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Thu, 5/12/2016 - 2:51 am by Jordan Perch

BMWThe advancements that Google has made in the development of self-driving technology have motivated many other tech companies and global automakers to ramp up their efforts for building autonomous vehicles.

Even though the competition in the driverless car race is much stiffer now than it was a few years ago when Google first launched its self-driving car project, the search engine giant remains at the forefront thanks to a significant head start, with its prototypes having logged in over a million miles in road tests.

BMW Plans to Develop a More Advanced Self-Driving System

One of the world's largest automakers, BMW

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Thu, 4/14/2016 - 4:46 am by Jordan Perch

car careBuying a car is one of the biggest investments that a person can make. After purchasing a vehicle, taking good care of it is the best way to protect that investment. Drivers need to maintain their cars regularly in order to extend their life and preserve their value. Also, routine and proper car care ensures the car remains safe and dependable at all times, and it's a great way to save money, as it helps owners detect potentially serious defects and avoid expensive repairs down the road.

While many owners may think that caring for their vehicles is hard work and takes too much time, the basic car maintenance tasks are actually pretty simple to do and can be completed in a reasonable amount of

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Thu, 5/12/2016 - 2:51 am by Jordan Perch

traffic safetyUsually, country roads are considered to be safer than city streets, mostly because when driving on rural roads, drivers don't have to deal with traffic jams and a wide range of unpredictable situations that are typical of urban areas. But, a new study shows that drivers living in rural areas are actually at a higher risk of getting killed in a car accident than those living in predominantly urban states.

According to a recent study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), rural states are

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 11:58 pm by Jordan Perch

car rentalUnrecorded car rental damages are one of the most common sources of revenue for many rental car companies. There are a lot of surveys that show very few people perform a thorough inspection of a rental car before they drive away with it, and only a small percentage of those who rent a car take photos of it before taking it. This means that customers make it pretty easy for rental car companies to trick them into paying for damage that they didn't cause.

Very Common Issue

Getting charged for damage to a rental car that they are not responsible for is a situation that many renters face. Avoiding unrecorded rental car damage is very difficult after returning the car to rental company

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Mon, 4/11/2016 - 7:21 am by Jordan Perch

infotainment systemAlthough car makers have ramped up their efforts for improving security lately, cars remain vulnerable to hacking, and the recent case involving “white hat” hackers breaking into a Jeep Cherokee remotely only highlighted the host of potential vulnerabilities that today's cars are exposed to.

All You Need Is a Laptop

The researchers that hacked the Cherokee did it by using a laptop from the comfort of their home, while the vehicle was moving along a highway about 10 miles away. They took control of the vehicle through the Uconnect infotainment system's cell phone connection, which means that anyone

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 5:57 pm by Jordan Perch

car mileageAdvances in autonomous driving technology, along with increasing popularity of ride-sharing services, will lead to a dramatic rise in vehicle miles traveled in years to come, a new report says. Consulting firm KPMG has conducted a study to see how consumers will be affected by technological innovations in driverless vehicles, in-car connectivity and mobility on-demand services.

They have published their findings in a report titled “

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 5:57 pm by Jordan Perch

fuel cell vehiclesThanks to the efforts by automakers like Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, hydrogen-powered vehicles are expected to become a serious alternative to conventional vehicles down the road. But, at the moment, they are still far from seeing widespread adoption, due to various obstacles – such as scarce refueling infrastructure and high manufacturing costs – that are preventing them from being considered a viable option.

However, the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Tucson, which are the only fuel cell cars that are commercially available at the moment, have shown that there is interest in these types of vehicles. Now, a new report suggests that demand for hydrogen-powered vehicles will grow strongly over the next decade, albeit not as strong as

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Fri, 4/8/2016 - 6:10 am by Jordan Perch

bmv vision next 100German luxury-car maker BMW celebrates its 100th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, BMW has decided to create a concept car that will show how the company imagines vehicles of the future should look like.

Showing a futuristic concept is quite different from the usual practice among car makers in these types of occasions, often opting for an iconic retro car as a reminder of what has set the company apart in the past.

Digital Intelligence and Alive Geometry

The concept that BMW unveiled at an event at its Munich headquarters is called Vision Next 100, suggesting that this is what the company's products will look like in 100 years. There are several aspects that this car of the future highlights: automation,

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Tue, 5/10/2016 - 3:27 pm by Jordan Perch

driving testsPassing the driving test on the first take is not an easy feat. It takes a lot of practice, on top of studying the rules of the road, and last but not least, it requires applicants to stay calm and avoid stage fright, which is easier said than done.

Due to inexperience, learner drivers make many mistakes when taking their road skills test for the first time, causing them to fail and be even less confident when they retake the test later on. That's why they need to be aware of the most common faults that applicants make during the driving test and try to avoid them, and the following tips and techniques can help them with that.

Refresh Your Memory of the Rules of the Road

Even though the driving test is all about testing your driving abilities and skills, you can't pass

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Wed, 4/6/2016 - 7:33 am by Jordan Perch

BMWBMW, one of the world's largest automakers, seems to have decided to introduce a significant strategic change, which many industry observers believe has been long overdue. The German luxury-car manufacturer has announced that it intends to drastically increase focus on the development of electric cars and autonomous driving technology, in light of the emerging and quite real threat from companies like Google, Apple, Uber and Tesla Motors, that seem to have set out to take over the auto industry.

Strategy Number One>Next” to Introduce Innovative Mobility Solutions

At its Annual Accounts Press Conference in

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