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Study: Pedestrian Detection Tech Works, but Has a Long Way to Go

A new study found that, as pedestrian fatalities are increasing dramatically, driver-assistance technology designed to detect and avoid pedestrians has made significant technological gains.
The study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America, found that these systems, which incorporate automatic emergency braking, still have a long way to go to reliably detect people in the path of an automobile.
The non-profit tested four 2019 model-year cars – a Chevrolet Malibu, a Honda …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband der Automobilindustrie, Germany’s auto industry association, at a press event last week.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are showcasing high-end electric vehicles …

Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
While CarPlay has evolved considerably with the addition of new features and system improvements, the launch of …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered one through Paris to evade the police and CIA.
It, of course, is the classic …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s a doozy.
Designed by Sir Ian Callum, the I-Pace was unveiled in concept-car form at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

The Toyota Corolla’s reputation is that of a solid, reliable, economical, and boring sedan since its launch in the 1970s. Back then, Toyota called its hatch a Liftback but, with the launch of the aggressively styled 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE, the “h” word is in.
Our Oxide Bronze Metallic hatch arrived on a warm spring afternoon and quickly became the center of attention, thanks to its rakishly good looks.
It soon …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

The Volvo S90 – first unveiled in 2015 – continues to stand apart when it comes to design and passenger comfort four years later.  The striking exterior seems as fresh as it was at launch and the interior continues to be a benchmark for tasteful and functional design.
The S90 – the Swedish automaker’s flagship vehicle – comes with two powertrain options: the T6, which we drove, features an inline four-cylinder …