US DOT wants cars to talk, Google launches Waymo, Grand Wagoneer on hold, E-Class Coupe Shown
December 14, 2016
Your next new car will have to talk to other cars on the road. The U.S. Transportation Department is proposing a new rule requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications on new cars. The system uses short range communication to transmit and detect data about the driver’s surroundings. Transportation officials say the technology could eliminate or reduce the severity of 80-percent of non-impaired crashes. If you have a thought about the idea, they’re collecting public comments for 90-days.
Google is taking another step toward proving it’s serious about self-driving cars. A new business called Waymo has grown out of the company’s autonomous car project. Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. Google has been researching hands-free driving for 8 years. So far they’ve logged more than 2 million miles of real-world driving. The tests are taking place in four U.S. cities. Waymo’s plan is to bring fully self-driving cars to the world soon.
You’ll have more time to save up for the down payment on a big ride from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Automotive News reports sources saying FCA will not redesign Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks in 2018. They say a refresh is now the plan. Sources also tell Automotive News plans are also on hold for the Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV. FCA declined to comment in the Automotive News report.