after getting amore »
The world's largest automakers have been engaged in a race to develop the most efficient electric car, the best connected car, and to be the first to introduce a fully-autonomous car to the market, for a while now. In order to be able to keep pace with the competition, manufacturers put an incredible amount of money, time and effort, which is bound to take a toll on some of them.
A new report says that automakers will be having a hard time staying afloat during this race, as they face higher costs associated with the developmentmore »
The U.S. Government has been putting a lot of effort into combating global warming and improving air quality in recent years. One of the key parts of those efforts is reducing carbon emissions from motor vehicles, since transportation is the largest source of air pollution in the country. That is why fuel economy standards are becoming increasingly tougher, mandating automakers to build more efficient vehicles with lower greenhouse gas emission levels.
As a result, new cars sold today are much more fuel-efficient than they used to be a couple of years ago, which can not be said about heavy-duty vehicles, though. They have not been affected by the tightening fuel economy regulations as much as passenger cars up until now, but that's about to change, with the Obama administration recently proposingmore »