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Building a better highway: Driverless car lane from Vancouver to Seattle proposed

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HOV lanes between Seattle and Vancouver should be turned over to self-driving vehicles, says a private venture-capital firm envisioning the not-so-distant future.

The move, says a report issued Tuesday by Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group, would theoretically increase individual productivity, enhance road safety, and boost the connection between two booming cities enmeshed in the technology sector.

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GM releases Canadian pricing for all-electric, Tesla-fighting Bolt EV

JORDAN CHITTLEY

The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt will cost $42,795 plus a $1,600 destination freight charge in Canada, General Motors announced Tuesday.

However, after all applicable rebates in Ontario, that price is $31,434 plus freight on the base model. The Bolt will be the most affordable long-range electric vehicle in Canada and a test of whether its powertrain technology is ready to go mainstream.

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Chevrolet's electric Bolt beats Tesla's Model 3 on range

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Free Wi-Fi is what keeps Canadians happy when having their car serviced: survey

JORDAN CHITTLEY

When Canadians have their cars serviced, what they really want is free Wi-Fi while waiting and for their service advisors to use a tablet when explaining the work, finds a study by J.D. Power.

The survey of 12,340 Canadian owners with vehicles between four and 12 years old found that when having work done on a car, access to Internet is one of the least-offered amenities, but generates the highest satisfaction score.

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Ontario raising vehicle sticker renewal fee, has almost doubled since 2011

JORDAN CHITTLEY

For the sixth year in a row, the Ontario government is raising the fee for renewing vehicle validation stickers.

As of Sept. 1, renewal stickers in southern Ontario will cost $120 for the year, up from $108 currently. In northern Ontario, the fee rises to $60 from $54.

While a $12 increase may not seem hefty, the renewal price has almost doubled since 2011.

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'Forbidden fruit' Honda Civic hatchback returns to Canada this fall

JORDAN CHITTLEY

The Honda Civic hatchback returns this fall to the Canadian market after a decade-long absence.

Similar to the 10th-generation Civic sedan, the new hatchback will have a more aggressive look with sharper lines. The five-door will also be the basis for the high-performance Type-R.

“We’re bringing back the much-anticipated sporty, stylish and sophisticated Civic Hatchback to Canada, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new model,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice-president of operations for Honda Canada, in a statement.

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World's most efficient vehicle sets record: 11,000 km on equivalent to 1 litre of gas

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A team of German graduate students has set a Guinness World Record for the most efficient electric vehicle.

The Eco Team from the Technical University in Munich and its teardrop-shaped, three-wheel car went around Audi’s test track in Bavaria earlier this month achieving an efficiency rate of 1,232 kilometres per kilowatt hour. If it were a gas car, that would be the equivalent of 0.009 litres/100 km or 26,135 miles per gallon.

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The 10 worst roads in Ontario

JORDAN CHITTLEY

There are a lot of bad roads to drive on in Ontario. In fact, several are notorious and annually make the Canadian Automobile Association’s list of worst roads.

Well, there’s a new one topping the chart.

The worst road in Ontario is County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, according to the annual survey of drivers. It is the first time this road has ever appeared on the provincial top 10 list.

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At long last, the 2017 Acura NSX hits the pavement

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Self-driving cars? Hardly anyone wants one

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Almost every major car company, plus Google and Uber, are spending millions of dollars to develop self-driving cars. But there is one group who isn’t so enthused – drivers.

A new study from the University of Michigan shows almost half of people asked don’t want to give up control to a computer in any driving capacity. It found 45.8 per cent of drivers surveyed said they don’t want any self-driving capability at all. This doesn’t include technology currently available on cars that is often considered semi-autonomous, such as adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist.

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Uber begins testing a self-driving car

JORDAN CHITTLEY

While Uber is working to change regulations to compete against taxis, its real competition in the future will likely be much bigger – Google and a number of car makers.

Uber announced Thursday it has begun testing a self-driving car in Pittsburgh, where the ride-sharing company has its Advanced Technology Center.

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Tesla expanding supercharger network into Ontario's cottage country

MATT BUBBERS

Tesla is expanding its electric car charging network, building new superchargers in Huntsville and Parry Sound, Ont., and Montreal, Magog, and Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

All five will be built this summer, but the company did not provide more specific dates.

Tesla currently has a global network of 624 supercharger stations, but only 18 of those are in Canada, including the newest one in Grimsby, Ont. Compared with the United States, Canada’s supercharger network is small – with big gaps in the Prairies, Maritimes and the North.

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Toyota gives million-mile Tundra owner a new one

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Toyota, BMW to build common roadster with Canadian connection

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Toyota and BMW are joining forces to build a new sports car and have picked an Austrian plant owned by Canada’s Magna International to build it, according to a report.

Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung reports the next generation BMW Z4, to be called the Z5, and the Toyota Supra will roll off the Magna Steyr plant in Graz starting in 2018. The companies plan to build 60,000 vehicles for each of the two models. The Z5 will roll off the line first. BMW already produces the Mini Paceman and Countryman in Graz. Autoweek reports the Countryman will likely be moved to a factory in the Netherlands and the Paceman is being discontinued.

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Sex and the self-driving car: Who’s in the driver’s seat?

DARREN McGEE

As the great minds of the world ponder all the game-changing implications of a world featuring autonomous cars, along comes Barrie Kirk to say what we’ve all really been wondering about.

“I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars,” Kirk, of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence, told The Canadian Press on Monday.

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Canadians more satisfied with car insurance, but pricing still a problem

DARREN McGEE

Auto insurance is a sore spot for many Canadians. Many believe they are paying too much for premiums while receiving too little in return.

However, those perceptions are changing. An annual study released Wednesday indicates customer satisfaction with auto insurance has increased for the first time in five years.

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Fiat 124 Spider to start at $33,495

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How to avoid a collision with a moose as sightings up in St. John's

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A smart piece of advice to heed when driving in Newfoundland: Don’t drive at night.

That’s when moose car collisions are most likely to occur, according to the province’s government website, especially on the province’s highways. But in St. John’s, residents have seen more moose on the loose recently. Const. Geoff Higdon of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says there have been nine sightings in the province’s largest city since the weekend.

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For sale in Montreal: 1999 Lambo Diablo with only 1.8 kilometres

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Watch a Nissan GT-R set a world record for the fastest drift: 305 km/h

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