FRONT RUNNERS IN CAR NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
Audi’s Future Goals include Luxury Electric Vehicles
With all of the tech advancements in the Electric Vehicle (EV) market, many luxury car manufacturers are jumping on board, trying to get a piece of the action. Audi has announced that it aims to start production of a fully EV luxury vehicle in the coming years.
Mike Murphy elaborates.
“Audi of America’s president, Scott Keogh, told Automotive News that it plans to turn its e-tron Quattro SUV electric vehicle concept into a production model in 2018”, explains Murphy in his recent article posted Sep 18, 2015 on QZ.
This big announcement could make for some steep competition within the EV market considering Porsche announced at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show that they plan to produce their own electric sports car.
Tesla currently dominates the EV market.
Automatic Emergency Braking is on its Way to a City near You
According to a report by Gary Gastelu of Fox News last week, 10 automakers have agreed that as of Sep 11, 2015, they are going to make Automotive Emergency Braking (AEO) a standard feature in all future models.
Gastelu explains how the AEB technology works:
“The technology, which variously uses cameras, radar and lasers to keep an eye on the road ahead and autonomously, engages the brakes to avoid collisions when the driver doesn’t”.
According to the report, the auto manufacturer’s dedication to safer driving and AEB is voluntary and not a government regulation. At this point, there is no set date as to when consumers will see this safety feature in their vehicle.
Connected Cars are coming to NYC
New York City is set to test cars that talk to one another. This is all part of “a $42 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation”, explains Jenny Che of Huffington Post.
“It’s all part of a plan to reduce traffic deaths and reduce congestion and emissions” says Che.
The test phase of the connected car pilot program is expected to hit the streets of NYC at the end of 2016 and will be installed in 10,000 city-run vehicles including buses and limos.
VW forced to Recall over 500,000 Units
Volkswagen (VW) is the latest automotive company to be affected by a major recall. However, this time the US Federal Government issued the recall order.
As Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing of New York Times report, VW cheated in its diesel emission software reports and as a result, the U.S. is ordering the massive recall of 500,000 of the company’s vehicles.
As Davenport and Ewing explain, the German automotive company used emission detection software that would only reduce emissions when the software periodically tests for emission levels. Otherwise, emissions would not be reduced and would “spew as much as 40 times as much pollution” that is normally allowed by regulations.
Just another 400,000 Cars Recalled – No Biggie
As of Sep 17, 2015 Toyota has recalled 421,000 RAV 4 crossovers ranging from 2009 to 2012, reports Chris Bruce of Autoblog.
The reason for the recall is a result of windshield wiper issues. The affected units will need to replace their “water channel, wiper link, and wiper motor crank arm with new components,” explains Bruce.
Owners of the affected examples will not be notified until mid-November, so keep an eye out in your mailbox for a notice.
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