Tag Archives: cars

Self-Driving Carmakers: Let’s Remove Steering Wheels

The Verge reports: The federal government should rewrite the safety rules for automobile manufacturing so self-driving carmakers can deploy vehicles without traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals, according to public comments submitted by top car and tech companies. “We urge [the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration] to move ahead promptly to remove the regulatory barriers the agency has identified,” …

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Auto Industry Icon Lee Iacocca Dead At 94 [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Lido Anthony Iacocca, the automobile industry legend best known as “Lee,” died at the age of 94 on Tuesday morning, his family confirmed. A child of Italian immigrants who grow up in humble conditions, Iacocca became one of the most powerful — and best known — executives in Detroit. Iacocca rose to become president of Ford Motor in …

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EU Mandates Anti-Speeding Devices For New Vehicles

Forbes reports: Drivers in Europe will soon have to get used to anti-speeding devices in their cars, after EU legislators agreed this morning on new legislation requiring them. The agreement came after months of often tense negotiations which pitted safety against freedom, and prompted concerns over “big brother” watching driving behavior. The legislation will require all new vehicles put on …

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General Motors Shutters Chevy Cruze Plant [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown was idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end. GM announced late last year that Lordstown along with three plants in the U.S. and one in Canada would close by early next …

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Volvo To Phase Out Gas-Only Engines

The BBC reports: Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned firm, best known for its emphasis on driver safety, has become the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. It plans to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 and a range of hybrid …

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Trump Threatens General Motors With “Big Border Tax”

Politico reports: General Motors is the latest target of President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter cannon, with the Manhattan billionaire complaining that the American automaker is manufacturing cars in Mexico and importing them into the U.S. without penalty. “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border …

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This Is An Ad For Something [VIDEO]

“Look, this isn’t easy for me, either. I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but it just feels right,” says to young man to his stern-faced father, who responds, “We didn’t raise you this way.” “You must have known I was a little different,” the son pleads. “Not this different,” grunts the father. That difference, as most viewers likely suspect …

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Florida Has No Problem With “GAY” License Plates

Florida has issued a standard series of license plates that happen to begin with “GAY.” Some drivers and at least one dealership have complained, but the state doesn’t see any problem. Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: Certain words are banned from Florida license plates, but a number of plates with “GAY” on them are being given to drivers across Orange County. …

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Mercedes Teases Concept Robo-Car

Automotive blogs have been chattering for months and yesterday Wired published it’s first take: Before letting any press within a few miles of the F 015, Mercedes stressed that it’s only a prototype, without the fit, finish and finesse you might expect from a Mercedes. Smart move, because this thing runs like a 70’s-era Jaguar with dodgy electrics. The touch …

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Viral Video Of The Day

600K views for this BMW ad in just a few hours.

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Paging One Million Moms…

One Million Moms is likely to blow a fuse over a new hip-hop heavy Toyota commercial that features a young girl who begins her rap, “Listen up, motherfathers.” But OMM will have lots of company as the ad is getting blasted from all sides. According to the car blog Jalopnik, the ad for the Sienna is “proof that the ad …

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Google Demos Self-Driving Car

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This Is An Ad For Something

I especially dig the ponytail move. (Tipped by JMG reader Blair)

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New Chevy Ad Shows Gay Families, Will
Be Aired Tonight During Sochi Opening

GLAAD cheers via press release: Earlier this week we saw the first gay families included in a Super Bowl ad, and tonight we see the first gay families included in an Olympics Opening Ceremony. “Chevrolet has nailed it with ads that truly reflect the fabric of our nation, which today includes gay and lesbian families,” said GLAAD President and CEO …

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The 2014 Ford Canyonero

Source. (Tipped by JMG reader Jeff)

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CALIFORNIA: Court Tosses Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

A California court yesterday threw out the first-ever ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass, saying that there was no proof that the device had been in actual use. Advocates for the device had launched a social media campaign in support of the driver. Southern California resident Cecilia Abadie appeared in San Diego traffic court on Thursday for speeding and …

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NEW YORK: Assembly Gets Bill To Ban Google Glass Use While Driving

New York state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) has introduced a bill banning the use of Google Glass while driving. “I will continue the fight to keep our highways safe as I have done for many years,” said Ortiz, who referred to Google Glass as “extremely dangerous technology.” Ortiz was also responsible for spearheading a bill in 2001 to outlaw the …

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Top Ten States With Worst Drivers

An insurance company provides the above ranking based on per capita tickets for speeding, careless driving, and failure to obey traffic signals.  Other rankings have yielded different results by calculating the per capita rates of DUIs and fatal crashes. (Tipped by JMG reader Jack)

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Meet NYC’s New Taxi

Promo clip by Nissan. I will always miss the Crown Vics.

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Quote Of The Day – Tom Comstock

“I told God, if he’s going to save me from death from this and he doesn’t send me a boyfriend, I’m going to call a party foul.” – Portland resident Tom Comstock, after pieces of lumber speared the cabin of his SUV when he was rear-ended during rush hour traffic. Emergency room doctors gave him a tetanus shot and told …

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