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 Ford and Dominos are studying the role that self-driving cars can play in pizza delivery. One would assume if it works 100 percent one day there would be no driver to tip.    

 Over the next several weeks, randomly-selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will have the opportunity to receive their delivery order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle, which will be manually-driven by a Ford safety engineer and staffed with researchers.

 Customers who agree to participate will be able to track the delivery vehicle through GPS using an upgraded version of Domino’s Tracker. Among the issues are how people would feel about going outside to get their food, and how, I would think, they would feel if it were raining or snowing.

 At the auto show in Frankfurt, Germany next month BMW will reveal the i3s electric with more power, some trim alterations and a sport suspension. Tech changes give the i3s a performance boost with a 184 horsepower electric motor with 199-lb-ft of torque. That compares with 170/184 in the existing model.

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 BMW cited a 0-60 in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph. Compared to the current model that is a four-tenths of a second increase in 0-60 and 7 mph in top speed. A two-cylinder gas engine is available that will increase overall range from 97 to 180 miles. In the picture, the i3s is the one to the right.

 A new study concludes customers are less satisfied with their domestic cars than those who purchased an import. The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index said GM was the only one of the Detroit three to post a gain in customer satisfaction this year. Ford and Fiat Chrysler received lower scores.

 Toyota is the highest scoring company in the mass-market category and among luxury vehicles with Lexus. Overall, Subaru came in second, GMC third, followed by Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda. The report is based on 3,934 customer surveys.

 A fuel pump that could fail and cause a car to stall has VW recalling almost 281,000 cars. Involved are the 2009-16 CC sedan and the 2006-10 Passat with the four cylinder gas engine. Owners will receive a recall notice in the mail. VW said it has not received any indication of a crash of injuries tied to the fuel pumps.

 

 

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