The Institute of Advanced Motorists says efforts to reduce distracted driving are being undone by the relentless pace of technology and manufacturers’ eagerness to pack more gadgets onto dashboards....More
A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. John Thune says the bill is meant to "incentivize whistleblowers" in the auto industry to provide information about faulty parts not previously known to government regulators....More
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tells a U.S. Senate hearing the agency is "asking whether there was a timeliness issue" with GM advising regulators about problems with ignition switches linked to 12 deaths....More
A panel of experts says the automation of both steering and adaptive cruise control is being achieved in cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Fully autonomous urban cars could arrive as early as 2017 and as late as 2030....More
Several features are to be disabled unless the vehicle is in park, including manual text entry for messaging or internet browsing, any video and display of text in messaging, Web pages and social media....More
The book is not closed on CAFE, either. The 54.5 mpg rule faces a midterm review around 2020, and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. will start laying ground this year to ensure the exam has teeth....More
Some analysts speculate China’s refusal to certify the LG Chem and Samsung SDI battery packs is a response to South Korea’s decision to deploy the U.S.-built Terminal High-Altitude Aerial Defense missile system to guard the country against attacks by China....More
Drawing heritage cues from the first civilian Dodge off-roader introduced in 1946, the '17 Ram Power Wagon picks up design cues from the Ram 1500 Rebel and strength from a heavy-duty chassis and 6.4L V-8 hitched to a Borg Warner transfer case and beefy solid axles front and rear.
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