Auto News for June 26

The August edition of Automobile magazine has the best report on driverless cars that I have ever read. In a clear, concise manner it breaks down the problems that developers of autonomous cars face and the fact that it maybe two life times or more before you will be able to pop into the car, say “take me to work,” thus leaving the driving to computers and various forms of radar. If you have an interest in this, do pick up the August issue. (And no, they did not pay me to write this.)

Today’s Washington Post reports that two self-driving cars nearly collided during testing in Palo Alto, California. One was operated by Google and the other by Delphi Automotive. Reuters reports both cars had actual drivers behind the wheel in cash of an emergency. If the two cars had the technology that allows one car to speak to the other, the exchange might have been interesting.

June auto sales are expected to increase 5.8 percent year-over-year according to Kelley Blue Book, and that would be the 16th month in a row that sales have moved higher. But Kelley added that sales could flatten out as the summer rolls along.

Nearly 42 million of us plan to hit the road over the 4th of July holiday weekend and that is the most since 2007, according to Triple A. Rising incomes and low gas prices are encouraging more people to take a holiday trip this year, the auto club said.

McLaren 570S

Things are going well at McLaren where the company has reported a second consecutive year of profitability, four years since it opened its first retail outlet. It rang up its fourth year of sales growth and is predicting more following the launch of a quartet of new models – two of which are already sold out.

And the biggest auto event of the year, the Goodwood Motor Show, is underway in the UK with 21 new models making their first appearance. In short, if you make cars that are sold in the UK one simply must have a presence at the historic Goodwood Estate for a wide variety of events that will take place this weekend. The Aston Martin DB9 GT will make its world debut along with the Peugeot 308GTI. The Porsche 919 hybrid that captured the 24 hours of Le Mans will be displayed.

Acura is recalling roughly 106,000 2014-15 MDX models, saying a pulley related to the air conditioner could fall off. A bolt will be replaced at no cost to owners. Subaru is calling back about 74,000 vehicles with its Eyesight Driver Assist System. It said the pre-collision braking component could fail in 2015 Legacy, Impreza, XV Crosstrek models plus 2016 WRX.

 

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