Tag: cars

Mercedes is building smarter headlights for its cars of the future

In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it’s not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, electronic and software developer for exterior…

New diesel cars no better for environment than petrol cars: Report

BERLIN: New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than petrol cars, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying on Wednesday, in a potential further headache for the auto sector. The car industry is Germany’s biggest exporter and employs more than…

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL KILL PEOPLE. WHO DECIDES WHO DIES?

Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions of a future in which cars make life-and-death decisions for us. Among many driverless car experts, however, talk of trolleys is très gauche.…

Five performance cars that stood out at Frankfurt

Ever since the Volkswagen group decided to re-incarnate Bugatti with the Veyron, no international motor show of repute has been complete without one. So this year, the highlight of the Frankfurt Motor Show has been the Bugatti Chiron, the car that manages the fastest zero to…

Cabinet may this week consider hike in GST cess on cars

Cars attract the top tax rate of 28%. Photo: Bloomberg New Delhi:The Cabinet may this week consider issuing an ordinance to increase the cess on mid- size, large cars and SUVs to 25% from 15% under the goods and services tax (GST) regime at present. The…

Rise of the robocar: are connected cars safer, or a target for hackers?

A pilot model of an Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Angelo Merendino/AFP/Getty Images A threshold was quietly crossed in the first quarter of 2016. For the first time, mobile carriers reported activating more connected cars than phones. At a vehicle tech demonstration in Manhattan…

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars over emissions software

Germany’s transport minister has announced a recall of 22,000 Porsche cars to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software. He said that luxury marque Porsche would bear the cost of the recalls of the affected 3-litre Cayenne models. It comes as Porsche’s sister firm Volkswagen…

Electric trucks and vans cut pollution faster than cars

The clock may be ticking for petrol and diesel-powered cars, but it’s vans, trucks and buses that are driving the electric vehicle revolution on the world’s roads. This week the UK government followed France in announcing it would ban the sale of such vehicles by 2040, while the mayors…