Automotive

Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Uber in India to give riders an in-app panic button

Late last year, Uber was booted from India after one of its drivers raped a passenger, and though the service has since re-launched in New Delhi, it has done so with the promise of better safety practices aimed at keeping its users safe. As part of this, the ridesharing service will be adding an SOS/panic button to its app for those in the region, as well as the ability to shuttle details about one's trip and current location to up to five individuals.

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Suzuki Celerio recalled over serious brake failure issue

Suzuki Celerio recalled over serious brake failure issue

Another day, another auto maker announcing a recall. Such has become a theme over the past several weeks, with 2014's rocky automotive landscape rolling over into the new year. The NHTSA has warned that 2015 could bring with it an uptick in automotive recalls, and thus far that warning has proven true. The recalls aren't being seen only in the US, of course, as evidenced by Suzuki -- which announced plans to pull from the US market in 2012 -- following in line with its own recall.

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Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

Ford Police Interceptor update teased ahead of Chicago debut

You've likely seen more than a few Ford Interceptor vehicles over the years -- maybe you've even been pulled over by one or two, it happens. As with all things, the cars police officers drive around are regularly updated to ensure our law enforcement has the latest and greatest, and that includes the SUV version of Ford's Police Interceptor model. We've seen the 2015 version, but the newest of them all hasn't made its appearance...not yet, at least. We'll be seeing it later this month when it makes its official debut on February 12, but ahead of that Ford has teased the model.

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Volkswagen recalls more cars over fire risk

Volkswagen recalls more cars over fire risk

Early last month, Volkswagen recalled nearly 38,000 cars due to potential fuel leaks that could cause a fire. That recall is now being expanded, with the auto maker more than doubling the number of recalled cars with a new nearly 45,000 vehicles being encompassed. The news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which revealed all the details in a new bulletin, showing it received the report from Volkswagen on January 23. The same models recalled last month are included in the new recall.

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Jeep Cherokees recalled: air bag software issue cited

Jeep Cherokees recalled: air bag software issue cited

Jeep has recalled more Cherokees, this one being due to an issue with the air bag. This follows the auto maker's recall last month, which also concerned the newest model year Cherokees -- in that case due to random fires that have been happening. Under this newest recall, both 2014 and 2015 model years are affected by a software issue that could cause the airbags to randomly inflate without reason; fortunately, there are no known injuries or accidents caused by this problem.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow swaps tires for tank-like treads

Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow swaps tires for tank-like treads

If you've had to deal with a buried or stuck car over the past couple of snowy weeks, Nissan's new Juke Nismo RSnow will look especially appealing: it ditches tires in favor of giant tank-like tracks instead, allowing it to blast through the powdered tundra without issue, bidding farewell to the slipping and sliding of traditional winter driving. This is a variation of the auto maker's previously unveiled Nissan Juke model, being nearly the same in many ways and completely different in others.

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Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

As the first month of 2015 nears its end, Toyota has slipped in a recall of its own, this one being over the same potential risk we've seen cited in other recent recalls: fires. In this case, some 2011 and 2012 model year Avalons located in the US will be recalled. The reason revolves around the subwoofer's wires in particular, which could end up shorting out in certain situations, cause the unit to overheat, and then possibly catch on fire.

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Akolyt smart sensor for cars wants to create “superdrivers”

Akolyt smart sensor for cars wants to create “superdrivers”

Like most other areas of life, driving is becoming an increasingly "smart" activity, mostly due to the connected nature of modern life. We've seen some systems crop up lately that aim to provide drivers with more data on their driving habits, and among them is the new Akolyt, a smart sensor that plugs into a car's OBD connector and gathers data on all things vehicular. That data is then shuttled to the driver's smartphone where it is laid out in simple to digest blocks of data, including trends that show over time.

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Nissan recalls 768k vehicles over hood latch, moisture issues

Nissan recalls 768k vehicles over hood latch, moisture issues

Nissan is recalling approximately 768,000 SUVs and crossovers due to issues with moisture and the hood latch. The issues affect different batches of the recalled vehicles, with the moisture being the most pervasive problem. Of that, the affected vehicles are at risk of a fire via an electrical short that could be caused by moisture making its way through the driver's side floor. The hood latch issue is also potentially dangerous, but affects less vehicles than the moisture problem.

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DoJ building national car database with real-time tracking

DoJ building national car database with real-time tracking

A national database of vehicles is quietly being created by the Department of Justice to help track drivers in the United States. The program has been tipped by both government documents and US officials, and is said to be done in secret with the DEA running the matter. The database is being put to use for numerous reasons, according to the sources, though it was originally created for seizing cars and other possessions in relation to the trafficking of drugs.

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