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Autos archive for April 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

On drivers' minds

Usually reader/driver comments typify the thoughts of many. For example, I regularly receive reader concerns about certain traffic patterns in our region. Not surprisingly, a significant majority of those reports involve intersections, where vehicular conflict intensifies. And one of those intersections I often hear about…

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

Self-driving fast track

Lately, I’ve reported on the automotive industry’s zeal over self-driving vehicles. Billions of investment dollars by the likes of Ford Motor Company, Tesla, Toyota, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and just about everyone else indicate a fast track approach to autonomous driving systems. Recently, General Motors advanced the…

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

Ending rear enders

You’ve likely heard the recent announcement that autonomous emergency braking will become standard on most cars within six years. That will not end rear end collisions, but will begin to “put the brakes” on proliferation of such wrecks. Whether it is cell phones, vehicle devices,…

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Is the thrill gone?

The lyrics to B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone,” portray the sorrow of an ended romance. While the words of the song make reference to relationships between people, the same woeful sentiments of abandonment and loneliness, to some, apply to their love affair with automobiles.…

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