Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features


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Software updates are a necessary evil. On the downside, if you're unfortunate enough to experience one during the workday, it can eat up an hour or more of productivity. And of course, sometimes updates change things that we actually like, ridding our devices of perfectly useful features. The upside is, software update...Read more

2013-2014 Ford F-150 recalled to fix brake fluid leak: 271,000 trucks affected


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Back in March, we told you that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had launched an investigation of the 2013-2014 Ford F-150 pickup. This morning, Ford issued a recall for those vehicles, affecting roughly 271,000 trucks in North America. NHTSA's probe began after some F-150 owners complained that they'...Read more

Volkswagen Dieselgate update: VW & regulators making progress, new game plan coming next month


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There's good news and bad news on the Volkswagen Dieselgate front. The good news is, Volkswagen and U.S. regulators appear closer than ever to reaching a deal that could finally result in emissions test-cheating diesels being fixed or bought back by the automaker. The bad news? Volkswagen still has a lot of 'splaining ...Read more

Toyota expands Takata recall by 1.6 million Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles


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Earlier this month, we heard reports that Takata would soon expand the recall of its fatally flawed airbags by as many as 40 million devices. Without waiting for Takata to act, Honda quickly enlarged its recall by some 20 million. Now, Toyota has announced its own expanded recall plan, affecting nearly 1.6 million Toyo...Read more

Study: Drivers growing more afraid of autonomous cars


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The world is full of ironies big and small. For example: Most of the planet is covered in water that we can't drink; Many people prefer dogs to politicians, but euthanizing politicians remains illegal in most states; and of course, Autonomous cars are the Next Big Thing, but people don't seem to want them. That last po...Read more