Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Paul Riegler

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

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5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

by Anna Breuer
5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

With recent headlines that include over 3,000 allegations of sexual assault by Uber drivers in 2018, many passengers are justly concerned about their safety when using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Here are five tips that will help keep passengers safe.
1.)       Compare vehicle info before entering the vehicle.  …

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BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

by Paul Riegler
BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW said it would discontinue the unpopular annual subscription fee it charges some drivers to use their vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature.
The Bavarian automaker introduced the fee in 2016, first as a one-time $300 fee and then as an annual $80 subscription. The fee did not apply to older vehicles with …

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

by Paul Riegler
BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW announced the recall of 116,000 models manufactured between 1999 and 2001.
The move comes after a new and distinct problem was uncovered in air bags made by Takata, which in 2017 filed for bankruptcy after being at the center of the world’s largest auto safety recall.  Like the earlier problem, …

Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Homicide After Texting While Driving

by Paul Riegler
Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Homicide After Texting While Driving

A driver who was texting at the time her car hit another which then struck a pedestrian was found guilty on Friday of vehicular homicide by a New Jersey jury.
The driver, Alexandra Mansonet, had looked down and begun to respond to a text message from her sister-in-law, asking “Cuban, American, …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler
It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in …

Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

by Jeremy Del Nero
Ford to Introduce Wireless Apple CarPlay on Some 2020 Models

Ford Motor Company unveiled Sync 4, the newest iteration of its in-vehicle infotainment system.
Sync 4 will introduce wireless Apple CarPlay as well as wireless Android Auto compatibility along with new displays that range from 8” to 15.5” diagonally.  The new version also adds cloud connectivity for Internet search as well …

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

by Jesse Sokolow
Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Citroën Plan $50 Billion Merger of Equals

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA unveiled plans to merge on Thursday in a $50 billion deal would result in an automaker that would effectively eclipse such rivals such as General Motors, Ford, and Hyundai-Kia to effectively become the fourth largest carmaker in the world behind Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan, and Toyota.
The …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

by Anna Breuer
Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held …

Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

by Paul Riegler
Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains. 
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to …

VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

by Paul Riegler
VW CEO, Chairman Charged with Misleading Shareholders over Dieselgate Scandal

Volkswagen AG Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch, VW CEO Herbert Diess, and former VW CEO Martin Winterkornwere charged with misleading shareholders in the months that preceded the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is said the executives withheld information about the scandal from shareholders in an effort …

Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

by Anna Breuer
Fuel Prices Start to Rise at the Pump Following Saudi Attack

The drone attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia that saw a spike in crude prices is likely to cause gasoline and diesel prices to jump later this week.
The average price in the United States for a gallon of regular gasoline on Tuesday was $2.592 according to the AAA.  …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

by Jonathan Spira
At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

by Paul Riegler
Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension …