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Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer
Waymo self-driving car prototypePedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't necessarily an automaker...yet), you design cars that...
2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150Trucks don’t want to be luxury vehicles or family wagons, but now they have to be. The 2018 Ford F-150 is proof. Although the F-150 rides on a fully boxed ladder frame with a quartet of muscular engines designed to tow, haul, or drag nearly everything under the sun, the full-size Ford can be outfitted with a menu of luxury features that...
ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too
Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend for a rally that ultimately turned...
NAFTA update, O.J.'s Bronco, Karma Revero driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD ProThe LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the...
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2018 Chevrolet TraverseThe 2018 Chevrolet Traverse walks a delicate line between being an affable, family-friendly crossover SUV and looking like something more rugged and capable. Clean styling inside and out, an enjoyable standard powertrain, a comfortable, spacious cabin, and most of the equipment we expect in a modern family car help the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse...
Porsche settles class-action lawsuit with owners over...sunglasses?
2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4Besides the performance and panache, one of the main draws to Porsche ownership is the extensive level of customization; you can, for instance, color-coordinate the dashboard to your favorite sweater. That freedom might be too much of a good thing. It just resulted in a class action lawsuit over glare, and Porsche agreed to settle it for basically...
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental activists, not to mention California's Air Resources...
FCA's Chinese suitor, 2018 Ford GT Heritage, NYC's Ford Hub: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Dodge Durango SRT first driveFiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who? For nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. 2018 Honda Ridgeline Review Many buyers choose a truck based on their most extreme...
The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SLAs NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on virtually every dashboard in the past decade-plus. At...
Fiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who?
The Great Wall of ChinaFor nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. After being rebuffed and left-swiped by a handful of potential soulmates, he may have finally found a match--in China. As you might recall...
2018 Honda Ridgeline
2018 Honda RidgelineMany buyers choose a truck based on their most extreme, occasional needs. They often end up with massive full-size pickups with lots of capability but also big price tags and clumsy handling. Some get mid-size pickups that come at less cost but still have bouncy, truck-like ride and handling. One truck can be a smarter buy for shoppers who...
Sub-$20,000 Mini, 2018 Ford F-150 driven, Bolt EV vs lunar rover: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Modern-day MINI assembly at MINI Plant Oxford, England, Mar 2013 (the plant's 100th birthday)MINI has a car just for students, and it's priced below $20,000 It's that time of year again: time for college students across America to charge their vaporizers, toss their dirty laundry into garbage bags, and head back to campus. 2016-2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab and Titan XD Crew Cab recalled for seatbelt flaw Nissan has announced a recall of...
2018 Nissan Pathfinder
2018 Nissan PathfinderIf there were any confusion as to the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder’s mission, it should be clear this year. The big, seven-seater adds a rear-seat alert to remind parents (children or fur parents) to check the back seats before leaving the car and standard automatic emergency braking on all models. Both are common-sense standard features that will...
2018 Honda HR-V
2018 Honda HR-VThe 2018 Honda HR-V is a small crossover SUV that’s perfectly acceptable as an economy-car substitute. It puts packaging over performance, gas mileage before great handling. We think its priorities are in order, and we give it a 6.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Carried over with only paint and wheel changes, the 2018 HR-V...
MINI has a car just for students, and it's priced below $20,000
2017 Mini Seven Cooper S Hardtop 4 DoorIt's that time of year again: time for college students across America to charge their vaporizers, toss their dirty laundry into garbage bags, and head back to campus. This year, however, MINI wants the young'uns to make the journey in a brand new car--one that costs slightly less than $20,000. That car is the Oxford Edition, and MINI isn't just...