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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
Since the electronics boom of the ’80s and ’90s, engineers have been using computers to push the envelope of vehicle performance. From advanced all-wheel drive systems and rear-wheel steering to torque vectoring and adaptive suspension, these technologies have made cars faster, safer and more comfortable to drive. But while these systems are certainly effective, their complexity and cost have often relegated them to the most exalted of sports cars, or as pricey options. Not only that, they tend to produce a driving experience that feels somewhat artificial, synthesised – and although still fun all the same, they do put yet another adulterating barrier between man and machine. So who else but Mazda – the original jinba ittai company – that would seek to use technology not just as a tool to make cars faster and easier to drive, but somehow also provide a more analogue, natural feel. Its new G-Vectoring Control system, Hiroshima claims, is the first step … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2017 Mazda 3 facelift
For perhaps the last three decades, German and Japanese carmakers have been locked in a perpetual arms race, each trying to overtake the other with the latest technological advances. As companies chased for more airbags, turbocharged engines, larger touchscreens and lighter materials, cars have become faster, more economical, safer and more connected than ever before, all while keeping weight from ballooning. But as development of the car as we know it reaches its zenith – and with the South Koreans catching up and the Chinese not too far behind – autonomous driving has become the next frontier. The goal of zero deaths in road accidents has spurred manufacturers to deliver their own versions of self-driving vehicles as soon as possible, with most setting a deadline of the end of the decade. With the Olympic Games returning to Tokyo in 2020, all eyes are on the Japanese to make good on their promises. While Honda says it needs until 2025 to be able to put Level 4 autonomous … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2018 Lexus LS review – semi-autonomous driving in Yokohama
Affluent members of society in need of a new grand tourer can rejoice, as the new Bentley Continental GT has finally been launched in Malaysia. The third-generation model makes its way to our shores five months after it was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, after which it was quickly shuttled to its Asian premiere in Singapore just a week later. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for pricing, which has yet to be finalised. Of course, it won’t come cheap – Bentley Kuala Lumpur provided an estimated price of RM1.9 million including taxes but before on-the-road costs and GST. Deliveries are slated to commence towards the end of the second quarter of the year. Crewe’s latest model was inspired by the well-received EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, with a sportier, more lithe look brought along by the rejigged proportions. Compared to its predecessor, the new car is 44 mm longer (4,850 mm), 10 mm wider (1,954 mm) and one millimetre taller (1,405 mm). The renewed design has … [Read more...] about 2018 Bentley Continental GT launched – RM1.9mil est