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Waymo Autonomous Cars are heading the pack

Waymo test vehicles are requiring less human intervention, Calif. DMV says.

Waymo’s self-driving test vehicles are relying less on humans and are miles ahead of the pack when in comes to driver takeover rates, requiring a human take the wheel about 1,000 times less frequently than some competitors.

On Wednesday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released its second annual summary of autonomous vehicle driver disengagement reports — defined as situations where a human must intervene while the car is in driverless mode. Waymo, the stand-alone self-driving technology company spun out from Google, reported a decrease in the rate of driver takeovers from 0.0008 per mile driven in 2015 to 0.0002 in 2016. (more…)

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Don’t Scrimp on Vehicle Maintenance

Technician certification organization ASE surveys show a well-maintained vehicle not only lasts longer, it retains more of its resale value.

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk and Co. With motorists holding on to their vehicles longer than ever before, maintenance takes an even greater importance in keeping roads — and people — safe. (more…)

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2018 Ford Mustang. Drop it like its Hot

2018 Ford Mustang. Drop it like its Hot

Ford drops an engine, lowers the hood on ’18 Mustang

Ford Motor Co.’s dropping an engine and lowering the hood on the Mustang as part of the venerable pony car’s 2018 model year freshening.

The updated Mustang gains a more aggressive look that includes new hood vents and an optional spoiler. It also gets an optional 12-inch digital cluster, new-generation LED headlights and taillights available across all trim lines, and a number of new tech features. (more…)

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles uses software to exceed diesel pollution limits.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles uses software to exceed diesel pollution limits.

WASHINGTON — The EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of failing to disclose software in 104,000 diesel pickups and SUVs that allows them to exceed pollution limits.

The EPA stopped short of calling the software in 2014-16 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500s a “defeat device” but said the carmaker failed to disclose its use. Fiat Chrysler said it meets all applicable regulatory requirements and will work with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to contest the allegations.

The EPA and California Air Resources Board told the automaker they believe its auxiliary emissions control software allowed vehicles to generate excess pollution in violation of the law.  (more…)

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Vehicle Maintenance is Important

Vehicle Maintenance is Important

Technician certification organization ASE surveys show a well-maintained vehicle not only lasts longer, it retains more of its resale value.

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk and Co. With motorists holding on to their vehicles longer than ever before, maintenance takes an even greater importance in keeping roads — and people — safe. (more…)

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2017 Car Show Awards

2017 Car Show Awards

Chevy Bolt, Honda Ridgeline, Chrysler Pacifica win North American car, truck, utility awards

DETROIT– The Chevrolet Bolt was named the 2017 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Honda Ridgeline took the truck honors and the Chrysler Pacifica took home the newly minted top utility vehicle of the year. (more…)

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Safest Cars on the Road for 2016 – 2017

Safest Cars on the Road for 2016 – 2017

The bar keeps getting raised for cars to score in the top category of safety. Now, in addition to crash protection, cars must have effective headlights to get the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Driving down a winding road at night, the power of your headlights may determine if you see a pedestrian or an oncoming car and are thus able to avoid an accident. That’s why the IIHS is also weighing the effectiveness of headlights when assigning its top auto safety rating. (more…)

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New Year Car care tips. PA State Inspection and Emissions $29.95

New Year Car care tips. PA State Inspection and Emissions $29.95

PA State Inspections and Emissions for just $29.95! Call 610-825-6558
We are located at 2014 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

If your car has been taken for granted, the start of the new year is an ideal time to make things right and commit to regular maintenance. By doing so, vehicles will respond with improved performance, safety and reliability, and owners will likely save on costly repair bills that often are the result of neglect.

Protect your pride and joy. Here’s how to be a better car or truck owner in 2017. Resolve to take better care of your car or truck this year. Here are 10 New Year’s car care resolutions that will help extend your vehicle’s life and protect its performance in 2017 and beyond. (more…)

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IBM explores conversational interfaces in BMW i8 hybrid sports cars

IBM explores conversational interfaces in BMW i8 hybrid sports cars

BMW Group to locate research team at IBM’s Munich Watson IoT HQ
IBM explores conversational interfaces in BMW i8 hybrid sports cars

Munich, Germany – 15 Dec 2016: IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced a new collaboration with the BMW Group, through which the companies will work together to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future.

As part of the agreement, the BMW Group will collocate a team of researchers at IBM’s global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich, Germany and the companies will work together explore how to improve intelligent assistant functions for drivers. (more…)

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