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Takata Files For Bankruptcy In Japan And The US

by on 26 June 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Embattled Japanese airbag supplier Takata has officially filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the United States. The company, which supplied Audi with airbags, said Monday it would sell off the majority of its key assets to Key Safety Systems Inc. of Lansing, Michigan. The company paid $1.59 billion for nearly all of Takata’s global […] More…

Black Sheep Ferdinand Piëch Reappears as Porsche SE Attempts to Ease Tensions

by on 31 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Porsche Automobil Holding SE has denied it intentionally misled investors over the severity of the VW emissions cheating crisis in 2015. With Volkswagen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Matthias Müller now personally caught up in the growing market manipulation investigation, it was only a matter of time before Porsche Automobil Holding released a statement to assure investors the […] More…

Road Capable of Wireless Charging Begins Real-World Testing

by on 18 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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An Israeli start-up company called ElectRoad has won an opportunity to test its newly developed roads capable of charging an electric vehicle as it drives. The technology works by using copper plates embedded in the asphalt, which are fed an electric current by inverters stationed on the side of the road. A similar copper plate embedded […] More…

Advancements in Tech Makes More Wrecked Vehicles too Expensive to Repair

by on 8 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Safety enhancements are, undoubtedly, a good thing. People are walking away from wrecks that would have been fatal a few decades earlier and crash avoidance systems can keep inattentive drivers out of trouble altogether. The downside is that these features have made vehicles more expensive to purchase and repair. Bob Tschippert, the senior vice president […] More…

Average Fuel Economy Back on the Rise

by on 5 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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The sales-weighted average fuel economy of new vehicles sold is back up to 25.3 mpg. Data compiled by University of Michigan’s Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle show the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in April 2017 was its highest all year after January and February reported 25.1 mpg and March had 25.2 mpg. […] More…

Grand Theft Auto is Helping Develop Self-Driving Cars

by on 18 April 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Believe it or not, Grand Theft Auto is helping with the real-world development of self-driving car, and no, the video game isn’t helping to prevent them from being stolen. As automakers work to get self-driving cars on public roadways, they’re realizing that real-world testing might not be enough. That’s why some are turning to simulations to […] More…

VW CEO Rejects FCA Merger Suggestion

by on 8 March 2017 in Audi News Fourtitude News Industry News

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Keen eyed newsies may be aware that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne yesterday told the media that he had no doubts “that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” for a merger. Well, VW’s CEO ain’t got time Marchionne’s nonsense. Matthias Mueller, speaking to Reuters today, rejected the suggestion. “We are not […] More…

The Longest Racetrack in the World is Being Built in America

by on 27 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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John Morris has big plans for Spring Mountain Resort & Country Club. Located in Pahrump, Nevada, Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch is slowly becoming the destination for racing enthusiasts. Its owner, John Morris, acquired it in 2004 when it was just a 2.2-mile racetrack. Since then, Morris has transformed it into a luxurious resort that one […] More…

Traffic Fatalities in US Reach Highest Level Since 2007

by on 17 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Cars may be getting more advanced safety features, but U.S. traffic-related deaths are on the rise. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 40,200 deaths occurred last year on the road, a rise of 6 percent. It’s the first time since 2007 there were more than 40,000 fatalities. The increase likely comes from the fact that Americans […] More…

Could Facial Tracking Reduce Distracted Driving?

by on 15 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Israeli firm eyeSight Technologies just announced a new sensing system that aims to reduce in-vehicle distraction by monitoring drivers. This company’s latest human-machine interface aims to improve safety by keeping tabs on whoever’s behind the wheel. In addition to this, the technology offers several other benefits. Powered by an infrared monochrome sensor that works in a […] More…

Top 12 Car Features that Sound New but Actually Aren’t

by on 7 February 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Automotive engineers are constantly working to bring cutting-edge features from testing laboratories to dealership showrooms. In recent years, the pace of automotive innovation has accelerated as more and more high-tech gadgets make their way to even entry-level vehicles. Today, things like navigation systems, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and even adaptive cruise control are available […] More…

New Study Says EVs Actually Create Pollution in the Midwest

by on 27 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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A new study says that electric vehicles are causing pollution in the Midwest. The study, published in American Economic Review, asserts that because the Midwest relies heavily on coal for electricity, the region sees higher pollution due to the increased presence of EVs. This is so, it says, at least when compared with other regions, […] More…