Volvo has kicked off a car-to-car communications system where nearby vehicles can warn each other of icy road surfaces. One of the first such projects in operation out in the wild, the current fleet of fifty cars - set to grow over the coming winter - use mobile data networks to send road friction data to a centralized database, which then pushes out warnings to other cars in the same area.
Toyota has agreed a $1.2bn settlement over its sticky accelerator pedal recalls with the US Attorney's Office, agreeing to the sum in order to finally put to rest the issues that saw it repair thousands of cars between 2009 and 2010. "Entering this agreement, while difficult, is a major step toward putting this unfortunate chapter behind us" Christopher P. Reynolds, chief legal officer at Toyota North America, said of the settlement.
General Motors has recalled more than 1.5m more cars as its safety record comes under enhanced scrutiny, admitting that it expects fixing the faults - as well as the previously-announced ignition switch issue - to cost it around $300m to make right. The new recalls, in fact three separate issues, cover Chevrolet's Express and GMC's Savana, the Cadillac XTS, Buick's Enclave and GMC's Acadia, Chevrolet's Traverse, and Saturn's Outlook.
Hyundai and its sister company Kia have been in trouble in the past for overstating fuel efficiency of their vehicles. Back in early 2013 overstating fuel efficiency of some of their vehicles on window stickers cost the firms over $400 million combined.
Many automakers have been forced to make significant numbers of recalls over the last several years. The most recent is Honda and the company has announced that it is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans from the 2005-2010 model range. The recall has to do with a risk of fire according to the automaker.
Mercedes-Benz is readying "the next level" of hydrogen fuel cell cars, aiming to get a production model on the road by 2017 in the form of what's believed to be a new SUV. Although the complexities of sustaining a hydrogen-fuel car is way more than an electric one, hopefully the pact signed by parent company Daimler, Ford and Nissan will make it more affordable.