Uber Self-driving Car Spotted Heading the Wrong Way Down One-Way Street, Nissan Versa Airbag Investigation, and Fisker to Unveil New All-Electric Car – This Week in Automotive News

Uber Self-driving Car Spotted Heading the Wrong Way Down One-Way Street

Almost everyone has done it – accidentally turned the wrong way down a one-way street. It’s only human that a robot would do it too, one could suppose. An Uber driver recently spotted an Uber self-driving car heading the wrong way down a one-way street near the University of Pittsburgh. Luckily, the vehicle’s back-up driver was able to take control to turn the car around, and no one was hurt.

Uber recently confirmed a “low-level” incident as well, after another Uber driver witnessed a minor collision of two self-driving vehicles.  Again, no injuries were reported and no passengers were spotted near the accident.

The company is currently operating self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids within Pittsburgh’s city limits, available to select Uber users, and plans to expand the fleet to 100 Volvos in the upcoming months. They stated that they expect frequent human intervention in the vehicles as the technology is developed.

Uber Self-driving Ford Fusion

For more background on Uber’s driverless vehicle testing, check out Uber rolls out self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh.

Nissan Versa Side Curtain Airbags May Deploy Inadvertently

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating over 150,000 Nissan vehicles after receiving complaints that the side curtain airbags are inadvertently deploying. The complaints indicate that the airbags deploy when doors are shut in an “aggressive” manner. The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan appears to be the only vehicle under investigation, and Nissan is also actively investigating the issue. Further investigation details are available on the NHTSA website.

2012 Nissan Versa SL

 

Henrik Fisker to Unveil New 400 MPGe All-Electric Car in 2017

Henrik Fisker, legendary automotive designer of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8, told Bloomberg this week that he is returning to the industry. Henrik plans to unveil a new all-electric car in 2017. In 2011, Fisker introduced the Fisker Karma, a hybrid, but the battery supplier went bankrupt, thus abruptly ending production of the Karma. Fisker Automotive was later sold to China’s auto parts conglomerate, Wanxiang. Fisker hinted that the Karma will have some influence on the new design, calling the new design its “spiritual successor.”

Fisker is launching a new company, Fisker Inc., to produce the new vehicle. The all-electric car will have a range of more than 400 miles and the final design will be “sporty and spacious,” bearing the designer’s “signature elements.” You can expect glimpses of the design sometime in mid-2017, though there is no production schedule set. Expect another vehicle to also roll out in the next few years – Taking a cue from Tesla, Fisker wants to produce a second mass-market vehicle with a price tag under $40,000, to follow-up the launch of the first.

2011 Fisker Karma2011-2012 Fisker Karma