GM and Cruise Finally Give a Peek behind the Curtain of Their Automated-Driving Program

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General Motors has noodled with the idea of automated vehicles since at least the mid-1950s, when the company produced a film with its Firebird II concept car that showed a family cruising down a highway autonomously. Now, more than six decades later, GM claims to be getting close to making its first highly automated vehicles a commercial reality.

Although it has shown glimpses of three generations of automated Chevrolet Bolt prototypes over the past 18 months, GM has remained remarkably mum about the technical details. On Monday, the automaker and its Cruise Automation subsidiary finally shared more about its current-generation program and allowed a small group of reporters to go for rides near its San Francisco headquarters.

As in Waymo’s automated Chrysler Pacificas, GM has equipped each seat with a tablet that provides a display of what the sensors are seeing, the

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Fool No One In This Pontiac GTO Based Bugatti Veyron Replica: eBay Find

The majority of kit cars made to look mid-engine Ferraris and Lamborghinis use a cheaper mid-engine car as the base, such as a Pontiac Fiero or Toyota MR2. The builder of this Bugatti Veyron replica took a slightly different approach though and formed the fiberglass body around a 2004 Pontiac GTO chassis.

As far as replica exotic cars go, this appears to be one of the better ones. It actually looks somewhat like a Veyron, especially from the back, where the four circular taillights and fake W16 engine have been expertly integrated. Still, that’s like being the best of your friends at Guitar Hero, no one really cares unless it’s the real thing.

If there’s one thing that is real on this Veyron replica, it’s the performance. It might not be the levels of performance the real Veyron delivers, but the 365 horsepower LS1 engine in the GTO is no

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Still Need A Car For The Dream Cruise? Consider This 1964 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Up for sale on Craigslist for less than $15K could be your pinch-hitting vehicle for this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise. Though, it is far from stock, if you care about that sort of thing.

Here we have a (relatively) clean 1964 Cadillac Coupe De Ville that now gets its grunt courtesy of a 5.3L Vortec 5300 V8 lifted from a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. Aftermarket air filter aside, we’re told the engine is completely stock and counts just 32,000 miles. Not technically an LS-swap, but close enough.

The install looks pretty clean from where were standing. The install looks pretty clean from where were standing.

The install looks pretty clean from where we’re standing.

Thankfully, the owner also swapped the tranny for sturdier bit of kit in the form of a 4L60 automatic transmission, also

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Philadelphia police unveil cars with bulletproof windows

Philadelphia police have 150 new patrol cars on the way with a feature that no other major municipality has: bulletproof windows.

The vehicles have ballistic shields affixed to the front door panels and what is dubbed ‘transparent armor’ backstops a large portion of the original equipment glass in the front windows.

It all makes this modified car resistant to pistol and shotgun ammunition.

“It is cutting edge in the sense that it provides protection for police officers seated in the vehicle from gunfire,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.

The protection does not extend to the windshield but it does cover the front sides of the vehicle .

Last year two Philadelphia officers, Jesse Hartnett and Sylvia Young, survived being shot while sitting in their patrol cars.

“We believe ballistic protections like this would have probably protected them from any of those gunshots aimed at them,” said Ross.

The protection packages add about $1,300 dollars to the cost of

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Philadelphia police unveil cars with bulletproof windows | 6abc.com

Philadelphia police have 150 new patrol cars on the way with a feature that no other major municipality has: bulletproof windows.

The vehicles have ballistic shields affixed to the front door panels and what is dubbed ‘transparent armor’ backstops a large portion of the original equipment glass in the front windows.

It all makes this modified car resistant to pistol and shotgun ammunition.

“It is cutting edge in the sense that it provides protection for police officers seated in the vehicle from gunfire,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.

The protection does not extend to the windshield but it does cover the front sides of the vehicle .

Last year two Philadelphia officers, Jesse Hartnett and Sylvia Young, survived being shot while sitting in their patrol cars.

“We believe ballistic protections like this would have probably protected them from any of those gunshots aimed at them,” said Ross.

The protection packages add about $1,300 dollars to the cost of

... read more at: http://6abc.com/philly-police-unveil-cars-with-bulletproof-windows/2559328/

Shared self-driving cars could slash demand for US sedans: study

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ride services using self-driving vehicles could slash by more than half demand for owner-driven sedans in the United States by 2030, according to a study released Monday by consulting firm KPMG that used cellphone data to map commuter travel in three large U.S. cities.

The KPMG researchers forecast that ride services using self-driving vehicles will launch first in densely populated urban and suburban areas it calls “island markets.” Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving car unit and General Motors Co have said recently they intend to launch pilot autonomous ride sharing services in limited urban or suburban areas.

Cars that earned ‘Best Buy’ awards from 2018 Kelley Blue Book:

Small car: Honda Civic

(REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

Mid-size car: Honda Accord (So, the Accord earned the Mid-Size Car Best Buy award in

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Locals Note Rock Chipped Windshields Common in RGV – KRGV.com

MCALLEN – If you drive in the Rio Grande Valley, you’re probably familiar with rock chipped windows.

“It’s that rock when you hear that crack and then you’re just praying it doesn’t spread all over,” explained Antonio Serena.

Serena was getting a crack in his less than one-week-old windshield filled at Crackmaster Windshield Repair in McAllen.

“I had a big one and I had to replace the whole windshield and now again,” he said.

Francisco Ordonez owns the repair shop. He said he sees some customers for chip repairs on a weekly basis.

“Most the time, they complain about the roads not being taken care of properly and dirty,” Ordonez said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Texas Department of Transportation.

“It’s happened to me where you’re driving around and there’s no commercial vehicles, and suddenly this pebble comes out of nowhere,” said TxDOT spokesman Octavio Saenz.

Saenz said TxDOT spends more than $2 million a year sweeping

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