Month: August 2016

Is buying an old Rolls-Royce that doesn’t run a bad can of worms?

I am interested in buying a used 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur with 137,000 kilometres on it that has not run in seven years and has been stored both in and outside. The asking price is $6,700. Any guesses as to cost to get it running, or is it perhaps a bad can of worms? – Read More

GM recalling 368,000 vehicles to fix windshield wipers

General Motors is recalling nearly 368,000 vehicles to fix a defective part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working. The problem affects the 2013 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. GM says those vehicles were built with ball joints that could corrode and wear out to render the windshield wipers inoperable. A Read More

A drone to move shipping containers including homes

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 Modal is a logistics drone designed to move empty shipping containers by lifting them Read More

World’s first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy Read More

Should you buy the dealer upsells?

What do you think of aftermarket oil guard or the electronic anti-corrosion modules offered by dealers? Alternatives? – Dave, London, Ont. It sounds like you have journeyed to the financial manager’s office at the dealership to be upsold on a variety of corrosion prevention products and services. One of those products is an electronic anti-corrosion Read More

A personal, electric, driverless submarine for exploring reefs

The concept The Atlantide is a personal electric submarine propelled by a water turbine. With its built-in driverless technology, it’s designed to keep novice divers at a safe distance from coral reefs to protect these fragile marine habitats. Renderings provided by Charles Bombardier The background New and occasional divers can harm coral reefs simply by Read More

Uber to use self-driving cars in the U.S.

Ride-hailing service Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks. The company says its autonomous Ford Fusions will have human backup drivers but will transport passengers just like normal Uber vehicles. Uber has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh and is working on autonomous 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

Ford aims to offer self-driving cars to ride-sharing fleets in 2021

Ford Motor Co. plans to offer a fully automated driverless vehicle to commercial ride-sharing fleets such as Uber in 2021, the automaker announced Tuesday. Ford chief technical officer Raj Nair said in an interview that the company likely will not offer a similar driverless car, without steering wheel or pedals, to consumers until 2025 or Read More

Why have my minivan’s power sliding doors stopped working?

Both power sliding doors on my 2006 Honda Odyssey have stopped working and have to be manually forced shut. My repair shop says that both power slide motors have to be replaced at a cost of $1,200 per door. I could use some guidance. – Andrew Main motor failure is not common, and for both Read More

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