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Toyota turns to ‘guardian angel’ self-driving cars

Posted on 02/25 12:39 in Shows | 0

But as-needed assistive driving has more promise for the near future because of the challenge of switching quickly from fully autonomous to driver-back-in-control.There Toyota announced the guardian-angel project, reiterated its long-term commitment to fully autonomous driving, and said Toyota will use three R&D facilities in the US, including a new facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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It won’t be the last time: Over-the-air glitch bricks Lexus infotainment

Posted on 06/14 15:38 in Shows | 0

Blame the weather: Lexus says that “errant data from our traffic and weather service provider” bricked the infotainment systems of recent Lexus vehicles.And the Lexus Enform infotainment system is generally held in high regard within the industry for its relatively easy user interface.

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Consumer Reports announces most, least reliable cars — with plenty of surprises

Posted on 10/25 23:32 in Shows | 0

New cars and cars with lots of technology continue to be a challenge for automakers to build and buyers to figure out, according to Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability ratings.They do look cool, but owners’ ratings pushed the Model X into the 10-worst-models ranking and dragged Tesla down to 25 of 29 brands.

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Consumer Reports announces most, least reliable cars - with plenty of surprises

Posted on 10/26 20:42 in Shows | 0

New cars and cars with lots of technology continue to be a challenge for automakers to build and buyers to figure out, according to Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability ratings.Meanwhile, Asian brands led by Lexus and Toyota took seven of the top 10 spots along with Buick (!

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Ford, Toyota to challenge Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Posted on 01/05 19:02 in Shows | 0

Right now, Apple CarPlay looks about the same on a $25,000 Chevrolet Cruze (image above) and a $60,000 Audi, to the annoyance of all automakers.Currently, if you have CarPlay, your only navigation choice is Apple Maps; similarly, if you have Android Auto, the only choice is Google Maps.

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Manual Gearboxes Are All but Dead. They’re Worse in Every Way Possible.

Posted on 05/04 19:24 in Shows | 0

The deathwatch for manual transmissions started more than a decade ago, when the first cars began to deliver better EPA results with automatic transmissions than with stick shifts.Even BMW sees the change to automatics coming, especially as some BMW engines approach 500 hp — something its manual gearboxes can’t easily handle.

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Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Partial Credit for a Partial Fix

Posted on 05/24 21:32 in Shows | 0

Consumer Reports restored one of the two ratings points lost by the Tesla Model S when its automatic emergency braking wasn’t enabled.The scoring reduction and restoration also affects the Model X, which is mired in the lower rank among luxury mid-size SUVs.

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