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Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehiclesGoogle's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how self-driving cars actually operate. Waymo provided...

Self-driving cars to shuttle workers around Brooklyn Navy Yard

Optimus Ride to launch at Brooklyn Navy YardNew York is in for its first self-driving car shuttle service, thanks to Optimus Ride. The company announced Wednesday that it will bring the first autonomous shuttles to the Empire State later this year. Specifically, the shuttles will operate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which covers 300 acres and houses more than 400 manufacturing sites. About...

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Bugatti La Voiture Noire, Fisker solid-state batteries: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S. When the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan...

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia TellurideThe 2020 Kia Telluride is a crossover SUV that uses its blocky styling to stand out in a sea of homogenous three-row family haulers. With the 2020 Telluride, Kia finally offers a vehicle with room for growing families. The Telluride sits above the Sorento and is the largest Kia ever sold in the U.S., and it’s available in LX, S, EX, and SX...

Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S.

Ford Flat Rock Assembly PlantWhen the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan assembly plant. The automaker said that part of a $900 million investment includes plans for a new facility near Detroit to assemble its autonomous vehicles starting in 2021. Workers at the new plant will be tasked with installing self-driving car...

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe debuts, stretches expectations for a crossover SUV

2020 Porsche Cayenne CoupeThe 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe that broke cover Thursday blurs the already fuzzy line between crossover SUVs and sports cars. With its standard active rear spoiler that extends at highway speeds to increase downforce and available carbon fiber roof, the Cayenne Coupe has as much in common with the automaker's sports cars as it does the high-riding...

IIHS: Pickup trucks skimp on passenger-side safety

2019 Toyota Tundra crash testA round of crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS show that even the newest pickup truck designs aren't as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Most of the new trucks tested by the IIHS, including the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, produced eyebrow-raising results in the small-overlap crash...

Volvo in-car cameras, Hyundai Tucson N Line, BMW electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Volvo in-car camera systemVolvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers New Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. 2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined The EPA last week released...

2019 Ford Ecosport vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona: Compare Cars

2019 Hyundai KonaSmall crossovers are a big deal. The 2019 Ford Ecosport and 2019 Hyundai Kona are entry-level crossovers for new buyers or empty-nesters looking for a tall ride height with a low price. Both cost less than $20,000 to start and offer all-wheel drive, a sizable cargo area, and room for up to five adults in a pinch. But that’s about all the two...

Cleveland car dealer's proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

Final Chevrolet Cruze built at GM Lordstown plantA Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase hundreds of thousands of cars per year to use for an...

2019 Ford F-150 vs. 2019 Ford Ranger: Compare Trucks

2019 Ford F-150Walking into a Ford dealer and picking out a pickup truck isn’t easy anymore. The 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size truck and 2019 Ford F-150 full-size pickup overlap in more ways than some shoppers might expect. Overall, we rate the 2019 F-150 and 6.5 and the 2019 Ranger at 5.8 on our scale that rewards the bigger truck for its spacious interior...

Volvo's in-car cameras will spot, slow, or stop drunk or distracted drivers

Volvo in-car camera systemNew Volvos built within the next five years may include cameras pointed at the driver to spot drunk or distracted driving and potentially stop the car, the automaker announced Wednesday in Sweden. Volvo safety engineers said it may be automakers that are ultimately responsible for curbing fatal crashes that involve impaired or distracted drivers...

2020 Hyundai Palisade rated at 21 mpg combined

2020 Hyundai Palisade first driveThe EPA last week released fuel-economy estimates for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. At 19 mpg city, 24 highway, 21 combined with optional all-wheel drive, its estimates match that of its Kia Telluride cousin, but neither is not thrifty as some of their rivals. The 2020 Palisade uses a 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission...

$200K Mercedes-Maybach SUV, Koenigsegg Jesko, Amazon and Kia electric car chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, AlabamaMercedes-Benz to build $200K Maybach luxo-SUV in Alabama The Mercedes-Maybach GLS-Class could be the most expensive car built on an assembly line in the U.S. when it goes into production by early next year at a factory near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more power, tech, and updated looks The updated 2020...

2019 Audi TT

2019 Audi TT 20 Years special editionThe 2019 Audi TT is a style statement in coupe or convertible form that ranges from comfortable toy to rip-roaring mini-supercar. With four seats, a hatchback, and a humble VW platform, the TT may seem practical on paper, but its specs can be deceiving. For its style, tech, and driving fun, we give it 6.2 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we...

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