One Uber employee will be in the driver’s seat with hands on the steering wheel as an emergency backup, another observing from the passenger seat, the company said. Uber will only make a few cars available to start—with the eventual goal of having 100 in Pittsburgh and possibly elsewhere in the coming months—and they will only go limited distances within the city.
In almost every part of this country, the most common cars are sedans from Honda, Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet. But this belies how different Americans truly are in their car tastes. The people of San Francisco, Denver, and Detroit have vastly different preferences in automobiles when they are not buying a standard sedan.
John Smith, principal solution architect at Veracode, told CBR: "With more than 200 million lines of code in today's connected car, not to mention smartphone applications that tie directly to the car, vulnerable software is the biggest challenge the connected car industry faces. Whether you are a third-party software provider or a manufacturer, poorly written or insecure software could render a car unstable or dangerous."
Karma, formed when China’s Wanxiang Group purchased assets from now-defunct Fisker Automotive Inc. out of bankruptcy proceedings in 2014, will get powertrain parts and an array of electric and hybrid technologies from BMW, the company said on Thursday. The Costa Mesa, Calif.,-based auto maker plans to start selling a luxury plug-in hybrid car in 2016 to get back into the electric-car market.
Electric vehicles are just starting to appear on streets and highways in large numbers, but already they’re being raced professionally. Formula E—a motor racing championship sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for Formula One, the world’s most popular auto racing series—wound up its inaugural year in late June with back-to-back races over two days on the streets that encircle London’s Battersea Park, drawing crowds of around 60,000.
Ford Motor Co. is in discussions with the UAW about bringing the Ranger midsize pickup back to the U.S. market, a person with knowledge of the talks said late Tuesday.
The company is considering a plan to build the truck at Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit after production of the Focus and C-Max ends in 2018, the source said.
A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren’t using.
J.D. Power’s first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.