One of the first thoughts that comes to mind when talking about ride-sharing and car-sharing is the potentially negative impact that these new mobility trends could have on car sales and the auto industry, in general.
There is a widespread opinion among industry observers and analysts that the increased availability of on-demand mobility services – provided by ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft – is bound to lead to a severe drop in car sales, since they present a practical and affordable alternative to owningmore »
Companies working on autonomous driving technology see the lack of national strategy for self-driving vehicles in the U.S. as a huge obstacle that prevents a faster commercialization of the technology.
Last week, some of the driverless car leaders appeared before Congress to report on their progress in the development of self-driving technology. They took that opportunity to urge legislators to accelerate the process of creating a unified strategy for regulating autonomous cars, in order to bring them to market as soon as possible.
Executives from Google, the undisputed leader in driverless car currently, along with Detroit automaker General Motors, automotivemore »
With each passing day, driverless cars seem to be edging closer to full commercial deployment. Automakers and tech companies, along with policymakers, are increasing their efforts for resolving various issues that stand on the way of autonomous vehicles, while the general public awaits eagerly to find out how transportation will look like once vehicles that drive themselves become available for purchase.
In the meantime, the race to launch the first self-driving car continues, with the competition getting fiercer constantly, and while different entities work on perfecting their autonomous driving technologies, authorities are focusing on coming up with the best solutionsmore »
A couple of months ago, Toyota decided to invest $1 billion in a research center that will focus on artificial intelligence is a clear indication that the company intends to become leader in the future autonomous car market.
The primary goal of Toyota is to apply the knowledge and the discoveries made at this research center to the development of advanced driver assistance systems that would help control driverless vehicles. The launch of this center is of great significance for both the company and the entire automotive industry, as it could yield some major advancements in the self-driving technology, which is widely expected to be the future of personal andmore »
Buying a new car is a serious investment and one of the most important purchases that a person can make. This is a purchase that needs to be well-thought-out, with numerous factors that have to be taken into consideration, and several dilemmas that car shoppers inevitably face both before and after entering a dealership.
To make an informed car-buying decision, consumers first have to determine what type of vehicle fits their needs and their budget, and they also need to have good negotiating skills, on top of deciding what financing option is best for them. Here are a few tips that can come in handy to those interested in buying a new car, that will help them avoid the mostmore »
Electric cars are still being held back by a series of hindrances that the industry has to overcome in order to make them more appealing to the masses. Limited access to public charging stations is one of those obstacles, exacerbating the range anxiety issue, which prevents owners from making long-range electric car trips.
But, even though the number of EV charging stations has increased substantially in recent years, charging an electric car is still a major challenge for many people. This is because different charging station networks are operated by different companies, which each ofmore »
With its autonomous driving technology, Google is trying to make cars safer and eliminate traffic fatalities. Google's self-driving cars are expected to have a great contribution to improving traffic safety, but the tech giant is not stopping there.
Now, Google wants to make cars more convenient to own, as well. The Silicon Valley company is reportedly working on a technology that would allow its driverless vehicles to be charged wirelessly, which is much more practical and effective charging method than traditional wired charging.
The advancements in in-vehicle technology in recent years have been amazing. Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of high-tech features that are designed to improve occupant safety and provide a more comfortable and convenient ride, but the fact that there are so many options to choose from, oftentimes confuses consumers and makes it difficult for them to decide which of those features are truly necessary, and which could be skipped without compromising safety or convenience.
Being able to determine what features can actually come in handy, and which wouldn't make an impact on the overall riding experience, is difficult because most of those features are very expensive and many consumers can not afford to buy every available option. Also, not every carmore »
Although it is clear that high politics is key to successfully tackling global warming, with the general public having little or no say when it comes to the creation of policies aimed at fighting climate change, scientists insist that there are a lot of things that consumers can do to contribute to the efforts for resolving this pressing issue.
According to a new study, some daily habits of American consumers have a significant impact on the environment, and most of them have to do with transportation. Michael Sivak and Brandon Shoettle, researchers with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, have prepared a report titledmore »
Lately, BMW has been ramping up its efforts for developing efficient plug-in hybrid models, as it tries to rival its German counterparts Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and establish a more meaningful presence in the luxury plug-in vehicle market.
At the moment, BMW offers a couple of hybrid models, with the i8 being the most notable example. A couple of months ago, the company announced that it will add three new models to its hybrid lineup, and now it says that one of those models will be sold under a new sub-brand.
The automaker has announced that it is creating a new sub-division, calledmore »