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Barra Accepts Post on Trump Economic Advisory Panel

GM boss only top executive from an automaker in the group.

by on Dec.02, 2016

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra accepted a spot on President-elect Donald Trump's newly formed economy and trade forum.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra’s success has apparently made her very popular in Washington D.C. these days.

President-elect Donald Trump asked Barra to be part of his Strategic and Policy Forum that will advise him on economic and trade issues.

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Trump included Barra in the group composed of “some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders” that “is designed to provide direct input to the president from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner,” according to Trump officials. (more…)

Comma One Founder Makes Semi-Autonomous System Free to All

Hotz eliminates governmental red tape by open sourcing project.

by on Dec.02, 2016

Comma.ai's George Hotz at the introduction of the Comma One: an aftermarket device giving cars semi-autonomous capability for $999. Photo credit: TechCrunch.

Less than a month after deciding that dealing with standard government protocol was more than he could bear, Comma.ai founder George Hotz has had a rethink – and found way around the interference he so reviled for his Comma One semi-autonomous system.

He announced on the Comma.ai website he open sourced the software code and robotics research platform for the driver-assistance system. By doing so, he can’t really make a profit off the program, but it does make it immune to involvement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Anyone looking to get in on the ground floor of the next stage of the code can get it for free through GitHub. (more…)

Cadillac Returns to Racing After 14-Year Absence

GM's luxury brand kicks off entry at Daytona's 24 Hours.

by on Dec.01, 2016

Cadillac is returning to the race track with the DPi-V.R, starting with the the 24 Hours at Daytona.

Automakers claim that they learn a lot from their racing programs, well, Cadillac is going back to school: the brand revealed the all-new 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car today.

The luxury brand’s entry will compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, Prototype (P) class. This represents Cadillac’s second foray in racing. The last time the brand competed in top-level prototype racing was 2002, when the ill-fated Northstar LMP finished ninth at Le Mans.

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“Cadillac is proud to return to the pinnacle of prototype racing in North America after a 14-year absence,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. (more…)

Delphi Looking to Get Intel Inside its Autonomous Tech

Tech giant supplying computer chips for self-driving system.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Delphi plans to show off its new CSLP system featuring new Intel computer chips at the upcoming CES in January in Las Vegas.

Pretty soon your car may be “intel inside” as Delphi and Mobileye N.V. are partnering with Intel to use the company’s computer chips for its in-development autonomous vehicle system.

The new system, which is called Centralized Sensing Location and Planning, is expected to be available by 2019, according to Delphi officials. Intel is slated to deliver the chips late next year. Able to handle processing more than 12 trillion operations a second, they are the final piece to autonomous puzzle.

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“We think they will be a great supplier for us,” Glen DeVos, vice president of Delphi’s services business unit told Automotive News. “For us, it’s a big step forward. It will allow us to accelerate development.” (more…)

NHTSA Concerned About GM’s Super Cruise Stopping Plan

Regulators worried stopping vehicle could cause additional problems.

by on Nov.29, 2016

General Motors Staff Researcher Dr. Jeremy Salinger road tests a Cadillac using the semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology.

The concerns U.S. regulators have about the implementation of semi-autonomous or autonomous vehicles appears to be growing as safety officials really dig into the inner workings of these new technological marvels.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently urged General Motors to exercise caution in the implementation of its Super Cruise semi-autonomous system, specifically the fact that the system will slowly bring the car to a full stop if it senses the driver is sleeping, incapacitated or simply not paying attention.

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NHTSA confirms the automaker’s plan to bring the car to a stop and activate the vehicle’s hazard lights if the driver is inattentive or unresponsive is compliant with federal automotive standards. However, it is also concerned the flashing lights could be misinterpreted by other drivers creating a more serious safety issue. (more…)

Trump Facing Latest Tough Choice: Oil or Corn

New targets for use of ethanol and biodiesel have oil companies crying foul.

by on Nov.29, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump faces a difficult task in sorting out what to do about the EPA's new targets for renewable fuel standard, if anything.

President-elect Donald Trump is going to have start picking which “child” is his favorite among part of the “big business” set: Big Oil or Big Corn.

Trump is already hearing from both groups after the Obama Administration submitted its final plan for renewable fuel use, i.e. adding ethanol and biodiesel to gasoline and diesel to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which instituted loftier-than-ever targets for fuel producers.

Renewable Fuels News!

This new plan, put together by the Environmental Protection Agency, left the oil industry crying foul while farmers scramble to remind Trump of his pro-ethanol stance put forth during the campaign. (more…)

‘Under Water’ Trade Ins Hitting New High Water Levels

New car buyers taking bigger hits to get new vehicles.

by on Nov.28, 2016

New car buyers are trading in vehicles with more negative equity than ever — almost $5,000 on average.

A new statistic reveals that these days if Americans want a new car, truck or utility vehicle, they’ll do just about whatever it takes to get a deal done — including taking a huge hit on their trade in.

According to Edmunds.com, about 32% of all vehicles traded in on a new vehicle through September this year were “upside down.” That is to say, the owner owed more on the vehicle than it was worth, and the number is rising. It was 30% for the same period last year.

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That negative equity averaged $4,832. In short, add $5K to the price of that next vehicle being purchased. (more…)

Automakers Get Into the Black Friday Spirit

Deals abound for new car shoppers.

by on Nov.23, 2016

Like many other makers, Mercedes is offering special holiday deals.

Black Friday isn’t just the day to get a great deal on a low-end television or video game system, automakers are fully into the swing of busiest shopping day of the year with a slew of promotions.

Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Lexus and Mercedes are all flooding the airwaves with various Black Friday connected sales as makers look for ways to jumpstart stalled efforts to move metal after months of red-hot sales stalled at the end of the summer.

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“We are seeing a tougher pricing environment, higher levels of discounts,” said Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields reported Reuters. (more…)

Toyota Recalling 744K Sienna Minivans

Sliding doors could open while vehicle is moving.

by on Nov.23, 2016

The sliding doors on certain model 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans could open without warning.

Toyota is recalling 744,000 minivans in the U.S. to fix defectives sliding doors that may open while the vehicle is in motion.

The Japanese maker is looking for a solution to repair 2011-2016 Sienna minivans.

Global Auto News!

The company noted “there is a possibility that, under certain limited conditions, if the sliding door opening operation is impeded, the sliding door motor circuit could be overloaded, opening the fuse for the motor.  (more…)

More Americans Hopping Behind the Wheel for Holidays

More than 48 million people traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

by on Nov.22, 2016

More than 43 million Americans are expected to traverse the country's highways and byways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving often stirs up images of steaming turkeys being carried over to the table as an anxious – and likely hungry – family awaits the presentation. In fact, according to AAA, more than 48.7 million Americans will be traveling throughout the country to replicate that scene.

It’s a 1.9% increase over last year’s numbers and the highest number since 2007. The auto group predicts that many people will travel 50 miles or more from home to be with friends and family this holiday.

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“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. (more…)