Month: April 2016

Ford recalling 200,000 vehicles in North America to fix transmissions

Ford is recalling nearly 202,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars in North America because the automatic transmissions can suddenly downshift to first gear. The company also said Wednesday that it’s recalling more than 81,000 Explorer SUVs to fix a rear suspension problem. The transmission recall covers the 2011 and 2012 F-150 and the 2012 Expedition, Read More

Concept offers faster way to pass through security, customs at airports

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Escatek concept offers a new way to register, pass security and make immigration checks Read More

Micro drone controlled with VR headset lets you explore the world in a new way

The concept The Antro is a micro drone which you control by using a virtual reality headset and a handheld controller. Using it, you have the capacity to explore our world in a completely new way and look at it from a very different perspective. Images provided by Charles Bombardier The background VR headsets are Read More

The speed bumps on the road to the self-driving car future

A sense of inevitability has set in around the introduction of automated vehicles (AVs). Some automation, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure correction, is already available on many cars. Tesla’s Model S even offers a fairly advanced auto-pilot feature. The idea of driverless cars makes enthusiasts queasy but proponents say safety, environmental and economic Read More

Honda recalling older Accords, some for the fifth time, due to air bags

Honda Motor Co is recalling more than 11,000 decade-old Accord sedans, some of them for the fifth time since 2014, after dealers found the Japanese automaker originally had installed the wrong Takata air bag inflators in some cars, Honda said. Since 2008, Honda has recalled more than 8 million vehicles in the United States with Read More

Tesla recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs for third-row seat defect

Tesla Motors Inc. is recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs after the auto maker’s own tests showed the third-row seats could snap forward in a crash. The recall involves SUVs made before March 26 and sold in the U.S. Tesla says the Model X passed 15 seat-strength tests before failing a 16th designed to meet more Read More

Ride any trail any time with a vehicle simulator and VR headset

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions of existing concepts, others will be new, some will be production ready, and others really far-fetched. The concept The Sekonride is a powersport vehicle simulator designed to be paired with a virtual reality Read More

Teenage girl killed by exploding Takata air bag in Texas

An exploding Takata air bag has claimed another life, this time a 17-year-old girl whose car crashed near Houston. The girl is the latest victim of malfunctioning air bag inflators that have killed 10 people in the U.S. and another in Malaysia, touching off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. More than 100 people Read More

Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

German automaker Daimler said on Tuesday it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of €340-million ($383.96-million U.S.). Daimler said it had decided to recall approximately 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and about 136,000 Daimler vans. It did not immediately respond to a Read More

Honda reports 10th U.S. death from exploding air bag

Another person has been killed by an exploding air bag made by Takata Corp. An unidentified 17-year-old girl from Texas is the latest victim of the malfunctioning air bag inflators. She was driving a 2002 Honda Civic in Fort Bend County when the car crashed and the air bag activated on March 31, according to Read More

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