VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

by Christian Stampfer
VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

DETROIT—Beleaguered German automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday it had reached a $4.3 billion settlement with the U.S. government over the Dieselgate scandal.
As part of the deal, the company will plead guilty to misconduct for deliberately selling diesel-powered cars that did not meet federal emissions regulations.
“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behavior that gave …

New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

by Paul Riegler
New York’s Bridges and Tunnels Begin to Go Cashless

As part of the city’s plan to offer cashless tolling, the agency that operates the city’s bridges and tunnels converted the city’s two major tunnels – the Queens Midtown and the Hugh L. Carey (formerly the Brooklyn Battery) – went cashless in the past week. The latter is the longest …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press …

Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

by Christian Stampfer
Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

DETROIT—A top Volkswagen executive was arrested Saturday evening as he prepared to board a flight from Miami to Germany, accused of deceiving federal regulators about the use of special software that cheated on emissions tests.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America …

Volvo to Incorporate Skype into New 90 Series Cars

by Jesse Sokolow
Volvo to Incorporate Skype into New 90 Series Cars

Volvo announced that it plans to introduce Skype for Business to its new 90 Series vehicles.
Drivers will be able to view upcoming meetings and participant details from the car’s information display. They will then be able to easily join meetings through the system as well.
The Swedish automaker said it is …

California to Drivers: ‘Don’t Touch that Phone’

by Jesse Sokolow
California to Drivers: ‘Don’t Touch that Phone’

LOS ANGELES – A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving a vehicle, and it is one of the most stringent distracted-driving laws in the country.
Under Assembly Bill 1785, motorists are prohibited from …

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

by Christian Stampfer
At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

DETROIT—Over the past years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance for the automotive industry, despite it being held immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The question of “How are we driving tomorrow?” was the central focus of every car manufacturer …

GM Announces Book by Cadillac Subscription Model

by Paul Riegler
GM Announces Book by Cadillac Subscription Model

For drivers who want a Cadillac without the burden of ownership, General Motors has the answer: Book by Cadillac.
Book, which costs $1,500 per month on a month-to-month membership plan, has no long-term commitment and allows members to reserve a Cadillac to be delivered to a specified location within the region …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

by Jesse Sokolow

The cold temperatures in the northeastern United States have made it clear that winter is upon us. The sun has already started to set later, another sign of the need to change tires.
While most cars in the United States today come fitted with what are referred to as “all-season tires,” …

NTSB to Tech Companies: Integrate Grade Crossings into Map Data

by Paul Riegler
NTSB to Tech Companies: Integrate Grade Crossings into Map Data

The National Transportation Safety Board asked 11 technology and delivery companies to add the locations of thousands of grade crossings to their digital map software and to alert drivers when they are approaching such a crossing.
The National Transportation Safety Board asked 11 technology and delivery companies to add the locations …

Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Assistant in Vehicles

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Assistant in Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz announced it would be integrating Google Assistant technology with its vehicles starting next year.
Google Assistant works with Google Home and the integration will allow users to send destinations to their vehicles, schedule and turn on heating and cooling systems, check vehicle status including fuel and battery charge levels, and …

Google Parent Alphabet Debuts Driverless-Car Company Waymo

by Paul Riegler
Google Parent Alphabet Debuts Driverless-Car Company Waymo

Google announced Tuesday it is moving its driverless-car research from the lab into a separate business unit called Waymo. The new entity’s mission will be to “make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.”
The business unit will be headed by John Krafcik, who has led the …