Tesla’s Autopilot Contributed to 2018 Fatal Crash, NTSB says

It is becoming too difficult to avoid my use of the words “toldja so,” in a follow-up column, particularly when it comes to automotive technology disruptor Tesla Motors and its equally disruptive CEO, Elon Musk. Try not to come off as smug when the news in question involves something as touchy as a fatal crash, in this case the 2018 accident involving a Tesla Model X that collided with a crash barrier in California that had been damaged in a previous accident.

The late Tesla operator—we hesitate to call him a “driver,” because he wasn’t quite driving—Wei Huang probably would have survived had California fixed the barrier, according to a story on a National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington Tuesday reported by The New York Times and other sources.

Don’t blame solely the California Transportation Commission. According to the hearing as reported in the Times, Huang, an Apple

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1960 Mazda R360 – Mazda’s First Car Turns 60

After World War II, Japan was eager to get its citizens on wheels, so the government established the kei car standard which limited the size of the car and the engine in return for lower taxes and registration costs. Upping the engine displacement to 360 cc (22 cubic inches) in 1955 resulted in a flurry of new models. Machine-tool manufacturer Toyo Kogyo had built the Mazda-Go three-wheel motorcycle since 1931, but it wasn’t until 1960 that the company introduced their first car, the Mazda R360.

With no ability to expand the engine beyond the government mandate, Mazda set about improving performance by reducing weight—the beginning of the “gram strategy” that has served the company so well in the decades since. The engineers used aluminum for the hood and cylinder heads and magnesium for the transmission housing and oil pan. The rear window was made of Plexiglas. The resulting car weighed

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“The Batman” Batmobile is a mid-engine muscle car

Yet another Batman movie is in the works, and that means a new incarnation of the Batmobile. Matt Reeves, director of “The Batman,” posted photos of the Caped Crusader’s new ride Wednesday on Twitter, showing a mid-engine machine with retro muscle car looks.

Spanning comic books, movies, and television, the Batman franchise has had numerous incarnations over the decades, almost always featuring a distinct take on the Batmobile. The car was a remodeled Lincoln Futura concept car in the 1960s television show and a rocket-propelled tank in the 2000s Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy. The earliest comic book versions looked more or less like regular cars. “The Batman” Batmobile takes things in a different direction.

The latest Batmobile lacks the cartoonish Bat-themed styling of many previous versions. Instead, it looks more like an old piece of American iron salvaged from a scrapyard and remade into a crime fighting vehicle by Bruce

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The $49,925 2021 Genesis GV80 is a chic, luxury crossover steal

Genesis isn’t a new luxury brand, but its first crossover is a milestone for the nascent automaker. It’s the richest segment in the U.S. and the first attempt by Genesis in earnest in cracking into the mainstream.

On Thursday, the Korean automaker said the 2021 Genesis GV80 will cost $49,925 when it goes on sale in the U.S. this summer with a choice of turbocharged engines and available cutting-edge technology. The top trim will cost more than $70,000 with everything added.

Base GV80s will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-4 that will send its power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 will also be available. Genesis hasn’t provided power figures. All-wheel drive with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential will be an option on the turbo-4 and standard on the turbo-6.

2020 Genesis GV80, 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Inside, the focal point is a

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