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Waymo Autonomous Cars are heading the pack

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Waymo test vehicles are requiring less human intervention, Calif. DMV says.

Waymo’s self-driving test vehicles are relying less on humans and are miles ahead of the pack when in comes to driver takeover rates, requiring a human take the wheel about 1,000 times less frequently than some competitors.

On Wednesday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released its second annual summary of autonomous vehicle driver disengagement reports — defined as situations where a human must intervene while the car is in driverless mode. Waymo, the stand-alone self-driving technology company spun out from Google, reported a decrease in the rate of driver takeovers from 0.0008 per mile driven in 2015 to 0.0002 in 2016.

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Doylestown Auto and Truck Repairs

Fix damage prior to end-of-lease inspection, or get the dealer estimate for repairs first?

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A Question: “I’ve never leased a car before, so I have no idea what the end-of-lease inspection is like. My 2014 Nissan Leaf is in good condition overall, but I backed into a rock in my driveway one day and scratched /cracked my bumper. I got quoted at 450 to fix the damage without replacing the bumper (bondo for the crack and a new paint job). Here’s my question: do I fix this damage prior to the end-of-lease inspection so that it’s simply not an issue, or do I wait until after the inspection and do it through Nissan-approved channels? 

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Smiths Auto & Truck Service January reviews

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Had a great experience with the people at Smith’s. Guy and John provided great service. Car fixed right, on time and fair price. “Great Service” – Nissan owner.

Very easy to work with. Polite and knowledgeable. Good prices. Quick service. Will be back. – Hyundai owner.

Thanks for keeping both our cars in fine shape. John and Guy are always right on top of getting us our cars back in a timely manner. In fact this most recent inspection was a record breaker as far as time was concerned . Thanks again !!!! – Lexus owner.

Very helpful. They let me know what maintenance was due on my car and got the work done quick for s great price. – Jeep owner.

I was towed in. They brought the car right in and diagnosed my issue and resolved it. Price was very reasonable. – Chevrolet owner.

I like the staff and the service here. They are always timely and fair with me. Thanks! – Toyota owner.

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Ford Mustang 2018

2018 Ford Mustang. Drop it like its Hot

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Ford drops an engine, lowers the hood on ’18 Mustang

Ford Motor Co.’s dropping an engine and lowering the hood on the Mustang as part of the venerable pony car’s 2018 model year freshening.

The updated Mustang gains a more aggressive look that includes new hood vents and an optional spoiler. It also gets an optional 12-inch digital cluster, new-generation LED headlights and taillights available across all trim lines, and a number of new tech features.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles uses software to exceed diesel pollution limits.

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WASHINGTON — The EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of failing to disclose software in 104,000 diesel pickups and SUVs that allows them to exceed pollution limits.

The EPA stopped short of calling the software in 2014-16 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500s a “defeat device” but said the carmaker failed to disclose its use. Fiat Chrysler said it meets all applicable regulatory requirements and will work with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to contest the allegations.

The EPA and California Air Resources Board told the automaker they believe its auxiliary emissions control software allowed vehicles to generate excess pollution in violation of the law. 

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Doylestown Auto Repair

Vehicle Maintenance is important

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Technician certification organization ASE surveys show a well-maintained vehicle not only lasts longer, it retains more of its resale value.

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk and Co. With motorists holding on to their vehicles longer than ever before, maintenance takes an even greater importance in keeping roads — and people — safe.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook Winter Weather Saturday January 14, 2017

It might feel like spring today but winter will be back with a vengeance this weekend.

Highs in the mid-60s are expected Thursday across the Philadelphia region. But the mild weather won’t last long.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the weekend, saying a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible in Eastern Pennsylvania.

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Chevy Bolt, Honda Ridgeline, Chrysler Pacifica win North American car, truck, utility awards

2017 Car Show Awards. Chevy Bolt, Honda Ridgeline, Chrysler Pacifica Win.

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Chevy Bolt, Honda Ridgeline, Chrysler Pacifica win North American car, truck, utility awards

DETROIT– The Chevrolet Bolt was named the 2017 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Honda Ridgeline took the truck honors and the Chrysler Pacifica took home the newly minted top utility vehicle of the year.

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VW says it negotiated $4.3 billion U.S. criminal settlement

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BERLIN — Volkswagen has negotiated a concrete draft of a criminal and civil settlement worth $4.3 billion with the U.S. Justice Department and said the impact of the accord on its 2016 financial results cannot yet be defined.

Volkswagen said final conclusion of the settlement is still subject to approval by the carmaker’s management and supervisory boards, adding the two bodies will address the matter still late on Tuesday or on Wednesday.

The settlement includes a guilty plea by the German company regarding certain U.S. criminal law provisions and a statement of facts on the basis of which the fines have to be made, VW said.

The deal comes as the automaker seeks to move past its emissions cheating scandal.

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Ford Mustang, F-150 spy photos

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Ford has been spotted testing vehicles that appear to be midcycle updates of the F-150 pickup and Mustang pony car. Both are expected to be launched for the 2018 model year.

Spy photos of a camouflaged Mustang undergoing testing in Dearborn, Mich., show it may get an updated front fascia, including new LED-ringed headlights that were peeking through the coverings. The photos show heavy covers on the taillights, indicating minor changes there as well.

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