Connected Cars: Safety and Fun Are Driving Innovation

News last week that a North Carolina woman died in a head-on car crash while posting selfies and Facebook updates brings home the hope for “connected cars.” More cars connected to the Internet, the argument goes, would help, not distract, drivers. With hands-free, eyes-on-the-road communication and entertainment as the norm, we might hear fewer such horror stories. Related: Top Ten Technologies for Mature Drivers We’re definitely moving toward connected cars. The market for hardware, software and apps that connect cars …

Roy Brown Jr.: He Was ‘Mr. Edsel’

Automotive designer Roy Brown Jr., who died on Feb. 24 at age 96 in Ann Arbor, Mich., had a long and mostly successful career for Ford, but he’s best remembered for one spectacular miscalculation. The Ford Edsel, which lasted just three model years – 1958, 1959 and 1960 – was a moderately priced status car, aimed at upwardly mobile young families who weren’t yet ready for a Lincoln Continental. Instead, it became one of the most infamous automotive flops ever, earning a …

Cash for Clunkers Kicks Off!

It looks like the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or otherwise known as “Cash for Clunkers” has launched this week. For those who don’t know, CARS basically does this: the government buys back old cars (which get a combined average mileage of 18 miles a gallon or less) from folks to scrap, and the seller gets $4,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new fuel-efficient car. Not a bad deal to help the environment, right? Via the New York …

News To Know: Good News For Autos?

After months of bad news, some postive headlines are coming out of Detroit’s auto-makers.

News To Know: New Mileage Rules

The White House announced new proposed standards for automobile mileage and emissions today.

News To Know: Safety Features Take Center Stage

Automakers showed off some of their latest safety features at the Washington Auto Show.