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Will Your Next Car Drive Itself?

Almost taking a page out of a sci-fi novel or cheesy ‘80s television show, it seems the era of the autonomous automobile is fast approaching. This week California became the third state to legalize autonomous car technology, reports the Wall Street Journal, following in the footsteps of Nevada and Florida, which have already passed similar legislation. Google has been testing a fleet of autonomous prototype vehicles. WSJ reports that the self-driving cars have so far logged “50,000 miles without ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Driverless cars, autonomous cars

Is Your Infotainment System's Font Distracting You?

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab, the New England University Transportation Center and Monotype Imaging, a provider of typefaces for consumer devices and applications, reveals that different kinds of typefaces used in vehicle infotainment and portable navigation screens impact glance time, which is the amount of time drivers spend with their eyes off the road and on display screens. Easy-to-read typefaces could improve driver focus, and potentially, reduce the risk of accidents. In two studies ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Distracted Driving, technology, infotainment systems

Save Money with These September Car Deals

In some ways, September is all about transitions. Last week we officially moved from summer into fall, and a new school year is now under way. Car shoppers will also see some changes this month, as September car deals include outgoing 2012 models, as well as 2013 cars, trucks and SUVs that have made their way onto dealer lots. Acura, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Mazda are all offering lease deals that will put you in a new car for under $300 ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Used Cars, Car Shopping, Financing, Deals, Model News, Leasing

Haven't Bought a New Car in a While? The Market's Changed

Americans are keeping their cars for an average of six years, according to data from R.L. Polk and Company. That's the longest ownership period ever tracked by Polk, and it's part of a decade-long trend of Americans owning one car for a longer period of time. While Polk says there are lots of reasons why people are owning their cars longer, including longer finance terms and the recession, keeping a car for a long period of time ... continue reading»

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Recall: 426,000 GM Sedans Could Roll Away

General Motors is recalling 426,240 of its sedans for transmission problems that could allow the car to roll away. The recall affects the four-speed automatic transmission in the 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 as well as the 2007-2010 Saturn Aura. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a broken transmission cable could mean that the car won’t shift into park, even when the shift lever is in the correct position. Additionally, the cars might allow drivers ... continue reading»
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