Tech

Report: Tesla Autopilot Partly to Blame for Crash

September 04, 2019 at 4:39 PM

Federal safety officials say Tesla Inc.’s controversial Autopilot semi-automated driving aid was partly to blame for a highway crash in California last year.

Ford Readies Self-Cleaning Car Sensors

September 04, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Ford Motor Co. says it has submitted 50 patents related to cleaning systems for sensors used in self-driving vehicles.

Carmakers to Add Rear-Seat Reminders by 2025

September 04, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Two industry groups representing 20 carmakers have agreed to equip new vehicles sold in the U.S. with rear-seat occupant reminders by 2025.

Robot Delivery Firm Goes to School with New Funding

September 04, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Starship Technologies, a San Francisco-based startup specializing in small automated delivery robots, says it has raised $40 million in funding and aims to expand its service 100 college campuses in the next two years.

China May Expand Pilot Tests on Methanol Fuel

September 03, 2019 at 4:24 PM

China says it may expand pilot tests of methanol-fueled vehicles, the state-owned Xinhua News Agency reports.

Paris Readies “Noise Radar” Tech

September 03, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Paris has begun testing a device that can automatically measure a vehicle’s noise level and issue a ticket if local laws have been violated.

Bugatti Chiron Breaks 300 mph Record

September 03, 2019 at 1:49 AM

A mildly modified Bugatti Chiron hypercar has become the first near-production car to break the 300 mph speed barrier.

Japan Proposes Battery-Life Gauge for EVs

September 03, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Regulators in Japan plan to require that future electric cars be fitted with a gauge that indicates how much charge they can hold after extended use.

Waymo Urges U.S. to Update Regs for Autonomous Vehicles

August 30, 2019 at 2:20 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo is the latest developer to ask for relief from U.S. safety regulations that require even totally robotic cars to be equipped with controls for human drivers.

Camry Finally Gets Android Auto

August 29, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. is adding the high-volume Camry sedan to its 2020-model lineup in the U.S. that are getting Google Inc.’s Android Auto smartphone connectivity system.

LG Innotek Touts Improved LED Tech

August 29, 2019 at 9:29 AM

LG Group’s Innotek unit says it has developed a high-definition LED technology that can increase light dispersion from 100° to 180° when mounted on daytime running lamps or taillights.

NHTSA to Test Swapping Cameras for Mirrors

August 28, 2019 at 1:46 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will finally begin to test the safety of replacing traditional rearview mirrors with cameras.