Automotive Tech, Technology

Mazda CX-3: A small SUV loaded with technology

The Mazda CX-3 is the company’s new subcompact SUV that’s getting loads of accolades, including being selected as top in class by a number of automotive reviewers. It’s a car that offers a lot of features for a relatively low price, yet manages to avoid the stigma of an economy car that cuts corners. I […]

Automotive Tech

Out-of-Control Toyotas, Out-of-Luck Owners

I’ve covered Toyota’s unintended acceleration for several years and have always believed that it is a real problem that has been swept under the rug by Toyota and our government’s NHTSA. In fact, insider communications uncovered by a whistleblower, Betsy Benjaminson, verified much of this. It clearly showed a coverup, and that the cause was neither […]

Automotive Tech, CES, Technology

A challenge to the automotive companies

One of the highlights of this year’s CES was, literally, carloads of new technology shown by the automotive companies from Detroit, Europe, Korea, and Japan. Everything from self-driving vehicles to tablet-sized displays to 20 speaker audio systems. The automotive industry seems to have embraced new technology, with many of the companies opening research and development […]

Automotive Tech, CES, Technology

Worst CES product of the day – Day 5

Awarded to Harman International and Microsoft.  Harman announced that it’s bringing Microsoft Office—including Word, Excel and Powerpoint—to your car. It will operate via voice-activation, using Microsoft’s Cortana, meaning you’ll be able to work on spreadsheets and file your taxes while driving. “By ensuring that Office 365 services are seamlessly integrated with car and driver telematics and […]

Automotive Tech, Technology

Another side of Uber

Several months back I reviewed Uber and described how much I liked using it. In fact, I compared it to having a driver at your disposal, being able to call for a ride whenever needed. But there’s another side to Uber that surfaced last week. I first learned of it when a good friend of […]

Automotive Tech, Technology

Another look at Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt Here’s my final update on the 2013 Chevy Volt I bought nearly two years ago. I’ve driven 12,800 miles and just took it in for its scheduled free maintenance — still no cost for any service. The car continues to perform well with no real mechanical or electrical issues. There are no rattles […]