Volvo brings robots to AstaZero safety test track

Volvo said its AstaZero Proving Ground will serve as a test bed for future safety and crash avoidance technologies — and in some cases, robots will drive vehicles on the test track.

You’re reacting one of two ways right now: “Woah, that’s cool,” or, “Woah, that’s kinda scary.”

Subaru Legacy, Outback earn Top Safety Pick + status

Subaru EyeSight crash avoidance technology helped the redesigned Subaru Legacy and Outback get Top Safety Pick + ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.

Record valet shenanigans in your new Corvette? Yes, you can.

Heads up, valet drivers: Get saucy with the clientele’s new Corvette, and you might get caught red-handed. Prod the skinny pedal at your own peril.


Mando designs three-wheel ESC for Elio Motors

When you plan to produce a three-wheel car as Elio Motors is planning, it makes your stability control strategy more, shall we say, interesting.

The Lengthy Li: Can the big BMW 750Li take on the S500?

Feature for feature, probably it is an even contest between the BMW 750Li and the Mercedes-Benz S500. A dead heat. But for driving dynamics, the BMW may have the edge.

In technology, the S Class pulls ahead. However, there are a few tricks up the big Bimmer’s sleeve to make it not a tech bummer at all.

Mercedes S 500: Defeat the safety nannies for full autonomous?!

We already know that the Mercedes S 500 is unreal with its Distronic Plus system, but I would not have believed this hack if I didn’t see it for myself.

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid gets IIHS Top Safety Pick nod

The 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid got the nod from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which named the car a Top Safety Pick.

Every Chevrolet SS gets standard parking assist tech

The Chevrolet SS is a beastly four-door performance sedan that also happens to be able to pretty much park itself, apparently.

Porsche with a plug: I dig Porsche Panamera’s steering wheel controls

It’s safer to keep your eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel, as Jim Morrison said. That’s why I love the simplicity of Porsche’s thumbwheel.

Omega releases DIY TPMS

Those who change their cars’ rims may have lost an important piece of car tech: TPMS. Here’s a simple DIY way to get that functionality back.

2014 Subaru BRZ named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Keep this info in your back pocket in case you buy a Subaru BRZ and face scorn from your insurance agent: The 2014 Subaru BRZ was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

CE industry to report on safer driving tech at 2015 CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) plans to release a report on consumer electronics (CE) products and services that help make driving safer at 2015 International CES in January.