Lyft Going Driverless in 2017

Lyft and Uber have been dueling for customers and drivers since conception. Now, Lyft is bringing something new to the playing field: driverless cars.

 

Background Information

  • On January 4, 2016, GM invested $500 million in Lyft.

 

Overview

  • Utilizing technology from Cruise Automation, GM and Lyft will start testing automated cars on the road in 2017.
  • The city/state has yet to be released as to where the testing will be held.
  • Riders will be able to choose between a car with a human driver or a piloted car.
  • Chevy Bolts, fully electric cars, will be the model of choice.

In early January, GM announced that it had invested $500 million dollars in the ride-sharing giant, Lyft. GM has long been known as exactly what they are: the sellers of cars. In the past, this industry has shown substantial growth. However, GM believes that the future lies in the access to cars without the need for each individual to own one. Lyft agrees.

In 2017, Lyft intends to put automated cars on the road. With this bold move forward, one of the biggest issues that ride-sharing companies face will be obliviated for the company. Cities like Austin that are notoriously biased against any company beyond the old-fashioned taxicab model will possibly be able to receive the prompt service that they once had without the issue of a human driver behind the wheel.

Lyft has yet to announce which city or cities will be the first to test out the new model. However, the driverless cars will come with a great new option: Wi-Fi or TV. No longer will it just be a way to get around in cities, this new automated car option opens up avenues of personal travel like never before. Previously, drivers would have to take turns at the wheel, and subsequently miss out on the fun, or simply drive straight through in order to make it to their destination. When the new model is rolled out, checking facts online on the way to a meeting or simply spending quality time watching the scenery go by while a movie plays in the backseat with the family on the way to a weekend away will be a real possibility.

The Chevy Bolt has been tapped as the car of the future. The fully electric model ensures a smooth transition from needing a person behind the wheel to letting the machine do the work. With the need to stop to fill up the tank eased, driverless cars move from a mere idea from the minds of sci-fi writers in the 80s into a whole new dimension: reality in the here and now of 2017.

While automated cars are in the near future of Lyft and GM, riders will be able to decide between getting a human driver or an automated one. Thus, whether one wants to travel in safety and style with a human driver or be on the forefront of the future with a driverless car, the choice will be there.

 

The Top 5 Muscle Cars of 2016

THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MUSCLE CARS: A MUST READ FOR ANY CAR ENTHUSIAST

Consider this content your cheat sheet for cars. Below you will find the best muscle cars on the market. We are quite sure you can find something to your liking on this list.

 

THE DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT

Remember the Challenger Pony Car? Well, it’s been taken to the next level. It has got a 707 horsepower engine under it’s hood. The sister version of this is also on the market. The sister car is called the Charger Hellcat. This car makes it to number 6 on the list of the top production cars. That’s how good this thing is. How much does this muscle car cost? If you have an extra $60,000 to spend, you might as well spend it on this car.

 

THE DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT

Here we have the sister car that was mentioned above. It goes up to 200 plus miles per hour. Think of this car as a high-end Hyundai. Take all the bullet points and features you get with the Challenger and you have the Charger. Think of this as one of the top super cars on the market. The Charger also take the same place as her brother on the list, number 6. How much does the sister cost? Roughly, it costs about$63,000. This is for one of the lower-end versions. You want more? You will pay more.

 

THE FORD MUSTANG GT

This beast might be entering the 21st century, but it has distinct origins of the first American model. This car also is one of the last few models with rear-wheel drive and a rear-axle. Basically, the manufacturers took the old and made it new again. It has all the features you’d expect and than some. Which just goes to show, the Mustang is still the original. It’s one of the few cars that can actually live up to the name of “true modern sports cars”. The price for this bad boy is in the $50,000-60,000 range. This would be on the lower end of the scale too. If you go to a Mustang specialty shop, you might just have to pay more. Why? It’s a specialty shop. You are going to pay more.

 

NISSAN GT-R

This is the original muscle car in the extreme. You have a twin-turbo V6 engine. It has got a 545 horsepower. This car is the real deal in every way. This thing leaves no room for mistakes. The two-door coupe really does beat all the rest. Price range is about $50,000 and counting.

 

CHEVY CAMARO Z/28

This is the last of the Camaro generation. It’s not being made anymore. This will be your last chance to get it. When put up against the above Nissan and the Porsche 911, it can definitely hold its own. This one definitely has a need for speed. Once it’s out on the open road, it will really go the distance. Price range for this is over $50,000.

 

CONCLUSION

No matter what preference you have for muscle cars, most of you should find something to your liking on this list. The true muscle cars might be slowly fading, but their original seedlings are still in full force. If you have an appetite for muscle cars, you might want to get in touch with a dealer today. Do it before they run out!

