Author: Arthur Odell

Bill To Put More Self Driving Cars On The Road Stalls In Senate

A bill that would have helped to put more self driving cars on U.S. roads has stalled in the Senate, where Democratic representatives are holding on to doubts about the safety of the technology. For lawmakers like Senator Dianne Feinstein of California (whose state is a hotbed of testing for companies like Google, Tesla, and Uber), AI driven cars are just not at the point where they’re safe enough for major roads and they’ve yet to prove they’re safe from cyber attack. And until those points are remedied, they’re blocking the bill. Late last year, Feinstein publicly opposed the...

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Ferrari Upping The Ante With All Electric Supercar

If you’ve been holding off an electric vehicle  because you felt like they just didn’t have enough oomph, the car of your dreams may be on the way. Even though automakers like Tesla have produced all electric cars that are certainly top of the line, Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne recently announced a new vehicle to top them all: an electric Ferrari. Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show last week, Marchionne said the company would most likely develop a hybrid engine Ferrari first and then use that tech to create a fully electric version. Marchionne acknowledged what Tesla did,...

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Transportation Secretary: Trump Cabinet Supports Autonymous Cars

Donald Trump’s administration supports autonymous driving, but it’s not necessarily going to push it to succeed. Speaking at Detroit’s AutoMobili-D Expo, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that they were fully behind the development of driverless cars, but they weren’t “in the business of picking winners or losers.” In short, they’re going to make sure the pathway is cleared for development of new technologies, but  they want to leave things in the hands of local governments when it comes to infastructure Chao said although the administration supports state approaches to handling the issue, federal officials do not want to see...

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Urban Air Taxi Concept Debuts At CES, Is Closer Than You Think

It’s hard to see how Uber could improve on their current model, but a concept that was debuted at this year’s CES could be taking things to (literally) new heights. The company announced a partnership last year with Bell Helicopter for an “urban air taxi,” and we finally have an idea of what they may look like. And it’s certainly a 5 star ride. The concept released at CES is reasonably bare, but it gives a great look at the vehicle’s potential feel. Blue LEDs line a sleek, black interior where each seat has an “infotainment” display. Riders can take part in conference calls and share documents along the way. An augmented reality simulator at CES let visitors get a feel for the inside cabin and replicated several types of journey, from a cross town trip to a red carpet premier landing. Bell CEO Mitch Snyder said the “future of urban air taxi is closer than many people realize.” He believes in “the positive impact our design will have on addressing transportation concerns in cities worldwide.” Bell said that his company’s air vehicles would be able to fly around 2,000 hour per year with regular maintenance, and would be completely “modular, adaptable, and scalable.” A variety of powerplants would be able to be used, and both civil passenger and military uses are already in the works. The vehicles would...

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Ride Sharing Services Will Likely Lead To Rise In US Dash Cam Use

While dash cam usage in the United States hasn’t quite caught on like it has in other countries, the US could soon see a big spike in usage of the device. For most drivers, the biggest advantage of a dash cam is that they can be used for security and fraud protection in the even of an accident. In Europe however, there’s the added benefit that insurance companies actually offer discounts to drivers who use dash cams. That benefit hasn’t made its way to America yet, but insurance companies in the US will accept dashcam footage as part of...

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