A gray Zoox Inc. autonomous test car driving on a California city street
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The NHTSA Needs to Be More Hands-on With Autonomous Cars, Says NTSB

Even if drivers have started cooling on the idea of self-driving cars, automakers are increasingly investing in autonomous vehicles. But despite Tesla proclaiming that it offers ‘Full Self-Driving,’ no automaker offers such a capability. However, it’s precisely these sorts of claims that cause chaos and worse for consumers, pedestrians, and every-day road-users. And it’s partly …

A dark-blue 2021 Honda Legend Hybrid EX with Honda Sensing Elite drives on a Japanese roadway
Sedans & Coupes

The Level 3 2021 Honda Legend Still Isn’t Self-Driving

Understandably, trying to make a truly self-driving car is extremely difficult. As such, autonomous vehicles, as they’re properly known, aren’t really going to hit the road in the near future. However, while consumers are cooling somewhat on the concept, automakers are still plowing ahead. And recently, the 2021 Honda Legend achieved an autonomy milestone. But …

Honda submits patent application for autonomous motorcycle drone
2 Wheels

Honda Is Making a Futuristic Drone That flies Out of Your Bike

Drones used to be these hyper futuristic devices that felt more like the Marvel Cinematic Universe than they felt real. These days drones are nearly as ubiquitous as microwaves. They deliver stuff, photograph, and film, and even put on spectacular light shows. The dirtbike and dual-sport worlds have really taken a shine to the films …

In this photo illustration a Uber company logo seen displayed on a smartphone
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Uber Gives Up on ‘Headache’ of Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars seem to be the way of the future, and many automakers are focused on creating the first one. Tesla is eager to release the first Level 5 autonomous vehicle next year, despite major hiccups with its Autopilot technology. Honda claims that it will release a Level 3 autonomous car in the first quarter …

Could we soon see driverless minivans like this Chrysler Pacifica on the road?
Hybrids & Electrics

Driverless Minivans Will Soon Roam the West Like Tumbleweeds

It’s an amazing thing when automotive technology brings us to the future with autonomous vehicles. Hyundai and Aptiv plan to revolutionize this industry with minivans that drive us around without our having to do hardly anything. We simply need to oversee the drive to make sure no crashes occur.  Automotive News recently reported that the …

A closeup view of Google's self-driving car
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Self-Driving Autonomy Threatens to Kill Your Driving Experience

There’s a difference between a driving experience and riding experience. Driving gives a sense of control. Driving is an experience that permeates the driver’s body through visceral feeling and response from the vehicle. A rider’s experience, by contrast, is much different and more attuned to comfort and destressing. Full self-driving autonomous vehicles threaten to kill …

Tesla's Autopilot Technology
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ Is Misleading According To Consumer Reports

We have said time and time again that Tesla’s Autopilot features do not make its cars fully autonomous and Consumer Reports recently proved it. Actually, they went a step further by reporting their findings on Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving Capability” features and the results were less-than-stellar. “Full Self-Driving Capability” does not equate to being fully autonomous …

Tesla Model 3, model X and model s in the exhibition hall of the newly opened Tesla experience center
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Driver of a Tesla Watches a Movie and Slams Into Police Car

No car is fully autonomous yet. Although some manufacturers claim their vehicles have autopilot like capabilities, at this time, no mass-market automotive manufacturer has a level 5 autonomous approved car. Right now, systems only aid the driver. They do not remove the driver from the equation. One Tesla driver found this out the hard way. …

An unmarked silver Kia Telluride follows a simulated disabled vehicle in AAA's 2020 ADAS study
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Today’s ADAS Features Aren’t Advanced Enough

Advanced driver-assistance systems have rapidly become a critical part of automotive safety. ADAS features like lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking are now standard in many vehicles. However, not everyone understands their limitations. This is especially worrying in the face of a new study which shows they’re not as foolproof as many …

Ford F-150 Raptor climbing over rocks
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ford Enters Agreement for Improved Driver Assistance Package

Today, Ford announced that is moving forward with Mobileye, a supplier of cutting edge vision-assistance technology, to enhance its suite of driver-assistance programs. The Ford and Mobileye will collaborate to roll out the new tech across the auto manufacturer’s global product lineup. This long-term agreement will advance Ford’s Co-Pilot360 systems. Collision avoidance systems Collision avoidance …

A charcoal Tesla Model 3 electric car in a showroom
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German Court at Odds With Tesla Over Autopilot

It looks like Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has not learned the nuances yet of the wording chosen to promote its driver assistance systems. “Autonomous” and “Autopilot” are terms us automotive writers do not like to use. That is because nothing on the road is capable of fully autonomous driving yet. However, we acknowledge that …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Math Matters For the Future of Self Driving Cars

Thanks to COVID-19 many households across the country are now finding themselves to be not only the primary caregivers but also the primary educators. Many parents are patiently teaching their children subjects that they may have long forgotten. Students are once again searching for answers to why math matters. While it might be a bit …

Ford And Volkswagen Unveil Plans On New Collaboration
Cars

The Coronavirus Highlights That There Are Still No True Autonomous Cars

Over the past couple of weeks, the workforce around the country has been hit hard with the impending threat of the coronavirus. Whether people are infected or not, thousands of workers have been forced to work from home and companies have even downsized during this tempestuous time. It’s a sad state of affairs, even for …