When Uber and Lyft first entered the market, offering a ride-hailing service that would come to include tens of thousands of amateur drivers, most major U.S. cities had been tightly controlling the competition. New York City allowed exactly 13,637 licenses for taxicabs. Chicago permitted 6,904, Boston 1,825 and Philadelphia 1,600. These numbers weren’t entirely arbitrary. Cities had spent decades trying to set numbers that would keep drivers and passengers satisfied and streets safe. But the exercise was always a fraught one. And New York City now faces an even more complex version of it, after the passage of legislation this week that will temporarily cap services like Uber and Lyft. The city plans to halt new licenses for a year while it studies the impact of ride-hailing and establishes new rules for driver pay. In doing so, it renews an old question: What’s the right number of vehicles anyway? The answer isn’t easy because it depends largely on which problem … [Read more...] about What’s the right number of taxis (or Uber or Lyft cars) in a city?
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Final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolls off the line at Brampton, Canada plantEnlarge PhotoWith the 2018 running of the 24 Hours of LeMans upon us, there's no better time than now to compare the braking systems of Formula 1 and LMP1 race cars. The short take? F1 cars have the edge in braking distance, but LMP1 brakes have to deliver consistency over a longer period of time. Elon Musk's The Boring Company was chosen by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a high-speed rail line called the Chicago Express Loop from downtown to the O'Hare airport. The last 2018 Dodge Demon thundered off the assembly line in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, on May 30, 2018. Video of this momentous occasion now exists so all muscle car fans can watch the final Demon slowly make its way into existence. You'll find these stories and more in today's car news, right here at Motor Authority. How do Formula 1 and Le Mans LMP1 brakes differ? The Boring Company tunnels … [Read more...] about Formula 1 vs Le Mans brakes, The Boring Company, last Dodge Demon: Car News Headlines
Like stories like this? This one is from an older issue of our magazine. You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. photos by scott r. lear unless otherwise credited When Honda’s U.S. luxury division debuted the NS-X concept in Chicago in 1989, it raised plenty of questions. Could Japan build a supercar to compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lotus and Porsche? Was Honda inspired or foolish to use aluminum throughout the car? And were Honda reliability and sports car soul mutually exclusive? Honda had already demonstrated ample racing spirit in high-profile motorsports, most notably with the Formula 1 engines that carried the legendary Ayrton Senna to his three World Driver’s Championship titles. Wisely, they used Senna’s input in developing the NSX, granting the car an instant dose of sporting credibility with racing fans. Automotive journalists of the time were duly … [Read more...] about Resurrecting a Totaled Acura NSX Into a Dream Track Car
It's hard to let go of the things we love, like kids ... or cars. But let them go we must. Such was the case for me and my husband when we (actually, he) finally admitted it was time to bid farewell to our 2004 GMC Safari minivan. To give you an idea of the depth of love we had for the Safari, it was our second one. The first lasted 10 years and survived a run-in with a deer at highway speeds — while towing a boat; the second was a staple in our driveway for 14 years (because who uses their garage for a car?). Related: 15 Cars Pushin' Up Daisies in 2018 Get 2017 Ford Expedition EL DetailsFind a 2017 Ford Expedition EL Near You Yep, for 24 years, we ferried our four daughters and too-numerous-to-number pets locally and throughout the Midwest in a GMC Safari, often with our 17-foot boat in tow. The Safari took entire Girl Scout troops on camping trips and moved kids to college and back — and then to their first apartments. Friends and neighbors borrowed it to haul … [Read more...] about How We Went From a Safari to an Expedition: Our Car-Shopping Journey
Springtime car-nivores on the hunt for a new vehicle, your time for tasty deals has arrived. May wraps up a fallow period for incentives and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the traditional start of peak car-shopping season — and with overall new-vehicle sales down nearly 5 percent through April, there's every reason to believe the holiday could spring some unusually sweet discounts this year. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals We'll have to see what automakers cook up in the coming weeks, but for now, there are still a handful of deals worth your while. Which are they? Read on to find out. Nissan Versa How much can I save? Depending on where you live, enough to make the Versa subcompact sedan worth a second look if you're in pursuit of wallet-saving wheels. With Versas sitting on dealer lots for an average of 79 days through the first third of 2018 — well above the 54-day average for new cars — now might be the time to pounce on the … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for May 2018?
