Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced its plans to join the likes of BMW, Intel and Mobileye for the development of semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, along with “robotaxis” that can be requested via smartphones.
According to business consultants at McKinsey, the market for self-driving cabs could be worth up to $2 trillion by 2030.
By joining the group of technology companies and automakers, FCA now has the ability to contribute to the process of enhancing self-driving technologymore »
Samsung’s semiconductor division has been granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles on state roadways in California.
A CA Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson confirmed that the permit covers a total of three vehicles including a Toyota Prius and two Audi A3s.
Samsung Electronics is joining a total of 39 companies that have also acquired permits to conduct testing for self-driving cars within the state. The technology companies on the list include Apple, Delphi, Waymo, Bosche and NVIDIA.
Top automakers such as General Motors andmore »
Google’s self-driving car venture, Waymo, has patented new technology that would create a softer body for vehicles in the effort to prevent pedestrian injuries from possible collisions.
The patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and it reveals how “tension members” would allow the rigidity of the bodywork to be altered on the vehicle.
The shape-shifting cushion technology would soften as soon as it detects pedestrians or cyclists within a certain proximity. If the technology software embedded in the vehicle detects there is a walker or cyclist in danger, it would soften in order to create a lighter impact that could potentially save someone’s life. However, if the vehicle collidesmore »
Along with your milk and eggs, you can now also register your vehicle at local grocery stores in certain parts of California.
“We are very excited to launch this new partnership with the Departmentmore »
The new engine, to be called SKYACTIV-X, would be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to utilize compression ignition. It has been noted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient than the SKYACTIV-G engine, which is the current engine used in Mazda vehicles.
According to the Japanese automaker, it will begin incorporating electric and electrified vehicles in specific markets that abide by eco-friendly laws in 2019. The markets that will be targeted include thosemore »
After a string of police-involved accidents were reported in Casa Grande, Arizona, the city police chief ordered all of his officers to take extra driving safety courses.
According to Chief Mark McCrory, a total of nine police vehicles have been damaged from minor accidents since April 5. Each collision will cost taxpayers a $1,000 deducible to the insurance company.
The number of accident reports caught Chief McCrory’s attention after he compared them to the six total reports that were filed throughout all of 2016.
“We are tasked with enforcing traffic laws. We are tasked with traffic safety presentations, and the sheer number of preventable accidents or collisions that we've had, personally, I find embarrassing,”more »
The American Automobile Association (AAA) in Rhode Island has stopped providing its DMV services to non-members throughout the state. For a short period of time, the AAA allowed RI residents to conduct certain DMV transactions at AAA branches across the state.
The temporary program was initiated to help the state Division of Motor Vehicles transition into a new computer system, which forced them to shut down for part of July. The old RI DMV computer system was initialized over 40 years ago, according to DMV officials.
Starting August 1, 2017, RI residents who would like to perform motor vehicle registry transactions through AAA offices will need to become members of themore »
Nissan automakers have recently announced that they are close to launching their semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist feature on American roadways.
The next generation Leaf EV is set to include the new ProPilot driving assist feature that is activated by a button on the steering wheel. The button controls the cars steering, braking and accelerating, but only on a single freeway lane.
Drivers will have the ability to see every angle of theirmore »
Floridians can give their driver’s licenses a makeover starting as early as next month. Last week, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) debuted the new design for state driver’s licenses and identifications cards.
The new design comes equipped with new security measures that are intended to limit the production of fake driver’s licenses.
With almost double the security protection against fraud, new Florida licenses and IDs will include distinctive head font colorsmore »
A new Washington State distracted driving law bans the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, even if stopped at a red light.
The new law goes into effect on July 23, 2017 and will be considered a primary offense that can be put on a driver’s permanent driving record.
“I think it’s a good move personally because cellphones are a big part of our lives and everyone feels the need to be connected,” said District 6 Trooper Camron Iverson. “The current law doesn’t address the issue of other social applications, communication on cell phones go way beyond talking and texting."
Governor Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May but vetoed a section that had the distracted driving rule taking effect in 2019 inmore »