Autonomous Cars Hard Truth

Last week Tesla released an over-the-air Autopilot software update that enables newer Model S sedans to drive and even change lanes themselves on the highway. Cadillac’s upcoming flagship CT6 sedan will have similar hands-off driving capabilities along with vehicle-to-vehicle technology  that allows it to communicate with other V2V-equipped cars. Then there’s Google’s autonomous test pods, Uber’s driverless chauffeuring aspirations, Mercedes’ self-driving semi-truck, and the countless other examples of autonomous-car research and interests that pepper our weekly helping of news. 

Autonomous cars are coming, and it’s time for everyone to just accept it. 

It might seem odd to have to state such a thing so plainly, but denial is a powerful drug. And enthusiasts tend to be heavy users.  Yet technology and progress are irrepressible, so here we are. For people that love to drive, the idea of an automated car is an affront to everything they hold dear. But the truth is inescapable. If you consider building-block technologies like stability control, adaptive

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App demystifies stoplight timing; could it ease your commute?

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BMW EnLighten app integration

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Would you regularly use an app that can advise you whether or not you’ll make that next traffic light along your route?

Live data from traffic lights will soon be used by vehicles’ onboard navigation systems, so

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KPD: Man dies after shooting in Killeen

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Death investigation

A detective walks in front of a Killeen house where police say Juan David Rodriguez, who lived at the home, was found with a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

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2017 Subaru Impreza preview

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a redesigned version of the automaker’s compact sedan and hatchback, which was last updated for the 2012 model year. The new Impreza has sleeker and crisper styling, a nicer interior, and more standard and optional features, including active-safety systems. In due course, it will spin off a new version of the Crosstrek small crossover as well—but for now, the four-door and five-door passenger cars come first.

While the 2017 Impreza appears to be a nipped-and-tucked version of the preceding model, it actually rides on entirely new underpinnings that Subaru says will make the car more agile and fun to drive, offer a more comfortable ride, and provide even better crash protection. It competes with the sportier compact sedans and hatchbacks, including the Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, and perhaps the Ford Focus. As always, all Subaru Imprezas sold in the U.S. have all-wheel drive as

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2017 Acura MDX preview

Among luxury crossovers, the Acura MDX is a standout in nearly every possible way—and it stands as quite a counterpoint to the brand’s sedans, which can’t seem to get proper traction in the market.

While this model is already one of the best-driving models in its class, the 2017 Acura MDX has been given ride and handling improvements, more standard active-safety features, and a new Sport Hybrid variant that promises both better performance and higher fuel economy numbers.

The 2017 MDX has styling improvements, too. The beak-like front end is now mostly in Acura’s past, as the MDX gets a version of the diamond pentagon grille the brand previewed in its Acura Precision Concept from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. In addition to that, it gets newly sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and LED fog lamps with restyled jewel-eye headlamps. Chrome rocker panels, some additional lower-body trim, and a twin-tailpipe design

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Mitsubishi: U.S. cars not affected by fuel economy scandal

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There’s good news and bad news for Mitsubishi fans. Since it’s Friday, we’ll start with the good stuff.

Mitsubishi Motors North America has just issued a statement confirming that late-model Mitsubishi vehicles sold in the U.S. do,

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Will Apple ever sell cars? One analyst says no

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Apple and Google are both interested in autonomous cars, but they’re approaching them in very different ways. According to one analyst, Apple’s plan is entirely unfeasible.

Two companies, two paths

Since 2009, Google has been working on autonomous cars right out

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