The Way You Drive, Not Just Where, Is Yet Another Piece Of Totally Identifiable Personal Data

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“Individuality” does not exactly spring to mind when you’re in the middle of the workday commuter crush, trawling the same roads at the same time as every other 9-5 worker who has to get to work and pick the kids up from school. And yet it turns out that you — yes, you — have a unique way of approaching that commute. So unique, in fact, that it only takes a few minutes of driving data for you to be completely identifiable.

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Uber’s First Self-Driving Car Is Now Rolling Along Pittsburgh’s Streets

There’s a new self-driving car on the block, and it’s currently roaming the streets of Pittsburgh. Uber’s first autonomous vehicle, a hybrid Ford Fusion outfitted with sensors, radars, laser scanners, and high-resolution cameras, is on the road. [More]

Mitsubishi Admits Falsifying Fuel Data On Some Vehicles For Nearly 25 Years

Mitsubishi Admits Falsifying Fuel Data On Some Vehicles For Nearly 25 Years

Automaker Mitsubishi recently admitted to fudging fuel mileage data for more than 600,000 vehicles sold in Japan, leading to an ongoing probe by U.S. regulators. Those investigators may now have a lot more paperwork to sift through, after Mitsubishi’s latest revelation. [More]

U.S. Investigating Mitsubishi Over Falsified Fuel Mileage Data

U.S. Investigating Mitsubishi Over Falsified Fuel Mileage Data

Two days after Mitsubishi revealed that employees manipulated mileage test data for 620,000 vehicles sold in Japan since 2013, U.S. regulators have opened their own investigation into the carmaker to find out if the same shenanigans occurred stateside. [More]

Tesla Says It Already Has Reservations For 115,000 $35K Model 3 Electric Vehicles

Tesla Says It Already Has Reservations For 115,000 $35K Model 3 Electric Vehicles

It’s been nearly two years since Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the development of the Model 3, the high-end electric vehicle maker’s first venture into more affordable automobiles. Aside from that price point and claims about being able to get around 200 miles to a single charge, not much else has been disclosed until tonight’s long-awaited press/sales event. [More]

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Toyota Promises Automatic Braking Will Be Standard In Most Models By 2017

Just days after automakers and federal regulators reached a deal that would make forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard in vehicles by 2022, Toyota says it’ll do one better — make these safety features standard years ahead of schedule.
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10 Cars That Consumer Reports Says Are Not So Great

Our motorist pals over at Consumer Reports Cars review a lot of vehicles, and one of them has to come in last in each category. While it’s good to know which cars came in with the top scores, it’s good to also keep in mind which models came in last and why when you go car shopping. [More]

Automatic Emergency Braking To Be Standard In Cars By 2022

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A number of cars being sold today already have forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as available optional safety features, but automakers and federal regulators have reached a deal that will make these features standard in almost every car sold in the U.S. by 2022. [More]

Tesla To Start Pre-Orders For $35,000 Model 3 March 31

Tesla To Start Pre-Orders For $35,000 Model 3 March 31

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t have $100,000-plus just sitting around to join the fairly exclusive Tesla owners’ club. But in about a week we’ll only need a fraction of that bundle of cash: Tesla reconfirmed its plans to introduce the more economically priced Model 3 on March 31.  [More]

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Here’s What It Looked Like When Google’s Self-Driving Car Hit A City Bus

If you’re the kind of person who likes watching high-speed car crashes and riveting action sequences with lots of big explosions, then watching a video of Google’s self-driving car hitting the side of a municipal bus last month is not for you.

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Google Shutters Comparison Shopping Website

Google Shutters Comparison Shopping Website

Less than a year after Google jumped into the insurance business with the launch of comparison tool Google Compare, the company has decided to scrap the service.  [More]

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Used Cars Can Be Victims Of Identity Theft, Too

When shopping for a used car, buying from a private party in your real-life social network or who you found through an ad is cheaper than going through a dealership, but has some dangers that you may not think to look out for. There are small-time dealers who pretend to be individual sellers, and here’s another thing to keep in mind: cars can be victims of identity theft. [More]

Google Sending Its Self-Driving Cars To Washington State To Face The Rain

Google Sending Its Self-Driving Cars To Washington State To Face The Rain

Tooling around in the California sunshine is one thing, but what will a self-driving car do when rolling on wet, slippery roads in the rain? Google is sending its test fleet of driverless cars up the coast to Washington to find out. [More]

Some Scion vehicles, like the C-HR will live on under the Toyota brand.

See Ya, Scion: Toyota To Absorb Youth-Focused Brand After 13 Years

Starting later this year, Scion will join a long list of vehicle brands — think Mercury, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn — in the dustbin of history, as Toyota plans to end production of the brand after 13 years. [More]

Uber Driver Allegedly Pulls Gun On Passenger Who Said He Might Toss His Cookies In The Car

Uber Driver Allegedly Pulls Gun On Passenger Who Said He Might Toss His Cookies In The Car

It is undoubtedly unpleasant — nay, down right nasty, when someone vomits in your car. But just because someone says vehicular vomiting is a possibility, that doesn’t mean you should pull out a gun and order them to get the heck out of your ride, which is what police say one Uber driver in Florida did recently. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Honda Refuses To Fix Vehicles With Soy-Coated Wiring That’s Irresistible To Hungry Critters

If a car’s insides are an appealing snack for mice, squirrels, and rabbits, should the company that made the vehicle pay to fix the soy-coated wiring when those critters throw themselves a feast? The plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Honda think so, and say the carmaker is refusing to pick up the tab for repairs. [More]

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Volvo Says It Will Have A Death-Proof Car By 2020

Proponents of self-driving vehicles claim the new technology will decrease the number of accidents occurring on the roadways. But it appears that Volvo wants to go a step further by pledging to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries in its cars in the next four years.  [More]

Tesla Unveils Vegan-Friendly Car With Synthetic Leather Seats

Tesla Unveils Vegan-Friendly Car With Synthetic Leather Seats

Watch ads for luxury cars and you’ll inevitably hear about their “sumptuous” leather seats and interior trimmings. But what if you have gobs of money to spend on a car and don’t want it lined with leather (or boring old cloth)? That’s why Tesla now offers a new, vegan-friendly option for its pricey electric vehicles.
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