The first self-driving car will debut in three years, but will you want to buy one?

Right now, you can head over to a local Volvo dealership and test drive a 2017 Volvo S90. With the push of a button, drivers can watch the car take over steering to stay within a lane, slow itself down in rush-hour traffic and accelerate — up to 80 mph — on the highway. It’s the first Volvo to include the second-generation Pilot Assist as a standard feature.

But, even equipped with radar and a 360-degree camera that can distinguish humans from deer, bicyclists and other cars, the $47,000 S90 sedan is not an autonomous vehicle. A driver must be in the seat and frequently touch the steering wheel. Otherwise, the car slows down.

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‘Electric Highway’ for EVs in Nevada

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The Nevada Electric Highway, recently unveiled by Gov. Brian Sandoval and NV Energy, is a network of charging stations planned along U.S. Route 95 that would finally make it far easier to drive sparsely populated, mostly desert route between Reno and Las Vegas with an electric vehicle.   Continue reading… “‘Electric Highway’ for EVs in Nevada”

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Automakers rushing to double electric car milage

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Betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers such as LG Chem Ltd will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla Motors Inc, global automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today’s Nissan Leaf.   Continue reading… “Automakers rushing to double electric car milage”

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