Switchin’ to glide: manual control a must in self-driving cars

The cars of the future will remove the human component, driving more safely and efficiently – until something goes wrong

Switchin’ to glide: manual control a must in self-driving carsAuto technology has steadily taken more control from drivers and the cars of the future are almost here. So it's time to talk about how that future should be shaped and managed. And how humans must maintain ultimate control. One hundred years ago, we started cars with a hand crank. Fifty years ago, we manually…

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along with

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along withLike their sedan counterparts – the Accord and Camry – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have always duked it out for top contenders in the compact SUV market. It’s been that way for decades. Both are immensely popular and it’s virtually impossible to favour one over the other. The RAV4 comes in more varieties…

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive package

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive packageMany sweepstake raffles/lotteries, when they offer a prize, put forward a luxury car of some kind….a Jag, upper range Mercedes, Porsche, BMW… that sort of thing. Something that will draw in the punters and give whatever cause they’re supporting a bright face and classy image. In my neck of the woods, however, one of the…

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much work

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much workIf you’re like me, you miss the disappearance of the traditional station wagon. Especially if you grew up in the pre-SUV ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, when the family hauler of choice was a four-door wagon, often with a backward-facing, pop-up rear jump-seat at the very back for kids and pets. In hindsight, probably not the…

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver Technology

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver TechnologyIt may seem like one of the biggest vehicles on the road, but the Chevy Traverse is actually a mid-size SUV. According to GM, it’s “inspired” by General Motors’ big boys, such as the Tahoe and Suburban, but the Traverse is ostensibly a more manageable rig, with the ability to carry up to eight adults.…

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economy

As the taxi industry faces off with Uber, governments should let the marketplace sort out the winners and losers

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economyWhat do creation, destruction, sharing and profit have in common? When it comes to the sharing economy, the answer is everything. In slightly over a decade, Uber and Lyft have gone from San Francisco startups to worldwide juggernauts. Their march to becoming international multibillion-dollar companies has sometimes met fierce resistance from taxi companies and community…

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen AtlasDoes the world need another SUV? Volkswagen thinks so, and the new-for-2018 Atlas brings this company’s SUV/Wagon complement up to five. It joins the AllTrack, Golf Sport Wagon, Tiguan, and Touareg .... at least for the time being. Designed specifically for the North American market, the Atlas is somewhere between the Tiguan and Touareg ...…

Creeping blandification spreading to the Passat

VW needs to tone down the extras and focus more on building a reliable, fun to drive vehicle with a reasonable price tag

Creeping blandification spreading to the PassatOne of the things that has attracted buyers to Volkswagen products over the years is that hard-to-pinpoint connection between driver and vehicle. Even the most humble VeeDubs offer a driving experience a cut above the usual models coming out of Japan or Korea. The Golf, in particular, remains the benchmark – at least as far…

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

When we consider the source of electricity, the invasive nature of copper mining for batteries and components, and other factors, the jury is out

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscienceIn the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and…

Getting a jolt out of the Chevy Bolt’s practicality and versatility

GM’s top-selling electric car has plenty of features that make it attractive for everyday use, at a price that puts its chief competition to shame

With the growing public focus on the use of clean energy, electric cars sales are on the rise – and the frontrunner may surprise you. CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, which track U.S. plug-in sales by automaker, report that in November, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold Tesla’s sleek Model S. Besides the fact that the Model S is twice…

Canada in neutral when it comes to self-driving vehicle legislation

An evolutionary change in transportation is under way. Will Canada be ready?

Canada in neutral when it comes to self-driving vehicle legislationIt’s time to start crafting legislation to govern self-driving vehicles in Canada. Many of the world’s leading automotive-related companies – Tesla, Uber, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Volvo, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Nissan, General Motors and Ford – and some other less common brands plan to release driverless cars or driverless systems in the near future. The autonomous…

Driverless pizza delivery, at – or near – your doorstep

Driverless home deliveries can’t come soon enough for the food service industry. Simplified delivery is a key expansion strategy

Driverless pizza delivery, at – or near – your doorstepAnn Arbor, Mich., residents will soon have food delivered to their doors by driverless cars as part of an intriguing socio-economic experiment. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot project to see how humans interact with driverless delivery cars. This is the first time a food service or retail company has used driverless…

Flatlanders build new racing track

Kindersley club set to flip around their bleachers and start building a new track just to the south of the site of the currently-flooded old dirt track

Flatlanders build new racing trackThere’s exciting news for fans of the racing scene – the Flatlanders are set to flip around their bleachers and start building a new track just to the south of the site of the currently-flooded old dirt track. The last race was on July 9, 2016. The remaining contests were cancelled because of all the…

Exploring the world of the cars of the future

Sales of cars of the future will be less about than one-off product sales than a digital service platform with recurring revenue streams

Exploring the world of the cars of the futureTomorrow's leaders in the automotive sector will need to be deeply connected to the world around them to ensure that they’re truly aware of potentially disruptive current and emerging developments taking place across the sector and in the broader environment. However, as we look to the future, there are few facts about what has yet…

The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…
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