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CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the …

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany is now poised to take the lead in sales of electric vehicles, beating out perennial favorite Norway, which has held the position of frontrunner since 2010.
The news shows that German automakers’ investments in developing electric vehicles that average consumers will buy are finally paying off.
The number of new electric …

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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 …

Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

Volkswagen to Restate Fuel Economy Rating on Gasoline-Powered Vehicles, Pay Owners $97 Million

Volkswagen of America said late Friday it had settled a lawsuit with vehicle owners over incorrect fuel economy ratings of certain gasoline-powered 2013 through 2017 models.
The automaker’s U.S. subsidiary said that the agreement covers approximately 98,000 vehicles or 3.5% of its sales over the four-year span and that it will …

Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

Silvercar Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rental car company Silvercar by Audi will introduce its first loyalty program.
The new Premium Rewards program offers renters one point for every dollar spent with the company excluding taxes, fees, and fuel charges. The program only has one tier, VIP, and there are no blackout days.
A free one-day rental is …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac …