Cars

Ford hopes you’ll trade some privacy for discounted car insurance

Sponsored Links Ford Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It’s teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or Lincoln models (like the Mustang you see above), you …

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Nissan hopes people will pay $699 a month to swap cars on demand

Sponsored Links Roberto Baldwin / Engadget Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen automakers like Porsche and Cadillac try their hand at car subscription services, and now Nissan is doing the same. Starting in Houston, the Japanese automaker is testing its new Switch service, which allows you to swap Nissan vehicles through a mobile …

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Tesla ordered to halt early work on its German Gigafactory

Sponsored Links Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Tesla’s Berlin area Gigafactory is running into trouble before the EV maker has even laid the foundations. The higher administrative court for Berlin-Brandenburg has ordered Tesla to halt forest clearing for the factory while waiting on a decision for a complaint from the environmental activist group Green …

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The Fairey Rotodyne, the vertical take off and landing airliner time forgot

If things had gone a little differently, the Rotodyne could have been a more convenient way to short haul air travel than the regional jets we now use. Hulton Archive/Getty Images The Fairey Rotodyne being demonstrated at White Waltham airfield near Maidenhead, UK, in June 1958. Reg Birkett/Keystone/Getty Images The Land Rover was a valuable …

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“I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

Enlarge / The trailer sheared off the roof of Jeremy Banner’s car, killing him instantly. “It really looked like I had plenty of time to go across,” an anguished Florida truck driver said in an interview transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. Unfortunately, he was wrong. Richard Wood was driving a …

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Rental cars can be remotely started, tracked, and more after customers return them

Enlarge / The screen displayed by FordPass four days after an Enterprise Rent-A-Car customer returned his Ford Mustang. Masamba Sinclair In October, Ars chronicled the story of a man who was able to remotely start, stop, lock, unlock, and track a Ford explorer he rented and returned five months earlier. Now, something almost identical has …

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How lidar makers are coping with slow progress of self-driving tech

Enlarge / An experimental self-driving car from Cruise Automation is festooned with lidar sensors. Dllu The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show was absolutely crawling with companies hawking lidar. Short for light radar (yes, really), this powerful type of sensor generates a three-dimensional pointcloud of its surroundings. Experts and industry insiders not named Elon Musk see it as a …

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Check out the first-ever electric car designed by Porsche, the 1898 P1

The P1 was lost for 116 years, then found in a warehouse in Austria. Porsche An illustration of the P1. Porsche A rear-mounted electric motor. Porsche When you think about it, this was as futuristic for 1898 as the Taycan’s screen-filled interior is more than a century later. Porsche I’m not sure the P1 had …

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB gets good infotainment, but don’t get the AI

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is up against rivals like the Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3. Mercedes-Benz MBUX is Mercedes’ new Linux-based infotainment system, and it’s actually quite good. We’re less impressed with the onboard AI assistant, though. Mercedes-Benz The engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder, and the 4Matic has all-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz On the road. Mercedes-Benz There …

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Waymo’s self-driving cars will carry packages for UPS in Phoenix

Enlarge Waymo Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving company, is getting into the package-delivery business, the company announced in a Wednesday blog post. “Our self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from UPS Stores in the Metro Phoenix area to the UPS Tempe hub,” Chief Operating Officer Tekedra Mawakana writes. Initially, Waymo will have a safety driver behind …

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