April showers might bring May flowers, but car shoppers may wish it rained more deals. Autodata Corp. ranks April among the bottom three months for new-car discounts during each of the past four years. In 2017, baseball's opening month was the single worst month for incentives. Talk about dreary. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals But don't declare a rain delay on your shopping just yet. The storm clouds have a silver lining, at least this year: New-car incentives last month gained 6.5 percent year-over-year, per Autodata, for the second largest increase in the past seven months. Amid an overall incentives plateau, March's gains could add some steam heading into April — a month that needs all the help it can get. We still found plenty of highly discounted models, with many this month from GM and Hyundai-Kia. What should deal-seekers consider? Take a look below. Chevrolet Malibu How much can I save? On select trim levels, enough to fund a … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for April 2018?
Ford is showing off the 2019 Ford Transit Connect at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The latest Transit Connect sports updated styling, which is joined by new safety and entertainment tech and a diesel engine. While the diesel engine is an interesting move, considering the recent scrutiny coal-rollers are facing from the government, the extra safety tech is a welcomed addition.If you decide you don’t want the available 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, don’t worry -- the 2.0-liter gasoline-burning I4 is standard issue. Both engines are mated to a new eight-speed transmission. Sticking with the trend of downsized diesel engines, the 1.5-liter EcoBlue won’t be as powerful as the 2.0-liter gas engine but should be good for at least 30 mpg on the highway. Ford hasn’t released official numbers yet, but those should be coming closer to the van’s launch. When equipped with a towing package, the Transit Connect can tow 2,000 pounds or have a payload of 1,600 pounds, both … [Read more...] about The 2019 Ford Transit Connect gets new looks and diesel power in Chicago
Ahead of the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan showed off a wacky tread-driven 370Z Roadster. With skis in place of the Z-car’s front tires, it must be trailered to whatever mountain, ski slope or empty parking lot you want to rip around. Sure, you could just roll it onto a trailer and hitch it up to your trusty pickup, but there's no fun in hauling a custom vehicle with a stock tow rig. Solving that problem, Nissan turned an Armada into a snow-ready show truck for Chicago.Called Snow Patrol, Nissan is hoping to remind you that the Armada is related to its legendary Patrol SUV and invoke a sense of authority over any snowy terrain. The custom rig is modified, but not as heavily massaged as the 370Z it tugs along. To get it to easily clear the 35-inch Pro Comp MT2 tires that wrap 20-inch satin black Cognito Series 61 wheels, Nissan lifted the Armada 3 inches. Expecting rough terrain, a Smittybilt off-road bumper replaces the factory bumper and M-1A running boards/rock sliders should keep … [Read more...] about The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol is a perfect cold-weather custom
SOMEWHERE WEST OF JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming – Nissan 370Zki concept builder Randy Johnson suggests keeping the roadster’s seven-speed automatic shifter in “D”, though after several runs down a short course here, it’s clear the paddle shifters are well-suited for helping the car grab onto the packed snow and ice.Mash the throttle to the floor and the tachometer bumps off the redline through first and second. The rear tracks catch full traction in third as the 370Zki’s 332 horses make the engine buzz like an angry V-6 snowmobile breathing through dual exhausts.American Track Truck front skis and Dominator Tracks rear tracks make the Nissan 370Zki a quick, fast, audacious snowmobile that can handle the esses of our course—which is probably between a quarter- and half-mile—like a proper sports car. Nissan has done this sort of thing before, with the ’17 Rogue Warrior at the New York International Auto Show, and in 2016 with a Murano, … [Read more...] about Nissan Unveils 370Zki and Armada Snow Patrol Concepts at Chicago
The second-generation Nissan Armada launched for the 2017 model year as a reengineered version of the international Y62 Patrol. For the 2018 Chicago auto show, Nissan is giving a roundabout hat tip to those roots with a one-off, winter-challenging off-road Armada called the Snow Patrol [cue the alternative rock].Nissan has well established how much it enjoys the frozen stuff, having created a Juke Nismo RS on tracks, a Murano on tracks, and a Rogue on tracks. (If you haven’t noticed, Nissan does tend to love its themes.) So one might expect the Armada Snow Patrol to involve tracks as well, but that assumption would be incorrect—at least in part. With the help of Pro Comp and Smittybilt, Nissan transformed the luxury-leaning family SUV into an off-road-ready snowmobile hauler, complete with a 370z roadster on tracks and skis hooked up to the trailer hitch.The Armada already had a solid core for an off-pavement rover. It is … [Read more...] about The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Is a One-Off Adventure Rig