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In a study surveying drivers in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, transportation data company INRIX finds that attitudes about autonomous vehicles (AVs) differ quite a bit depending on what side of the Atlantic one lives on, as well as by age. The survey gathers responses about safety, privacy, and trust and confidence in the connected and autonomous vehicle market, as well as their likelihood to purchase a self-driving car.
When it comes to safety, 71 percent of US drivers expect autonomous cars, compared to 85 percent of Italians, to be as safe or safer than today’s vehicles. In the US, 73 percent of Baby Boomers disagree, thinking AVs won’t be as safe. Boomers do, however, believe AVs will improve access for the elderly, though 53 percent still say they probably wouldn’t buy one. Only 25 percent of all respondents said they’d be likely to buy an autonomous vehicle, with drivers in the US and Italy, as well as those already owning a connected car, being more receptive to the idea. Read more
The official pricing of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is finally announced, and truly speaking we didn’t expect it to be that cheap considering its performance. But let’s get straight to the point, if you wan tone of this powerful cars, then you’ll have to pay approximately $84,995.
Additionally you’ll have to spend one whole American dollar. for the Demon Crate, the optional box of goodies that includes the all-important ECU upgrade that lets the uber-Hellcat run 100-plus-octane race fuel, bumping the horsepower from 808 to 840. The Demon Crate also includes narrow front-runner drag racing wheels (though you have to supply your own tires); a high-flow conical air filter; and the jack, cordless impact wrench, torque wrench, and tire pressure gauge you’ll need to swap your front tires once you get to the drag strip. Dodge says the crate’s contents are valued at $6140, meaning you’d be a fool not to order one to go with your Demon. It even comes personalized with your name and the VIN and serial number of your Demon.
Since the US auto sales were steadily rising, they have helped the country to recover economically, but now as the car sales drop and the economy is also under pressure. US carmakers have started to idle workers for months at a time.
Trump has touted the auto sector – which he previously lambasted for moving production to Mexico – as proof of his programme’s success. “We’re going to have expansion,” he told reporters last week.
Following seven years of steady growth that led to sales records in 2015 and 2016, deliveries of new vehicles in the US dropped 4.7 per cent in April in one of the steepest declines since the 2008-09 recession. Analysts have cut their forecast for US sales, which are expected to fall for the first time since the financial crisis.
Earlier this year, in response to prodding and threats from Trump over their overseas operations,Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler announced plans to add jobs at their US facilities.
Yesterday Uber Technologies Inc admitted to underpaying its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars for the last 2 1/2 years. Uber executive Rachel Holt said in a statement that they are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed — plus interest — as quickly as possible. He claims they are working hard to regain driver trust, and that means being transparent and making the Uber experience better from end to end.
The ride-hailing company said each affected driver would get a refund of about $900, which includes interest. Uber did not give an exact figure on how many drivers it has in the city, but said it was in the tens of thousands. The company said it had mistakenly continued to calculate its commission based on the gross fare, before any taxes and fees were deducted. The company will now calculate its commission based on the net fare, which is in line with its updated national driver policy enacted in November 2014. Read more
Turning the latest generation of the production Toyota Camry into the NASCAR racing version required even more than the usual feats of styling and engineering that went into past transformations. First, the racer hit the track before the production car’s launch (the 2018 Camry reaches showrooms this summer), so an extra layer of secrecy was added to the project. Both were unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
Next, Toyota wants to get as much NASCAR bang for its buck. The brand is looking to take advantage of its racing sponsorships to highlight its move toward more sporty and stylish vehicles. So, the designers at Toyota’s Calty design studio and the engineers at Toyota Racing Development worked to make a NASCAR Camry that looks as much like the street version as possible. Read more
Subaru has avoided the draw to create its own electric vehicle, despite what its larger competitors are doing. Tighter emissions regulations around the globe, though, have the company reconsidering its options. The company is pouring a record amount of money into research and development, and that includes EV technology. Also, Subaru could introduce a plug-in hybrid as early as next year, and an all-electric vehicle by 2021.
Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga claims that the company doesn’t need a dedicated platform for battery-powered cars, and will likely put plugs into existing models. This way, the automaker doesn’t have to partner with another company beyond finding a supplier for the motor and battery, and can extract the full value out of its current nameplates. A previous report suggests that Subaru would electrify the Outback or the Forester, but Yoshinaga doesn’t confirm this in his interview. Read more