Month: May 2016

U.S. confirms recall of up to 40 million Takata air bag inflators

The U.S. Transportation Department and Takata Corp. confirmed on Wednesday that auto makers will recall another 35 million to 40 million U.S. air bag inflators assembled by the Japanese manufacturer by 2019. The confirmation follows a report by Reuters on Tuesday about the expansion of the largest-ever U.S. auto safety recall. Previously, 14 auto makers Read More

Subaru recalling 3,500 vehicles in Canada, warning owners not to drive

Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail. The company is recalling about 52,000 of the cars and SUVs from the 2016 and 2017 model years. It also has told dealers to stop selling them until they’re repaired. About 22,000 of the cars Read More

Fiat Chrysler recalling 35,000 Wranglers in Canada due to off-road problem

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday it will recall 506,420 of its popular Jeep Wrangler SUVs because off-road driving may cause the driver-side air bag not to open in a crash. Fiat Chrysler is not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue, the company said in a statement on its North American Read More

A personal flying vehicle for skipping traffic on short trips

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 Solexa is a personal flying vehicle (PFV) concept that uses a fuel cell to Read More

A personal plane for commuting to work

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 Mercuri is a radical aircraft concept that uses a distributed layout to power 40 Read More

An open source off-road truck with scout drones to determine the best route

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 Furex is an open source 4WD truck designed for exploring adventures. It comes with Read More

Base model Toyotas to come standard with full suite of safety features by 2017

Trickle-down theory? As an economic concept it may have been a crock, but in automotive safety technology we’re seeing not so much a trickle as a torrent heading down-market. Nothing makes that point more clearly than Toyota’s recent declaration that, by the end of 2017, almost every Toyota and Lexus model sold in North America Read More

Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars due to seat belt, air bag problems

Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash. Nissan North America, Inc. says the first problem is with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied. The issue, with 3.2 million cars, can have the Read More

The sound and the fury: How engineers create perfect engine sound

There’s no need to wait for a translation; the horrified look on senior engineer Tatsunori Iwasaki is as clear an answer as you could ask for. The question: did Mazda consider playing artificial engine noise through the stereo in order to get the new MX-5 to sound right? “Oh, no,” says the interpreter, unnecessarily. “No, Read More

A self-driving, electrically-assisted bike designed to make commuting better

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 Zedix is a driverless electrically-assisted commuting bike. It can alter the rider’s position between Read More

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