Month: October 2016

A small, driverless bus with on-demand pickup to bridge transit gap

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 Toboxi is a smart transit bus designed to travel in narrow streets. This ecological Read More

Are dealers legally allowed to sell cars that are subject to recalls?

I’m looking for a used Honda Fit and, while there was one on the lot, the dealer said he couldn’t sell it because it had been due to the Takata airbag issue. Are dealers legally not allowed to sell vehicles that are subject to a safety recall until the problem is fixed? – T., Toronto Read More

Jetsons-style flying saucer may soon be a reality

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 Jetson is a jet-powered flying saucer inspired by the cartoon, which aired in the Read More

Google, auto makers object to California rules for self-driving cars

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit and auto makers objected on Wednesday to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and development. Auto makers and Google raised a litany of concerns about California’s Read More

Tesla equipping cars to drive completely on their own, but you can’t use it

Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to take over that responsibility. The announcement made late Wednesday by Tesla CEO Elon Musk marks the Silicon Valley auto maker’s next step toward selling cars Read More

My engine light keeps coming on, what should I do?

The engine light on my 2012 Chevrolet Malibu keeps coming on with code P0455 (Evaporative Emission Control System leak). I have already replaced my fuel cap – can you offer any suggestions – Kori The Evaporative Emission Control System (EVAP) is designed to capture fuel-tank vapour, store it in a charcoal canister and redistribute it Read More

Rethinking the current scooter to improve mobility, posture

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 Eruda is a personal transporter designed to replace current mobility scooters. It could be Read More

Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius hybrid cars for faulty brakes

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 340,000 gas-electric hybrid Prius cars around the world – 212,000 of them in Japan and 94,000 in North America – for a defect in their parking brakes. Japanese auto maker Toyota said in a statement Thursday that it was not aware of any reports of accidents linked to the defect Read More

The next major mobile platform will come with an engine and windshield wipers

First came the laptop, then the smartphone and then the tablet: Now, there is mounting evidence that the next major mobile platform will be one with an engine and windshield wipers. Connected-car technologies are evolving at a rapid rate, transforming auto manufacturers into technology giants, revolutionizing the driving experience and inching toward a future of Read More

New bike concept comes with retractable second seat, electric motor

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 Duovelo is cross between a BMX and a Fat bike that features a retractable Read More

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