Friendly Foes: BMW and Daimler Form Mobility Joint Venture

German automakers BMW Group and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, have announced a joint venture for mobility services, the two rivals have announced. The partnership, which is still subject to approval by regulators, would combine and expand the two luxury carmakers’ current suite of car sharing, parking, ride hailing, electric-vehicle charging, and multimodal transportation services. Each […]

Waymo Chief Says His Company’s Self-Driving Tech “Would Be Able to Handle” Fatal Uber Crash Scenario

Waymo chief executive John Krafcik said he is confident his company’s technology “would be able to handle” a scenario like the one that resulted in a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, the first such death on a public road. Krafcik was speaking Saturday at a National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Las Vegas just […]

France’s PSA Group Has “Chosen a Brand” for U.S. but Won’t Say Which

You may have heard by now that French automaker PSA Group plans to sell vehicles in the United States once again after a nearly 30-year absence but is starting first with “mobility.” As part of a three-phase plan, the company launched its Free2Move mobility aggregation platform in Seattle last year, and the next phases include adding […]

France’s PSA Group Has “Chosen a Brand” for U.S. but Won’t Say Which

You may have heard by now that French automaker PSA Group plans to sell vehicles in the United States once again after a nearly 30-year absence but is starting first with “mobility.” As part of a three-phase plan, the company launched its Free2Move mobility aggregation platform in Seattle last year, and the next phases include adding […]

Get Out Early, Get In Late: What to Know About Auto Lease Transfers

There are usually three reasons people want to get out of a car lease early. A financial situation could have changed, making payments difficult. Or maybe there was a move to a city, and a car is no longer needed. Most people just want a new vehicle. “There’s a honeymoon period with a new car,” […]

Hyundai Recalls 43,941 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs after Two Steering Wheels Detach

Two reports that steering wheels detached from 2018 models of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport have prompted a safety recall of 43,941 of the SUVs in the United States. The recall affects 31,367 Santa Fe Sport and 12,574 2018 Santa Fe vehicles, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic […]

Hyundai Recalls 43,941 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs after Two Steering Wheels Detach

Two reports that steering wheels detached from 2018 models of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport have prompted a safety recall of 43,941 of the SUVs in the United States. The recall affects 31,367 Santa Fe Sport and 12,574 2018 Santa Fe vehicles, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic […]

Bye Bye, E-ZPass: Audi to Offer Integrated Toll-Paying Module

A white plastic E-ZPass stuck on the windshield is a fixture of cars in the Northeast, where bridge, tunnel, and highway tolls abound and cashless toll collection is increasingly the only workable option. Toll-paying transponders also are an increasingly common sight in California, Florida, and elsewhere as toll roads proliferate. Upcoming Audi models could clear […]

Bye Bye, E-ZPass: Audi to Offer Integrated Toll-Paying Module

A white plastic E-ZPass stuck on the windshield is a fixture of cars in the Northeast, where bridge, tunnel, and highway tolls abound and cashless toll collection is increasingly the only workable option. Toll-paying transponders also are an increasingly common sight in California, Florida, and elsewhere as toll roads proliferate. Upcoming Audi models could clear […]

Connected Cars Serve Up a Feast of Consumer Data, But Who Will Benefit?

Carmakers are lining up to devour a buffet of data cooked up by consumers using their sensor-laden vehicles. Some connected-car data is already being monetized, or bought and sold, but according to an October 2017 report by market-research firm Frost & Sullivan, only about 15 percent of the connected car’s potential “use cases” are being harvested. There […]