 

Fiat To Apple: Let Us Manufacture Car For You

Apple – an overpowering brand, well-known to reflect a sense of uniqueness and form a firm establishment over others in the market –  may now be willing to break the streak of its superiority. Yes, you read that right! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, after discovering that Apple is likely to develop an electric vehicle, approached them with the proposal of helping them out with the same.

 

During last week’s Geneva Motor Show, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was heard calling Apple’s desire to step into the automobile segment as “illness.” He further referred to himself as an “Apple freak,” and even suggested that Fiat Chrysler would be the perfect partner to help Apple realize and fulfill its dreams of innovating a car.

 

Marchionne said, “If they [Apple] have any urges to make a car, I’d advise them to lie down and wait until the feeling passes.” “Illnesses like this come and go, you will recover from them, they’re not lethal.”

 

What may actually come across as a surprise to many, is the possibility of Apple taking the world’s seventh largest automaker seriously. But, before that happens; the question of whether or not Apple will actually build cars prevails.

 

Most of the experts of this industry feel quite positive about Apple stepping into this segment. For instance, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk said that he feels it’s an “open secret” that Apple will be building a car. There are many others who feel that this advancement is essential for Apple’s market growth and if Apple happens to be striving toward that goal, then it undoubtedly will fall into this category soon enough.

 

Rumors regarding Apple’s hiring car experts from Google and Tesla among other automakers, only reinforce the fact that they may slightly be bending toward the side of realizing their long – lived desires of inventing a car.

Many are of the opinion that this innovation holds the sustainability and the needed addition to the lives of the city – dwellers. Modern – day features such as object detection, auto – braking, a leading – edge body structure that is used to build carbon fiber or lighter metals as aluminium among others, are an essential addition to the automobile family that Apple clearly has the potential of bringing.

 

On the contrary, Steve Zadesky – the leader of the project, had already said Goodbye to Apple in January after dedicating sixteen years of his life to the company. While the departure was said to be due to personal reasons; many believe that there are other high – level factors involved.

 

In 2015, Marchionne also proposed to merge with General Motors, but he was told off in a very polite way.

 

During an interview, Marchionne even said,  “Apple has a language, and you have to be able to speak that language.” “Usually the industry comes into that dialogue with a high degree of arrogance as we know how to make cars. That’s not very helpful as their syntax is worth more than our ability to build cars.”

 

Marchionne added, “I would assume that we have the credibility to be one of the players they have looked at.”

 

 

Motor Trend Gives 2016 Cadillac CT6 Review

Coming to the market in March of this year is the 2016 Cadillac CT6. Cadillac has been around for decades and is one of the most innovative car companies to grace the automobile industry. Motor Trend recently reviewed the newest CT6, and it looks like nothing but good things are being said about the vehicle. President Johan de Nysschen of Cadillac explains that the new vehicle was really made to bring us back to what Cadillac is all about, and specifically draws on their heritage.

 

A look at the CT6

The new CT6 is the biggest Cadillac sedan offered by the company and offers the classic look of being long, low, and wide. If you take a look under the hood you will find an LTG 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine offers 265 horsepower and 295lb-ft torque. The price of a new CT6 Luxury will cost you around $59,390. If you wish to purchased the upgraded version with an LGW 3.0 liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine, with 404 horsepower and 400lb-ft torque, expect to add an additional $6,000 to your bill. Other options available to the consumer include the Active Chassis package. For an extra $3,300 you will get the CT6 with magnetorheological shock absorbers, active rear steer, quicker overall steering, and 20-inch wheels.

 

The interior of the vehicle is absolutely stunning with a hand-stitched design. It provides an immaculate amount of space. Features include a video camera rearview mirror display, extended comfort seating, and the Bose Panaray sound system. This a world class sound system that provides the driver and passengers with sound that comes right from their seat, through the use of 34 different positioned speakers throughout the vehicle.

 

How the CT6 compares to others of its kind

The Cadillac CT6 will probably be compared to the Mercedes Benz S-Class, BMW 7 series, and Audi A8. In making this vehicle, Cadillac wanted to create a gap between your traditional luxury midsize vehicle and the full out sedan. The CT6  accomplishes what consumers want in providing a big vehicle with the great interior space a full size vehicle is expected to have, while providing agility on the road, more likely seen in a midsize vehicle. In comparison to other vehicles in the same class, Motor Trend claims that each company will say something to help boost the sales of their vehicle. When comparing the CT6 to the Mercedes Benz S-Class provides a better and more substantial on the road feeling. Fans of the Audi A8 will compare their vehicle claiming it uses a greater amount of aluminum in its construction. BMW fans will claim the 7 Series is better at wearing a Roundel badge. So what exactly will fans of the CT6 say when compared to these other luxury vehicles? We will have to wait and see once the car is released for sale in March.

 

If you are in the market for a luxury vehicle, the Cadillac CT6 is a wonderful option that provides safety, innovation, and a top of the line design. March is right around the corner, so you can plan your visit to a Cadillac dealer to test drive this vehicle soon!