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Ford Motor Company is one of the several automakers testing driverless car technology on public roads. The Dearborn-based manufacturer is making great progress in the development of its autonomous driving systems, in its efforts for winning the driverless vehicle race, which includes some of the world's leading automakers, along with a few tech giants.
Now, Ford has taken autonomous car research to a new level, enabling its research vehicles to operate at night, which has been one of the greatest challenges for this technology.
Surveying Technology for Nighttime Driving
In a press release, Ford has announced that it has startedmore »
Thanks to a series of technical innovations in the field of autonomous driving it has introduced in the last couple of years, Volvo is now considered one of the leading players in the driverless car race. The Swedish automaker sees self-driving technology as a key component of its long-term strategy for eliminating motor vehicle crashes and reducing traffic congestion, and it is one of the companies with the most ambitious companies when it comes to when it plans to put driverless cars on the road.
Volvo is now one step closer to a realization of that plan, as it prepares to public testing of a fleet of autonomous vehicles. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based automaker has announced thatmore »
Bringing electric vehicles into the mainstream has always been the most important mission for Tesla Motors. Elon Musk, the car maker's CEO, was well aware that it would always be an extremely tough task, but he never gave up on his dream of bringing affordable zero-emission vehicles to the masses.
That dream is now close to realization. Musk has been declaring his intentions for introducing a low-cost electric car for a long time, and now it's finally here. At the company's design center in Los Angeles, Tesla has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Model 3, and the first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.
Long Range and Sporty Performance
When talking about electric cars, range is one of the first things that come to mindmore »
Britain's vote to leave the European Union will have a major impact on the country's economy, with campaigners for exit claiming that the move will have a largely positive effect, helping businesses cut costs and avoid many unnecessary regulations imposed by the EU. However, those opposing “Brexit” - a portmanteau of the words Britain and exit – have been warning against possible long-lasting consequences to British companies if the country decides to leave the 28-nation bloc, including facing difficulties selling their products in the EU and around the globe.
The auto industry is one of the sectors that is expected to be affected significantly by the referendum result, which will take Britain out of the union that allows free trade and free movement of people between its membersmore »
Before buying a car, consumers often only take the purchase price and insurance expenses into account, as they try to determine whether they can afford the car they are interested in. Maintenance costs are often overlooked in these situations, but they account for a big portion of the total vehicle ownership costs. That's why trying to cut maintenance costs can help make owning a car more affordable and save drivers a lot of money.
Reducing Fuel Consumption and DIY Repairs
There are many things that car owners can do to save on maintenance. For instance, there are all sorts of ways for improving gas mileage, which reduces fuel expenses. Then, to furthermore »
While the general public is largely in favor of electric cars, because they have a great potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping stave off climate change, there is one rather significant sector that is concerned about the possible mass adoption of plug-in vehicles.
It's the petroleum industry, which is worried that the rise of electric cars will threaten oil's monopoly over the transportation sector, prompting oil companies to launch attacks on government support for plug-in vehicles. Their fear is based on the assumption that as plug-in sales grow, oil prices are bound to go down, which would have a huge impact on their revenues. But, a new report now says that electric cars are not expected to cause a major drop in oil prices, and that there are other factors that couldmore »
At this stage, self-driving cars seem to be inevitable, with the only real question surrounding them being when exactly they will hit the streets. While there is no way of knowing when that will happen, commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles is getting closer with each passing day.
With that in mind, now is as good time as any for drivers to start getting used to the idea of giving up control of their vehicles and letting a computer drive them. But, a new study shows that they are far from being ready to ride in autonomous vehicles, with most of them stating that they are afraid to do it.
Fear of Self-Driving Cars Not Abating
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is considered to be among the leaders in the global electric car game, and the French-Japanese car group will continue to bet big on electric drive technology, despite slow global plug-in sales.
Carlos Ghosn, the Alliance's CEO and chairman, stated at an event during the 2016 New York International Auto Show that electric cars are the only solution to global climate change issues, and that pretty soon the day will come when they reach mass adoption.
Sales Expected to Pick Up
Ghosn gave a keynote address at the show's opening breakfast,more »
For all its popularity around the globe, the world's leading ride-hailing service Uber still has its fair share of opponents, for a wide range of reasons, with many of them being a direct result of countless incidents involving passengers being attacked by Uber drivers.
Passenger safety has been a huge issue for Uber ever since it launched back in 2009, with numerous assaults and incidents constantly marring the reputation of what is now one of the world's most valuable companies. In particular, female passengers have been at a very high risk of getting attacked by an Uber driver in many countries around the globe. Now, there is a new company that wants to address this issuemore »
At the moment, trying to come up with the best way for programming a car to react in the safest and least damaging manner in a situation where a collision is inevitable, is one of the biggest challenges that everyone working on autonomous driving technology is facing.
Who Should Decide How Autonomous Cars Should React?
The decision on what a self-driving car should do when faced with a moral and ethical dilemma can not be made by automakers on their own. To make this decision, experts in several different fields should be included, such as psychologists and philosophers, in addition to automotive engineers and software developers.
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