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Real problems obscure some of the promise of a compelling system

Autopilot is essentially the combination of two driver assist systems. The first Tesla calls "Traffic-Aware Cruise Control," which is mostly indistinguishable from other adaptive cruise control systems. The second is Autosteer. The hardware is robust: forward radar, eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors can detect vehicles all around it. It can see cars the driver can't, including, at times, two vehicles ahead.

The everyman’s voltaic slingshot is also a rolling critique of Musk's vision

When the Tesla Model 3 appeared in production form last summer, the hype was already at a fever pitch after months — years, even — of anticipation. With hundreds of thousands of reservations already on the books, it appeared this could be the car that transforms Tesla from a startup to a true competitor. Then, crickets, for most customers anyway. Production delays have left customers frustrated and analysts speculative about the company's future. With that in mind, we found an owner

Safety agency reminds Tesla that this is an active investigation

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday it was "unhappy" that electric car maker Tesla made public information about the crash of its Model X vehicle on Autopilot that killed the driver last month.

The driver had been warned to keep his hands on the wheel

Tesla said on Friday that a Tesla Model X involved a fatal crash in California last week had activated its Autopilot system, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks. Tesla also said vehicle logs from the accident showed no action had been taken by the driver soon before the crash and that he had received earlier warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

Ford SmartLink may be a tall ask for niceties customers simply expect

When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. It took competitors awhile to catch up. But now Ford is the one playing catchup.

Stunning horsepower and torque totals for a mere $695

Here in one place is a clearinghouse of our NYIAS coverage

We've seen all that there is to see at the 2018 New York Auto Show, and we won't be walking away disappointed. We saw pure concepts, concepts that clearly point the way for future production models, and comprehensive refreshes of some of the best-selling vehicles in America.

Chinese-backed startup's EVs will offer over 1,000 horsepower

While much attention has been turned toward the East Coast during the New York Auto Show, a new EV company has been busy on the other side of the country, in California. SF Motors, a Silicon Valley startup with financial backing from China, introduced its first two electric vehicles, the SF5 and SF7. Both are SUVs built on the same platform, using batteries and electric motors developed in-house.

Neither side will comment further on the accident

The family of a woman killed by an Uber Technologies Inc self-driving vehicle in Arizona has reached a settlement with the ride services company, ending a potential legal battle over the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle.

2018 Mazda6 gets it first

The number of car companies that don't offer a smartphone mirroring infotainment system is shrinking. Toyota is finally beginning to offer Apple CarPlay on new cars, first on the Toyota Avalon. Mazda is finally going to offer Apple CarPlay, too, as well as Android Auto. The first car to get it will be the Mazda6.

Chipmaker CEO on fatal crash: ‘We don't know what happened’

Chipmaker Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday it has suspended self-driving tests across the globe, a week after an Uber Technologies Inc autonomous vehicle struck and killed a woman crossing a street in Arizona.

Two years before fatal crash, Uber went from 7 lidar units to just 1

It's not quite mature; Musk is calling it a "mature beta"

Today, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla's new navigation system should be rolling out this weekend. He cautioned that it won't be fully finished, calling it a "mature beta" but promised that it would "improve rapidly." Rather than making small improvements to the existing system, the company has chosen to fully overhaul the maps system, called "Tesla Maps".

20,000 self-driving I-Paces will go into service over the next two years.

Waymo's CEO John Krafcik made an announcement ahead of the New York Auto Show, unveiling what the company calls, "The Next Step in Self-Driving." That next step is a sixth autonomous vehicle from Waymo, an electric Jaguar I-Pace, that will go into service later this year.

Electric cars are latest arena for the heavyweight vs. lightweight

The switch by Elon Musk's Tesla to heavier-but-cheaper steel highlights how steel is fighting back against aluminum, which had widely been expected to be the bigger beneficiary of the electric vehicle revolution.

With no Europe settlement, emissions scandal could cost billions more

Lawyers for more than 50,000 British car owners kicked off a lawsuit against Volkswagen in London's High Court on Tuesday in a battle for compensation over a diesel emissions scandal that has engulfed Europe's largest carmaker since 2015.

‘Our lidar doesn't make the decision to put on the brakes ...’

Lidar maker Velodyne has put out a statement concerning the fatal accident between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, last week. Uber's self-driving Volvo XC90 uses a Velodyne lidar (light detection and range) unit, said to be an HDL-64E. That model has a 360-degree field-of-view and a 120-meter range, so one of the big questions has been why didn't the sensors pick up pedestrian Elaine Herzberg before the vehicle hit her. Velodyne president Marta Thoma Hall told Bloo

Waymo is widely considered to be ahead of rivals in self-driving cars

The head of Alphabet Inc's autonomous driving unit, Waymo, said on Saturday that the company's technology would have safely handled the situation confronting an Uber self-driving vehicle last week when it struck a pedestrian, killing her.

Six weeks after Mercedes-Benz announced it would not attend the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, BMW has done the same. The Munich automaker provided a statement to Automotive News that read, "This decision was made as BMW Group is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats. The overall goal is to communicate our ideas and plans regarding future mobility in the best way and achieve the greatest possible

How to pick an EV, and what you’ll need when you bring it home

Electric cars have been around since the dawn of the automobile. (And bar night trivia alert: At one point in the early 1900s, EVs were about a third of the cars on the road). But it's taken more than 100 years for them to achieve their full promise. Now, quick charging networks and high-capacity batteries have opened up EVs to a wider audience, and particularly in urban areas, they're a perfect fit.

Continental's technology uses existing interior parts for hi-fi audio

First it was eight-track players, then cassette decks, antennas and CD players. Now your actual speakers might be the next features of your car audio system to disappear, The New York Times reports.

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