Self-Driving Cars Hit Pittsburgh Streets, the 238 MPGe Chevy Bolt, and 1.9 Million FCA Cars Recalled – This Week in Automotive News
Uber rolls out self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh
Make way for the future – Uber made the next step toward self-driving vehicles this week on Wednesday, introducing driverless vehicles in Pittsburg. Uber, the “Taxi Alternative,” is looking down the road to be the taxi driver alternative. Available for select Uber customers, a retrofitted car will greet the user after being hailed using the UberX platform. The user will input their destination and the car will drive itself there. While it’s certainly impressive to think that the cars are driving themselves, safety driver and an engineer are up front, ready to take control of the vehicle if needed. It all makes you wonder what the future holds – will cars more resemble the Audi RSQ concept from I, Robot, or will they more resemble the Lexus 2054 concept from Minority Report?
Electric Chevy Bolt to go 238 Miles per Charge
In more futuristic news, GM has announced that the Chevrolet Bolt will be able to travel 238 miles on a single charge. This puts the new Bolt 28 miles per charge ahead of the Tesla Model S., adding another 200+ mile per charge vehicle to the market that is able to meet or exceed most driver’s daily mileage needs. The Bolt is priced around $37,500 before tax credits, making it almost $30,000 less than the $66,000 Model S. To compete with the Bolt, Tesla’s Model 3 will hit the market late next year, with a price tag of $35,000 before the tax credit. The Model 3 is expected to go 215 miles per charge.
Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.9 Million Vehicles Due to Defective Air Bags
Another week, another recall. This week Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it is recalling over 1.9 million vehicles worldwide due to a wiring problem in certain airbag and seat-belt control modules. The airbags may not deploy and seat-belts may not tighten during a frontal crash, increasing the risk of injury. Three deaths may have been linked to the defect. Fiat Chrysler will contact owners and replace the defective parts at no cost to the owner. Impacted vehicles are:
- 2010 Chrysler Sebring
- 2010 Chrysler Cirrus
- 2011-2014 Chrysler 200
- 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber
- 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger
- 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot
- 2010-2014 Jeep Compass
- 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia
General Motors recalled more than 4 million vehicles with faulty air bag and seat belt modules last week. The issues are not related, as the General Motors recall is a result of a software glitch.
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