Auto News for June 6


 There are a lot of very tough ethical issues to be solved before fully autonomous cars can hit the road, according to Ford’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Addressing a gathering in Washington, Ford said this centers around what such a vehicle should do in the event of a life-or-death crash. He was quoted by the Detroit News. 

 For instance, how does the vehicle decide whether to protect the driver and passengers in a car or risk the lives of pedestrians in order to protect those occupants when an incident develops?  Those kinds of ethical decisions, he said, will have to be made by federal and state governments because no one manufacturer is going to be able to program in one ethical equation that is different than the others.

 AAA said its research shows synthetic oil outperformed conventional oil by an average of nearly 50 percent when following a factory recommended oil change schedule. It said they offer significantly better engine protection for only $5 more per month. The higher protection level is “particularly beneficial to newer vehicles with turbo charged engines and those who frequently get caught up in stop and go traffic.”

 In a companion AAA nationwide survey, 44 percent are either unsure (27 percent) or do not believe (17 percent) that the more expensive synthetic oil is better for a vehicle’s engine. Reasons cited for regularly choosing the cheaper, conventional oil include feeling that synthetic oil is too expensive, offers no benefit, that the upgrade to synthetic oil is an unnecessary up-sell by a repair facility, or they are simply not offered the choice.

 There is a new study out listing the Most Valuable Car Brands:

1. Toyota

2. BMW

3. Mercedes-Benz

4. Ford

5. Honda

The report was authored by WPP and Kanta Millward Brown. Google, Apple and Microsoft were the overall winners.





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