Auto News for Oct. 30
Should self driving cars be required to pass a licensing test, just as drivers do? The case is made in a new study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. They note that self driving cars have yet to be tested under a variety of demanding conditions such as snow, flooded roadways or being able to recognize downed power lines. In such a situation, the vehicle would be given a provisional license that would exclude, for example, nighttime driving and driving in snow. A full license could then be obtained once future updates to hardware or software are developed.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles to check for inadvertent air bag deployments. They are 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Grand Cherokee SUV’s for replacement of control modules or sensors. FCA said the defect is present in just one percent of the vehicles. In a separate action, the company is recalling some 2012-15 Dodge Journey models to deal with some electrical issues.
Bentley is offering the well to do the chance to drive their new Bentayga on ten ice tracks in Finland designed by four-time World Rally champion, Juha Kankkunen. “Power on Ice is an unforgettable four-day experience that provides the opportunity to push a full range of Bentley cars to their limits,” the company said. Also, there is a night time husky-sled safari to an historic reindeer farm and a “traditional smoke sauna.”
Mitsubishi is adding a 300 watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with steering wheel mounted controls to its Mirage sub compact. The package includes a dual 6.5 inch subwoofer in a car that will carry a base price of $14,945.
Hyundai has captured the top spot in the automotive category in the Brand Keys Loyalty Leaders List for 2015. It is the sixth year in a row the automaker has topped the ranking put together by the New York based customer loyalty and engagement company. It assessed 540 brands in 64 categories. Also scoring big were Apple, Nike, Chipotle and Domino’s. Oh, and Sam Adams was the top beer. (I agree)