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  • Hyundai launching its semi self-driving features earlier than planned

    Hyundai launching its semi self-driving features earlier than planned

    The race to bring self-driving features to market is stepping up in a big way, now that GM’s Super Cruise is set to arrive in the Cadillac CT6 later this year, and Audi has announced it’ll ship its Level 3 self-driving tech in the next A8. Hyundai is speeding up its own timeline for commercialization of its “Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDA2) semi-autonomous features as… Read More

  • Testing Volvo’s large animal detection

    Testing Volvo’s large animal detection

    I’ve tested Volvo’s Pilot Assist and Park Assist Pilot in the Volvo XC90 and Pilot Assist II when I briefly drove the Volvo S90 last fall. But I hadn’t yet had a chance to test the Large Animal Detection system. So I enlisted a menacing five-foot T. rex rather than driving around on rural roads waiting for a deer to jump out at me. I’ve included a short video clip… Read More

  • Subaru is the latest to get a self-driving test licence in California

    Subaru is the latest to get a self-driving test licence in California

    The California DMV has added Subaru as the latest member of its list of companies clear to test autonomous driving technology on state roads, bringing the exclusive club to 22 members in total. Subaru is the car-making wing of Japanese transportation company Fuji Heavy Industries, and makes vehicles including the popular Forester and Outback lines. Subaru already offers advanced driver… Read More

  • Car2go’s North American fleet will be mostly Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2017

    Car2go’s North American fleet will be mostly Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2017

    Car2go is making a significant change to its car-sharing operation in North America, which will see its fleet of short-term rental vehicles made up of mostly Mercedes-Benz vehicles by the end of this year. The company is rolling out 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLAs in cities including Austin, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. to begin with, with plans to expand to more… Read More

  • The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 provides more evidence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) technology trickling down to more affordable cars. Between the luxury of the 2017 Volvo S90 and the Spartan appeal of the 2017 Toyota Yaris lies the Mazda3 in the middle ground. In order to get all of the ADAS goodness, you have to begin with the Grand Touring trim level, which starts at $24,195. Then you… Read More

  • 2016 Lexus GS-F is fast, but not from the future

    2016 Lexus GS-F is fast, but not from the future

    It’s unfair to critique anything outside its purpose. You can’t judge a poem using essay criteria; you can’t pit the latest album from Leonard Cohen against Beyoncé. So you have to ask, even in reviewing a car, what its purpose is and does it succeed. The 2016 Lexus GS-F is meant to be a performance sedan, and in that it definitely succeeds. But they gave it to me, an… Read More

  • 20-minute hot take: 2017 Volvo S90 Pilot Assist

    20-minute hot take: 2017 Volvo S90 Pilot Assist

    I’ve spent the last couple of days at a Northwest Automotive Press Association driving event, and the last car of the two dozen or so I drove was the 2017 Volvo S90 with the latest version of IntelliSafe, which includes City Safety, Pilot Assist, and more. I’ve already put my name on the list for a more extensive test drive, but even with less than 30 minutes of drive time, I… Read More

  • BMW said to accelerate EV plans with 3 Series, X4 and Mini

    BMW said to accelerate EV plans with 3 Series, X4 and Mini

    BMW plans to accelerate its electric vehicle plans, in the wake of an executive shake-up and leading into a vote planned for the end of this month. The new BMW expanded electric lineup will kindle fully battery-powered versions of the Mini, the BMW 3 Series and the X4 SUV. The company has previously discussed plans to electrify the 3 Series and other vehicles, but German’s… Read More