New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says. The study released Thursday is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013. Past studies also identified problems, but Strayer said the “explosion of technology” has made things worse. Automakers now include more…

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Volkswagen limits the GTI badge to its hatch-back range of cars only

Volkswagen has history of making thoughtful cars for the masses. The manufacturer’s name itself means ‘people’s-car’ in German. However, Volkswagen has also catered to the enthusiast by offering a little more in their cars which carry the GTI badge. In fact, the Polo GTI (in the global market), launched as the Volkswagen GTI in the Indian market, offers a crazy amount of oomph! However, according to a recent statement made by the Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess, the GTI range of cars are unlikely to get any more additions. Volkswagen boss…

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Nissan and Datsun to offer special discounts and offers on their cars

The Indian car market is going through a phase of price mark-downs and concessions, thanks to the GST. And the latest to join this discounts bandwagon are Nissan and Datsun. Their discount is applicable upon the entire portfolio of Nissan and Datsun and the company is offering exchange bonuses, corporate discounts and an exclusive offer for government employees. Nissan Micra Nissan is offering a three-year finance scheme with 8.99 per cent interest rate on the Micra and Micra Active. The manufacturer is offering an attractive exchange bonus of ₹ 10,000 and…

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A council is trialling banning cars on the school run

A local council is trialling banning parents driving to pick up their kids during the school run. Solihull Council approved the pilot scheme after a meeting on February 25, after receiving multiple complaints of parents’ haphazard and erratic parking. Irate residents blasted the mums and dads for continuously blocking driveways and leaving their cars perched on grass verges or pavements. Councillor Ted Richards relayed a series of complaints from those living near schools of shoddy parking. Starting from next year, all schools in the area will be invited to take…

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Will Google’s Robot Cars Have Wireless Chargers?

Not only does Google want to take you out of the driver’s seat — the future of driverless cars envisioned by the company may not even require you to plug in your robot automobile. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is testing a pair of wireless charging systems for its prototype self-driving cars, according to recent documents filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The news was first reported by tech site IEEE Spectrum. 4 ‘driverless’ cars involved in accidents 0:25 The two wireless charging systems, made by New York’s Hevo Power…

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