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Seeing is believing: Eye-tracking technology could help make driving safer

(September 25, 2019) COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Keep your eyes on the road.” With the recent advances in vehicle-assisted safety technology and in-car displays, this old adage has a new meaning, thanks to two new applications of eye-tracking technology developed by researchers at the University of Missouri.

Observing how someone’s eyes change — specifically the pupil — while they respond to an alert given by a vehicle collision avoidance warning could one day help scientists design safer systems.

Lexus UX 250h — Luxury and fuel economy for urban-focused drivers

By Jim Prueter

(September 24, 2019) The sub-compact luxury crossover utility vehicle market is extremely popular right now, and extremely competitive, with numerous choices for consumers. But a lot of these vehicles – like offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and others – are very much alike, so styling becomes an imperative market differentiator.

National gas price average jumps by a dime in one week

(September 24, 2019) Last week was the first time since early June that the national gas price average jumped more than a nickel in under a few days. On the week, it’s a dime more expensive at $2.66 with half of states seeing prices increase by 10 cents or more. However, even with the significant increase, the national average is still cheaper compared to last month (-6 cents) and last year (-19 cents), according to AAA.

Rhode Island, Oklahoma top worst road infrastructure list

(September 24, 2019) SEATTLE — On top of taxpayer dollars, it's estimated that driving on roads in need of repair costs motorists $120 billion in vehicle repairs and operating costs — $533 per driver, according to a recent report by QuoteWizard.

QuoteWizard, a LendingTree company, released its report on States with the Worst Road Infrastructure finding that 61% of highways nationwide are in fair to poor condition. Transportation for America estimates a cost of $231 billion a year to keep our existing road network in acceptable repair.

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo an excellent grand touring machine

By Casey Williams

(September 23, 2019) INDIANAPOLIS — I doubt the cornfields in Jefferson County, Ind., have ever heard the high wail of a Ferrari V8.  My daughter and I are clipping corners and leveling hills as we blitz to Clifty Falls State Park in the Maserati Levante Trofeo.  I barely slow down as we pass a Methodist Church, in which worshippers surely think I’m bringing The Second Coming when I press the “Corsa” button and exhaust cracks in thunderous rapture.  The big crossover surges forward.

J.D. Power finds branded audio impacts owner satisfaction

(September 21, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Branded audio is positively impacting owner satisfaction with in-car multimedia technology, as well as the vehicle, according to the J.D. Power 2019 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study. The overall number of reported problems with audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies has also decreased for a fourth consecutive year.

2019 Grand Sport — A better choice for most Corvette buyers

By Jim Prueter

(September 20, 2019) It’s no secret that with the Corvette, Chevrolet delivers one of the best performing sports cars in the world with the best horsepower per dollar and bang for the buck. For 2019, Corvette is offered in four different trim levels, from the base Stingray starting at just $55,900 all the way to the super high performing 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1, reintroduced for 2019 with a starting price of $123,000.

Honda brings back an all-new Passport

By Jim Prueter

(September 19, 2019) Back in 1993, taking notice of the growing interest of sport utility vehicles in the U.S., Honda introduced their first SUV, called the Passport. That first Passport was absent any Honda DNA and was actually a badge engineered version of the now defunct Isuzu Rodeo, a mid-sized SUV.

The Passport was built in Lafayette, Ind., by Subaru Isuzu Automotive between 1994 and 2002 and was subsequently discontinued, giving way to the Honda-engineered Pilot.

Autotrader picks its 12 Best Electric Vehicles for 2019

(September 19, 2019) ATLANTA — Whether a new-car shopper's motivation for buying an electric vehicle (EV) is environmental, political or financial, choices abound now more than ever before in the marketplace. With more than 50 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models available today, many new-car shoppers need help navigating the terms to master and information to digest among the choices in this continuously growing vehicle category.

Volvo, Ram top-ranked brands in AutoPacific Ideal vehicle awards

(September 18, 2019) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. –– Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific has announced the 2019 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA), recognizing vehicles that best meet owners expectations for the product. The 2019 awards are based on responses from more than 50,000 owners of new vehicles across all major manufacturers.

Based solely on owner input, AutoPacific IVAs measure the fusion between owner expectations and reality.